Frank Schell

Frank Schell is a business strategy consultant and former international banking executive of a major U.S. firm. He is a Lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago and a contributor of opinion pieces to various journals.

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‘Minister, Forgive Them, For They Know Not What They Do’

 

In a shocking repudiation of their own political establishment and the European elites, 51.9 per cent of the British voting electorate decided on June 23 to sever relations with the European Union. Immigration angst, unemployment, partial surrender of sovereignty to Brussels, and overwrought rules and regulations from the Continent have been cited among the causes […]

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The U.S. and India: Buddies in the Same Foxhole

 

This week the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi met with President Obama and addressed a joint session of Congress. The two leaders made progress in the bilateral relationship, a reinvention that has evolved over two U.S. administrations and three Indian governments. It is said that the U.S. and India “share an existential foxhole.” This […]

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Ralph Lauren Must Reinvent Himself

 

America’s iconic fashion brand, Ralph Lauren, is trying to reinvent itself. As reported in the June 7th edition of the Wall Street Journal, the company’s market capitalization of about $8 billion is half of what it was three years ago. Moreover, since 2014 profit is down 50%, and the ratio of expenses to sales has […]

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Why Is America So Nasty?

 

Why has America become so nasty? As seen from abroad, we resemble backbiting, seething children who take to the streets when it does not go our way. Hyperbole, personal attacks, and misrepresentation are the norm. The truth is massacred by politicians and mainstream media alike. Our political arena has taken its behavioral cue from the […]

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Mitt Romney Had His Chance

 

Mitt Romney is now riding to the rescue of his besieged Republican establishmentarians. He has come out of hibernation to help Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich. If this were a joke, it would be sublimely funny. Calling Donald Trump, a “phony” and a “fraud,” Mitt has come out swinging. Regrettably, he did not […]

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Trump vs. Putin — Do Likes Attract?

 

What does it mean if Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, likes you? Is it auspicious to be embraced by the Russian bear? Ask Donald Trump. Putin has recently made very complimentary remarks about the Donald’s persona, describing Trump as “undoubtedly a very colorful talented person” and “outstanding.” Quick to return the “kiss,” Trump responded […]

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Daniel Craig: ‘Goodbye Mister Bond’

 

Daniel Craig seems to have decided he is now too good to play James Bond. Even Sony management are upset with remarks made by the super sleuth, who in the coming film Spectre looks more like a middle-aged funeral director than an urbane British spy. His last casting effort should be a welcome event for […]

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India: The Land of Scylla and Charybdis

 

The prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, is now facing stiff headwinds — accused by critics that he has retreated from his bold platform of economic reform by backing off on the Government of India’s use of eminent domain to promote industrial development. One is reminded of the ancient world, as described in Homer’s The […]

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How the Government Can (Almost) Guarantee Immortality

 

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is expected to test its flying saucer on June 4.  The technology is reported to be envisioned for flights to Mars as well as those which are human expeditions.  The implications of space travel are profound: our federal government can potentially make it available to all Americans. By […]

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Reform Ex-Im Bank, Don’t Abolish It

 

What can you say about a government agency that has allowed itself to be defined by its adversaries as bastion of corporate privilege? That it is a private ATM for the Fortune 500? That it is an institution established by FDR that should be abolished? The Export-Import Bank of the United States has made itself […]

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