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27 февраля, 17:49

Realism About Trumpism

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Any hope that the demands of office, or political and economic realities, would persuade US President Donald Trump to adhere to political and foreign-policy norms should now be cast aside as wishful thinking. Worst-case scenarios are now baseline scenarios.

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27 февраля, 16:59

How Trump is Testing Democracy

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Donald Trump is not just challenging political convention to “shake things up”; he is testing the foundations of US democracy. If he manages to identify a weak point, all assumptions about the US and its global role could change substantially.

27 февраля, 15:49

The Threat of Threats

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Not long ago, the EU was a model of reconciliation, peace, and prosperity; today, it is a model of fear – and it is scaring others. If Europeans cannot develop – with lucidity, firmness, and dedication – enlightened solutions to the threats they face, who can?

27 февраля, 14:59

A Tax on Robots?

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Bill Gates thinks that, to ease the social costs implied by automation’s displacement effects, robots should be required to pay taxes. But why make life under capitalism more complicated than it already is, when there is an alternative to a robot tax that is easy to implement and simple to justify?

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27 февраля, 13:19

Don’t Cry for Corporate America

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In an ideal world, it would be nice to streamline, simplify, and even reduce tax and regulatory burdens on US businesses. But business is not the weak link in the US economic chain; workers are, because economic returns have shifted dramatically from the providers of labor to the owners of capital over the past 25 years.

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25 февраля, 16:19

How Imports Boost Employment

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According to today’s populists, “good jobs” in US manufacturing have been “lost” to competition from imports and preferential trading arrangements. But this narrative does not fit the facts: imports actually create jobs, and trade agreements bear little blame for the decline in manufacturing employment.

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24 февраля, 20:55

The Battle for Britain

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British voters decided by a slim majority last June to leave the EU. But they were never consulted on the terms of withdrawal, and with Theresa May's government proposing policies for post-Brexit Britain that most voters would never support, the time has come to reopen the debate.

24 февраля, 19:29

Baltic Dread

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News media nowadays are rife with speculation about whether – if not when – US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will divide the world between them. The people of Estonia and the other Baltic states now fear being consigned to Russia’s sphere of influence yet again.

24 февраля, 16:59

Checks and Balances Before Roads and Bridges

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In the 2016 American presidential election, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump agreed that the US economy is suffering from dilapidated infrastructure, and both called for greater investment in renovating and upgrading the country’s public capital stock. But infrastructure gaps are an even more urgent problem in the rest of the world.

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24 февраля, 16:18

The Anatomy of Populist Economics

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Today’s populist movements are all following a similar economic prescription, and governments in Hungary, Poland, and the US are giving the world an early dose of what the future may hold. Will voters swallow the medicine, or will they soon start seeking a second opinion?

24 февраля, 14:39

Tony Blair’s Democratic Insurrection

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The former UK leader’s recent call for voters to rethink leaving the EU is an Emperor’s New Clothes moment. Blair is now an unpopular figure, but his voice is loud enough to carry above the crowd of flatterers assuring Prime Minister Theresa May that her naked gamble with Britain’s future is clad in democratic finery.

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24 февраля, 13:59

The Politics of Historicide

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The Islamic State has made a point of destroying cultural artifacts that it deems insufficiently Islamic, but it is hardly the first group or state to take aim at the past. In fact, the eradication of statutes, manuscripts, and paintings occurs with a frequency that is as understandable as the practice is perverse.