Articles by William R. Hawkins

President Trump Assumes Leadership of the True Climate Consensus

The New York Times worried that President Trump would formally pull the U.S. out of the Paris accords. But he doesn’t have to do that since the terms do not actually compel any country to do anything against its interests. … Continue reading

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Resist What? The Left’s Resistance Calendar

At its core, the radicals embrace the defeat of America overseas and its ruination at home. Anyone who doubts this should just look back to the last time the Left manifested this much enthusiasm in the streets and in the … Continue reading

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The Strategic Challenge

The book under review is Peter Navarro’s third work that concentrates on the strategic challenge the People’s Republic of China poses to the security and prosperity of the United States; the other two being Death by China: Confronting the Dragon … Continue reading

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Rebuilding a Navy that Can Go in Harm’s Way

The U.S. Navy has suffered two decades of static, sub-minimal fleet development in a dynamic world of rising threats. The post-Cold war era ended long ago. We are now in another interwar period more akin to the 1930s. But America … Continue reading

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The Future of Populism is Conservative, Not Liberal

Populism gives Trump the opportunity to save the Right from its lassitude. And to conjure up the worst nightmare for the Left, a revival of national unity and purpose; the fear of which has already sparked hate speech and flag-burning … Continue reading

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America’s Success Story: From Hamilton to Trump

Donald Trump’s promise to “bring back jobs from overseas” (particularly from China) is perfectly in accord with the Hamiltonian approach, which in the 19th century became known as the American System. George Washington, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay and Abraham Lincoln were all … Continue reading

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The Strongest Tribe’s Will to Win

Retired Lt. General Michael T. Flynn served in a variety of intelligence posts during an Army career spanning some 33 years, starting with the 82nd Airborne Division. Most of his time was spent with the paratroopers and special operations forces. … Continue reading

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Corruption: Why Trump Will No Longer Defend Ryan

Trump has won the attention of the working class on the issues of trade and immigration. These issues are intertwined under the heading of “open borders” and are central to the division within the GOP. In short, Big Business wants … Continue reading

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A Lame Duck: Mascot of a Failed, Corrupt Congress

Obama has said that he intends to push the TPP in the lame-duck session of Congress. There is no better tactic for subverting democracy than the lame duck session. And the transnational corporate lobbyists are pushing hard for one! A few days wedged between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when the average citizen is tired of politics and looking forward to some holiday cheer – and naive thoughts of a better world, is just what the Establishment needs to get its way. Continue reading

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Clinton Still Using Free Trade Rhetoric

Beijing kicked its trade offensive into high gear while Bill Clinton was in the White House, but looking the other way. And, while Hillary Clinton has been pushed into spinning some of her views during the current campaign, it does not seem that she has truly broken with the past to devise new policies to deal with the economic rivalries that have done so much damage to the U.S. economy and now jeopardizes national security as well. Continue reading

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The International Trade Commission and the Failure of U.S. Trade Policy

The WTO is a supranational agency established in 1995 to prevent nations from adopting trade policies that give their domestic industries an advantage over foreign rivals. It can declare national legislation “illegal,” if it harms foreign interests. Archives around the world are filled with treaties and other documents that no longer hold sway because they no longer describe reality or fit the needs of major powers. The WTO needs to go into that pile. Then American statesmen can go back to the “protectionist” policies of national development that from its founding built the U.S. into the powerhouse of the 20th century, so it can remain on top during the 21st. Continue reading

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Trump Versus a Bi-Partisan Liberal Establishment: The Trade-Immigration Connection

The Boston Globe adheres to the liberal ideology, even as it is critical of Big Business in other regards. It rejects Trump as a xenophobe because he wants to “make America great again” by protecting the economic interests of its citizens first. The left-wing newspaper thus promotes House Speaker Paul Ryan as its favorite for the Republican nomination, as he is known to favor both free trade and mass immigration in the classical liberal fashion. Thus is formed a bi-partisan Establishment without any ideological “borders” between them – but also without any political support beyond corporate boardrooms, faculty lounges and a few surreal publications. Continue reading

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The Great Recession of 2007-08

The title of Bernanke’s memoirs states the theme of this document that focuses on his term as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. And the term document is appropriate because it is a very detailed … Continue reading

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Where is China in the Presidential Campaign?

