A Secret War in the Making: Americans Should Not Die to Defend Taiwan

– January 2, 2023

“The better strategy would be aid short of war. Today the US and democratic states should be making conflict less likely by arming Taiwan, insisting that it take its own defense seriously.” ~ Doug Bandow


The Greatest Threat to World Peace: North Korea’s Kim Jong-un?

– December 23, 2022

“The best way to enhance America’s security is for its defense-dependents to graduate and take care of themselves and their own regions. With the US off the peninsula, Pyongyang wouldn’t much care about affairs in Washington.” ~ Doug Bandow


The CHIP Act Is a Blip

– December 16, 2022

“The political proposals will be flashy and brief. The market forces making every chip, and powering our modern world, operate on a much longer timeline. ” ~ Laura Williams


America’s Allies Should Fear Abandonment

– December 9, 2022

“America’s major allies, in the main, are worthy friends: liberal, democratic societies and valuable economic partners with deep cultural and historical connections to the US. That doesn’t entitle them to a cheap ride on the American people.” ~ Doug Bandow


Hypocrisy Abounds at Climate Summit

– November 26, 2022

“Europe is scouring the world for more fossil fuels because the continent needs them for its growth and prosperity. That same opportunity should not be withheld from the world’s poorest.” ~ Bjorn Lomborg


The Hare With Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal. A Review.

– November 25, 2022

“De Waal decides he needs to know more about his inherited netsukes and ends up on a multi-year ride finding out about his family and their interaction with the objects.” ~ Daniel Asia


The Wages of Washington’s Economic War on China Are Not Cheap

– November 23, 2022

“To make up lost revenue, the US industry may become more dependent on government largesse and ultimately less vibrant and dominating. Ultimately, making policy more like China risks turning US industry into something more like China’s.” ~ Doug Bandow


Perfect Failure in Pursuit of Perfect Competition

– November 21, 2022

“The DMA is but another of Europe’s self-inflicted regulatory wounds. Sadly, it will also affect the ability of giants of Silicon Valley to continue delivering progress in the US and across the globe.” ~ Robertas Bakula


Recalling our Roots- The Fertile Iberian Soil of Liberty

– November 14, 2022

 “For a variety of complicated reasons this early Spanish Enlightenment didn’t flourish as we might have wished. But without it, the English and Scottish Enlightenments may well have never coalesced.” ~ Paul Schwennesen


CBDCs: What Can We Learn From Dollarized Countries?

– November 13, 2022

“How much more could FDR have done had he had a CBDC? The risk of a CBDC goes beyond the serious issue of financial privacy.” ~ Nicolás Cachanosky


New Mao Lauds Old Mao: China’s Xi Jinping Takes Politburo on Communist Road Trip

– November 9, 2022

“The best that can be said of Xi is that he values stability, and would not intentionally plunge China into anything like the chaos in which Mao thrived.” ~ Doug Bandow


A Seat at the Table: The Risks of Complacent Data Privacy Governance

– November 8, 2022

“Absent meaningful reforms to data privacy, the US risks standing idly by as governments around the world craft their own standards, at times inspired by doctrines antithetical to fundamental human rights values.” ~ April Liu & Ethan Yang