Can We Coexist with Asia’s Communists?

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The rhetoric out of the North against South Korean President Moon Jae-in, coming from the 32-year-old sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, the rising star of the regime, Kim Yo Jong, has been scalding. In a statement this week, Kim Yo Jong derided Moon as a flunky of …

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Jinping Takes Up the US Challenge

Jinping Takes Up the US Challenge

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How did we allow ourselves to get into this position where a lately backward China is suddenly a greater rival for global hegemony than was the Soviet Union of Josef Stalin and Nikita Khrushchev? Is the U.S. up for a second Cold War — this time with China? What makes …

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Coexistence with China or Cold War II?

Coexistence with China or Cold War II?

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On China, Trump is the first realist we have had in the Oval Office in decades. But both parties colluded in the buildup of China… The mighty malevolent China we face today was made in the USA. Under fire for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump, his …

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Up for a New Cold War -- With China?

Up for a New Cold War — With China?

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Why did Americans, after a 40-year struggle with another “Evil Empire,” ever believe differently about the Communist Party of China? Under the code of that party, the morality of an act is determined by whether it advances or retards the goals of the regime: expansion, conquest and domination. Is America, …

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In Hong Kong, It's US vs. China Now

In Hong Kong, It’s US vs. China Now

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Xi Jinping is no Mikhail Gorbachev. He is not going to let his people go. He is not going to risk a revolution to overturn the Maoist Revolution he has served his entire life. At first glance, it would appear that five months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong had …

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What's Behind Our World on Fire?

What’s Behind Our World on Fire?

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The issues pulling continents, countries and capitals apart thus appear to be growing, enduring, and, indeed, perhaps insoluble. When the wildfires of California broke out across the Golden State, many were the causes given. Negligence by campers. Falling power lines. Arson. A dried-out land. Climate change. Failure to manage forests, …

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Is Trump Facing a 1960s-Style Revolt?

Is Trump Facing a 1960s-Style Revolt?

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It is imprecise to say this city is divided over Trump. It is rather almost solidly united behind what millions of Middle Americans believe to be a deep state-media conspiracy to overturn the 2016 election and effect a coup d’etat against a president whom this city detests but fears it …

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Is Democracy a Dying Species?

Is Democracy a Dying Species?

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How does a democracy that has spawned within itself a powerful and implacable enemy deal with it? What happens when democracy fails to deliver? What happens when people give up on democracy? What happens when a majority or militant minority decide that the constitutional rights of free speech, free elections, …

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