The public needs to understand the larger strategic context of the 2016 presidential campaign, but is not getting enough information on the stump about the most important duty of the next president; keeping the United States the preeminent power in the world system as China (and Russia) mount new challenges. Continue reading

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Being Anti-Establishment Should Not Bring Chaos

The proper counter to socialism and corruption is nationalism. It is the only broad and deep concept of society that can uphold conservative values and channel the creative energy of capitalism to the common good. It is also the only ideology that can rebuild the Reagan coalition and widen the base of the Republican Party by bringing back the hard-working Americans the “country club” party has alienated. It is ironic that a billionaire with global business interests is the one who has taken up the nationalist banner with his Reaganite pledge to “make America great again.” Continue reading

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‘The China Dream’

Michael Pillsbury is currently Director of the Center for Chinese Strategy at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. He has concentrated on the People’s Republic of China over a career of service to Presidents from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama, … Continue reading

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Trump and 9/11: Seen or Unseen, There Are Those Who Want to See America Fall

Trump’s memory may well be wrong on details of what he saw or heard on television news reports over 14 years ago. That is the flaw in Trump’s extemporaneous style. But his larger point, that there are among us people who hate America and want to see it fall, is indisputably true and should remind us to be on our guard at all times against their actions and influence. Continue reading

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Will Obama Surrender U.S. Rights in UN Climate Talks?

Any UN agreement will impose high costs on the American economy which will reverse the slow recovery from the 2008 Great Recession and lower the standard of living of most citizens. The public needs to watch what happens in Paris, alert to any threat to America’s right to set its own “national development priorities” with no outside interference. There is always the hope that the next president will have a pro-growth agenda. Continue reading

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Trump’s Campaign Slogan — “Make America Great Again” — Reflects Rise in National Sentiment

It is often said that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged. The turn to the Right in America started with a backlash against the disastrous ideas, both social and economic, that came out of the 1960s and reached fruition with the “stagflation” and anarchy of President Jimmy Carter. A new generation has suffered through the painfully slow half-recovery under President Barack Obama. Thus, both the libertarian and democratic-socialist models have failed. This leaves only a genuine conservative model to save the day, if it can find a champion. Continue reading

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Club for Growth (in China) Attacks Trump

Trump should welcome the attack by the Club for Growth (in China), as it exposes the group’s anti-American platform in perfect contrast to Trump’s posture as a “patriotic businessman;” a notion alien to the Club’s liberal philosophy which holds national loyalty to be outdated and irrelevant to the conduct of “globalization” and transnational corporatism. Continue reading

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Net Assessment: Beyond Systems Analysis

Andrew Marshall has served every Secretary of Defense since James Schlesinger during President Richard Nixon’s second term. However, Marshall came to Washington earlier to work for then-National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger on the reform of the intelligence community. Marshall had … Continue reading

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The IRS Targeting Scandal’s Threat to Constitutional Government

A faction whose passion to “transform” America in radical ways loses any sense of fairness or respect for the rule of law. At the center of the scandal is Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Exempt Organizations. The House voted Lerner to be in contempt of Congress. Only six Democrats voted for the bill, again demonstrating the partisan nature of the scandal. The Obama Justice Department has refused to enforce the contempt charge. The GOP members of the House Ways and Means Committee have asked the new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, to take action… Continue reading

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Baltimore: The Line Between Civilization and Barbarism in America

If society decays, nothing else is safe, least of all property rights and personal security. While the police have to be given whatever they need to hold the line against the barbarians, the nature of the society being protected must also be strengthened and extended to drive back the menace at its source. Continue reading

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Real War is Back

The scale of warfare in the 21st century is again evolving upward after the relative calm of the immediate post-Cold War period. This is the pattern of history. U.S. policy-makers need to understand this evolution and adapt national strategy accordingly.

