A “Republic v. Democracy” Lexicon

Concepts, basic applications, and even a bibliography! Merry Festivus, everyone.

The Paris Attacks Have Made The Syrian Refugee Crisis Much More Complicated

The news that at least some of the men who were involved in the terrorist attacks in Paris were among the refugees who have arrived in Europe since the summer is likely to complicate an already complicated situation.

Attack on France Is an Attack on the United States

We are legally, morally, and practically obligated to respond. Let’s not do so stupidly.

California Legislature Passes Bill Legalizing Physician Assisted Suicide

California’s legislature has approved a bill that would legalize physician assisted suicide in the nation’s largest state.

Nice Work If You Can Get It: Bill And Hillary Rake In Millions On The Speaking Circuit

Bill and Hillary Clinton have done quite well for themselves of the speaking circuit.

China’s Coming Collapse?

A knowledgeable observer has a dim forecast.

Merkel Lashes Out Against Russia In Post G-20 Remarks

Vladimir Putin’s latest actions seems to have exhausted Germany’s patience.

Putin Makes Waves At G-20 Summit Over Ukraine, Reportedly Leaving Early

Vladimir Putin’s reception at the G-20 Summit in Australia has been less than warm thanks to recent events in Ukraine.

Sweden Will Recognize Palestine

Sweden is set to recognize Palestine as an independent state.

English-Speaking People Don’t Speak Second Languages

Americans have long been lampooned for not speaking a second language. Now our cousins across the Pond are getting it, too.

Compact Discs Still Rule The Japanese Music Business

A nation known for adopting new technology is behind the rest of the world in one interesting way.

Will the GOP Ever Win Another Presidential Election?

It’s hard for a party to win four straight presidential elections. The Democrats may pull it off.

Is The Next Crimea In Northern Kazakhstan?

While the world watches Ukraine, Central Asia could also be an area where Russia may seek to expand its territory.

Report: Julian Assange Will Not Be Prosecuted In Connection With Manning Case

The Justice Department is reportedly not planning to prosecute Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in connection with the Bradley Manning case.

What’s Wrong with this Picture?

We spend more per capita than any other country in the world and yet we are outperformed on a key metric, life expectancy, by a large number of countries

Obama: “I Didn’t Set A Red Line”

President Obama seems to want to forget his red line.

How Times Have Changed: France, Not England, Joins US Coalition of Willing

Could anyone have imagined a decade ago a scenario when the United States would go to war with France by our side and England on the sidelines?

Did SCOTUS Just Legalize Gay Marriage in All 50 States?

Absent DOMA, the Full Faith and Credit Clause would seem to make gay marriage legal across the land.

Report: Edward Snowden Charged With Espionage And Other Charges

Not surprisingly, Edward Snowden has been formally charged in connection with the leak of classified NSA documents.

Drug Approval Reciprocity

Shouldn’t medical advances available in Germany be available in the United States and vice-versa?

The Violence in England and Sweden

What’s going on in England and Sweden?

FDA Considering Age Limits For Caffeinated Beverages?

Recent comments from an FDA official raise the prospect that the agency is considering minor’s access to caffeinated beverages.

Meritocracy Paradox

The main who coined the word “meritocracy” meant it as a pejorative term.

Man Bemoans Selfish Women Not Having Enough Kids

Ross Douthat says American women should stop being decadent and have more babies, explaining that raising children is easier than it used to be, so there’s really no excuse for women to be so selfish.

2008’s Obama Derangement Syndrome Looks Ridiculous In Hindsight

Let’s take a trip back in time to see what some conservatives thought 2012 would look like if Barack Obama were elected President.

Ecuador Grants Julian Assange Asylum

Another step in the ongoing diplomatic showdown over the founder of Wikileaks.

Why Nationalized Health Care Is Coming

The US spends more government money on healthcare per capita than the likes of Germany, France, Canada, Sweden, and Holland!

America Just As Socialist As Europe

David Brooks points out that, despite the mythology of America as a land of rugged individuals and Europe as a socialist experiment gone wrong, the amount of social welfare spending is roughly the same.

New Twitter Policy Leads To Misguided Cries Of Censorship

Censorship or sound business practice?

There Are No “Europeans”

The problem with Europe may not be the Euro, but the fact that there really aren’t any Europeans.

Occupy Wall Street: What It Isn’t

There’s no consensus for European-style social democracy or a Randian libertarian paradise.

Targeting Nominal GDP

After years of fighting inflation, some are now urging the Fed to instead target GDP growth and jobs.