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.

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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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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