Archive for the ‘Trade/Foreign Policy’ Category

Wherein I do the DC thing of talking about a book I’ve yet to read.

September 29th, 2014

I need to read Martin Wolf’s new book, “The Shifts and the Shocks,” his diagnosis of the factors that brought on the financial crisis and his prescriptions for getting out of this terribly damaging bubble, bust, repeat cycle. But in the meantime, it’s worth giving a read to Felix Salmon’s review in yesterday’s NYT. Salmon… Read more

The Self-Fulfilling Function of Political Dysfunction

September 13th, 2014

Here’s an engaging oped by Jon Grinspan that makes one of my favorite points, one which is obvious but under-appreciated, I think: generalized and pervasive negativity about government perpetuates broken government. As Grinspan (a name that sounds like the answer to the crossword puzzle clue: “happy central banker”) puts it: First, we need to realize… Read more

Et tu, Burger King?

August 25th, 2014

An American company that wears a crown and makes French fries wants to put its tax mailbox in Canada. Welcome to the global economy. Over at PostEverything. Actually, this particular inversion carries an important lesson: the countries that understand the above–the pressures that globalization puts on domestic economies–and take steps to dampen the harm and amplify… Read more