Articles by William R. Hawkins
Beijing claims the entire South China Sea to be its national territory based on the history of Imperial China. This claim has no standing under current international law, but Beijing believes its “comprehensive national power” will make its claims a … Continue reading
President Trump wants to put America back on track. Throughout the nation’s successful history, the free trade idea has fallen on deaf ears as Americans took their fate into their own hands. This was what the struggle for independence was … Continue reading
Any discussion of fiscal reform must start with a truth that is seldom heard. The purpose of taxation is to generate the revenue needed to pay the government’s bills. In the face of rising deficits, even in good times (leaving … Continue reading
Congress cannot just be “spectators” to national security; they must actively support it as the first duty of the Federal government. “Let me be clear,” said Mattis, “As hard as the last 16 years of war have been, no enemy … Continue reading
Too many putative conservatives, especially establishment Republicans, do not realize what is at stake in these culture wars. They still think it is just politics as usual; whose brother-in-law gets the next paving contract. Meanwhile, suicidal notions are slipping more … Continue reading
Sir John James Cowperthwaite was born in Edinburgh in 1915, ironically to a father who was a surveyor of taxes. Ironically because he would earn a reputation for keeping taxes low as part of his highly successful pro-growth strategy implemented … Continue reading
Thus, what seems like a minor event, a few players knelling in protest of the American flag and national anthem, is part of a much larger movement linked in an ideology well ensconced in some of the country’s leading institutions, … Continue reading
President Trump’s tax reform program is in stark contrast to critics on the Left who still want a tax system that redistributes income to those who will be denied opportunity by an ideology that deplores capitalism, fears economic growth, and … Continue reading
Сraig Shirley has written several books on Ronald Reagan and here expands his work on the Reagan Revolution by shifting his focus to the leader of the Republican resurgence in the U.S. House that continued the movement first brought to … Continue reading
The street battle in Charlottesville pitted two enemies of American nationalism in a contest over which fringe group of dissidents – who all hate how the United States has reached its level of high civilization – will bring the country … Continue reading
The Belt and Road Initiative is the vanguard for Beijing’s reach for global power. It may not work, given all the imponderables of a project on this scale, not to mention conflicting interests with nations along its route. But at … Continue reading
The high prices for this work are, unfortunately, typical for books imported from the United Kingdom. It is, however, one of the best researched volumes on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s driving vision, his “dream” to return his country to the … Continue reading
There is nothing special in the “100-day Action Plan.” On balance, the consensus favors the opening of China to American business. It will, of course, depend on careful monitoring to insure that the door is swinging the right way. China … Continue reading
Trump did not campaign as an isolationist and thus cannot be charged with “flip flopping” because he is not acting like an isolationist in office. Both the original charge and its new twist are examples of “fake news” concocted by … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are two pending agreements with Russia that are central to President Barack Obama’s “reset” relations with Moscow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”