Clive Crook

  • Central Banks and Politics

    Most of what you've read lately about the "crisis of economics" is rubbish. The Great Recession poses no challenge to the core ideas of modern…

  • Europe's Missing Foundations

    Overambitious, elitist leaders who ignored voters are to blame for a floundering Europe

  • Some Links

    Britain, get ready for higher taxes. John Kay, FT. "If a 20 per cent VAT is not a done deal [already], it will be soon..." Staying healthy raises…

  • Yes, Prime Minister

    The unnatural alliance that enabled Prime Minister Cameron's ascension raises some questions.

  • The Kagan Nomination

    Nobody seems to think that Elena Kagan, Obama's nominee to replace John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court, will have much trouble getting confirmed.…

  • Fall-Out From Greece

    Does the crisis in Greece really threaten the US? You bet. It's a small country and an even smaller economy, but its difficulties threaten the whole…

  • Texas Politics and the Oil Spill

    Debating who's at fault and what to do next for the oil spill

  • Some Links

    Europe's other elections. Joerg Forbrig, German Marshall Fund. Is Europe trending right? Was it really a bubble? Casey Mulligan, NYT. Not as much as…

  • Taxing the Banks

    On Tuesday Tim Geithner put the case for a tax on banks to the Senate Finance Committee. Congress Daily reports that he also seemed open to including…

  • Mincemeat, Brown, and Macintyre

    Thanks to Malcolm Gladwell for reminding me to read Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre. The book is a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction account of a…

  • Some Links

    Why Greece will default. Martin Feldstein, Project Syndicate. See also, Europe must integrate or disintegrate. Wolfgang Munchau, FT. Only Nick Clegg…

  • The Great Immigration Fraud

    Ross Douthat accuses critics of Arizona's new immigration law of hyperbole, and I agree with him. It is a bad law, but not as vile or indefensible as…

  • Bill Galston on Polarization

    American politics has become more polarized--but is this necessarily a bad thing? In some ways, Bill Galston notes, the US political system has made…

  • Rating Agencies Strike Again

    Standard and Poor's downgraded Greece's debt yesterday. This reflected--and added to--perceptions that Europe's debt difficulties are worsening.…

  • Obama's Triumph Leaves Voters Cold

    Despite an impressive record, voters are unimpressed

  • Why a VAT Makes Sense

    In recent columns, George Will and Robert Samuelson both attack the idea of a value-added tax. Will:A VAT will be rationalized as necessary to…

  • Some Links

    Democrats haunted by corporate ties. Jonathan Allen and Eamon Javers, Politico. "The Democratic Party is closer to corporate America -- and to…

  • The Future of Conservatism

    Sam Tanenhaus, Jacob Heilbrunn, and Grover Norquist came to the offices of The National Interest yesterday to discuss the future of conservatism. I…

  • Some Links

    How public-sector unions broke California. Steven Malanga, City Journal.Skilcraft pens. Ylan Qui Mui, WashPo. A public option for ballpoint pens.…

  • Goldman's Defense

    The FT's Francesco Guerrera reports on Goldman's defense against the SEC's fraud charge. It was all a matter of buyer beware, says the bank in…


A Stop-Motion Tour of New York City

A filmmaker animated hundreds of still photographs to create this Big Apple flip book


The Absurd Psychology of Restaurant Menus

Would people eat healthier if celery was called "cool celery?"


This Japanese Inn Has Been Open for 1,300 Years

It's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.


What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

Science cannot fully explain near-death experiences.



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