Clive Crook

  • 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…


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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