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American Exceptionalism and the Dangers of Complacency


David Rothkopf’s recent article, “The Myth of the Innovation Nation” makes for somber reading. But while questioning the alleged American monopoly on creativity, it is of note that he somehow avoids a single mention of American Exceptionalism. It seems hard to avoid questioning what has been one of the central tenets of American foreign policy, … Continue reading

On Inequality: Much Ado About Nothing, Or A Sign of Things Gone Wrong?


According to Tyler Cowen (general director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and coauthor of the Economics blog marginal revolution), “most of the worries about income inequality are bogus”. That is the thesis of his recent article, “The Inequality That Matters”, in which Professor Cowen argues that much of the recent fervour about the growing gap between the haves … Continue reading

Where to next?


Back in November, I wrote a short piece entitled “How did we get here?” in which I discussed the increasingly hostile and vitriolic nature of the rhetoric in today’s political environment. I observed that the battle cries from both extremes of the political divide were drowning out the civil political dialogue, and that the blogosphere and … Continue reading