The Devil You Know: Marco Rubio’s Failings vs. Rand Paul’s Insanity

Rand Paul's policy suggestions are both delusional and dangerous

As I watched Marco Rubio bat down strawmen during his response to the State of the Union address last night all I kept thinking was “this is ridiculous.” The man suggested that President was somehow anti-capitalist despite President Obama’s continued commitment to finding solutions that partner both public and private actors, with the latter taking the dominant lead.… [Read more]

Democracy Is Still the Answer: Authoritarianism is not the cure for illiberalism

A return to supporting autocrats like former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, pictured above with former U.S. President George W. Bush, is far from the answer to combating illiberalism and Islamic extremism.

Even as a staunch supporter of democracy for all, I will concede this point I say anything else: democracy has some troublesome flaws. And currently some of those flaws have contributed to a disturbing trend in some Middle Eastern states—the trend of growing illiberal, Islamist political parties, organizations, and ideologies.

A return to supporting autocrats like former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, pictured above with former U.S.… [Read more]

Islamism vs. Institutions: Not a Simple Equation

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Often it goes without saying in the political science world that the best way to foster liberal democracy against the threats of extremism and illiberalism in a post-revolution society is through the presence of institutions and political parties.

However, the recent Arab-Spring-related elections may not bare this popular theory out.

Egypt—a country with a deep history of civic institutions, secularism, and political parties—elected a member of the Islamist party, the Muslim Brotherhood, as its first post-Mubarak regime president.… [Read more]

Freaking Out Over Egypt’s Islamists

Morsi at the press conference on June 18, 2012 as he announces himself president, after the second round of Egypt's presidential elections. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Rashad)

Every now and again, my inbox becomes the victim of interest group spam. Most recently, a rogue, unsolicited email reached me with urgent news from a conservative website: Not only had Egypt elected an evil Islamist as its new president but our own president, Barack Obama, had called to congratulate him! Gasp! We can only assume now that the reign of Sharia law will race through the world, wiping out Israeland the Western world in its path!… [Read more]

Haatzmaut Bli Shalom….Independence Without Peace

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After months of arguments in favor and opposing, pleas and petitions, November 29, 1947 the United  Nations voted to approve Resolution 181, the partition of a Jewish state and Arab state.  The vote was 33 in favor, 13 opposed and 10 abstentions.  Quite naturally the Resolution was rejected by the Arab nations, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran and others.… [Read more]