Clive Crook

Clive Crook is a senior editor of The Atlantic and a columnist for Bloomberg View. He was the Washington columnist for the Financial Times, and before that worked at The Economist for more than 20 years, including 11 years as deputy editor. Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics. More

Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics.

  • Oops...about those global temperatures

    An item for those who believe that climate science is "settled". A new article in Nature reports that the post-war sea-surface temperature record is…

  • World Trade Week

    I learned from this piece by Philip Levy in the American (via Real Clear Politics) that May 18-24 was “World Trade Week”—“in case you missed…

  • Recount

    “Recount”, the HBO movie about the Florida presidential election fiasco of 2000, was good television: well made, well cast, and well acted (with…

  • Column: A new kind of politics?

    Maybe not. From a new FT column:Two weeks ago in this space I expressed the naive hope that a US presidential contest between John McCain and Barack…

  • Pause

    I'm away for the next two weeks. Enjoy next Tuesday's tie-breakers, and the tie-breaker in the following week. I'll be back for all subsequent…

  • Another shock

    The New York Times reports that high gas prices are causing people to buy smaller cars.Soaring gas prices have turned the steady migration by…

  • What a turn-up

    At this, a twinge of homesickness. I never thought Boris would do it.

  • A new, tougher Obama?

    So, he has a killer instinct after all--or at least some limit to his forbearance. Obama's response yesterday to Jeremiah Wright's flurry of…

  • Does Wright want Obama to win?

    Up to now I had taken it for granted that Jeremiah Wright wanted Obama to win the nomination and the presidency--and that was why he had not been…

  • Column: Self-destructive Democrats

    Last week’s vote in Pennsylvania was an even worse result for the Democratic party than is widely supposed. Hillary Clinton’s impressive victory…

  • Politics and the killer instinct

    The contrasting characters (this is not just a matter of "style") of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have been prominently on display since the…

  • The race goes on

    You have to admire Hillary's determination. Being the underdog brings out the best in her--and it either neutralizes or makes forgivable the less…

  • The Philadelphia debate

    Tonight’s Democratic debate in Philadelphia was the worst I’ve watched, and that is saying something. The blogging consensus, not to mention the…

  • When you pander, don't admit it

    The polls suggest that Obama weathered the Jeremiah Wright affair with little or no damage. This new flap--arising from remarks to supporters that…

  • The fiscal consequences of George W. Bush

    In a new column for the FT, I discuss the fiscal legacy of the Bush administration. After I filed it, I settled down to do my taxes. The sequencing…

  • The end of the American exception

    Here is a subject that preoccupies me at the moment. Europe continues, slowly and reluctantly, to deregulate its economies. In this it is following…

  • When the buck stops

    Ken Rogoff asks, "Has the moment come to replace the dollar?" His answer is: "Maybe not quite yet....but soon." (His article, which I came across on…

  • Further thoughts on regulating finance

    In my Monday column for the FT I take issue with the view that what went wrong in financial markets had nothing to do with regulatory failure, and…

  • National Journal: Don't trash the Paulson blueprint

    Struck by the near unanimity of the view that the Paulson blueprint is beside the point--something that Paul Krugman and the Wall Street Journal, for…

  • Illicit: The Movie

    In 2005, my friend Moises Naim, the editor of Foreign Policy, published "Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers, and Copycats are Hijacking the Global…


Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.


What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.


Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.


Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.


Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.


The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air