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.

  • Romney Finally Lands a Punch

    I wouldn't go so far as to say Romney looked relaxed and confident in last night's GOP debate--he never looks relaxed and confident--but it was a…

  • How Will the Euro Crisis End?

    The Peterson Institute recently staged a debate about the European debt crisis between Simon Johnson and Peter Boone in the pessimistic corner and…

  • Enemies of American Prosperity

    The State of the Union was far too long, but what made me wince was the emphasis on outsourcing as the greatest threat to American prosperity.

  • Some Ideas for the State of the Union

    As usual, Bill Galston has some good advice for the president. Including this: The plight of hard-working, hard-pressed Americans--those struggling…

  • Questioning the Volcker Rule

    As I've mentioned before, Douglas Elliott at Brookings is among the most astutue analysts of the financial breakdown and the regulatory response to…

  • Why Does Romney Want to Be President?

    Last night's Republican debate will most likely be remembered for Gingrich's assault on CNN's moderator, who kicked off by asking Gingrich to comment…

  • Central Banking Needs New Rules

    Things we thought we knew about central banking are no longer so clear. [T]he past three years have shown that central banking can't be above…

  • Stop Coddling Europe's Banks

    Morris Goldstein of the Peterson Institute for International Economics explains five main defects in the EU's efforts to resolve its banking crisis:…

  • Republicans and the European Welfare-State Peril

    Some thoughts on the charge that Obama wants to turn the US into an entitlement society.Mitt Romney likes to contrast the U.S. economic system with…

  • In Politics, Alpha Matters More Than Beta

    Lawrence Lindsey makes the case for Anybody But Romney by pointing out that "safe" candidates--"low-beta" candidates, he calls them--have a poor…

  • What Crisis of Capitalism?

    Another column for your consideration:With the world's rich economies struggling and the leaders of the European Union intent on making things worse,…

  • What Land of Opportunity?

    I was glad to see Jason DeParle's piece in the NYT about America's disappointing record on economic mobility. One thing I learned: some conservatives…

  • Lessons from Iowa

    Ron Fournier of National Journal says something that hadn't occurred to me about Iowa and what comes next.If Romney wins New Hampshire, he would be…

  • Inequality Is Bad, but Poverty Is Worse

    You might be interested in this column I wrote for Bloomberg View about inequality. I argue that the US preoccupation with this subject misses two…

  • The GOP's Christmas Gift to the President

    The president will have a more relaxed Christmas, I imagine, than the one he was expecting a month ago. His poll ratings have improved a lot in the…

  • Good and Bad Goldberg

    Among writers I read and admire, my Atlantic colleague Jeff Goldberg achieved a rare distinction lately: in the past fortnight he has written two of…

  • Lies, Damned Lies, and Politifact

    The quarrel over Politifact's "Lie of the Year" is missing the point. The fact-checker gave its annual accolade to the Democrats' claim that Paul…

  • Why Bankers Hate Basel

    In a new column for Bloomberg View I argue that the banks' resistance to much stricter capital requirements is both wrong and dishonest: Real Reasons…

  • Vaclav Havel on Intellectuals in Politics

    Project Syndicate reprints Havel's remarks in 1998 on a question that has some relevance for US politics just now: Do intellectuals belong in…

  • Retirement Roulette

    Interesting data in the latest Allstate-National Journal poll, both on the country's political mood and on the focus of this latest installment in…


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