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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

‘Weimar America’? The Trump Show Is No Cabaret

| Sep. 06, 2020

“Life is a cabaret, old chum,” sang Sally Bowles in the musical based on Christopher Isherwood’s “Berlin Stories.” I suspect the movie version of “Cabaret,” which won Liza Minnelli the Oscar for best actress, is the nearest older Americans ever got to the Weimar Republic.

Still, it’s not a bad place to start, if you want to talk Weimar and its relevance to Donald Trump’s America.

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Predictions and Punts: A Retrospective Scoring of this Column

| May 29, 2020

It has been nearly four and a half years since I began writing this column, which works out at roughly 240,000 words altogether. As these will be my last words in these pages, it’s time to look back and take stock. If part of your job is to be a pundit then, as the University of Pennsylvania political scientist Philip Tetlock argues in “Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction,” you need to keep score.

Dr. Drew Miller, right, talks with respiratory therapist Jade Carabajal-Richter, center, and registered nurse Kevin Hoover after checking on a COVID-19 patient at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kansas. 

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Analysis & Opinions - Yahoo News

Coronavirus Response a ‘Massive Policy Screwup’ But Not Trump’s Fault

| May 28, 2020

The U.S. response to the novel coronavirus divides many Americans along partisan lines. Democrats criticize President Donald Trump for a mismanaged response with grave consequences, and Republicans defend him, downplaying the need for social distancing and measures that ensure it.

Pedestrians wear protective masks as they walk in Times Square during the coronavirus pandemic, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in New York.

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

Analysis & Opinions - Jewish World Review

Dim Lights, Big City

| May 26, 2020

For anyone past the age of retirement, 2020 has been the year of the village. Cities have been risky — the excess mortality rates from COVID-19 are higher for London than for England, much higher for Madrid than Spain, and vastly higher for New York than for the United States.

Commuters wear face masks to protect against the spread of new coronavirus as they walk through a subway station in Beijing, Thursday, April 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

Analysis & Opinions - Jewish World Review

It's Ok for China to Harm the World in Order to Save It?

| Apr. 09, 2020

In Cixin Liu's extraordinary science fiction novel "The Three-Body Problem," China recklessly creates, then ingeniously solves, an existential threat to humanity by establishing contact with the planet Trisolaris and then thwarting a Trisolaran invasion.

Niall Ferguson, Professor of History at Harvard University and William Ziegler Professor at Harvard Business School, attends the "Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy" economic forum, at Villa d'Este, in Cernobbio, on the Como Lake, Italy, Friday, Sept. 3, 2010. 

AP Photo/Luca Bruno

Analysis & Opinions - Associated Press

In PBS' "Networld," Historian Ferguson Warns of Contagion--Online and Off

| Mar. 21, 2020

"Niall Ferguson's Networld" from PBS is a look at the rise of online social networks like Facebook and Twitter, but it also explores the same principles that are a matter of life and death as the globe confronts a killer virus. 

A man monitors stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing.

AP Photo/Andy Wong

Analysis & Opinions - Jewish World Review

China's Three-Body Problem

| Oct. 08, 2019

The 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China was not a birthday I felt like celebrating.

As Dutch historian Frank Dikotter has shown in his searing three-volume history of the Mao Zedong era, the Communist regime claimed the lives of tens of millions of people: 2 million in the revolution between 1949 and 1951, another 3 million by the end of the 1950s, up to 45 million in the man-made famine known as the "Great Leap Forward," and yet more in the mayhem of the Cultural Revolution, Mao's campaign against the intelligentsia, which escalated into a civil war.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a conference in Washington, D.C, on his decision to pull back from strikes against Iran, June 24, 2019.

Carolyn Kaster (AP)

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Don't Underestimate Trump's Foreign Policy

| June 24, 2019

“Linkage . . . is not a natural concept for Americans,” Kissinger admitted in his memoir. “Our bureaucratic organizations . . . compound the tendency to compartmentalize.” But Trump’s contempt for the bureaucratic mindset means that linkage comes quite naturally to him. What is linkage, and what does it entail for our understanding of Trump's approach to foreign policy?