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About jackgoldstone

Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University

Vladimir Putin’s Wish List

Let us assume that the allegations of links between Russia and the Trump campaign are nonsense.  Grant that all that Donald Trump and his campaign have been doing are wholly motivated by Trump’s own plans and interests.   Can we then … Continue reading

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Fake News, Real News — It’s all news now.

After a campaign in which Donald Trump promised to lock up his opponent for crimes that the FBI now says she never committed, Trump himself is facing an uncomfortable turn of the karmic wheel. It 2016, Donald Trump and his … Continue reading

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Lies, Fights, and Deals

Although Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in as President, we already have a pretty good idea how he will act in office.  This is because he has already begun acting as the leader of the United States, particularly … Continue reading

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Cuba and Castro

One of the last great revolutionary leaders of the 20th century has passed away.   One may hesitate to call Fidel Castro “great” – but whether you admire or revile him, no one can deny that he exercised global influence over … Continue reading

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Trumponomics — Will it help or hurt?

Some hopeful commentators, even liberals like Paul Krugman, have expressed the hope that Donald Trump might enact some good economic policies, of they kind they have advocated.  This includes a vigorous spending program on infrastructure, tax reforms to simplify and … Continue reading

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Why Trump Won

Many explanations have been offered for why Donald Trump won the election.  He didn’t — the reality is that Clinton lost, and why is not hard to understand.  My account below will be published in Russia Direct.  Feel free to … Continue reading

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Be very afraid

Dear Friends, I have now returned from my 9 months in Hong Kong, where my plans to start a new program in public policy — what would have been HK’s first School of Public Policy — came apart in the … Continue reading

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