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April 11, 2014 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

A 19th-Century Bully

March 31, 2014 |

Putin Channeling Hitler: How About A Reichstag Fire?

We do not know the details, but the plan to storm the Ukrainian parliament seems like a close parallel to the burning of the Reichstag. Hitler used this incident to crack down on and destroy the German Communist Party. Similarly, Putin could use images of young thugs occupying the parliament to convince the world that poor Ukraine is out of control. It needs Russian help and a new constitution if it is to survive.
March 21, 2014 |

Mr. Putin's Very Bad Day: The Noose Tightens On His Inner Circle And The Russian People

After a week of indecision, Europe and the United States have decided to impose steep costs on Putin, even though its means economic hardship at home. They will not let Putin’s reckless use of raw power, bullying and lying go unpunished. As the Russian people wake up to the Big Lie of Russian mass media and pay a personal price for Putin’s adventurism, the warm glow of pride will fade. They will ask: Why did this guy, who has been around for fourteen long years, get us into this mess? Isn’t it time for him to go? If only we, or those high up in government, could figure a way.
March 20, 2014 |

Germany Co-opts Putin's Anti-Ukraine Propaganda To Support International Observers and Joining the EU (At Last, A Sign Of Life)

Ukraine’s signing of the EU Association Agreement this Friday would be Putin’s first serious setback in his campaign to take control of significant parts of or all of Ukraine so as to keep its people Russia’s vassals and out of Europe’s sphere of influence. Having hundreds of international OSCE observers would demolish Putin's myth a extremist, neo-Nazi's pograms against ethnic Russia and would ferret out the outside trouble makers being setn in by Putin. The Russian people and citizens of East and Sought Ukraine will become increasingly aware that Putin's narrative is a Big Lie.
March 17, 2014 |

Putin's Destabilization of Ukraine Overshadows Today's Crimean Vote (80 Percent Turnout, 93 Percent For Annexation)

The Western media needs to grow up and understand the Russian special ops war. If they continue to report literally demonstrations, clashes, fights, banners, and shows of pro-Russian support organized and paid for by KGB infiltrators, they will sorely handicap Ukraine's chances of defending itself from Putin;s disinformatsia specialists. The international press fell for Stalin's show trials and for Goebbels' speeches. They should not be suckered again.
March 14, 2014 |

Enough Of Moral Equivalence On Russia's Invasion Of Ukraine Already! (See Putin's Rogue Gallery At The End)

Under Putin’s narrative, the hapless ethnic Russians of Ukraine’s South and East face the same threats as the Kosovo Albanians, Saddam’s Kurds, or Assad’s Shia. Instead of genocide and poison gas, Ukraine’s ethnic Russians face unspecified and undocumented dangers from their vengeful brothers to the West. I wonder whether these poor ethnic Russians would change places with Assad’s civilian population living under bombardment and deprived of food and water.Such a stretch – Ukraine’s ethnic Russian vs. the Kosovo Albanians or Saddam’s Kurds -- has not been seen since Hitler’s “rescue” of the beleaguered Sudentedeutsche entrapped by their mortal enemies in Czechoslovakia.
March 11, 2014 |

Putin's Big Lie On Ukraine (If It Weren't So Serious It Would Be Funny)

Nationalists were among the bravest of the Maidan demonstrators, but they constituted a small minority. The grim list of the Maidan victims shows a grand total of eight deaths from the two right-wing parties. The others were students, factory workers, and otherwise ordinary people, some from the East, demonstrating out of conscience. As to the upcoming presidential elections, the latest polls show ex-heavyweight boxing champion, Vitaly Klitshko, in the lead with the two right-wing candidates polling collectively less than five percent – scant evidence of an impending skin-head Nazi takeover.If Putin is intent on saving Europe from right-wing extremism, he is advised to invade Greece (Golden Dawn), France (National Front), Netherlands (Wilder’s Freedom Party), or Hungary (Jobbik) – all of which have double the popular support of Ukraine’s far right. Maybe such invasions would actually wake up the somnambulant Europeans..
March 7, 2014 |

