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A sign warns of smuggling and illegal immigration in Sasabe, Arizona on May 11, 2016

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Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Empathy, But Also Realism, are Necessary in Facing Immigration

| June 25, 2018

To those of you contentedly living in the country where you were born, I address a plea for empathy and also realism. A world without cross-border migration would be a poorer world in multiple ways. The question is not whether to stop migration but how to manage it. But from those of you who regard any regulation of immigration as somehow unjust — who want illegal immigrants to be treated the same as those who follow the rules — I plead for rationality.

President Donald Trump walks to the White House as he arrives on the South Lawn, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Washington. Trump is returning from a vacation to Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad President Builds an Empire

| June 11, 2018

For two years, the people with at least two university degrees (PALTUDs) have been gnashing their teeth about Trump’s every utterance and move. To the foreign policy experts, he is a bull in a china shop, trampling the “rules-based international order” underfoot. To the economics establishment, he is a human wrecking ball, smashing more than a half-century of consensus that free trade really works better than protectionism.

Harvard University students Anwar Omeish, of Fairfax, Va., center, and Salma Abdelrahman, of Miami, right, chant slogans as they protest a scheduled speaking appearance of author Charles Murray on the campus of Harvard University, Wednesday, September 6, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Why I Called on Conservative Students in a Free Speech Fight

| June 04, 2018

One of the attractions of university life to me was precisely that academic jobs were not like real jobs. At Oxford, my tutors inhabited large studies with towering bookcases. They wore not suits but well-worn tweed jackets. During the vacations, they were free to do as they pleased, so long as they occasionally published books. I resolved to join these happy eggheads.

A man watches a television screen showing U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Face it: Trump has Been Right About Iran and North Korea

| May 14, 2018

The greatest gunfight in the history of cowboy films is in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” It’s a three-cornered shoot-out between Clint Eastwood (Blondie), Tuco (Eli Wallach), and Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef). The crucial point is that before the shooting starts, Blondie has emptied Tuco’s revolver of bullets.

To members of Washington’s foreign policy establishment, regardless of party affiliation, President Trump’s decision to exit one nuclear deal (with Iran) only to enter another nuclear deal (with North Korea) is beyond baffling. They clearly never saw “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Like Eastwood’s Blondie, Trump understands that only one of his antagonists has a loaded gun.

The Twitter app is shown on an iPhone, in San Jose, Calif. Nov. 4, 2013. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press) Keywords: Twitter, iPhone

Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

Analysis & Opinions - The Sunday Times

I Live in Dread of the Web's New Wheel of Fortune

| Apr. 22, 2018

In the old days you had to deal with a finite number of reviews of the book, of which perhaps five really mattered. Today the feedback is incessant. Has your Amazon ranking slid from three digits to four? Has your number of followers or subscribers gone up? How many "likes" did your latest utterance elicit? This would be bad enough in itself. But the worst feature of the Online Age is not the frequency and precision of the ratings. It's the vicious atmosphere that pervades every online forum.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sits as he arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Zuckerberg's Trip to Washington was Classic Sci-Fi

| Apr. 16, 2018

I stopped reading science fiction when I turned 17. I thought reading history would give me better insights into the future. The trouble with sci-fi is that it always predicts 10 out of the next three technological innovations. The future is never as weird in reality as it is in sci-fi.

Donald Trump is pictured in New York. August 1, 1984. (Marty Lederhandler/Associated Press). Keywords: Donald Trump, New York, 1980s

Marty Lederhandler/Associated Press

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

The Revenge of the '80s

| Apr. 09, 2018

It was on Sept. 2, 1987, that Trump took out a full-page newspaper advertisement with the headline: “There’s nothing wrong with America’s Foreign Defense Policy that a little backbone can’t cure.” In it he called on the United States to cease spending money on Middle Eastern peace-keeping that mainly benefited the Saudis and Japanese, to “end our vast deficits by making Japan and others who can afford it pay,” and to “reduce our taxes, and let America’s economy grow.”

A photo of Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame placed on a bunch of flowers at the main gate of the Police headquarters in Carcassonne, France, following an attack on a supermarket in Trebes in the south of the country. March 24, 2018 (Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press). Keywords: Arnaud Beltrame, France

Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press

Analysis & Opinions - The Sunday Times

White Men Are Bad; Even a Six-Year-Old Tells Me So

| Apr. 01, 2018

It is not very fashionable to be a man these days, especially a white one. After the exposure of Harvey Weinstein's record of alleged sexual assault and harassment, The New York Times ran a piece entitled "The unexamined brutality of the male libido" by the Canadian writer Stephen Marche. "The masculine libido and its accompanying forces and pathologies drive so much of culture and politics and the economy," wrote Marche, adding that "the point of Freud was not that boys will be boys. Rather the opposite ... If you let boys be boys, they will murder their fathers and sleep with their mothers." Right.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about the company's 10-year roadmap during the keynote address at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference in San Francisco. April 12, 2016.  (Eric Risberg/Associated Press, File) Keywords: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook

Eric Risberg/Associated Press, File

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Forget Facebook’s ‘Mission’: Big Zucker is Watching You!

| Mar. 26, 2018

The Internet and the World Wide Web were supposed to create a libertarian paradise, where netizens could roam free, beyond the reach of Big Brother and his ilk. As for making money . . . dude, the whole idea was just to connect the world.