Category Archives: Political Commentary

What Miranda v. Arizona Can Teach Us about Intelligence Dragnets in the Age of Terror

Recently, I spent some time listening to the oral arguments at the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS, of course!) from the 1960s. Specifically, I was listening to the Miranda v. Arizona case from 1965. You know the one: as a … Continue reading

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Edward Snowden: Hero and Traitor?

It seems odd but predictable that no one in the mainstream has yet floated the idea that Edward Snowden could be both traitor and hero simultaneously. The headlines all ask: “Is Snowden a Hero or a Traitor?” or some variation … Continue reading

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In Defense of Obstruction and Delay

In March of 2013, Americans were reminded of a little used, but of late oft-threatened, quirk of political procedure in the American Senate. Rand Paul (R-KY) reached into his senators’ toolkit and pulled out the filibuster. He spoke for over … Continue reading

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Morality, Soft Power, and a 21st Century American Foreign Relations Principle

Barack Obama’s second inaugural address, delivered on Monday January 21st 2013, included the following lines: We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law. We will show the courage to try and … Continue reading

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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Incentive-Based Solutions

Recently, I watched the film Five Broken Cameras, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. It got me thinking. Of course, the message of this film was that Israelis are violent, thieving brutes. And, of course, this is … Continue reading

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