The War of the Words: December 2022 Spotlight
Demonization and its economic consequences, and a peek ahead to the 118th Congress
Change of Edge - EconVue Spotlight October 2022
Are central banks overreacting to inflation? Are we in for a positive surprise?
Hidden Damages: August Spotlight 2022
Is Covid just a dress rehearsal? What have we learned about living with our biological and geopolitical adversaries?https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2022/08/19/long-covid-brain-effects/
Parallel Universes: EconVue Spotlight April 2022 - Has the 4th Estate Eaten Up the Other Three?
Most Russian experts and military strategists I follow doubted Putin would invade Ukraine. I agreed with their rational arguments, but here we are. I’m reminded of the Haruki Murakami novel 1Q84. The heroine alights from her taxi and gradually discovers that she is living in a world where everything is almost the same, except there are two moons. Since Covid began, I doubt I’m alone in feeling that I have somehow gotten off at the wrong stop, and am living in a hellishly perverse alternative universe.
EconVue Spotlight January 2022 - Skating, On Thin Ice
In just a few weeks, the Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing. Both Japan and China were unlucky in their timing; these Games without an audience must be bittersweet for participants as well. For me personally, they bring back memories.
EconVue Spotlight - Appointment in Samarra?
Last month, a bit past the peak of fall foliage, I went to Vermont to visit family. Along the way I decided to stop by one of the many small cemeteries that dot the state to see the only monument to the 1918 Pandemic in the US. Hope Cemetery was beautiful, graced with stone gates, on a shining autumn day and a place where the eternal and the impermanent exist side by side.
EconVue Spotlight September/October 2021: The Great Fall of China
In 2003 David Hale and I wrote an oft-cited article in Foreign Affairs, China Takes Off. Nearly two decades later, has China’s inevitable deceleration begun?