The Daily DeX 07/18/2019: What If Democrats Got Real About Realism?

"There are issues on the horizon (energy, climate change, migrant flows, technological shifts, sluggish productivity) that will make realists of us all. Whereas neoconservatism and liberal internationalism have been aspirational, realism might have a chance of preserving a (big “L”) Liberal international order simply by injecting it with some good old fashioned rationality."

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R.I.P. The Weekly Standard

"In the Before Time, The Long Long Ago, keeping an eye on rightward opinioning was good for sharpening counter-arguments. Now I appreciate anti-orange conservatives as one appreciates well-armed, battle-tested holdouts trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. The numbers aren't on their side, but the fact that they are the final few is a prima facie case that they weren't wrong on everything."

Thinking Differently About North Korea (Updated)

History tells us that no nuclear power with missiles it can fire has ever totally denuclearized of its own free will. So expect Kim Jong-un to ask the world in Singapore. If he doesn’t get it, he’ll play for time. Trump has another two to four years. Kim Jong-un has the rest of his life.

Syria Is A Black Box

Black boxes have inputs and outputs, but the connections among them and the rules that govern how causes become effects are purposely opaque so that consent can be manufactured and propaganda can be accepted without evidence. A few thoughts on how black a box Syria is: