Small military nuclear reactors: In need of global safeguards

The US Defense Department recently awarded three contracts totaling $40 million to kick off a design competition to build small mobile nuclear reactors that can “be forward deployed with forces outside the continental United States,” including at “remote operating bases.” The notion of small reactors accompanying troops in battle raises all sorts of military, logistical, and international…

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Revolution

Crane Brinton’s views on revolution In his classic study, Anatomy of Revolution (1938), Harvard Professor Crane Brinton compared the four great political revolutions (English, American, French, Russian) to a “fever” that contained several stages, eventually ending in a new and invigorated society but still based upon  cultures inherited from the past. That is to say,…

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Afghans Failed to Build a Strategic Partnership with the US

This article was written by IWP student Arash Yaqin. Arash Yaqin writes that after two decades of investment in blood and money, Afghans and Americans need to rethink and revisit their partnership. Two months after the US-Taliban deal in Qatar, there is nothing as clear as the Trump administration’s firm commitment to provisions of the deal that…

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Declaration of Independence 1819, by John Trumbull

Born Again

To be “Born Again,” in Christian theology, means to be “renewed” in belief, i.e. to gain a newer and more committed faith in the meaning of Christianity. In Biblical terms, it expresses a rebirth “in spirit and water” to Christ and the path to Heaven. Born Again, thus, is a spiritual renewal and certainly not…

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We Shouldn’t Emulate Sweden’s COVID-19 Strategy

As America frets about for the most optimal model to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, some pundits cast their longing eyes at Sweden. They see the Swedish response as eminently desirable for grounded in liberty and individualism. To emulate the Swedish way, however, would be anything but. At the theoretical level, Stockholm’s apparently hands off approach…

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Conceived in Liberty

Conceived in Liberty

In 2016, my book Conceived in Liberty was published (Transaction). The title was deliberately chosen to emphasize the two terms, “conceived” and “liberty,” being careful not to extrapolate more from the title than was intended. This was not a “historical” study to determine whether or not Americans, from the start to 2016, lived up to…

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Reflections on the Protestant Revolution

According to one sage observation: he who gets to name names, wins. Why do we talk about the Protestant Reformation and not the Protestant Revolution, for example? After all, Martin Luther commenced his journey as a reformer, repulsed righteously, as most of us would be, by the corruption and decadence of the Rome of his day. He wanted to…

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Virus or Not, Poland’s Presidential Election Will Be Held Soon

On May 10, 2020, the coronavirus pandemic claimed another victim: Poland’s presidential election. It was cancelled following much acrimonious debate. More precisely, it was postponed at least until July of this year. The cancellation of the election is seemingly a clear win for the opposition, which vociferously demanded a postponement as it is running seriously…

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London Blitz

Remembering The Blitz

As the world goes through another of history’s life-and-death struggles, it may be at least comfortable to acknowledge that today’s crisis is neither new nor unsolvable. History has recorded the nature of most past events when it seemed that life itself was on the line. It may have seemed so, but, looking back, it never…

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Summer reading suggestions from IWP professors

Looking for some reading for your vacation (or staycation) this summer? Our professors share their recommendations below. From Professor Alan Messer, Former Central Intelligence Agency Analyst and Operations Officer War of Numbers: An Intelligence Memoir of the Vietnam War’s Uncounted Enemy, Sam Adams. My own favorite. If you want to read the finest book that…

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