Clive Crook

  • A note on usage

    May I digress? Yesterday, as I jogged along on the treadmill, I listened to Lou Dobbs (he helps the adrenaline, I find). He used the word…

  • McCain takes aim

    To judge by his victory speech after the Potomac primaries, John McCain expects to be fighting Obama in November.Hope, my friends, is a powerful…

  • Obama resurgent

    Obama's impressive sweep of the latest primaries and caucuses renews and strengthens the momentum he had in the days before Super Tuesday. His…

  • Why the Democrats must choose Obama

    I dare say my preference for Obama over Hillary has been pretty obvious in a lot of my posts and articles, but I have tried up to now to maintain a…

  • Who won?

    Surging expectations made Obama's results on Super Tuesday seem a little disappointing, which is a measure of how far he's come. I'd be concerned…

  • McCain pulls ahead; Clinton stops the rot

    John McCain has scored impressive early successes, and is piling on the votes that matter with actual or projected wins in delegate-heavy New York,…

  • It depends what you mean by "win"

    John McCain is hoping to sew the nomination up, and seems increasingly likely to do it. The Republicans rely on "winner takes all" for translating…

  • For once, it is all about electability

    In a new column for the Financial Times, I look at what the presidential race on the eve of Super Tuesday tells us about what the parties' respective…

  • The coalition against fiscal stimulus

    The country may be ready for a woman or a black man as president--but can it deal with something more radical? I mean cooperation between Republicans…

  • The McCain surge

    John McCain’s recovery is astonishing in so many ways it is hard to know where to begin. He was written off by everybody just months ago, a staff…

  • Politics of the recession

    Conditions are less than ideal, let us say, for President.George W. Bush’s last state of the union speech, to be delivered today. This.is an…

  • How the press played the race card

    I find the idea that the Clintons have “played the race card”—which is now established as one of the stylised facts of this election—hard to…

  • Laurence Seidman on fiscal policy

    The Wall Street Journal recently ran a piece by Bruce Bartlett arguing that a fiscal stimulus in the form of a tax rebate is no use, because people…

  • Hillary's inspiration deficit

    Most people I have spoken to, and I think most commentators, found John Edwards to be much the most impressive candidate at last night’s Democratic…

  • Did the Fed panic?

    Like almost everybody else, I was surprised that the Fed cut rates by 75 basis points rather than 50, and I am still wondering why. Even 50, ahead of…

  • A friend in Mahale

    I spent the first part of January in Tanzania, visiting among other places Mahale, on Lake Tanganyika. For those who expressed an interest, here is…

  • Weighing the fiscal stimulus

    A new column for the Financial Times:In a sudden and doubtless temporary outbreak of willingness to co-operate, the White House and Congress,…

  • Checking out...

    I am going to Tanzania to meet some chimpanzees. No Iowa, no New Hampshire; I imagine they will get along without me. See you on or around January…

  • A Christmas Eve movie recommendation

    "Outsourced" is a low-budget no-stars romantic comedy about globalisation, improbable as that might seem.  A young American executive is sent to…

  • The do-nothing Congress

    A new column for the Financial Times:Checks and balances are all very well, but sometimes you have to wonder. The first session of the 110th Congress…

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The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

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

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Riding Unicycles in a Cave

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

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Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

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

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An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

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The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

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