Michael Barone

Michael Barone

Opinion: It’s a Hinge Year in History — for Russia and China – Michael Barone

Will 2022 turn out be a hinge year, as a moment when long-standing trends in geopolitics suddenly shifted in a different direction? This week, two important writers, one a long-established and prolific historian, the other a provocative presence on the internet, have argued persuasively that the answer is yes. But there’s one other interesting point

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Opinion: Are Polls Understanding Republicans’ Support? – Michael Barone

Over the last three months, political journalists have been reporting a trend toward Democrats. The Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, they have reported, has provided increased motivation for Democrats to turn out and vote. The easing of gas prices from their springtime peak has reduced concern about out-of-control inflation. Biden administration legislative victories

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Opinion: On Ukraine and on Welfare, Morale Trumps Materiel – Michael Barone

Morale matters more than materiel. Again and again, experts’ predictions, based on readily quantifiable data and logical extrapolations, have proved disastrously wrong. The phenomenon is seen in apparently unrelated areas in foreign affairs and domestic policy. Examples: Ukraine and welfare. The U.S. intelligence experts who accurately predicted the Russian invasion of Ukraine were wrong about

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Opinion: Student Loan Forgiveness: A Payoff for the Woke – Michael Barone

“A Bailout for Woke Higher Ed” reads the headline on the stringent analysis by the Wall Street Journal’s Allysia Finley of the Biden student loan forgiveness program. It’s a program that’s economically regressive, “even worse than you thought,” with big bailouts for the most affluent, as economist Tyler Cowen points out. It’s wildly more expensive

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