Frank Schell

Frank Schell is a business strategy consultant and former senior vice president of the First National Bank of Chicago. He is a Lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago and a contributor of opinion pieces to various journals.

James Bond: Metamorphoses

 

What can you say about an urbane, epicurean super spy for Queen and Country who became a geek? That he liked digitization? That he went liberal? In an alarming development for Bond devotees everywhere, the digital colosssi Apple and Amazon are reportedly seeking rights to the 007 franchise. The implications of this possibility are quite […]

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Donald Trump’s Af-Pak Policy

 

The Trump Administration has recently announced that it will send 4,000 more U.S. soldiers to Afghanistan as part of an advisory and training operation, enhancing a counterterrorism model and joining an estimated 8,800 U.S. troops already in-country. Contemporaneously, the Administration has indicated that it will consider cutting U.S. aid to Pakistan, which has been declining […]

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Outplacement for Craig, Daniel Craig

 

English actor Daniel Craig has shown dismaying condescension about his role as the debonair master spy known as Bond, James Bond. The actor stated in 2015 that he would “rather slash (his) wrists than return to the James Bond role.” He continued to say that if he were to return to the role, “it would […]

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Mr. Modi Goes to the Rose Garden

 

Indian Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Washington earlier this week was more than his symbolic bear hug of President Trump in the Rose Garden. But there did not need to be a breakthrough with the sartorial prime minister, because India and the U.S. have already broken through. Given all the press hype about H1-B visas […]

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The Company That Ate America

 

Amazon.com Inc. has announced that it will acquire Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion, which represents a 27% premium for shareholders of Whole Foods. This is a stunning foray into the $800 billion grocery industry, and a massive shot over the bow of its competitors Walmart, Target, and Kroger, gouging $32 billion out of […]

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India’s Narendra Modi: Three Years On

 

Three years ago this May, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cleaned up in India’s general election, resulting in a majority not seen since the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984. More recently and consolidating his power, and as covered in The American Spectator, Modi also achieved a stunning 77% of the assembly seats in a […]

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Tom Perez: Existentialism in America

 

With a grotesque philippic, Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is now leveraging both anger and scatology to trash the Republican Party and engender partisan support. Yes, Perez is the DNC’s face to the world. This is the go-to guy of the political party with 18th century antecedents to Thomas Jefferson and […]

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Ralph Lauren Corporation on the Ropes

 

The unyielding persona of founder Ralph Lauren, coupled with the primacy of global grunge and the desire for on-line shopping, may have mortally wounded the iconic Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL). The company appears to have hurt itself with its management style, and it is at the mercy of market forces favoring globalization of grunge as […]

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Mr. Modi Stuns the Pundits

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India is emerging as a potentially transformational leader — with the cult of personality. Thanks to major state elections just held, the former chief minister of the progressive state of Gujarat has turned into a colossus. On Saturday, India announced the results of those state elections. In Uttar Pradesh, India’s […]

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‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ in Urdu

 

How do you say, “Happy Valentine’s Day” in Urdu, the elegant national language of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan? The answer is: You don’t. On February 13, the High Court in Islamabad banned the celebration of Valentine’s Day. The court has ruled against advertising and the distribution of Valentine’s Day merchandise, and it has prohibited […]

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