It’s Time for the Draft, with a Twist

“‘They say the great equalizer is death, but bootcamp is a close second.’” Americans have been thinking a lot about divorce lately—from each other. There is only one solution left if America wishes to avoid such catastrophe. Let us admit first that separation—a topic which every American has been talking about in private but kept under wraps in public—was finally …

My Experience Being Cancelled, Twice

“While many have suffered badly—and I do feel their anguish over being fired, falling into depression, or even committing suicide—I have to admit that it turned out rather nicely for me.”   By now most people have heard of—or know—someone who has been cancelled. This near right-of-passage hit me not so long ago, and it came with a solid dose …

Is the American Economy Significantly Different than Europeans Think?

“Do you realize how strange it is that professionals can move around Europe more freely than they can in the U.S.? And that overall, Alabama has more autonomy over its regulations than France does?”   Most Americans assume that despite social and political divisions currently eating at the heart of the country—with perhaps temporary reprieve under a new President—the United …

Interview with Ruud Koopmans: Understanding Muslim Immigration to Europe

“[Historically,] Islamic societies were actually more advanced, more liberal, and more tolerant than Western societies. So, there is nothing intrinsic to Islam that explains these problems.”   Every country that welcomes immigrants must ask fundamental questions about who will be allowed in and who will be excluded. Prior to the pandemic of 2020, global migration was greater than at any …

Why Trust Prevents Nations from Tearing Themselves Apart

“The last time a leading Danish politician was murdered was 1286. It’s not war with your foreign enemies [that matters]; it’s internally, in political stability.”   The backbone of a happy, healthy society is rooted in how much its citizens trust one another. If one place in the world could teach a few things about creating a peaceful society, it …