History News & Analysis

Lincoln’s Humble, Non-Partisan Use of Religion: An Unsung Example of Our Greatest President’s Greatness

The following is a paper I wrote as an undergraduate many years ago under the tutelage of the acclaimed Lincoln scholar Dr. Lucas Morel. I am still proud of its content today, and especially in today's hyperpartisan political atmosphere, Lincoln ...
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State of the Clinton-Sanders Democratic Race Post-Debate, Pre-Nevada/South Carolina

Neither candidate can be said to have chipped into the other's core support as a result of the debate Thursday night. As before the debate, the real test of Sanders' viability as a candidate rests not in a single victory ...
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Happy—Wait, No—Risky New Year 2016

Happy Risky New Year If people thought 2015 was bad, 2016 shows no sign of letting on up on risk. The Middle East, China, Europe, Central Africa, even the United States will all raise serious questions about risk in 2016 ...
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Terror in Paris: Time to Think, & Sit Down, Shutup to the Ideologues

As this historic terrorist attack unfolds, France, Europe, the West, and the Middle East need to really think about what they've been doing and what they are about to do before doing it. This is a time to be smart, ...
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Syria, ISIS, The Walking Dead, The Leftovers, & Tolkien: Musings on the Crumbling of Civilization & Morality

Musings on the Crumbling of Civilization & Morality How three TV shows illustrate critical dynamics of the Syrian Civil War and how two books show us why we need to care Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse October 12, 2015 By ...
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The State of Illegal Immigration 2015: Reality vs. Republican Fantasy

Author's note: as we enter the longest government shutdown in American history as 2019 unfolds because of Trump's border wall delusions, my look at the immigration debate from 2015 is still deeply relevant. Anti-immigrant Americans in the mid-nineteenth century were ...
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Grading Obama’s Middle East Strategy II: Syria’s Civil War

Grading Obama on what has—and has not—been done by his administration regarding the Syrian Civil War Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse August 3, 2015 By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981) August 3rd, 2015 Reuters This piece has also ...
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Black & White III: Why Southerners Voted to Secede, in Their Own Words

The rebel "Confederate" flag is much less of a problem than the values and system it represents. The romanticization of the South's traitorous slaveowner-led rebellion is an insult to America and American values and 150 years after the defeat of ...
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Black & White II: The REAL Confederate Cause & Its Southern Opposition

The rebel "Confederate" flag is much less of a problem than the values and system it represents. The romanticization of the South's traitorous slaveowner-led rebellion is an insult to America and American values and 150 years after the defeat of ...
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Black & White I: Confederate Flag Nothing to Celebrate: SC Debate

The rebel "Confederate" flag is much less of a problem than the values and system it represents. The romanticization of the South's traitorous slaveowner-led rebellion is an insult to America and American values and 150 years after the defeat of ...
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Top Political & Foreign Policy Lessons from Game of Thrones

Top ten political and foreign policy lessons from Game of Thrones, or, how Game of Thrones can rescue us from our childish delusions Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse June 16, 2015 By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981) June ...
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All Hail Hillary!

Her Political Nature Is Just What Washington Needs Perhaps the most substantive difference between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton involves style, with one shunning politics and the other understanding that nearly all of all America's most successful presidents embraced, thrived, ...
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