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James Poulos

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James Poulos is a contributing editor at National Affairs and the author of The Art of Being Free, out January 17 from St. Martin's Press. He has written on freedom and the politics of the future for publications ranging from The Federalist to Foreign Policy and from Good to Vice. He fronts the band Night Years in Los Angeles, where he lives with his son.

Chris Christie is the thinking man's Donald Trump
Does New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have what it takes to win the presidency?
Opinion

Chris Christie is the thinking man's Donald Trump

Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and the politics of toughness
Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.
Opinion

Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and the politics of toughness

After Paris: Why the world needs a stronger U.S.-France alliance
French President Hollande is flanked by cabinet leaders during a moment of silence Monday.
Opinion

After Paris: Why the world needs a stronger U.S.-France alliance

Wall Street, 9/11, and the extraordinary cynicism of Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton
Opinion

Wall Street, 9/11, and the extraordinary cynicism of Hillary Clinton

Why John Kasich was the most important person at last night's Republican debate
John Kasich.
Opinion

Why John Kasich was the most important person at last night's Republican debate

Why America's military-industrial complex thinks Obama failed
President Obama's foreign policy has not been widely supported.
Opinion

Why America's military-industrial complex thinks Obama failed

How to save Syria
A picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Opinion

How to save Syria

CNBC is the perfect scapegoat for the GOP's 2016 problems
Debate moderators
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CNBC is the perfect scapegoat for the GOP's 2016 problems

Iraq is still an absolute disaster. And the Obama administration can't fix it.
Fighting near Baghdad.
Opinion

Iraq is still an absolute disaster. And the Obama administration can't fix it.

The surprising conservatism of the first Democratic debate
Democratic presidential candidates
Opinion

The surprising conservatism of the first Democratic debate

How TPP cements Obama's corporatist legacy
Trans Pacific Partnership
Opinion

How TPP cements Obama's corporatist legacy

Stop your embarrassing fawning over Edward Snowden's Twitter feed
Snowbird
Opinion

Stop your embarrassing fawning over Edward Snowden's Twitter feed

Russia's Syria gambit is yet another sign of American weakness
A U.S.-led airstrike in Syria.
Opinion

Russia's Syria gambit is yet another sign of American weakness

Ben Carson is a total snooze. That's a good thing.
Ben Carson
Opinion

Ben Carson is a total snooze. That's a good thing.

What Bernie Sanders can teach secular liberals about the value of faith
Bernie Sanders speaking at Liberty University.
Opinion

What Bernie Sanders can teach secular liberals about the value of faith

Donald Trump, China, and America's economic nationalism problem
Donald Trump
Opinion

Donald Trump, China, and America's economic nationalism problem

The Donald rises: Why Republicans want an anti-hero in 2016
Donald Trump
Opinion

The Donald rises: Why Republicans want an anti-hero in 2016

The case for Joe Biden
Joe Biden
Opinion

The case for Joe Biden

Let Amazon be Amazon
Amazon
Opinion

Let Amazon be Amazon

Why Ted Cruz has the best chance of becoming the GOP nominee
Ted Cruz
Opinion

Why Ted Cruz has the best chance of becoming the GOP nominee

Hillary Clinton and America's higher education racket
Hillary Clinton
Opinion

Hillary Clinton and America's higher education racket

Is the Iran nuclear deal really about the U.S.-China rivalry?
John Kerry, Barack Obama
Opinion

Is the Iran nuclear deal really about the U.S.-China rivalry?

Why it's too late to prevent the robot apocalypse
The Terminator
Opinion

Why it's too late to prevent the robot apocalypse

The West has a big Turkey problem
Turkish soldiers patrol the Turkey-Syria border.
Opinion

The West has a big Turkey problem

For the GOP, Donald Trump may be evil incarnate — literally
Donald Trump
Opinion

For the GOP, Donald Trump may be evil incarnate — literally

Greece's populist powder keg
Greek Protests
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Greece's populist powder keg

What happens if China's economy is weak and its military is strong?
A Chinese soldier salutes his flag
Opinion

What happens if China's economy is weak and its military is strong?

Want to keep Greece in the EU? Conquer it.
Greece riot
Opinion

Want to keep Greece in the EU? Conquer it.

What the internet forgets about the Magna Carta
Magna Carta
Opinion

What the internet forgets about the Magna Carta

Are small, private online courses the future of higher education in America?
Computer class
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Are small, private online courses the future of higher education in America?

Why Twitter is terrible
Twitter
Opinion

Why Twitter is terrible

Why Americans secretly love a gladiatorial blowhard like Donald Trump
Donald Trump
Opinion

Why Americans secretly love a gladiatorial blowhard like Donald Trump

What Libya taught Europe about playing with fire
European migrants
Opinion

What Libya taught Europe about playing with fire

What Republicans keep getting wrong about the Iraq War
Iraq war
Opinion

What Republicans keep getting wrong about the Iraq War

Hey, Americans: Move out of America
Road trip
Opinion

Hey, Americans: Move out of America

Is Europe ready to revolt against its small-minded, neoliberal bureaucracy?
European Parliament
Opinion

Is Europe ready to revolt against its small-minded, neoliberal bureaucracy?