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March 3, 2013

Anyone wanting to see the whole “history is written by the victors” thing in process should read Tim Wu and John Gruber battle it out over exactly why Apple has kicked the crap out of everyone else since the late 90s. Wu, who's confused about what open v.

First of Two Parts

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
March 12, 2006 |

We are in a Crisis of Process. OK, I have written more exciting lead sentences than that -- everybody has. However, I will keep those words as they are, because they make an important, even life-saving point.

Holy Roman Empire USA

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
March 7, 2006 |

The Liberal-Left Establishment has never liked suburbia and exurbia, which are dismissed as "sprawl." And we know what the Liberal Left thinks of the Catholic Church. So what do you suppose Liberal Lefties think about a plan for a Catholic exurb? Talk about a bad twofer, in their eyes. Even worse, the new town of Ave Maria, Florida is being bankrolled by Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino's Pizza, the leading conservative Catholic philanthropist in the world. Yikes!

Kennan's Comeback

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
February 22, 2006 |

Sixty years ago, on February 22, America faced a difficult geopolitical situation. We had just won World War II against Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, but the smoke had barely cleared from those conflicts when we realized that a new enemy loomed dead ahead: Soviet Russia. Confronted by an increasingly ominous Stalinist threat, Americans, who had been hoping for peace, found themselves preparing yet again for war. And so it is today. We won in Iraq, but now we must face Iran.

Five Blunders, One Terrorist State

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
January 31, 2006 |

The U.S. and Israeli policies toward the Palestinians and their new elected leaders, Hamas, represent a five-fold error. That's a lot of mistakes to make about such an important topic and region -- Israel and America will have to do better. But for now, we can simply note each blunder in hopes that corrections are being put in place.

How Many Divisions Has the Caliph?

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
January 18, 2006 |

Should the Caliphate be reunited? It depends on whom you ask. Osama Bin Laden is for such a reunification of all Muslims, which is surely enough to persuade most Americans to oppose it.

Politics Makes For Bad Movies; Bad Movies Make For Worse

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
January 10, 2006 |

Aristotle believed that art imitates life. Oscar Wilde responded that, no, life imitates art. I offer two modest corollaries: First, politics makes for bad art, especially bad movies. And second, bad movies make for worse politics--and tragically bad medical politics in particular.

Movie Magic: Metapolitics vs. Message Politics

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
December 28, 2005 |

"If you want to send a message, call Western Union." That's an old joke in Hollywood, dating back to the days when Western Union was a big deal. The idea is that the movies should be about making money, not making political or social points.

The old chestnut is being proven again in this Christmas season. Currently, the two movies duking it out for tops at the box office are avowedly apolitical: The Chronicles of Narnia and King Kong.

A Permanent Deathstyle

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
December 1, 2005 |

Here's the formula for the AIDS epidemic: First, start with a deadly contagious virus. Second, take no serious measures as dangerous behavior patterns multiply. Third, ignore the obvious lessons of epidemiological and medical history -- try demagoguery instead. Fourth, apply copious amounts of sentiment and red-ribbon artistry to the issue, substituting, in effect, sentiment for science. Fifth, stand back and watch tens of millions of people die.

Are Wives Necessary? Welcome to Hef's World

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
November 28, 2005 |

Maureen Dowd is the most prominent female columnist in the U.S. today. And yet now she has made a disheartening discovery: Prominence in newspapers is not the same as pre-eminence in the bookstore. Of course, a well-read woman, such as Dowd, should have known that the Cassandra character is never popular--being right isn't being liked. And while there has been much bitchy "Dowdenfreude" about the relative failure of her new book, Are Men Necessary?

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