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There’s only one problem: it wouldn’t benefit those at the top, or the corporate and other special interests that have come to dominate America’s policymaking.

One lesson should be that a security policy that’s detached from other human concerns is no viable security policy at all.

We already have a deep-rooted tradition of conservation. Reclaiming it would make Asians trendsetters, and make the Asian way of life an example for others to follow.

We should leverage imbalances of one kind to redress imbalances of the other kind.

India or China?

[2010-12-02]

China’s authoritarian politics means that it cannot profit from the innovations that depend on software, as that is an instrument through which dissent can flourish and become subversive of total control.

For decades, I have confidently taught my students about the rise of governments that take on responsibility for the state of the economy. But the political reaction to the Great Recession has changed the way we should think about this issue.

The failure of the G-20’s Seoul meeting to make any progress towards agreement on exchange rates or future reserve arrangements opens the door to a re-run of the 1930’s.

But some dubious assertions have, through constant repetition in recent, often breathless, accounts about the two economies, become part of conventional wisdom.

This is an economic fact of fundamental significance, for the real long-term interest rate is a direct measure of the cost of borrowing to conduct business, launch new enterprises, or expand existing ones – and its levels now fly in the face of all the talk about the need to slash government deficits.

With divided government, many expect partisan gridlock on major legislation. But there is reason to be hopeful: the American economy, labor market, and stock market have historically fared a bit better in years of divided government.

In effect, the European Union and the ECB are now being forced to return with overly generous support to the weak countries – including buying up all their debt, if necessary.

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