John J. Tierney Jr. is a Professor Emeritus at IWP and Former Special Assistant and Foreign Affairs Officer for the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.
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The “S” Word: Secession

The leadership of the revolt, from George Washington on down, had pledged loyalty to the Crown. They had now broken that pledge and thus were “traitors” by any definition.

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The Civil Cold War: What’s It All About?

A new acronym has crept into the vocabulary to describe our societal situation. A “Civil Cold War” has been used to describe the rapidly-growing schism between what may be called the “progressive” wing of society versus the “traditionalists.” 

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“Racism”: What’s in a Name?

In one of Shakespeare’s most famous quotations, Juliet asks Romeo “what’s in a name”?  Indeed, name-calling is a meaningless and artificial convention, attendant to children who quote the verse “… names will never hurt me.” But they can and are meant to, not physically, but psychologically.

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The Hondurans are coming, the Hondurans are coming!

If you oppose the new Central American (mostly from Honduras) “caravan” of over 7,000 migrants, it’s an “invasion;” if you support them it’s a “right” of travel and citizenship. In colonial America, similar divisions dominated the political discourse. 

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Feminism On The March

The best, probably only, explanation for the wave of accusations and social upheaval between the two genders (biologically, not sociologically) that has swamped American culture lately lies in the concept of “ideology.”

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Russian Summits (In Perspective)

Many in Congress and the media want to “censure” President Trump for his Helsinki performance with Putin. Go ahead, but allow for a little perspective. He made mistakes, but he is far from alone. 

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Can There Be World Order?

Of all the charges against the Trump Administration, including the President’s obsessions and personal quirks, perhaps most damaging is the notion that he will eventually destroy world order as we know it. Nobody believes that he, like history’s tyrants — Bonapartes and Hitlers — will send armies across borders to occupy neighbors. Most believe that…

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Superpower Collapse

Less than a quarter-century ago, there were no competitors to the presence of American power on the world stage. The country had, unprecedentedly, won two of the greatest wars in world history and had prevailed over the Soviet Union, a land-based tyranny with over 40,000 nuclear weapons.

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