Putin Hasn't Lost Touch With HIS Reality. Welcome To KGB Russia

No, Putin is not crazy. He has not lost touch with reality. He is simply spinning his KGB version of the world. The Russian people and East Ukrainians have been fed a steady diet of Putin’s parallel universe for months on end. Less educated Russians believe every word. Russian speakers in Donetsk huddle in fear, expecting harassment and beatings from rabid west Ukrainians. With enough repetition, the big lie eventually sinks into the public consciousness, no matter how silly and bizarre.
March 6, 2014 |

The West's Dangerous Misreading of Putin In Ukraine

Perhaps the West is simply pretending that Putin’s goals are limited to the Crimea and that a real crisis has been averted. Or do they not understand the obvious: that Putin has an overarching goal for the whole of Ukraine: He cannot afford an increasingly prosperous democratic Ukraine, integrated into Europe, on his western border. Such a Ukraine means the end of his ambition to reconstitute the Soviet Union in a Eurasian Union. The example of a growing and democratic Ukraine would undermine his political lockdown of dissent. A European Ukraine threatens Putin’s ambition to beat Stalin’s record tenure of a quarter century as Russia’s cult of personality.
March 5, 2014 |

Putin's Press Conference: What De-escalation? (Putin Cuts Off The Finger But Spares The Arm)

In effect, Putin is now daring the United States even to hang sanctions on Russia for its ongoing invasion. If we keep our mouths shut and slink away with our tails between our legs, Putin will stop with Crimea, while quietly sabotaging the new Ukrainian government. He will play for time until the new Ukrainian government suffers economic and political collapse and is ready for a new Russian-friendly regime.
March 3, 2014 |

Want Putin's Attention On Ukraine? Follow His Money

Russian kleptocrats, Putin included, face a problem of their own making. They deliberately constructed a society that has no rule of law, other than the whim of the ruling circle. This means that their own wealth is not secure at home. Political fortunes change. Insiders may antagonize someone who is more influential or lose a turf battle. Their only choice is to hide their wealth abroad in foreign bank accounts or in other assets such as real estate. They send their wives and children abroad. Their children are building up human capital in the best and most expensive schools and universities in the west. Their wives or mistresses live in luxury in the safety of Germany, France, or Switzerland. It is not cheap to pay for such things.
March 2, 2014 |

Alarm: Putin Will Not Stop With Crimea. Paper-Tiger Obama Will Do Nothing

To Barack Obama: True the United States is tired of fighting battles in faraway exotic lands in which friend is scarcely distinguishable from foe. But the United States must be prepared to fight the good battles. If there were ever a time for standing tall and firm, it is now. If not, we shall see ourselves increasingly at the mercy of a dictator for life, backed by a pipsqueak economy, who uses threats, bullying, and the actual use of force to dictate foreign policy to a supine world that is afraid of its shadow.
February 27, 2014 |

Europe And New Leaders Are Ukraine's Only Salvation (Patriots Not Politicians)

Ukraine’s path is clear for those wishing it success. It must concentrate on joining the EU as quickly as the accession process allows. For its part, the EU must provide all possible assistance to expedite Ukraine’s accession. Mobilizing EU members to this task will not be easy given the consensus nature of decision making. The EU should not waste its time trying to draw in Russia as a cooperative partner. Putin clearly has another agenda.
February 25, 2014 |

Putin's First Mover After Ukraine: 2 1/2 Years For Throwing A Lemon

In Putin’s Alice in Wonderland, it does not matter whether white is black or up is down. Exonerating evidence is either ignored or not permitted. The sentence is phoned to the presiding judge from the Kremlin, while Putin denies any influence on the courts. They make their own independent decisions, he asserts with a straight face. (Stalin would also tell wives of victims that we would like to help but the courts have decided).
February 22, 2014 |

Olympics Host Putin Protects Mother Russia From A Tangerine-Tossing Student (And A Teenage Girl Too)

Keep the image of Alexandra Dukhanina being mauled by security forces in your minds when you view the beaming face of Vladimir Putin at Sunday’s closing ceremony. The smile on his face may be that, the charm offensive over, he can go back to being himself.
February 19, 2014 |

