Sunday Open Thread 

President Woodrow Wilson giving a speech to a joint session of Congress seeking a declaration of war on Germany on this date 100 years ago.

Tuesday Open Thread

Happy Valentine’s Day! Share these with the big government fan in your life.

Freedom of the Seas

On this date 100 years ago Germany revoked its pledges to keep submarine warfare to belligerents and began its policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. This (and the Zimmerman Telegram a bit later) were the major triggers for Wilson to get Congress to declare war on Germany in April of 1917.

Freedom of the seas […]

Saturday Open Thread

Winter is Coming: Sociology and the Next Great War

Here’s today’s ray of sunshine from the Modern War Institute . 

“Cohen said that while the election was surprising, there is ‘deeper stuff going on,’ a ‘deeper political disruption’ that is ‘breaking down’ domestic political traditions as well as strategic stability around the world. This falling apart is a ‘crisis of the liberal democratic order’ that emerged […]

Truth Bomb, Fawstin-style

How Apple Avoids Paying for the Nanny State

This is a very good post on how Apple (and many other corporations) shields its earnings from the IRS: http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2016/08/stiglitzapples-tax-strategy-is-a-fraud.html

A few years ago I spent a summer working in the Swiss Canton of Zug. I’ve worked in almost 20 foreign countries, but my experience in Zug is one of the most surreal.

Zug […]

Why Trump is Right and Floyd Is An Elitist Hypocrite

The view from Floyd’s office.

In this comment:

Floyd Turbo gets on his high horse and tells unemployed blue collar folks they need to suck it up. Our Wal-Marts are full of cheap goods from China that make life for the Turbos peachy-keen, so the Trump’kins can take their protectionism and stuff it.

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Rule Britainna!

I am surprised, and pleased, by the results of the British referendum to leave the EU. I think it’s the right decision, and can’t state my reasons any better than Daniel Hammond did in his recent speech, so I won’t try.

This is significant, very, very significant for a lot of reasons. I’ll make […]

Friday Open Thread