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Book Review: Noriko Kawamura, “Emperor Hirohito and the Pacific War” (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015)

I had stumbled upon this book after conversing with a Chinese colleague on the Sino-Japanese War (1937-45), and had inquired about the involvement of the emperor Hirohito in sanctioning the war. He was after all the supreme commander-in-chief of the … Continue reading

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Bannon’s International Nationalist Agenda

In a recent interview with the Economist editor, Zanny Minton Beddoes, Steve Bannon defended his nationalist agenda (Youtube, Sept. 15, 2018). Beddoes hammered Bannon on him threatening the open international trade regime, which had been responsible for much of the … Continue reading

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A Future for NAFTA?

The ascendancy of Donald Trump to the presidency has meant that the US administration will no longer tolerate to be “ripped off” by other trading partners around the world. Trump had denounced the “stupid” trade agreements such as NAFTA, which … Continue reading

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Philosopher Kings and Churchillian Pessimism

Unless, said I, either philosophers become kings in our states or those whom we now call our kings and rulers take to the pursuit of philosophy seriously and adequately, and there is a conjunction of these two things, political power … Continue reading

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Reflections on Personal Faith

This morning I had received a letter via email from the administrative clerk of the Protestant church in Austria, stating that I was freed from my debts to the church. After many years abroad, I had not paid the church … Continue reading

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The Limits of Liberalism

The often-cited End of History thesis of Francis Fukuyama became so popular, because the defeat of the Soviet Union and communism suggested that there are no more alternatives to the global liberal order, which contains an economic and a social/ … Continue reading

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Can Democracy be Combined with Capitalism?

The historic connection between democracy and capitalism is that democratic institutions have rarely existed outside of capitalism. The gradual expansion of the suffrage, which usually began with property-holding males, then all males and, lastly, women, happened over long stretches from … Continue reading

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