James Piereson

James Piereson is president of the William E. Simon Foundation and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He is the author of Camelot and the Cultural Rev­olution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism (Encounter Books).

Thomas Piketty’s ‘Le Capital’

 

Capital in the Twenty-First CenturyBy Thomas Piketty Translated by Arthur Goldhammer (Belknap/Harvard, 685 pages, $39.95) Thomas Piketty doesn’t seem like a man at the vanguard of a revolution. A professor at the Paris School of Economics, he is unassuming and soft-spoken, a clean-cut forty-something who prefers an open collar to a stuffy tie. Yet for months now […]

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Don’t Eat the Rich!

 

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Against Humanitarian Intervention

 

The Obama Administration justified its proposed attack on Syria as a humanitarian intervention, an old but newly influential doctrine that urges the use of military force abroad to defend subject peoples against rulers who engage in genocide, use chemical weapons in civil wars, or commit “crimes against humanity” within their borders. Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador […]

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Putin Exposes the Secrets of American Liberalism

 

Members of the Washington establishment were quick to denounce Vladimir Putin’s op ed article in Thursday’s New York Times questioning the legitimacy and legality of a U.S. attack on Syria. The White House quickly dismissed his column as “irrelevant” and a sideshow to the real issues at stake. The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations […]

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Syria: The Great Contradiction

 

Can a nation try to enforce international law by means that violate international law? This is the great contradiction with which the United States is faced as the Obama administration proposes to take unilateral action to punish the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against its own people. The Syrian government has violated international law […]

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Understating the Budget Crisis

 

LAWRENCE SUMMERS published an article recently in the Financial Times asserting that U.S. federal spending will continue to grow both in real terms and as a share of the economy regardless of whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is elected in November. As one of the nation’s eminent economists and a former Treasury Secretary, Mr. […]

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Bad, Bad Republicans

 

It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism By Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein (Basic Books, 226 pages, $26) WHO BROKE WASHINGTON? According to these authors, the Republicans did—by organizing themselves into an ideological party that rejects compromise and moderation and refuses to […]

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Obama’s Infrastructure Charade

 

Jeffrey R. Liebman, a former Obama administration official, authored a prominent article in the June 22 issue of the Wall Street Journal lambasting Republicans in Congress for blocking President Obama’s plans to spend billions of dollars on infrastructure projects to create jobs for the unemployed. As he writes, “Congress has failed to act on the president’s […]

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Was This the Day that Barack Obama Lost the Election?

 

June 21st was the first day of summer and the hottest day of the year so far, at least in the Northeast. It may also have been the day that Barack Obama lost the 2012 election. Why? This was the day that the stock markets finally folded the tent and acknowledged that the U.S. economy […]

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A Time for Choosing

 

ALSO IN CHOICE SYMPOSIUM Rep. Paul Ryan Empowering Individuals or Bureaucrats? Stephen Moore & Peter Ferrara The Road From Serfdom David N. Bass The Millennial Perspective When the Soviet empire collapsed 25 years ago, many believed that the battle for liberty and limited government had been won. It was only a matter of time, they […]

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