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Down with Dengism, an obstacle to progress

Sep 8, 2014

Down with Dengism, an obstacle to progress

by Minxin Pei

While former leader Deng Xiaoping — whose birth 110 years ago was recently celebrated in China — deserves appreciation for having brought China back from the abyss of Maoism, his approach, "Dengism," is now impeding the country's economic prospects.

Why extremism loves company

Sep 5, 2014

Why extremism loves company

by Cass R. Sunstein

Most violent extremists are not poor and do not lack education. But psychological experiments suggest that it's a matter of extremism loving company, and that participation in group decision-making tends to strengthen and polarize people's views.

In a NATO state of mind

Sep 5, 2014

In a NATO state of mind

by George Will

Can social media really add anything to the fact that a nuclear power — governed by an unconstrained despot fueled by a dangerous brew of disappointment, resentment and contempt — is dismembering another nation?