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Obama’s Tax Hikes Threaten Middle Class Family Advancement

I worked for several years in my first wife’s family business started by her father. It was an enterprise that spanned generations, as all his children were involved in running the operation. The left’s idea of inheritance is that there is no connection between…

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Obama Poised to Accept UN Climate Mandates

On December 1, the United Nation’s annual climate conference opened in Lima, Peru. The two week Conference of the Parties brings together delegates from 194 countries to discuss ways to handle “climate change.” It is easy to dismiss these meetings; this one marks the twentieth year of such gatherings, as just excuses for bureaucrats and activists to travel to exotic locales to have a good time, dressed up with bloviating rhetoric about “saving the planet.” The hippy-dippy weathermen image has been elevated this year by holding meetings in tents. As the UN itself describes the setting, “Much of the social pulse of the Conference is felt outdoors, in an almost park-like setting in the areas between the facilities.” Conference President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Environment Minister of Peru, pledged that “voices will be heard” and “bridges will be built.” Marchers waved signs proclaiming “Keep the Oil in the Soil” and other Luddite notions. In other words, the usual spectacle.

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Is a Restoration of Legitimate Government on its Way?

But the GOP will have to look beyond the “advice” of Big Business since it is corporate policy that has sought to keep American incomes down. It must be remembered that the Chamber of Commerce supports Obama on immigration.

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Conservatives Must Reverse National Decay – and Save the GOP from Self-Destruction

With national elections looming, all the structural factors favor a Republican wave that will shift control of the Senate and give the GOP majorities in both houses of Congress. Yet, the actual Senate contests in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and North Carolina are considered too close to call. This implies that despite President Obama’s fall in public confidence as his economic and foreign policies have faltered; the Republicans have not presented voters with a strong case for putting them into power.

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How SDI Pushed the USSR into the Abyss

When I was a graduate student during the Carter Administration, pessimism was rampant among those of us who closely followed world affairs. While the U.S. military was being “hollowed out” with budget cuts, the Soviet Union was building up the Red Army massed along the border with Western Europe.

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Taiwan Stands for Democracy in China, and So Should We

On August 31, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee in Beijing laid down rules for the 2017 election of a chief executive for Hong Kong. The headline on which the Chinese Communist regime wanted the world to focus was the proclamation of “universal suffrage” for the vote. That sounded very democratic and out of character for the one-party dictatorship that rules the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The details, however, were very much in character.

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Support Your Local Police, MRAPs and All

Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri knows his constituency. Though considered a moderate within Democratic circles, he knows he must look leftward given rumors that he could be a 2016 vice-presidential pick. So he proclaimed a “light hand” in his response to the mob violence in Ferguson.

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Invasion of America’s Southern Border: Providing Sanctuary for MS-13 Killers

Many of the illegal aliens pouring into the U.S. are not fleeing chaos; they are bringing it with them. Indeed, many are responsible for creating the chaos. Bringing in another generation of street gangsters, drug pushers and killers under the false rhetoric of providing sanctuary from “violence and oppression” in Central America…

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On Immigration, Cantor was a Radical, not a Moderate

The issue that allowed economics professor David Brat to defeat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the June 10 Virginia primary was immigration policy. President Obama’s vision of ”comprehensive immigration reform” attracted enough GOP votes in the Senate (though not a majority) to pass last year…

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Defection is not Convergence

Buchanan dislikes the neocons, blaming them for maintaining an assertive foreign policy after the Cold War ended in victory. Apparently, the U.S should have folded its tent and retreated into isolationism, as it did after winning the other two world wars of the 20th century. Those strategic decisions left the country unprepared for the next round of conflict. History shows that all “post-war” periods become “interwar” periods.

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Conservatives Must Insure Capitalism Serves the Nation

The group National Foreign Trade Council has opposed all sanctions on Iran from the start of the nuclear crisis. Iran has oil money and NFTC members want to do business with the regime regardless of any other consideration.

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Revisiting the “Reset” and Russian Expansion into Crimea

Putin has every reason to think that the Ukraine crisis will pass as did the Georgia crisis. And President Xi Jinping in Beijing will be watching as well, calculating how far to push in Asia. What is being reset is the map of the world.

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What Makes the Republicans the “Stupid Party?”

