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Back during the Obama administration, opponents of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) peddled a lot of nonsense in their attempt to derail a pretty robust non-proliferation deal. Some hawks argued that the United States would be unable to effectively reimpose sanctions on Iran should it choose to. But it turns out that, at […]
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#WorldCupSyllabus

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On July 9, 2018
I have been unusually transfixed by this year’s World Cup, where histories of European identity and empire are so clearly on display. [updated 15 July] We’re headed into the last week, and the final four teams are all European–all NATO members, actually, and even all EU members (though England may not be for long). France, […]
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More Scenes from the Kakistocracy

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On August 2, 2017
Paul already pointed our attention to the full transcript of Trump’s interview with the Wall Street Journal. Like pretty much all of Trump’s long-form interviews, it’s truly terrifying. Once again, Trump shows a complete lack of understanding of policy. Jordan Weissman flags a particularly head-desk moment. So I’ll call, like, major—major countries, and I’ll be dealing […]
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History of Slavery

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On January 17, 2016
A couple of articles on the history of world slavery that may pique your interest on a Sunday morning. First, here’s a really interesting photo essay on African slaves in Iran in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Evidently, this is a really sensitive topic, especially among rich families who say these people were […]

Bad Arguments

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On May 13, 2015

In the world of libertarian economists, Bryan Caplan really isn’t the worst, but arguing that the Shah was “strong on civil liberties” is about the dumbest thing one can possibly say

Guess Who?

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On March 9, 2015

I’ve been putting together a lecture for tomorrow’s U.S. Environmental History class on atomic nature and I came across this ad, which I just could not resist sharing with you. Good times.

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