The United States and Europe Dawdle While Ukraine Goes Up In Flames

Yanukovich and his allies are playing for time, stretching out negotiations, pleading illness, and hoping for the steam to run out of the protests. The protesters are characterized as Nazis, skin heads, and criminals in the pay of hostile European powers and the United States. The United States and Europe are to blame for their blatant intervention in Ukraine’s internal affairs. Yanukovich trump card is his confidence that Putin will do all that is necessary to break the backs of the protesters and keep Ukraine in his proposed Eurasian Community. The protesters cannot count on meaningful assistance from the West.
February 10, 2014 |

While Putin Basks In Sochi, His Robobloggers Answer All Critics (Including an F-Word For Me)

Putin was too clever to allow open homage to his own personality cult in the Sochi opening drama. The extravaganza’s message was clear enough: Russia deserves an orderly and strong empire and a firm hand, which – hint, hint – only a VVP can provide. Who else would stage a winter Olympics a few hundred miles from the site of bitter ethnic conflict by a breakaway region or have the audacity to build a billion dollar villa for himself nearby.
February 6, 2014 |

Liberal Epiphany: Incentives Matter

Admitting that incentives matter -- to the tune of 2.5 million jobs -- blows a hole in the blanket liberal policy response to joblessness and weak recovery: All these problems are supposed to be due to the lack of demand, which only increased government spending (and higher taxes) can rev up. Only crazies think that incentives give people choices in this matter. Those conservative “voodoo economists” or “uncertainty mongers,” with their talk of structural reform and “getting incentives right” are wasting our time, the Krugmans, Stiglitzs, and Reichs assure us. More government spending raises all boats. That’s all you, John Q. Public, need to know.
February 3, 2014 |

Obama: Hire Misty For Me

Obama’s selection of Misty DeMars as the poster girl of the unemployed shows his isolation from and alienation from blue collar America. It reveals the Democratic Party as a hodge-podge coalition of intellectuals, labor unions, minorities, and other special interests, in which blue-collar America is not particularly comfortable. Blue collar workers constitute sixty percent of the workforce – a formidable voting bloc for the Republicans, if only they could deliver the right message.
January 29, 2014 |

Our Founding Fathers Must Have Been Paranoid Too, Like Tom Perkins

The Left dismisses venture capitalist Tom Perkins charges of demonization of the rich as the paranoia of a rich old guy. However, Perkins reflects the core concern of the founding fathers of an overbearing majority using schemes of oppression to attack the wealthy. Were the father of the U.S. Constitution, James Madison alive today, he would listen to the President’s state of the union address with the same questions.
January 27, 2014 |

The Good Guys Have A Real Chance in Ukraine

A return to democracy and to Europe of the 50-million-person-strong Ukraine would alter the depressing landscape of what used to be the USSR. A Ukraine deeply integrated into Europe would put an end to Putin’s dream of restoring the Soviet empire. The Sochi Olympics could not have come at a better time. Let us hope we see Putin’s feigned happy face for the Olympic crowds as he fumes over Ukraine being lost to the West.
January 20, 2014 |

Is Obama's Team Now To The Left Of Socialist France?

France's socialist president's embrace of spending cuts, business friendly tax cuts, and supply side economics put him to the right of Obama's team, cementing the fact that Obama 's politics are those of the European Left. Nevertheless he is called a moderate by the mainstream media!
January 16, 2014 |

Democrats Use Stalin-Era Tactics To Wreck Chris Christie's Political Career

  We use names of public figures as short-hand tags for political processes or maneuvers. An example would be to “Bork” a candidate’s nomination before Congress. I propose to add to this list “Voz,” defined as “eliminating political adversaries using an escalating feeding frenzy of rumors, accusations, revelations, gossip, and investigations [...]
December 25, 2013 |

Virtual Insurance: How ObamaCare Saves 30 Million From Being Uninsured While Leaving 30 Million Without Coverage

Obama supporters cite the 30 million who stand eventually to gain health insurance coverage as the most compelling reason for not abandoning ObamaCare in its time of troubles. Despite a string of disappointments and broken promises, ObamaCare critics do not push back against this  claim. After all, the 30 million [...]
December 19, 2013 |