Jonathan V. Last writing his “Cold Open” column for the Weekly Standard February 5 revived the term “Stupid Party” for the Republicans. John Stuart Mill, a leading 19th century classical liberal is credited with branding conservatives as “stupid” because they weren’t up on the latest intellectual fads that he promoted. This is not what Mr. Last meant.

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House Republican Leaders Favor Granting President Obama More Power Over Economy

Who can forget Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s infamous statement: “But we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it,” during the debate over enacting Obamacare in 2010? Apparently, the House Republican leadership has forgotten. On January 9, House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers issued a statement in support of granting President Barack Obama

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China’s New Air Defense Zone is a Sign of Much Larger Ambitions

On November 23, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) announced the establishment of an East China Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and demanded that all aircraft entering or transiting the zone file flight plans with Beijing. China then deployed fighters to patrol the zone; threatening military action against anyone who did not acknowledge it’s authority in what is otherwise considered international…

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OBAMA’S ENERGY POLICY: SLOWING GROWTH HERE AND ABROAD

As a professional staff member on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in 2011, I was able to visit several countries to check on how the U.S. Aid for International Development (USAID) agency was fulfilling its many missions. On the agency’s website is the statement, “Broad-based economic growth is essential to sustainable, long-term development. It creates the opportunities impoverished households need to raise their living standards, provides countries with the resources to expand access to basic services, and—most important of all—enables citizens to chart their own prosperous futures.” Absolutely true, and not just in “developing” parts of the Third World, but in all parts of the world as “development” is an ongoing process everywhere.

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Excluding the American People from Trade Negotiations

The government shutdown caused President Barack Obama to cancel his trip to the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) meeting in Bali, Indonesia this week. Secretary of State John Kerry led the delegation instead. Bali is one of the most opulent resort areas in the world. On the sidelines of the conference, there were discussions between Administration officials with their opposite numbers from the other 11 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations.

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Keep Chinese Capital and Tech Flows Restricted

The summer and fall of 2010 were marked by diplomatic clashes between an increasingly assertive People’s Republic of China and the United States and its allies running from the Korean peninsula through the South China Sea to Southeast Asia.

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Barack Obama’s Disturbing Reference to Deng Xiaoping

President Barack Obama opened his remarks welcoming President Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China to a state visit on January 19 with a reference to a visit by Deng Xiaoping to the White House in 1979.

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Despite Some Unease, U.S. Business Still Marches with China

Though many major and controversial issues were pushed through the Senate during the lame duck session of the 111th Congress, the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act (H.R. 2378) was not among them.

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U.S. Resets to Give Russia Room to Expand

There are two pending agreements with Russia that are central to President Barack Obama’s “reset” relations with Moscow.

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China’s Energy Development: Strategic Dominance And Exclusivity

At the July meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Washington has grown increasingly concerned about the competing claims for territory in the South China Sea.

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U.S. Energy Policy Should Not be Based on Rare Events

In 1979, the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania suffered a cooling malfunction in its second reactor (TMI-2) which caused part of the core to melt.

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The Fiction Of Cap And Trade: Green Threat To American Prosperity And Security

The Congressional battle over health care has driven most other pending legislation off the front pages, but that doesn’t mean critical issues are not still out there.

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Pandemics and Open Borders

Mexico confirmed the first deaths related to the outbreak of H1N1 swine flu on April 24, 2009. Five days later, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised its pandemic alert to 5, the second-highest level, warning of widespread risk to human health.

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Sovereignty: Washington or Mexico City?

Texas Governor Rick Perry has been much in the news recently proclaiming the “sovereignty” of his state against the claims of the national government in Washington, DC.

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China’s Friend in Obama’s Cabinet

Gary Locke has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be Secretary of Commerce. This post requires that its holder think in national terms, but it is not clear from Locke’s record that he is inclined to do so.

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Citigroup – Bank of America: Stimulus Programs Used for Overseas Investments

A Government Accountability Office report released December 2nd raised concerns about the lack of oversight of the financial sector bailout program being administered by the Treasury Department.

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Trade in a World of Conflict: Russia, China and the WTO

Adam Smith lamented that “Commerce, which ought naturally to be, among nations, as among individuals, a bond of union and friendship, has become the most fertile source of discord and animosity.”

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