Clive Crook

  • Column: Getting serious about energy policy

    I refuse to give up on a carbon tax. In a new column for National Journal (the link expires at the end of next week), I explain why, and criticize…

  • Education and science

    On the question of America's diminishing skills (see my earlier column, blog post), here is a reading by Peter Wood (via Arts and Letters) on why…

  • Postcard from a gun show

    I went to my first gun show recently--part of my ongoing remedial education in American cultural literacy, which my (American) wife has lately taken…

  • The end of the WTO?

    Not with a bang but with a whimper. The failure of the latest efforts to revive the Doha Round hardly came as a surprise; the fact that farming (what…

  • Column: The presidential image war

    Barack Obama's trip to Europe and the Middle East did what it was supposed to. It untapped a stream of presidential images: the candidate addressing…

  • Obama in Berlin

    I thought his speech was disappointing. He played it very safe. What he said was insubstantial even by his standards, and sometimes painfully banal.…

  • The CBO on Fannie and Freddie

    Peter Orszag's short letter to Congress on the cost of the proposed help for Fannie and Freddie is well worth reading in full. It is a bit misleading…

  • All praise Vox

    A word of congratulations to Vox, a most successful cross between a blog and an economics journal, which has recently been celebrating its first…

  • Column: An Obama landslide

    [Apologies for the delayed posting of this. A technical glitch. As if MobileMe weren't enough to contend with...]Head-to-head polls show McCain in…

  • Al Gore's modest proposal

    And speaking of satire...When I read Al Gore's latest speech on global warming, my reaction was much like my initial response to that New Yorker…

  • Chuckling over the New Yorker

    I would be happier with the idea that the New Yorker’s cover was satirical, as editor David Remnick claimed, if it was funny. Isn’t satire…

  • Fannie and Freddie: the art of muddling through

    Hank Paulson's Sunday evening announcement on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the two gigantic pseudo-private enterprises that own or guarantee about…

  • Will Fannie and Freddie fail?

    The so-called Government Sponsored Enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, together with the Federal Home Loan Bank, have played a central role in…

  • Reflections on the G8 breakthrough

    Even by the dismal standards of these events, this year's G8 summit in Japan was a wearisome spectacle. I cannot think that what was…

  • Readings on education

    My column on America’s educational assets—diminishing relative to those of other countries, and maybe in absolute terms as well—yielded some…

  • Notes from Aspen 4

    Austan Goolsbee (a senior economic adviser on the Obama team) and Jack Kemp talked about the economy, under Walter Isaacson’s direction. Kemp…

  • Notes from Aspen 3

    David Kennedy and John Yoo, with Jeffrey Rosen moderating, discussed "The Presidency and the Constitution". It was brave of Yoo--a principal…

  • Creative capitalism 2

    On the Creative Capitalism website, Brad DeLong attacks Milton Friedman's position on the social responsibility of business as "weak toast"--an…

  • Column: Rewriting the intergenerational contract

    In a new column for National Journal, I discuss an article by Isabel Sawhill and Emily Monea of the Brookings Institution, which calls for America's…

  • Notes from the Aspen Ideas Festival 2

    I meant to say something about Walt Mossberg's session (on Tuesday) on "The Future of the Internet and the Rise of the Cell Phone"--though I…


Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

You don't have to tell her how big she is. You don't need to touch her belly.


Maine's Underground Street Art

"Graffiti is the farthest thing from anarchy."


The Joy of Running in a Beautiful Place

A love letter to California's Marin Headlands


'I Didn't Even Know What I Was Going Through'

A 17-year-old describes his struggles with depression.


Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

A 360-degree tour of our world, made entirely from Google's panoramas


The Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm


Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."


Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."



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