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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.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
(13 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(11 comments) SHARE 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)...