Xander offers us a brief and informative clinic on different schools of realism to better understand how we analyze and interpret foreign policy here at ReConsider.Read More
President Trump has taken a lot of flak for his missile strike against the Syrian government’s Shayrat airbase. One of the criticisms that I’ve heard bounce around my social media echo chamber is how irrational it is for Trump to get involved in another Middle Eastern war. I, however, don't understand how Trump’s decision to launch a limited missile strike on Syria can be considered irrational.Read More
While at Unrig the System this weekend (more on that later but a great meeting) I got to meet Pat Caddell, who has worked in presidential offices and campaigns since the Carter Administration. He also developed many of the modern polling techniques widely used today. (By the way he thinks micropolling is part of the equation, as we discuss in Wedged.)
He has done a combination of personal interviews, polling, and soul-searching to get a sense of why Trump won the election when, in his words, Trump had no real strategy, few solid positions, and very little in the way of campaign at all. Stories of the general dislike of Clinton by Republicans may be part of it, but he thinks there's something much more fundamental--and has the numbers to back it up.Read More
We saw the strikes happen last night and woke up this morning to various social media reactions: everything across the spectrum of:
- This is what Obama should have done when he called the "red line" and Trump is a hero of deterrence / justice / good
- We are entering World War III
- This is a distraction in order to do $POLICY
So time for a quick flash poll.Read More
The Alt-Right remains probably the least-understood political phenomenon on the United States right now. There is very little consensus about what they stand for, who is in it besides a few celebrities and internet trolls, how many they are, and how powerful they are.
I decided to do some research. I even spent time running around chat boards like Reddit and 4Chan, and reading Breitbart. Fair warning, I have no conclusive answers--but that, in itself, is a finding, suggesting that anyone who is telling you they know that the Alt-Right is such-and-such is probably full of it.Read More
The American Healthcare Act is dead, and the Affordable Care Act lives on. What will happen now?
This article won't be an intrigue piece about how the GOP will lick its wounds and try to circle back for another run at "repeal and replace." (And frankly I don't think they'll be ready for another attack anytime soon.) More interesting, perhaps, is looking at what will happen if we leave Obamacare alone. So I did some research into the Congressional Budget Office, and here's what I found:Read More
Much ado about golf, once again.
"Once again?" You say. Oh yes, I do. If you're a typical political news reader, you either saw a whole lot about golf in the past 8 years (and then nothing) or pretty much nothing about golf and then a whole lot just now.
If you rewind a bit, you actually have so much fury about the amount of golf Obama played that there is a fairly popular website dedicated to it. Obama actually spent a staggering (?) 3% of his entire tenure playing golf. That probably cost the American taxpayer quite the pretty penny, too. And ISIS was around for much of his own outings.
What slackers, am I right? We'd better spend energy keeping track of which president golfed more frequently, so we can stock up on some good political points that we'll use later to accomplish nothing at all.Read More
The Atlantic’s April 2017 issue just came out, and it has a doozy of an article: “Making Athens Great Again.” It’s a powerful read that speaks at length about the faltering and subsequent renewal of Athens following the execution of Socrates and Plato’s creation of the Academy. It discusses why a nation with a sense of exceptionalism must include self-criticism and self-questioning to be worthy of itself. It is an article recounting an ancient history with contemporary relevance.
But it has some problems.Read More
President Trump addressed Congress on March 1st, and as soon as it was over, headlines popped up at every major news outlet in the country.
And they were all very, very different. It shows us a bit about how news sucks... but why does it?Read More