Kim Jong Il’s Death: Time to Stir Up Robber Baron Envy?

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North Korea’s despotic “Dear Leader” has died and is now succeeded by the newly dubbed “Great Successor.”  It may be time for the makers of Team America World Police to issue a sequel to memorialize in Western pop culture both the demise of Kim Jong Il and the rise of a son, Kim Jong Un, few know much about other than alleged, celebrated ruthlessness. As the media race to tell the story of the weirdness of hereditary succession in a…

Rick Perry’s Out in the Open Bigotry

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I became the 599,464th person to dislike Rick Perry’s anti-gay ad titled “Strong” on YouTube. Only 17,811 people have clicked they like it. This is the Rick Perry zinger: You don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. Bigotry out loud. Perry probably can’t pull off a win in the presidential primary…

General Dempsey: Silence on Military Strategy Not Bad for Now

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photo source: C-Span Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey said yesterday at a meeting hosted by the Atlantic Council that the absence of a public discussion about shifts and changes in US military strategy amidst certain significant budget goods is a ‘good thing’ for now. Dempsey acknowledged that behind the scenes and in “the tank” — a place where military commanders can meet “without note-takers” and discuss complex strategic problems — a serious review of security objectives and…

Property Rights & Arab Spring

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This morning, The Atlantic hosted a forum on high-growth business (video should be posted on the site later for those interested) and I got to moderate the first session — where Gallup Chairman & CEO Jim Clifton hammered on the point that despite the economic fragility and doldrums of the US economy today, America’s system of laws, particularly contract law, creates a base for entrepreneurs unmatched in the world.  Clifton said that prevalent corruption in many places around the world…