Putin Clears the Decks for Sochi Olympics With Pardons

In a surprise move near the end of his annual press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a pardon for rival, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and clemency for the Pussy Riot girls remaining in prison. These pardons signal Putin’s absolute confidence in his personal power and the importance to him of the [...]
December 16, 2013 |

Kim Jong Un Copies The Playbook of Joseph Stalin In North Korea, The World's Last Stalinist State

  Stalin would have slapped the “Great Successor” heartily on his back for executing his “traitor-for-all-the-ages” uncle. Well done, young fellow. This young guy, Kim Jong Un, doesn’t shirk from killing his own relatives. He reminds me of myself. I did not hesitate to shoot my closest friends and the relatives [...]
December 6, 2013 |

Weak World Economy, Not ObamaCare, Is Bending The Cost Curve

Obama’s central planners are latching on to what they think is a rare  ObamaCare “win.” Harvard professor and ObamaCare guru, David Cutler (The health-care law’s success story: Slowing down medical costs) proclaims that ObamaCare has “bent the health care cost curve down” as a consequence of  measures already in effect, [...]
December 4, 2013 |

Will Kiev Streets Thwart Putin's Grand Design?

A fateful drama is playing out in central Kiev. Tens of thousands of demonstrators occupy Independence Square and block entrances to government buildings. They demand “revolution.” They clamor for the resignation of President Victor Yanukovich’s government  as punishment for his surprise decision to reject the European Union’s offer of association [...]
November 22, 2013 | Forbes

2:01 PM November 22, 1963: That's My Friend Lee Harvey Oswald!

The mind is an uncooperative filter. Fewer memories pass through it as events become more remote. Trivial memories can loom larger than significant ones. But Friday, November 22, 1963, jumps out of stored recollections in sharp focus, even though separated in time by fifty years. I joined the handful of University [...]
November 15, 2013 |

Germany Bashing With Bad Economics and Wrong Facts

If this were a football game, the referee should call unnecessary roughness for piling on Germany.
November 10, 2013 |

To Achieve ObamaCare's Insurance Goals, We Must Abolish ObamaCare

ObamaCare was sold to the American people as an “effort to help 40 to 50 million Americans with low income or people with preexisting conditions.” (Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer,  ObamaCare’s original promises (now long forgotten) were that we can help those 40 to 50 million unfortunates who can’t get insurance, keep [...]
November 7, 2013 | New York Times

Lee Harvey Oswald Was My Friend

Fifty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, an academic looks back at the summer that might have changed Oswald's life.
November 7, 2013 |

President Obama's Loss Of Trust Over Obamacare Imperils Immigration Reform

  The President’s “misspeaking” on his Obama Care pledges have doomed any chance of immigration reform, or any other major reform, for that matter. Obama may go into campaign mode on immigration reform to gain Hispanic votes, but it will be only talk. There can be no comprehensive reform of anything [...]
November 4, 2013 |

A New 1 Percent: The Tiny Sliver Of Obama Care 'Winners'

Why is it necessary to change our whole health care system to solve the problem of less than one percent of the population?
October 29, 2013 |

Obamacare A Mess? Liberals Say Go Single Payer.

  More suspicious voices on the right warned that the Left would use a collapsing Obama Care as an excuse for a single payer medical care system. The “train wreck” of the Obama Care roll-out has underscored its incredible complexity, contradictions, and peccadilloes, and we are just beginning to scratch the [...]
October 27, 2013 |

True Patriots Stop Train Wrecks

  Ted Cruz’s filibuster and the House Freshmen’s battle against Obama Care have drawn media derision and establishment Republican “I told you so's.” Suicide-vest, unhinged, insane, extortionist, and Astroturf metaphors dominated political discourse as Democratic Schadenfreuders cited polls that Americans blame Republicans more for the government shutdown and debt ceiling near [...]
October 17, 2013 | Forbes

The Tea Party Victory

The Tea Party has denied President Obama his long term goal of creating a positive-rights European-style entitlement state.
October 10, 2013 |

If Private Funds Can Pay For Military Funerals, How About National Parks, Monuments, Border Patrols, and Cancer Trials?

