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Foxconn in Wisconsin: arguments for an American industrial policy

The pole dance is concluded. Jeff Bezos has chosen New York City and the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC for Amazon’s new headquarters.  State and local governments will fork over more than $2 billion for the favor. Earnest policy folk are a bit shocked.  The libertarian magazine "Reason" thinks Amazon would have picked . . .

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November 19, 2018

Kissinger on Trump and 'The Cunning of Reason'

Silvrback blog imageThe Financial Times has a diverting weekly feature - "Lunch with the FT" - in which its correspondents interview some notable person over lunch. You get the human to-and-fro of a sometimes revealing conversation between two individuals. You get appreciative comments about the attractive and vivacious maitre d', the bottle of . . .

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July 28, 2018

“My folks sell me and yo folks buy me”

Kanye West, “Barracoon” and some history of African slavery

Silvrback blog imageDo you recollect the uproar caused by the musician Kanye West a couple of months ago when he said the ancestors of today’s African-Americans “chose” to remain in slavery?  Arguments bounced around the word “choice.”  What choices did slaves have? What choices do African-Americans have today? One point . . .

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July 13, 2018

Trade Wars and the "Trump Shock"

In which I praise the scientific integrity of Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman has another very good recent New York Times post on the likely outcomes of a trade war:  Thinking About a Trade War (Very Wonkish).   Let me qualify. The first five paragraphs are one more tiresome expression of Krugman's political animus against the Trump administration, plus speculation about U.S. and foreign politics . . .

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July 02, 2018

Trade war won't cause recession says Paul Krugman

Yahoo Finance's Dion Rabouin wonders Why Trump's trade war hasn't tanked the market or the economy yet:

Business sentiment has been shaken by U.S. President Donald Trump’s escalating trade war with China, the European Union and other countries, financial analysts say. But some are wondering why the impact hasn’t shown up in . . .

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June 26, 2018

Searching for Tom Wolfe

Silvrback blog imageThinking about the writer Tom Wolfe, who died on May 14, I searched for his name across all my e-books. Up popped some thirty-six, leaving aside Wolfe's own novels and essays, containing a total of 151 references.  An interesting fact of probably no relevance, the references were apparently distributed according to some power law. (See . . .

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May 17, 2018

"The man has stopped being afraid"

Iranian sports fans chant anti-regime slogans at a football game on April 27, at the Aryamehr (Azadi) stadium in Tehran: "Reza Shah, Rest in Peace!"

The journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski thought he had identified the precise psychological moment when the 1979 Iranian revolution against Mohammad Reza Shah began:

"The policeman shouts . . .

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May 14, 2018


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