Politically Opportunistic Attempts to Gut U.S. Shipping Laws Jeopardize National Security and the Economy

Americans should be alarmed by recent calls for repeal of the Jones Act, a 1920 law requiring that merchant vessels navigating between U.S. ports must be manufactured and flagged in the U.S., owned and operated by American companies, and crewed by American citizens. Passed in the wake of World War I to ensure that the United States maintained a vital sea transport capacity in the event of future conflict, the law has been vital to U.S. national security and economic strength for almost 100 years.

The Jones Act and National Security

Dr. William J. Murphy of the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI and the Heartland Institute discusses how repeal of the Jones Act would jeopardize national security with Cheryl Fritz on The Steve Gruber Show, 1240 WJIM, Lansing, MI on December 22, 2017.  The Jones Act is a 1920 law restricting shipping between U.S. ports to vessels manufactured and flagged in the U.S., owned and operated by American companies, and crewed by American citizens.  Murphy argues that repealing the Jones Act would jeopardize national security by increasing threats from weaponized shipping containers, terrorism, and illegal immigration.

The Chrysanthemum Throne abdicates & Pearl Harbor Day, 2017

Dr. William J. Murphy of the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI discusses the implications of Emperor Akihito’s abdication for Japanese domestic politics, Prime Minister Abe’s regional security policies, and the regional security dialogue with John Batchelor and Gordon G. Chang on The John Batchelor Show, 77 WABC Radio, New York, NY on December 6, 2017.

Abe Takes Command of Japan

Dr. William J. Murphy of the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI discusses the implications of the Japanese election for the Prime Minister Abe’s domestic political position, foreign policy, and campaign to revise the Japanese Constitution to recognize the role of the Japan Self-Defense Forces in securing the nation with John Batchelor and Gordon G. Chang on The John Batchelor Show, 77 WABC Radio, New York, NY on October 26, 2017.

Open Letter to Viktor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary

This piece by Miklos K. Radvanyi, Executive Vice-President of Frontiers of Freedom titled “Open Letter to Orban Viktor, the Prime Minister of Hungary.” In the letter, Mr. Radvanyi, a Hungarian by birth, criticizes the autocratic approach that Hungarian Prime Minister Orban Viktor has taken during his last few years in office, as well as his attempts to sow discord in the European Union and move the country closer to Vladimir Putin and a Russian sphere of influence. Given the fact that we just marked the 61st Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, readers will find this piece timely and relevant.

Tokyo’s Unready Missile Defense

Dr. William J. Murphy of the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI discusses the threat to Japan from North Korea’s latest missile test, the inadequacies in Japan’s missile defense system it has revealed, and  how Japan is likely to respond to these challenges with John Batchelor and Gordon G. Chang on The John Batchelor Show.