Robert Freeman

Robert Freeman

Robert Freeman writes about economics and education. He is the author of The Best One-Hour History series which includes World War I, The Vietnam War, The Cold War, and other titles.

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Monday, November 21, 2016
The Clean Deal: A Strategy for Healing and Renewal
The country needs to heal. It can do that by renewing itself. Both are possible, but only if the parties put aside their treasured shibboleths and commit to a twenty-first century economic renaissance, a Clean Deal. The harkening to Roosevelt’s New Deal is intentional. Donald Trump’s election was...
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Wednesday, November 09, 2016
President Donald Trump and The Great Repudiation
If ever there was a repudiation of "The Establishment," this was it. The most patently unqualified, the most offensive, personally odious presidential candidate in American history has just been elected president. The Groper in Chief. This is not so much an embrace of Donald Trump—his negatives...
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Sunday, February 01, 2015
Did the U.S. Learn Any Lessons From Vietnam?
January 30th was the 47th anniversary of the start of the Tet Offensive. Tet was the tipping point of the Vietnam War, the battle that exposed the lie of “light at the end of the tunnel.” It is worth remembering to see if we can salvage any lessons from it. On January 30th, 1968, the Viet Cong and...
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Saturday, November 22, 2014
Cold War 2.0 Not a Likely Win for the U.S.
November marks the 25 th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. One of the totemic structures of the Cold War came down. But with conflict between the U.S. and Russia heating up again, is another Cold War in the offing? More importantly, will Cold War 2.0 end the same as did 1.0, with a U.S...
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Monday, October 20, 2014
ISIS: A Monster Created by the West
It is a laughable routine of the mass media to demonize all of the leaders of U.S. enemies as latter-day Hitlers. Saddam Hussein was a Hitler. Hugo Chavez in Venezuela was a Hitler. Gaddafi in Libya. Assad in Syria. Hillary Clinton recently equated Putin in Russia with Hitler. Finally, however, we...
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Sunday, September 21, 2014
Why Obama’s ISIS Strategy is Incoherent
If there is a single word to describe Obama’s campaign against ISIS, it is “incoherent.” It doesn’t hold together even on its own terms. And in the context of a larger strategy for the Middle East it is delusional, even destructive of U.S. interests. The reason is that the U.S. doesn’t control the...
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Sunday, September 14, 2014
Learning to Live with Common Core
There is much to dislike about the Common Core standards for education. They were not written by educators to promote education. They were written by businessmen to create a single national market for their products: textbooks, testing services, and such. And they have been promoted by ideologues...
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Sunday, September 07, 2014
“ISIS” is Arabic for “Khmer Rouge”
One of the biggest frauds surrounding the Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) is that its emergence was unforeseen, indeed, unforeseeable. Nothing could be further from the truth. Forty-five years ago, the U.S. created another ISIS—a virulent, apocalyptic movement of anti-Western fundamentalists—during...
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Saturday, August 09, 2014
An Anniversary for Rethinking “History”
August is the anniversary of three of the most important events of the past century: the start of World War I; the atomic bombing of Hiroshima; and the Gulf of Tonkin Incident in Vietnam. Each of them should give us pause to consider how deeply steeped our history is in the mythologies of military...
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Sunday, March 30, 2014
Ukraine: What is the Proper Historical Parallel?
Pundits and politicians are falling all over themselves to identify the appropriate historical precedent for Ukraine. The larger issue of superpower conflict in the region is portentous of World War I . But the more immediate events, including Russia’s annexation of Crimea, are still waiting to be properly defined.
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