The Place of Value in Foreign Relations

In a society where individuals are free to treat with each or–or decline to so do, at their own discretion–economic interactions are perhaps the most powerful expressions of value. The consumer is completely empowered to seek out those goods or services which embody that which they hold most dear. Such an interaction holds dual benefits for the individuals: it provides the satisfaction of knowing that what one values has been boosted in the world, and…

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Syrian Military Strikes: Good Cannot Be Done at Expense of Constitutional Order

Humanitarian impulses are often the guise under which intervention is sold to the peoples of the world. One is told that any opposition to state action that has, as its sanction, an unassailable moral impulse desirous of relieving the suffering borne of despotic political regimes betrays the finer human feelings that are supposed to underscore the collective of humanity. The insinuation is clear: a stand against intervention, whether in the form of millions of dollars…

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Right Shouldn’t Make Reality Winner’s Leftism a Scapegoat in Intelligence Leaks Scandal

There is no evidence that has as yet surfaced to indicate Reality Winner, the 25-year old employee of defense contractor Pluribus International who allegedly stole and leaked classified material, was motivated by political activism. But that has not stopped some in the media from connecting her actions to posts on social media which align her with left-wing causes. In her social media profiles, Winner, a Bernie Sanders supporter, had harsh words for Trump and expressed…

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Politicians Have No Solutions

The well of the American political imagination has run dry. There is not a single novel proposal being seriously pushed by any elected official in regards to any of the exigent crises which face the nation. Old, tired ideas that obviously had no merit the first time they were proposed and implemented, elsewise the issues they were designed to settle would not continue to crop up like a perennial weed choking the public discourse. In…

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Lack of Understanding of Economic Sanctions at Tillerson Hearing

The viability of sanctions as a major part of U.S. foreign policy played a prominent role in the back and forth between members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson’s during today’s confirmation hearing. As the former CEO of oil giant ExxonMobil, Tillerson’s recalcitrance to testify to the positives of sanctions was perhaps understandable. In an exchange with Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), he stated that these often impacted the…

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