- Vikings in the New World (but no Chinese?) Valerie Hansen, Aeon
- The 1619 Project is backtracking Robby Soave, Reason
- “This figure obscures class divisions: for college graduates…” Robert Henderson, City Journal
- Comparative advantage is not about trade John Wentworth, Less Wrong
- Ravenna: where classical Rome, Byzantium and Christianity met Ian Thomson, Spectator
- ‘Cultural appropriation’ is American cultural imperialism Douglas Murray, UnHerd
- Will Eastern Mediterranean tensions matter if there is no war? Peter Henne, Duck of Minerva
- Bolivia: a tale of two countries Maëlle Mariette, Le monde diplomatique
- Mourning in place Edwidge Danticat, NY Review of Books
- Is working hard good? Jason Brennan, 200-Proof Liberals
- When hard work doesn’t equal productive work Mary Lucia Darst, NOL
- “The actual work of trying to formulate truly alien conceptions of life, consciousness, and thought is mostly yet to be done” Nick Nielsen, GSA
One of my papers was accepted for publication in the libertarian journal The Independent Review. Here’s an excerpt:
This essay aims to fill that gap by making four arguments:
1. Prominent classical liberals and libertarians have long recognized the importance of interstate federalism for not only individual liberty but security for liberal polities in the international arena as well.
2. The American federalists of the late 18th century faced the same problems we face, and the distinct interstate order that they patched together to solve those problems is not an outmoded Leviathan; it is the missing piece of the puzzle to the libertarian and classical liberal tradition of interstate federalism.
3. The piecemeal federation of political units under the U.S. constitution would achieve more freedom for more people, and this interstate federalism should be enthusiastically embraced as the foreign policy principle for libertarians and classical liberals.
4. The American Proposal would solve the security (and cost-sharing) dilemma for liberal polities, but it would also contribute to a decline in the worrisome trend of presidential government in the United States.
I gotta give props to the editors and the referees of the journal. I know they didn’t like my argument, but they were fair, helpful, and a whole lotta fun. I’ll have more on this soon. In the mean time, here’s a sneak peak (pdf).
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- Why can’t Seoul and Tokyo get along? Sung-Yoon Lee, Origins
- Is this how the American Century ends and China’s begins? Tom McTague, Atlantic
- Charles Murray reviews Ross Douthat Claremont Review of Books