Why Don't International Laws Matter?

Why Don't International Laws Matter?

Imagine: You’re afraid. Fidgeting, you rub your fingers against the palm of your hand and feel the clammy coolness of half-evaporated sweat. You’ve done something wrong, and they’re after you. The penalty for your crime will be forfeiting a great portion of your life spent staring through a tiny window on one side of your claustrophobic hole and the spaces between metal bars on the other. The only freedom from your cell will be spent surrounded by dangerous characters that have done even worse than you.

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The Environmentalist's Dilemma: Electric Cars

The Environmentalist's Dilemma: Electric Cars

Electric cars have the potential to dramatically reduce CO2 production in the United States; CO2 emissions from burning gasoline and diesel cause 1.5 billion metric tons of CO2 per year, which is 30% of total US energy-related emissions.

A number of friends of ours have electric cars, and hoo boy are they fun. (Got to drive a Tesla recently and holy smokes does it have some get-up-and-go.) A reader asked me recently how much an electric car--over lifetime--reduces CO2 output versus a conventional car. They wondered whether charging a car with a predominantly hydrocarbon-based energy grid actually helped the environment. It could be a major environmentalist's dilemma.

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Data Manipulation: How Much Does the US Spend on Defense?

Data Manipulation: How Much Does the US Spend on Defense?

On an unrelated errand we were looking up how much the US spends on its defense. We made the terrible mistake of just Googling it. But hey, that mistake turned into an insight we can share!

Turns out a lot of different people have very different ideas of how much the US spends on its defense as a percent of the Federal Budget. So let's play a game.

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Thinking About Thinking About Foreign Policy

Thinking About Thinking About Foreign Policy

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.

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Trump the Rationalist

Trump the Rationalist

President Trump has taken a lot of flak for his missile strike against the Syrian government’s Shayrat airbase. One of the criticisms that’s bounced around my social media echo chamber is how irrational it is for Trump to get involved in another Middle Eastern war. But I don't understand how Trump’s decision to launch a limited missile strike on Syria can be considered irrational.

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Trumpcare is Dead--What's Next for Obamacare?

Trumpcare is Dead--What's Next for Obamacare?

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:

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The GOP May Want to Consider a Bipartisan Obamacare Replacement

The GOP May Want to Consider a Bipartisan Obamacare Replacement

Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are planning on moving forward with the GOP's Obamacare repeal-and-replace plan (still officially not released in full). The plan itself is still likely to change, and they're having trouble getting all of the Republicans on board, but they want to move forward. This reminds me of a story. A very important one for Republicans that want to win.

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Where Did All the Manufacturing Jobs Go? And Should We Care?

Where Did All the Manufacturing Jobs Go? And Should We Care?

Let's dig into the data: what happened to American manufacturing jobs?

This one's a doozy--but you'll learn a lot.

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Discounting Crime? How Punishment Has Changed Through the Ages

Discounting Crime? How Punishment Has Changed Through the Ages

"Prison is not punishment in Sweden. We get people into better shape."  The statement carries surprisingly grand philosophical significance... and opens up a whole lot of questions about what moral agency even means.

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The Surprising Argument Against Single Payer Healthcare in the United States

The Surprising Argument Against Single Payer Healthcare in the United States

I wanted to point out a potential consequence of the United States adopting single payer insurance that I have not yet seen spoken elsewhere. I wanted to point out a potential consequence of the United States adopting single payer insurance that I have not yet seen spoken elsewhere.

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