Clive Crook

  • 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…


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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