Author: Mark McKerrick

Clinton’s What Happened is a Loser’s Boring Manifesto

The thing that spurred me to read Hillary Cliton’s new memoir, What Happened, was a quote. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, in his book The Black Swan, wrote that “people who fail do not seem to write memoirs” because readers “would not pay $26.95 for a story of failure.” People tend to prefer learning about the experiences of winners over losers. They avoid the narratives of losers “even if you convinced them that it had more useful tricks than a story of success.” The question is: were there useful insights that could be extracted from Hillary’s failure? What Did Hillary Actually Learn? The answer is...

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TCC EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Jen Psaki, Obama Communications Director

Jen Psaki, a former State Department spokesperson and White House Communications Director during the Obama administration, spoke with TheCollegeConservative in a wide-ranging interview. She discussed Russian propaganda during the Obama administration, their failure to combat it, and the challenges facing the  Trump administration. The State of Affairs President Donald Trump has restored US credibility. He has shown that he’s willing to take decisive action, for example, in Syria—unlike his predecessor in past years. However, it is no secret that his main instrument in charge of global diplomacy is weakening. The US Department of State is operating with a skeleton staff and a severely...

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Americans, Terrorism, and Social Stability

Many Americans today fear the threat posed by radical Islamist movements. Nearly three quarters of Americans are concerned about terrorism, according to the Pew Research Center. However, this fear felt by a large majority of the population could be a little overblown. The Strategic Value of Fear In a little-known congressional hearing earlier this year, Brian Michael Jenkins of the RAND Corporation cast doubt on the threat posed by these groups to the nation. “There is no agreement that terrorism represents an existential threat to the nation” he said. He even cast doubt on the idea that “terrorism poses a greater threat...

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