21-27 April 2019
1. The Progressive Revolution: From Democratic to Liberal to Progressive to Socialist
Victor Davis Hanson of the National Review takes an in-depth look into how the left has taken a shift towards being ever more radical. The election of Barack Obama in 2008 and his subsequent election in 2012 were the first steps in the left’s adoption of increasingly polarized stances on almost all issues. The mindset has not changed, and in fact has gotten significantly worse. Today, the left wears the term “socialist” as a mark of pride, as opposed to recognizing its massive failures and atrocities across the world. The shift to increasingly radical ideologies, accepted and propagated by the left, is a threat to the future of the US.
2. A Realistic Foreign Policy Should Diplomacy with North Korea Fail
Hudson Institute Asia-Pacific Security Chair Patrick Cronin analyzes the case of North Korea and provides a plan of action should diplomatic steps with Kim Jong-Un fail. Because North Korea maintains nuclear weapons, the United States and its allies in the Pacific must move carefully in guaranteeing the safety of all parties. If diplomacy fails to accomplish the denuclearization of North Korea, the US and its Pacific allies must work to deter and contain the radical Kim regime. Actively ensuring that pressures on the North Korean economy, in combination with the threat of force, are just some of the possible approaches.
3. Space-Based Solar Power and 21st-Century Geopolitical Competition Malcolm Davis of RealClearDefense writes about the race for Solar Power satellites in outer space. China has been developing technology that can beam uninterrupted solar energy in outer space back to the earth, making solar power an effective and efficient way to power cities and manufacturing operations. Davis claims that this will be one of the next major space races, equating it to the moon landings in reference to how powerful it will be. If China is first to achieve these technologies, they will be the ones shaping the future global markets and eventually the political structure of the world as a whole. The US must take the development of their own space-based energy technologies seriously if America is to be the leader in future space expansion.