The Rational Person’s Guide to Fidel Castro

There are few leaders who inspire the kind of irrational passion that surrounds the recently-deceased Fidel Castro.  He is a hero and a villain, and to have an opinion on him so often forces you to choose between the two. But there is another way to judge leadership.  To understand Castro's true historical legacy, we … Continue reading The Rational Person’s Guide to Fidel Castro

America, Cuba, and The Shrinking Ranks of Rogue States (Or: Why The U.S. Is Running Out Of Enemies)

Rejoice, frozen New Englanders, for you may soon be able to enjoy Cuba's pristine beaches, vintage cars, and rampant sex industry! At long last, most of America's elites can and do recognize the 50  year embargo of Cuba has failed to oust the Castros, overthrow communism, and return Cuba to the U.S. fold.  This final … Continue reading America, Cuba, and The Shrinking Ranks of Rogue States (Or: Why The U.S. Is Running Out Of Enemies)

Don’t Slag Off Mexico’s Potential (Or, Mexico Es Muy Grande Y Importante)

When a nation-state has a rather nasty running drug war (that is way more than just a metaphorical drug war), headlines tend to be dominated by all kinds of rough incidents, usually involving murder, beheadings, and other nightmare-inducing stuff.  But don't slag off Mexico.  It only looks terrible because people keep talking about how it's … Continue reading Don’t Slag Off Mexico’s Potential (Or, Mexico Es Muy Grande Y Importante)