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Tom Magstadt earned his doctorate in international relations at Johns Hopkins (SAIS). He is a twice-tenured college professor and political science chair. He also served as a foreign intelligence analyst, a Visiting Professor at the Air University (Maxwell Air Force Base), and a Fulbright lecturer in the Czech Republic. His books include Understanding Politics: Ideas, Institutions, and Issues; Nations and Governments: Comparative Politics in Regional Perspective, and An Empire If You Can Keep it: Power and Principle in American Foreign Policy. His articles, essays, and op-eds have appeared in Worldview, the National Review, the Political Science Reviewer, USA Today Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, Des Moines Register, Omaha World-Herald, Kansas City Star, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Sioux Falls Argue-Leader. For several years he was a regular contributor to the Prague Post. He has taught at the Graduate School of International Management, Augustana College, the University of Nebraska (Kearney), the Air War College, the University of West Bohemia, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the University of Kansas.

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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 22, 2013
Colorado Sheriffs, Gun Control, and the Rule of Law This article criticizes county sheriffs who defy the law and argues that when cops refuse to enforce laws they don't like representative democracy, which is based on the rule of law, is threatened.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 20, 2013
What Did Marx Know And When Did He Know It? Capitalism's Dirty Little Secret... Marxism is discredited and Marx can't solve the problems of the postmodern world, but perhaps reacquainting ourselves with his ideas can help us understand how we got into this dire predicament -- and how to dig ourselves out.
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 11, 2013
SCOTUS: America's Supremely Corrupt Supreme Court The role of the Supreme Court under the Constitution is to act as the ultimate arbiter and guarantor of impartial justice. This article raises serious questions about the integrity the nation's high court. into serious.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The Coming Age of Coal Population pressures and carbon pollution have increased exponentially in the short span of a century, the demand for carbon based fuels is rising faster than ever, while coal production, far from declining, is greater than ever. What worse, if nothing changes, the demand for coal will skyrocket in the coming decades.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 2, 2013
Orwell for Congress! (Never mind, he's already there...) This article shows that the US not only spends far more on defense than other advanced countries, but also spends far less on social programs. It points out the hypocrisy of politicians who clamor for a balanced budget and demand cutbacks in social spending but pretend that excessive defense outlays aren't a major cause of the national debt.
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(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Sick in America: What Today's Reactionaries Don't Want You to Know The US has the most expensive and least efficient health care system in the advanced world. The Affordable Care Act is a small step toward health care reform. A very, very small step...
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 12, 2013
Shutdown: Congress, Coup Plotters, And the Ghost of Joe McCarthy The government shutdown is not simply an attack on a particular piece of legislation; it's a plot to overthrow a form of representative democracy based on majority rule and enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.
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(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 29, 2013
Dancing Toward Doomsday: Who Cares? This article treats climate-change policy as a puzzle with five easy pieces but solutions that are out of reach given the powerful forces arrayed against projects aimed at environmental protection in the US (not to mention the BRICs)...