Ira Stoll



Sep 24, 2018
Today’s mood, though, notwithstanding Trump’s greatness rhetoric and his military buildup, seems characterized by more humility. It’s a contrast to the post-September 11, 2001, ambition, and to the financial-crisis-era-and-aftermath ambition that some had for the size of government.


Sep 17, 2018
"Not normal" is a regular refrain of the president’s critics. One thing that doesn’t seem normal is to have a country in such apparently healthy condition so down on its president. If Trump makes it to 2020, his big challenge will be to turn that mood around.


Sep 10, 2018
In a new book, "The Virtue of Nationalism," Yoram Hazony, president of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem, argues that nationalism is preferable to the alternative of imperialism, of "uniting mankind, as much as possible, under a single political regime."


Sep 4, 2018
As in any large institution, though, there are some bad apples, or ordinary apples who get tempted into bad behavior. In the case of Goldman-Sachs, behavior raises doubts not only about integrity but even about intelligence.


Aug 27, 2018
The same civil liberties that protect accused communists or street criminals may also protect the president or his lawyer. They protect us all.


Aug 20, 2018
The late James Q. Wilson warned that there have been powerful law enforcement agencies that operated without the constraints of political superiors or of public opinion. The record of such authoritarian secret police forces, "judged by the test of human liberty, is not promising."


Aug 13, 2018
Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., may experience poetic justice. As a congressman, he had the power to write law to prevent the SEC, and others, from inventing new crimes. Collins and his colleagues neglected to do that. Now he is getting a lesson in the consequences of that default.


Aug 6, 2018
The constitutional set-up, delegating limited and enumerated powers to the federal government while reserving the rest, to the states and the people, has a certain genius to it. A genius having a way of making itself discovered when one doesn’t agree with Washington.

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