Author: Robert Farley

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Authoritarian Growth Models

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On October 4, 2022
Interesting finding on reports of economic growth under authoritarian governments vs. alternative methods of evaluating growth: In a peer-reviewed article that will be published this month, Luis Martinez, an economist, investigated dictators’ gdp-growth figures. To do so, he first obtained data on the brightness of countries’ lights at night, as measured by satellites, a well-known proxy […]
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Wars Waged With Gold

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On September 29, 2022
We gots a book on the way, “we” being myself, Charles Dainoff of the University of Idaho, and Geoff Williams of Transylvania University. “The sinews of war,” posited Cicero, “are infinite money.” Can the same be said of security? Tackling this thought-provoking question, the authors of Waging War with Gold show how states across the […]

The Dragon Show

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On September 27, 2022

I have probably enjoyed House of the Dragon a touch more than I’ve enjoyed Rings of Power thus far, largely because I think that the former has a better sense of where it’s going than the

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M*A*S*H

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On September 23, 2022
Briefly taking over the pop culture beat at 1945, so I decided to write a bit about the 50th anniversary of the first episode of M*A*S*H: MASH premiered four months before the end of American involvement in the Vietnam War. The audience that greeted M*A*S*H in 1972 (most of which would have been familiar with the Robert Altman film […]

Rings of Power

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On September 22, 2022

Loomis and I may have some differences on the position of Tolkien in the Western literary canon. Anyway, I was asked to write up my thoughts on Rings of Power for 1945 and those thoughts are… mi

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Mobilization!

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On September 21, 2022
My thoughts on the mobilization and the annexation with a side of implicit nuclear threats... I think that Putin has very good reasons to be suspicious of the commitment of the Russian people to this war, which is why he has tried very hard to limit the impact of the conflict by not conducting a […]

The Offensive

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On September 19, 2022

I’ve organized some of my thoughts on the successful offensive in Kharkiv Oblast: The offensive is a massive political victory for Ukraine, which had struggled to demonstrate to domestic and int

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