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Peter Van Buren

Peter Van Buren is the author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, Hooper’s War: A Novel of WWII Japan and Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the 99 Percent.

Economics

What Hawaii taught me about American homelessness

A system designed to exploit will always exploit too much at its edges

By Peter Van Buren

Americana

CVS is the perfect surrogate for American culture

My kids were born abroad and learned so much from those Thanksgiving decorations

By Peter Van Buren

Politics

When America makes Orwell look like an amateur

Why do half of us want a dystopian society, no strong-arm necessary?

By Peter Van Buren

Law

Will the Supreme Court make it easier to sue the media?

It’s very difficult in America to prove defamation but that may be about to change

By Peter Van Buren

Science & Tech

Elon Musk should kill Twitter for good

The left wants to liberate speech from wealthy oligarchs. Yes, let’s

By Peter Van Buren

Culture

The left thinks social media is reality

Their learned helplessness rejects real democracy in favor of Twitter whining

By Peter Van Buren

Law

The coming Supreme Court win for religious rights

Should a Jewish school be forced to recognize an LGBT club that violates Torah values?

By Peter Van Buren

Politics

Project Veritas is being punished for practicing journalism

Pass along Ashley Biden’s diary and the DOJ will come after you

By Peter Van Buren

Law

The ‘jail Trump’ mania reaches its sad end

The latest Letitia James lawsuit is so much ado about nothing

By Peter Van Buren

Culture

Exhausted by America’s culture of fear

I’m not sure I should worry about our democracy so much as our sanity

By Peter Van Buren

Politics

Vanity plates and the fight for free speech

The First Amendment sends one down some odd paths

By Peter Van Buren

Politics

Why is a ‘special master’ reviewing Trump’s documents?

He’s hoping executive privilege can apply to a former president. But can it?

By Peter Van Buren

International

The missing Biden foreign policy

There’s no plan, no careful set of chess moves, just an empty void

By Peter Van Buren

Policy

Chinese tyranny? American surveillance is scary too

The technology of war has come home

By Peter Van Buren

Law

Merrick Garland is between a rock and a hard place

He has every reason not to indict Trump, starting with the double standard over Hillary

By Peter Van Buren

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