Richard Hanania's Newsletter

Richard Hanania
Foreign policy, American politics, and social science
Created 17 Sep 2020
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  • The Wright Show, and Interview with Freddie deBoer
    19 Jan 2022about 24 hours ago • 1 min read • 10 3
    Robert Wright is one of the sharpest foreign policy analysts out there, and I recommend everyone read his newsletter. I was glad to sit down with him on The Wright Show to talk about my new book. You ...
  • Hanania, Caplan, Razib in TX, January 19
    14 Jan 2022 • 1 min read • 12 5
    I’ll be at Dreamland in Dripping Springs, TX, on Wednesday, January 19th at 6:30 PM to talk about my book Public Choice Theory and the Illusion of Grand Strategy. It’s about half an hour outside Austi...
  • Fertility as the Final Boss in Chinese Development, and Richard Hanania Prediction Markets
    13 Jan 2022 • 12 min read • 26 32
    In the spring, I explained how I would be holding myself accountable for predictions, as all public intellectuals should. The idea was that I would report how my portfolio was doing on PredictIt. At t...
  • Breaking Points Appearance
    07 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read • 7 7
    On Tuesday, I was on Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar to discuss my new book. As of this writing, it’s still number 1 among new releases in political science on Kindle, as it was when I wrote t...
  • New Book: Public Choice Theory and the Illusion of Grand Strategy
    29 Dec 2021 • 10 min read • 32 14
    Today marks the release of my book, Public Choice Theory and the Illusion of Grand Strategy: How Generals, Weapons Manufacturers, and Foreign Governments Shape American Foreign Policy. Here it is on A...
  • Review of Patton (1970)
    26 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 6
    On the latest Narrative Control podcast, I discuss the film Patton (1970) with Rob Henderson. We talk about what it's like in 2021 trying to understand a movie released in 1970 portraying the America ...
  • Review of Patton (1970)
    26 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    Rob Henderson and Richard Hanania discuss the film Patton (1970). They talk about what it's like in 2021 trying to understand a movie released in 1970 portraying the America of the Second World War. R...
  • The "Thucydides Trap" Does Not Explain Geopolitics
    22 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 18 8
    When I discuss the US-China relationship with people, I’ve found that they often turn to the concept of the “Thucydides Trap.” It seems as if few international relations books in the last decade have ...
  • Reflections on 2021
    17 Dec 2021 • 20 min read • 47 42
    For me, 2021 was a very good year. First of all, I’m publishing a book on December 29 called Public Choice Theory and the Illusion of Grand Strategy: How Generals, Weapons Manufacturers, and Foreign G...
  • US Foreign Policy as a "Big, Dumb Machine"
    04 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 17 7
    I have a book review of The Afghanistan Papers by Craig Whitlock up at Reason. For more context, see my collection of Afghanistan content. In the review, I use the metaphor of a “big, dumb machine” to...
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