Clive Crook

  • America and Europe Meet Midway

    Some say Obama wants the U.S. to be more like Europe. What do they mean?

  • Leftists in Academe

    Greg Mankiw points to an interesting, if slightly dyspeptic, essay on the puzzle of academic bias to the left

  • Some Links

    Obama is no socialist. Norman Ornstein, Washington Post. A splendid attack on the administration's overheated critics. (The AEI, where Ornstein works…

  • The Rational Optimist

    My friend and esteemed science writer Matt Ridley has a new book coming out: The Rational Optimist. I've seen a review copy and it's as good as I…

  • The World According to David Frum

    Amid the AEI scandal, Frum's line on health care is still confusing

  • Primers on VAT

    The idea of a value-added tax (VAT) is gaining momentum, and opponents are gearing up to oppose it.

  • In Search of a Moderate Republican

    The country needs a moderate and intelligent opposition--not Newt Gingrich's prescriptions

  • Some Links

    No golden age of American liberty. David Boaz, Reason. (Thanks, Browser.)Consider a VAT. Isabel Sawhill, Brookings. Paul Volcker agrees, much to…

  • Working With Karzai

    The United States is making the best of a bad partnership with the troublesome president of Afghanistan

  • Is Larry Summers Leaving?

    It's absurd to think Summers would take a backseat to the rest of the team

  • Some Links

    Weak government may be the best bet. Anatole Kaletsky, Times. Further to my previous post, on divided government. Kaletsky argues that a hung…

  • Divided Government

    In an exchange on the Brookings website, Jonathan Rauch makes the case for divided government, and in a characteristically crisp way:The health care…

  • Some Links

    Curbing risk on Wall Street. Oliver Hart and Luigi Zingales, National Affairs. Two eminent economists add to an already vast body of commentary,…

  • Playing Safe on China's Currency

    Postponing the ruling on whether China is a "currency manipulator", which had been due on April 15th, makes sense. China's currency policy is…

  • Paying for Health Care Reform

    The new healthcare law holds out hope of meaningful reductions in costs, but everything depends on the zeal with which the opportunities are pursued.…

  • America's Friends and Rivals

    Further to my comment on Sarkozy's visit, see Walter Russell Mead. We are neglecting or quarreling with our friends and reaching out to our enemies…

  • Some Links

    Helping low-income workers. Gene Steuerle, Urban Institute. More could and should be done to help childless low-paid workers, a long-neglected…

  • Sarkozy's Visit

    The visit of the French president was happily timed to draw headlines at home away from the regional election results. It seemed to go well. Sarkozy…

  • Obamacare and U.S. Power

    The Democrats' health care victory has set some large political forces in motion. Gideon Rachman rightly points out that the implications extend…

  • Are Republicans Just Crazy?

    Gideon Rachman thinks they might be. He is struck, as who wouldn't be, by the startling numbers in a Harris poll that looked at Americans' beliefs…


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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