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The Costs of Accountability

The ballooning demand for misplaced and misunderstood metrics, benchmarks, and performance indicators is costing us big.


The architects of the Eurozone privileged aspirational politics over economic realities. Reality is now playing trump.

Alfred Chandler’s Second Industrial Revolution

Alfred Chandler, Jr. revolutionized the history of business in general, and particularly the business of America’s Second Industrial Revolution.

The Problem with Political Intimacy

Why American politicians so enthusiastically reveal their personal lives to us—and why they should knock it off.

How Iran Plans to Destroy Israel

The mullahs seem dead serious about wanting to destroy Israel, but exactly how they plan to go about it remains studiously cryptic.

Mind Your Own Business

American diplomats and politicians should avoid the temptation to referee East Asia’s historical grievances. We are far more likely to be used than to be useful.

Policy Shop
All That DARPA Can Be

How DARPA has organized itself for innovation bears lessons for the U.S. economy that are more useful than the innovations themselves.

Policy Shop
This Old Housing Policy

The time is past due for reform in Federal housing policy. To get Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae out of their protracted receivership, we should look to Ginnie Mae’s superior model.

Homo Americanus
Vikings on the Mississippi

Fred Carl’s vision and determination built a great company and saved a down-and-out Southern town. Now carpetbagging corporate flipsters are pretty much destroying it.

The Suck, in So Many Words

War literature clambers over just a few tried and true thematic paths that date all the way back to Homer. But we still like it.

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Jason Willick on the inadequacy of the donor class vision for the Republican Party.

Regulate Don't Kill

Trying to apply blue model thinking to post-blue problems is foolish.

A New Cud to Chew

Feeding cows seaweed could cut out 99 percent of their methane emissions.

Trouble in Brussels

After threatening Putin with new sanctions over Syria, European leaders discover they lack the political will to deliver.

The United States is now going to have to figure out how to help Venezuela avoid completely melting down, with the Venezuelan strongman still at the helm.

Fear the Airpocalypse

Companies are defying orders to cut back on air pollution.

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