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Driving off the fiscal cliff?

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As many predicted, the “fiscal cliff” negotiations are going down to the wire. Congress and the President have until the end of 2012 to agree a deal that would prevent tax rises and budget cuts. But this brinkmanship does not find Americans sitting on the edge of their seats, eagerly awaiting the outcome. The sight […]

2012’s best articles

Here are my top 10 articles for the year (in alphabetical order by the author’s last name): “Who killed the liberal arts?” The Weekly Standard, by Joseph Epstein “In nothing we trust,” National Journal, by Ron Fournier and Sophie Quinton “The future of history: can liberal democracy survive the decline of the middle class?” Foreign […]

New York City’s economy: more than Wall Street?

That’s the title of a chapter I wrote for a new book, London After Recession: A Fictitious Capital? The book is edited by three University of East London academics – Gavin Poynter, Iain Macrury and Andrew Calcutt – and is published by Ashgate. One of the aspects I was surprised to learn in researching the topic […]

This week’s articles of note

“No flying cars, but the future is bright,” Bloomberg, by Virginia Postrel “Has fiction lost its faith?” New Yort Times Book Review, by Paul Elie “Why innovation won’t save us,” Wall Street Journal, by Robert J. Gordon “Beware the baby bust generation,” Boston Globe, by Jeff Jacoby “The great swindle,” Aeon, by Roger Scruton “The […]

The consensus after Newtown: let’s curtail freedom

Following the mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, there appears to be a great debate going on between those who want to see greater controls on guns, and those who are opposed to such controls. But a focus on the back-and-forth arguments over guns overlooks the fact that there is an underlying consensus in the response. […]

This week’s articles of note

“Unions vs. Democratic mayors,” Reason, by Tim Cavanaugh “Waiting for the GOP’s populist turn,” Defining Ideas, by Victor Davis Hanson “Another kick in the teeth for Malthus,” The American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead “College of future could be come one, come all,” The New York Times, by Tamar Lewin “Is it acceptable to have […]

Ignore the “moral statisticians”, enjoy life (and Thanksgiving)!

On the occasion of Thanksgiving, when Americans indulge in lots of food and drink while gathering with family and friends, it is worth noting that celebrations like this are great rejoinders to the killjoy health nannies out there. In 1893 Mark Twain wrote a brilliant essay called “The Moral Statisticians”, in which he does not mince his […]

This week’s articles of note

“For a preview of Obama’s America in 2016, look at the crack-up of California,” New Geography, by Joel Kotkin “The you’re-on-your-own society,” The Nation, by Katha Pollitt “It’s the welfare state, stupid,” Washington Post, by Robert Samuelson “The United States, future energy superpower,” Kansas City Star, by E. Thomas McClanahan “How free speech died on […]

America: the decline of politics, the rise of tribes

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Bush was booed for chasing after the votes of certain racial and cultural groups. Obama is cheered for doing the exact same thing. Read my spiked article in full here.

This week’s articles of note: post-election edition

“Welcome to liberal America,” Buzzfeed, by Ben Smith and Zeke Miller “The case of the missing white voters,” Real Clear Politics, by Sean Trende “The long game,” City Journal, by Andrew Klavans “California just became a one-party state,” Reuters, by Peter Henderson, Jim Christie and Mary Slosson “The edge of the abyss,” National Review, by […]

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