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The Post-Imperial Blues: A Letter from Vienna

Austria-Hungary and the Soviet Union both lost empries. What can we learn from how they coped?

American Political Dysfunction

America's system of checks and balances usually works well, but not when it comes to fixing the Federal budget.

Tea Time

Millionaire Wall Streeters, media mavens and corporate titans make for unlikely populists.

The Way We Were?

What So Proudly We Hail is more than just a memorial to a bygone American era; it's a handbook for recovering endangered civic virtues.

Good People, Bad Laws

If you expect the worst from people, they'll often oblige.

Retroview: The Money Man

Alexander Del Mar's view on the origins of money were revolutionary for the 19th century. Why have so few people heard of him?

The Justice Trickle

Are human rights prosecutions inexorably on the rise? It all depends on how you count them.

Frontier Economics

Economic growth is increasingly taking place at the technological frontier. We need policies that keep pushing that frontier forward.

Oligarchy and Democracy

Democratic institutions aren't sufficient in themselves to keep the wealthy few from concentrating political power.

Charles Darwin, Economist

The Origin of Species is a better guide to our economy than The Wealth of Nations.

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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.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Philippine officials sought to clarify Duterte’s comments on separating from the U.S., but the situation is still murky.

Reefer Madness

Is it Gary Johnson’s world? Not necessarily.


Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin thinks Moscow can add 4 million barrels per day in the coming years.

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