Tackling the ‘China Question’

It is an open secret in Washington, D.C. that China, to put it mildly, is “ripping us off” on trade. This fact is tacitly acknowledged by congressmen, Republican and Democrat alike, businessmen, and economists, and yet the “China question”—how to correct the U.S. trade asymmetry—is conspicuously absent from policy discussions. Or, rather, it

By | 2017-08-17T13:35:14+00:00 August 16th, 2017|

The Anti-Trump Bourbons: Learning and Forgetting Nothing in Time for 2020

Just seven months into Donald Trump’s administration we are already bombarded with political angling and speculations about the 2020 presidential race. No one knows in the next three years what can happen to a volatile Trump presidency or his psychotic enemies, but for now such pronouncements of doom seem amnesiac if not absurd.

By | 2017-08-16T13:42:17+00:00 August 14th, 2017|

America: Four Possible Futures

Back in August 2016, I was pleased to have been able to amaze the world with an important literary discovery: a hitherto unknown manuscript by the famous Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. Everyone knows about Kurosawa’s classic 1950 film Rashomon. In that clever post-modernist exercise, the sanguinary tale of the woodcutter, the bandit, the

By | 2017-08-10T20:17:36+00:00 August 8th, 2017|

#Googlegate: The Latest Social Justice Outrage in Tech

A new martyr for free speech has been born, and his name is James Damore. Damore’s offense is that recently he authored an internal memo at his workplace—Google—that appears, more or less, to have triggered the entire staff. His argument, essentially, is there might be more to “gender gaps” than pure sexist oppression,

By | 2017-08-10T15:00:43+00:00 August 8th, 2017|

Solving Google’s Censorship Problem Will Be a Trial

Someone must have been telling lies about Jordan Peterson, he knew he had done nothing wrong but, one morning, he was locked out of his Google accounts. He’d had those accounts for 15 years, which included a popular YouTube channel where he posted hundreds of videos and attracted more than 367,000 subscribers. But now

By | 2017-08-09T09:56:35+00:00 August 4th, 2017|

The RAISE Act Could Boost U.S. Fortunes. Here’s Why…

President Trump this week provoked yet another media meltdown by endorsing the RAISE Act, an immigration reform bill sponsored by Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ind.). If passed, the bill would cut legal immigration to the United States by up to 50 percent, and break the cycle of chain-migration by giving priority to

By | 2017-08-08T12:37:02+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|

Great Again

Everyone who follows American affairs should understand that the country is now in what amounts to a second, but non-violent civil war. There are still serious commentators who sagely counsel a return to bipartisanship, “reaching across the aisle,” as if anything of the kind were remotely possible. The Democrats and some of the

By | 2017-07-30T15:00:25+00:00 July 26th, 2017|

Bourbon Doesn’t Matter (and Other Hard Truths About Trade)

President Trump promised to put America first when it comes to foreign trade. Most conservatives think this is a good thing: why should we let Japan manipulate its currency with impunity? Why does the U.S. government allow China to dump below-cost goods into the American market, killing local industries? These concerns are reasonable.

By | 2017-07-24T20:05:12+00:00 July 19th, 2017|