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Catalonia-Spain Endgame Scenarios: 2017

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Warning: In compliance with Spanish Intellectual Property law, Common Sense no longer quotes nor reproduces links to sites based in Spain. Verification of the veracity of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader.  In 2014, I charted five potential paths for the Catalan independence movement. I mapped the most likely progression for each […]

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Why I Hate Freedom

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Conservatives love freedom; liberals and progressives hate it. My entire adult life has been filled with this refrain, a secular litany as unquestionable for true believers as the religious one. It is repeated 100 times per day on the organs of conservative propaganda, like Fox News and Breitbart. It is immune to all evidence to […]

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VAT Until We’re Debt Free

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President Trump has made some bold and interesting campaign pronouncements regarding the economy: major tax cuts, slashing regulatory burden, a giant infrastructure program. At the same time, he promised increases in military spending and an end to sequester. He has been short of details on how he intends to reconcile large increases in spending, large […]

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Five Dangerous Indicators to Look for in the Trump Administration

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The whirlwind of events preceding and subsequent to the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States has left the political establishment and most of the public agape in disbelief. During the past 10 days it seemed impossible to go to sleep without missing a new critical event that broke with […]

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Trump Kills the Trans-Pacific Pact and Why That is a Good Thing

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One of the first Executive Orders signed by President Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Better known as simply “TPP” this mega-trade deal was a signature effort by President Obama to craft a free trade area around the Pacific that would exclude China, allow America and her partners to “set the […]

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Saving NATO: Europe Must Commit to a Common Defense Fund

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A version of this article was originally published in 2014 and updated in 2015. Unfortunately for NATO, there is still a need for me to update it yet again in 2017. The Telegraph reported this week that the UK Ministry of Defence was unable to meet recruitment targets set for it. As a consequence, the […]

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America’s Defense: Time for Raptor 5.5

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Donald Trump’s tweets have a way of ruffling billion-dollar feathers, as when he complained about non-existent cost overruns in Boeing’s recent contract to build a new Air Force One. Boeing’s stock promptly dropped by 1%, which may not sound like much, but is equivalent to almost one billion dollars in market cap.  Mr. Trump has […]

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Trump’s Nuclear Offer to Russia

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Over the weekend, US President-Elect indicated his willingness to negotiate an end to Russian sanctions in return for a nuclear arms control agreement. This was ahead of a planned/not-planned meeting between the two leaders soon after the American Presidential Inauguration. With the typical vacuity of Mr. Trump’s policy statements, there were absolutely no details provided: […]

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Shackled and Drawn

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Understanding Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton requires that we draw together disparate, but related, strands of narrative. One storyline is the tactical failings of the Clinton campaign and the conceit of a Democratic Party that thought that they could impose a flawed candidate from the party apparatus on an electorate that was evidently tired of […]

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Trump’s Russia Policy: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Critics of Donald J. Trump point to his complete inexperience in foreign policy as one of his key weaknesses, and they have a point: Mr. Trump has no experience in this field and proudly admits it. This has not been a major issue for the American electorate; or perhaps it is more accurate to say […]

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.“

John Adams

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