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About that Carrier Deal: New Article at FEE

January 23, 2017

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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We like to make jokes about the corruption in the former Soviet states: “In Soviet Russia, election rigs you!” But are we really in a position to gloat now?

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The Future of An Illusion: New Article at Decibel

January 22, 2017

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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For years now on this site and others, I’ve consistently argued against one thing: the growth of executive power. Additionally, I’ve tried to attack the impulse to leader-worship as viciously as possible. With the inauguration of Donald Trump to the American Presidency, we may get to see what I wouldn’t shut up about.

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Orwell’s Warning: New Article at FEE

December 26, 2016

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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How can we explain 2016? Is it really the end of the world? What happened to “progress?” What happened to “togetherness?” Aren’t we all one big family?

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A Post-Election Coda: New Article at FEE

November 19, 2016

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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Well. Here we are. The worst election season of our lifetimes has finally ended, and Donald Trump has been elected President. As we watch him make his cabinet selections (some ok, some curious, some awful) and policy proposals (some surprisingly good, many predictably terrible), we should reflect on something this election season has shown us.

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We Should Not “Admire” Political Leaders: New Article at FEE

October 6, 2016

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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A lot has been made recently about Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s failure to name a foreign leader he admires. But should we “admire” political leaders at all? When does admiration lead us to the cult of personality?

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On “The Dictatorship Mindset,” New Article at FEE

September 30, 2016

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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If there’s one piece of advice I could give you this election cycle, it’s this: every time you overstate the power of the president or claim “we need a new law” for every problem, our country inches closer to authoritarianism. This is serious, and we need to fix our thinking to stop it before it’s too late.

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Against Fatalism: New Article at Quillette

May 26, 2016

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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Money isn’t everything. And as pervasive as it seems in politics, we shouldn’t let moneyed interests become equally as pervasive in our ambitions. This is the subject of my latest article at Quillette.

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Finally, A Presidential Candidate We Can All Believe In

February 26, 2016

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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Friends, countrymen, Americans – I’ve finally done it. I’ve found a Presidential candidate worthy of all our dreams, hopes and desires. There is one candidate, one light in the depths of our political moment, who can guide us all to the America we know we can become.

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Political Leaders: The Worst Among Us?

January 18, 2016

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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American media commentators, in their infinite wisdom, often pontificate about how our political leaders should be made up of the “best and brightest.” But does this ever actually happen? Sure, great people may attain the heights of political office, but that’s if we’re lucky. A strong moral character is not hallmark of the state – even in liberal democracies. Schools often teach children that government exists for the sake of benevolent public service. In preaching this, they do our kids a massive, Wilsonian disservice. Many of our greatest authors, from Mark Twain to Nathaniel Hawthorne, embody an anti-authoritarian tradition, one that was eager to point out the propensity of the powerful toward scapegoating, moral panics and state aggression.

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Stacking the BRICs: An Interview with Kenneth Rapoza of Forbes

January 8, 2016

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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At the dawn of the 21st century, the term “BRIC” entered the world’s political and economic vocabulary. Shorthand for Brazil, Russia, India and China, the term came to signify the emergence of countries that would challenge the political, economic and perhaps even military dominance of the developed west (e.g. the US, UK, France). In the last 15 years, through the War on Terror, the Euro crisis and other geopolitical flashpoints, these countries have played an increasingly important and even disruptive role on the world stage.

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