Russia builds anti-American alliance

by J.R. Nyquist -- Last week Russia got together with Venezuela, one of America's largest oil suppliers, to announce a "strategic partnership." Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has admitted that this partnernship is more…

The secret of Chinese influence

by J.R. Nyquist -- In a recent interview, Singapore's elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew said that China was "unstoppable." Speaking of the concentrated economic and brainpower of the People's Republic, Lee said more…

Revolutionaries versus conservatives

by J.R. Nyquist -- John Stuart Mill once described conservatives as "the stupid party." Clinging to tradition and established usage, the conservative is suspicious of radical change. Edmund Burke once wrote, "Old more…

Machiavelli, a must-read

by J.R. Nyquist -- Those who want to preserve the republic need to familiarize themselves with the classics of political literature. It is no accident that our political leadership proves less intelligent more…

Rooted in the past

by J.R. Nyquist -- A few days ago I interviewed a young woman who is about to graduate with a university degree. Looking back on her education she had one regret. For more…

Keep your eye on the ball

by J.R. Nyquist -- You are standing in left field and your attention lapses. All of a sudden people are shouting. You squint up into the sun and a baseball hits you more…

W's unilateral disarmament plan

by J.R. Nyquist -- Would you enter into a solemn agreement with liars and gangsters? Perhaps you wouldn't, but your elected officials would. In fact, that is what the arms-control process has more…

Defend Taiwan, defend America

by J.R. Nyquist -- Last week President George W. Bush spoke of defending democratic Taiwan against communist China. Many Americans, including a prominent "conservative" talk radio host (with the initials M.G.), were more…

Generational discontinuity

by J.R. Nyquist -- When we look at the problems of today, when we see so many disordered lives and moral misconceptions, we also find a generational discontinuity. As a people, we more…

Inside the foreign-policy wizard's brain

by J.R. Nyquist -- Foreign-policy wizards are smart. They can ring circles around anyone and anything. Listen to them long enough and up becomes down, down becomes up, right becomes wrong and more…