William Hawkins

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  • June 1991

    The Sun Never Sets

    An Anglo-Indian force of 24,000 men under General Sir Hugh Cough attacked a Sikh army of 52,000 at Gujarat in the Punjab on February 21, 1849. In the words of Byron Farwell, the Sikhs had "a splendid army.

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  • Tuition for America
    November 1990

    Tuition for America

    "Commerce is a perpetual and peaceable war of wit and energy among the nations" wrote the 17th-century French statesman Jean Baptiste Colbert. He likened his Grandes Compagnies, state chartered trading companies, to "armies" attacking the economic foundations of rival nations.

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  • November 1990

    A Logical Choice

    Machiavelli, in answer to the question of whether a prince should prefer gold or arms, replied that arms were the logical choice since gold could not always buy a strong military but a strong military could usually acquire wealth.

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  • Open Doors, Open Questions
    August 1990

    Open Doors, Open Questions

    "Many believe that the country is overextended and should reduce its external commitments. But in a world of growing interdependence among nations, this advice is the wrong answer, and U.S. decline is the wrong question."

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  • Budgetary Issues

    The fiscal 1991 budget proposed by President Bush totaled some $1.2 trillion. This prodigious amount, larger than the entire Gross National Product of twenty years ago, is considered a "tight budget" in Washington.

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  • April 1990

    The Incredible Lightness of Being Liberal

    John Taft's book is a history of American foreign policy from World War I through the Vietnam War, as exemplified by the careers of prominent "liberal internationalists" who dominated the policymaking process.

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  • Whose Wealth of Whose Nation?
    January 1990

    Whose Wealth of Whose Nation?

    Rudyard Kipling wrote the above lines in 1919, the year after World War I ended. The war had delivered a fatal blow to international laissez-faire. It had shattered the dream of classical liberals that interdependence would put an end to national conflict.

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  • August 1989

    Trade Surplus Nation

    A trade surplus nation for the century before the 1980's, the US had been the world's leading industrial power since 1900 and a net creditor since World War I. The apparent reversal of all of these positions in less than a decade has elicited both consternation and controversy.

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  • July 1989

    Soviet Strategy

    For 40 years two topics have dominated popular discussions of international conflict. The first is the specter of nuclear war and the danger that any US-Soviet confrontation will escalate to Armageddon.

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  • April 1989

    National Insecurity

    From the elevation of arms control to the opening of talks with the PLO, the course of American foreign policy in recent years has led some to wonder why Ronald Reagan was once considered such a contrast to Jimmy Carter. The cycle is best seen in Central America.

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  • A Trick Question

    "Globalization"—when did it become a central tenet of conservatism? According to Deputy Secretary of State John C. Whitehead, it was in the New Deal era that the US "rejected isolationism and economic nationalism" in favor of the "globalization of our daily lives."

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  • Princelings of Peace
    December 1988

    Princelings of Peace

    "While at one time pacifists were single-mindedly devoted to the principles of nonviolence and reconciliation, today most pacifist groups defend the moral legitimacy of armed struggle and guerrilla warfare, and they praise and support the communist regimes emerging from such conflicts."

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  • November 1988

    The New Racism on Campus

    Having done four years of graduate work at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, I was distressed to learn that there, as elsewhere, a few radical activists can rout a weak administration and faculty by crying "racism."

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  • Empire, Again
    August 1988

    Empire, Again

    Yale historian Paul Kennedy's book has been a great success, but unfortunately with the wrong people for the wrong reasons. Attention has focused on his concept of "imperial overstretch" which comes about when economic resources can no longer sustain military commitments.

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  • U.S.—Staying in Business
    April 1988

    U.S.—Staying in Business

    Not all change is progress. This simple statement is one of the dividing lines between right and left. An element of common sense to the conservative, it is denounced as timidity or a lame defense of vested interests by liberals and radicals.

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  • December 1987

    Counterrevolution in Toyland

    Among the hottest selling items in toy stores across the land is the "G.I. Joe" series of military action figures. Since the "Star Wars" movies, war toys have made a strong comeback from their depressed levels during the "antiwar" 1970's.

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  • Military History: Vital, Neglected
    November 1987

    Military History: Vital, Neglected

    Polybius was the most perceptive chronicler of Rome's rise to greatness. He concentrated on political and military history not merely to record the facts or to entertain an audience, but to provide lessons for the statesman. Today, however, military history is out of favor in academic circles.

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  • May 1987

    Empire Strikes Back

    During his discussion of the overthrow of feudalism by the bourgeoisie in his classic Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, Joseph Schumpeter asked whether "in the end such complete emancipation was good for the bourgeois and his world."

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  • Economic Ideology and the Conservative Dilemma
    January 1987

    Economic Ideology and the Conservative Dilemma

    From Edmund Burke's distrust of "sophisters, calculators and economists" to Calvin Coolidge's boast that "the business of America is business" on to George Gilder's "economy of heroes" has been a long journey that conservatism has not weathered well, either intellectually or politically.

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  • The Bear and His Claws
    February 1986

    The Bear and His Claws

    No matter where the finger roams on the map, the question inevitably arises: What are the Russians trying to do here? Richard F. Staar, a Senior Fellow at The Hoover Institution and an authority on Soviet communism, seeks to assess the global intentions and strategies of the world's most vigorously expansionist regime.

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