The Recession Spectator

Don’t Count America Out

By 11.30.09

The popular view notwithstanding, we are not in inexorable economic decline.

Protectionist Alert — Sorta

By on 7.10.09 | 12:36PM

Guv'mint Motors (as they pronounce it here in the South), which today is pretending along with the Feds that it is emerging from bankruptcy (if it really was, why does the government need to own 60 percent of it?), is now seeking permission from the court to break its contract with a U.S.-based precious metals mining company so it can instead purchase from foreign ones.

Political Hay

The Sovereignty Canard

By 6.1.09

History doesn't support a popular conservative argument against free trade.

At Large

An Economic Retreat from East Asia

By 4.27.09

Trading with South Korea would promote American influence in the region and constrain China.

Another Perspective

The Myth of Buying Local

By 12.24.08

This Christmas season think locally, buy globally.

Reader Mail

Taken to the Clean Ayers


The education of Barack Obama. It’s the end of the world. The many friends of Lawrence Henry. Don’t cry for Senate Republicans. Plus more.

Re: Shocker in Stockholm

By on 10.13.08 | 3:46PM

Not that much of a shocker; in the 90s everyone thought Krugman was on the verge of winning a Nobel for his work on trade (the one major issue where he parts ways with the hard left). For a while there was speculation that his reinvention as a partisan polemicist might hurt his reputation enough to cost him the medal, but I guess that didn't happen.

Campaign Crawlers


By 10.10.08

If Republicans aren't careful, they could be looking at a very blue Senate next year.

Special Report

Prepare for the Worst

By 10.8.08

Under Democratic rule, today's troubles will seem like the good old days, predict the authors of The End of Prosperity.

Reader Mail

Let Palin Be Palin


How to handle those handlers. Anti-Immigration as racism. Sarcasm lost. Plus more.