Archive for the ‘Trade/Foreign Policy’ Category

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

Cantor and Crony Capitalism

June 15th, 2014

It’s both easy and tempting to over-interpret Rep. Eric Cantor’s historical primary loss. I’m not a political pundit, but surely one of the main lessons was the very prosaic: “don’t neglect your district.” Beyond that, one interesting issue to come out of Cantor’s totally unexpected defeat is the feasibility–or lack thereof–of the delicate dance the… Read more