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Europe: Strategic Drifter

Economic weakness and geopolitical shifts may see Europe choose a foreign policy of weakness.

Grassroots Economics

The IMF has become little more than an abettor of bad policymaking. To avoid the next meltdown, the IMF must become a global advocacy group. Diplospeak is out; punchy prose and clear policy recommendations are in.

Death Cometh for the Greenback

America’s debt is ballooning. Runaway inflation threatens our creditors. Faith in the almighty dollar is wavering. Soon a global reserve, complete with its own currency, will land the final blow against the dollar. But contrary to popular opinion,

Manchurian Paradox

The America-China symbiosis cannot be overstated. Beijing’s willingness to buy U.S. debt allowed us to live on credit, while our purchase of Chinese goods propelled their meteoric rise. But as the financial markets have soured, some in the United

Oil Dependence As Virtue

In short, a world that doesn't need oil may also be a world that doesn't need the United States.

Black is the New Green

The almighty dollar has some surprising vulnerabilities. Why America's financial health now rests in the hands of China and the oil producers.

Commentary

Austerity Brings Greece to the Brink

Continuing on the present path will lead to disaster.

Help China Help Europe

Europe needs foreign investment to get going again. Washington must look in all directions for partners.

Too Big To Free Ride

The government awards the largest banks all sorts of privileges, working against the public interest.

Books & Reviews

First Bank of the Living Dead

As the Great Recession gnaws at our very belief in the ability of capitalism to raise us to ever-escalating levels of wealth and prosperity, Keynes's no-longer-viable financial prescriptions are being resurrected.

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April 20, 2014