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.

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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Grunge Is the New Elegant

 

A fashion icon of America is tanking. The stock of Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE: RL) is off more than 50 percent in the past five years. In recent days, it has also dropped precipitously. And now the CEO of the company, Stefan Larsson, has resigned, evidently over a dispute with founder Ralph Lauren himself about the […]

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President Trump and Prime Minister Modi: ‘Birds of a Feather’

 

Four days after his inauguration, President Trump telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India. According to The Times of India, they discussed cooperation with regard to the economy and national security. India was a priority conversation before telephoning Great Britain or any European country. And Trump characterized India as a “true friend.” Prospects for U.S.-India continued collaboration […]

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Abolish ‘The Christmas Song’

 

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping at your nose Yuletide carols being sung by a choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe Help to make the season bright Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow Will find it hard to sleep tonight They know that […]

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The Most Interesting Man in the World

 

How could an elitist anachronism be so popular in today’s egalitarian society? How could someone who almost gamed Western civilization itself be so enthusiastically endorsed by a multitude of viewers? How can there exist a man without any limitations? Ask Jonathan Goldsmith, an American actor who until recently was the Dos Equis man in the […]

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The House That Barack Built

 

We hear much about President Barack Obama being absorbed with his legacy. So what might one version of it be? Dismissive of Western civilization and what went before, the president seemed to believe that history started on the day of his inauguration. Shortly thereafter, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize by a gushing European […]

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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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