The Secessionist Tempest in Texas

The Secessionist Tempest in Texas

Once again, there’s a tempest brewing in the national tea pot. We’re talking secession. Well, some of us are. Actually, very few are — and some of them aren’t too tightly wrapped. There’s now a secession drive in a mess of red states, but...
Loose American Screws

Loose American Screws

My feeling continues to grow that somewhere deep in the psyche of the American people there is a screw loose. We entered the 21st century as the most powerful nation on earth. There was nobody second. We had our problems, certainly, but we also had a budget surplus, a...

A World of Selfistans?

Reflecting on the absurdity of ever newer claims around the world for self-determination and separate statehood, novelist Salman Rushdie wrote sarcastically in Shalimar the Clown, “Why don’t we just draw a circle around our own two feet and call it...

Next Moves in Kosovo

Negotiations between Belgrade and Prishtina over the final status of Kosovo have officially failed, and Russia will veto any Western attempt at the UN Security Council to recognize the independence of this Serbian province populated by mostly ethnic Albanians. At some...