Editor-at-large, The American Interest Online.
Burying The Lede
If you go down to paragraph five of this CNN story, you will find the real news: those polled opposed “Barack Obama’s proposals” on health care 53 to 45.The next graph is equally newsworthy: 60% of independents opposed the proposals, a nine point increase in October.No wonder the House margin was so narrow.
The Blunder that Ended the Cold War
A BBC story this morning should be required reading for anyone running a company, a government, or a political campaign.It matters who talks to the press. An off-the-cuff, arrogant and untested press spokesman brought down the Berlin Wall.By accident.East German Politburo member Gunter Schabowski told reporters that new regulations easing travel between East and West […]
Happy Dragon Dance
Chinese premier Wen Jiabao pledged $10 billion in new low interest loans to African countries at a summit in Sharm-el-Sheik, Egypt, yesterday, and, according to the AP, offered a slew of other goodies ranging from debt forgiveness to increased foreign aid.Not everyone is happy.China’s push into Africa has been controversial; some are alarmed that the […]
Kicking Dick Nixon Around
Over at Taegon Goddard’s Political Wire, a link to video of Richard Nixon’s infamous ‘last press conference.’ Today marks the 47th anniversary of Nixon’s bitter remarks to the press following his failed 1962 bid to become governor of California.One thing to remember about Nixon; we think of him today mostly in terms of the Watergate […]
The Anglosphere Still Rules!
This Gallup poll on migration shows that 700 million people around the world want to emigrate from their current homes. The top three destinations for would-be migrants: The U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Australia is also in the top ten.
Marie Antoinette in Karachi
The Pakistani glitterati turned out in force for this fashion show featuring daring outfits by local designers.At one level, you have to wish them well. People and especially women-people should have the right to wear what they want, and encouraging local designers is a good way to help Pakistan’s textile industry move higher up the […]
Strange News But Good News
The New York Times this morning has a story that more and more people are paying actual money for virtual goods; they are paying on-line retailers and social network sites to send virtual gifts to their friends. You pay one dollar; they ‘ship’ the image of a champagne bottle to the on-line account of someone […]
The Gathering Storm
Now it begins.The conventional wisdom on Obama is going negative. The Virginia and New Jersey elections were a tipping point: suddenly a lot of isolated bits of data jelled into a pattern.Now come new economic numbers; unemployment is officially in double digits for the first time since 1983.The next stage will come as more of […]
Most of the time I take my neighborhood for granted. Walking home from the subway last Saturday, though, the neighborhood was looking positively Biblical.Specifically, it reminded me of the eleventh chapter in Genesis (Old Testament again, for those of you keeping track), in which the citizens of Babel decide to build a tower that will […]
Will Obama Be the Last Liberal President?
John Steele Gordon is one of the most interesting economic historians around. This piece in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal looks at some of the most important changes going forward in the United States today. You may not agree with his answers, but I think you’ll find that his questions make you think.