One could read lots of good articles like this one by John Stossel, or master a single principle that explains everything important about the role of economics in a nation's security: the more free a country is free, the wealthier, and therefore the stronger it is.
Here is the one graph you should explain to your children and everyone you know. Here is a more complete discussion.
There are two forces in all countries: respecting private property vs. the drive to use the coercive power of the government to control it. The idea that governments could be used for altruism is a naive fantasy.
The evil genius of the jihad strategy is that it has found our Achilles' heel: freedom entails the ability to import Trojan horses full of jihadis. See, for example:
Morality Causes Societies to Prosper
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There is a connection between the moral level of a society and its economic prosperity, wh
Netanyahu Economic Revolution Far Greater than Reported
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Netanyahu: A Potentially Historic Leader
Bibi's Likud primary victory is terrific news. He has the potential to be a historic leader in terms of his rare talent and ideological comprehension. Of the three critical areas in Israeli politics, he has already been Israel's best leader in two. As Amb
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"France?s Economy Booming" After Tax Cut
Tax cuts work everywhere they're tried. See this must-read post for context
Koran Riots Rock City
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