Shadow Government

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How does Obama stack up against the GOP's favorite president?


In Democratic Vote, Moscow Looks to Restore Soviet Symbol

Muscovites will debate the restoration of their own contentious symbol -- the statue of a feared Soviet police chief.


Why Pope Francis Inspires Raúl Castro to Go to Church

Warming relations between Havana and the Vatican demonstrate a broader trend of reconciliation between the once-hostile ideologies, which has accelerated under social welfare-minded Francis.


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The Communists that China Forgot

Not an hour from Beijing is a hard-core leftist's "utopia," free from modern Chinese materialism. Welcome to Righteous Path Farm Academy.


Xi Jinping Forever

Is China’s increasingly powerful president angling to break tradition and extend his rule indefinitely?

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Why economic prosperity is still something of a mystery

Your humble blogger is currently knee-deep in a pedagogical project on the foundations of economic prosperity.  You can imagine my delight, then, that Daron Acemoglu ...

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Everything I know about North Korea in one blog post

One of my favorite passages of fiction comes from Douglas Adams' The Restaurant at the End of the Universe:  It is a curious fact, and ...

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