We now have an interesting precedent: Problems caused by the government shutdown can be fixed by private money.
October 9, 2013 |

Obama's Pre-existing Conditions Whopper

The Obama administration has rewritten the rule that the people will believe a lie if you repeat it enough times.
October 3, 2013 |

We Are Shutting Down Only Thirteen Percent of the Government (At Most)

“Slim down” is a winner, and it captures the reality of what is going on right now in Washington.
October 3, 2013 |

Obama's Fatal Mistake on Social Security

Obama has destroyed the Democratic Party’s claim to be the protector of retired Americans.
September 26, 2013 |

Merkel's Awful Election Blunder

As Merkel goes about the difficult business of wooing reluctant coalition partners, the magnitude of her blunder will become apparent to the German and world press.
September 23, 2013 |

The Problem Is Obesity Not Hunger (Thoughts On The Food Stamps Debate)

The hunger crisis is a clever fabrication to serve political and commercial interests.
September 18, 2013 |

Why Putin Cannot Afford Runoffs: Navalny and the Moscow Election

Putin won big on Syria but lost big in the Moscow mayor’s race, whose outcome may change Russian politics in the long run.
September 8, 2013 |

Moscow Mayor's Election: So Much for Competitiveness, Transparency, and Legitimacy

  Alexei Navalny and family Muscovites went to the polls today to elect their mayor. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin (mentioned as Putin’s eventual successor) resigned unexpectedly to call an early election for September 8. Sobyanin, appointed by Putin after he fired Sobyanin’s predecessor, needed to establish his legitimacy as a duly elected mayor. [...]
August 26, 2013 |

The Chinese Can't Stage a Decent Show Trial

The new Chinese leaders are making fools of themselves on full public display.
August 6, 2013 | Forbes

Airbrushing Away The Numerous False Promises Of Obama Care

We need look no further than the President’s own un-teleprompted admissions that he cannot keep his promises.
August 2, 2013 | Forbes

Putin the Predictable: Guest Snowden

  It takes no savvy to know what Vladimir Putin will do next. Putin (Vova  or VVP, as he is known by Russians) can be counted on to do exactly what his declared “enemy” – the United States – does not want him to do.  He will do so, moreover, unadorned [...]
July 25, 2013 |

Ideological Blinders Prevent an Obama Pivot on the Economy

President Barack Obama greets guests following an address about the state of the economy and his vision for the future at Knox College on July 24, 2013 in Galesburg, Illinois. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife) President Barack Obama and Japan’s Shizo Abe both face sluggish economies that have been [...]
July 3, 2013 |

Egypt's Rocky Road Into the Unknown

June 21, 2013 | Investor's Business Daily

The CBO's Immigration Study And Its False Surplus

May 20, 2013 |

Putin Versus None-Of-The-Above

April 18, 2013 |

Maggie's Critics Each Owe Her $3,000

March 12, 2013 | Real Clear Markets

Why Doesn't The New York Times Expose Carlos Slim?

February 20, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

The Women of the Gulag

December 12, 2012 |

We Have Met the Left and It's Obama

November 29, 2012 |

The Fiscal Cliff Bargain is Peanuts

October 23, 2012 |

How Obama Handed The Debate To Romney

October 5, 2012 |

Krugman's Sick Numbers

October 4, 2012 |

Why The Shock That Obama Lost?

June 19, 2012 | Daily Caller (DC)

Chinese state infanticide: a history-changing photograph

This photograph crushes the carefully cultivated image of a benign and wise Chinese state, offering its people jobs, rising living standards, and eventual happiness...
June 17, 2012 |

The Greek Vote, Germany Bashing And The Forgotten Reforms

Greek, French and Egyptian voters went to the polls Sunday...
June 12, 2012 |

Sights and Sounds of June 12 Moscow Protests

The protest movement remains badly divided between liberals, communists, and nationalists, each with their own agenda. They have not even united on the most important demand – the removal of Putin from office...
June 10, 2012 |

American Exceptionalism: Obama's Achilles Heel?

If America is exceptional, why must we fundamentally transform it as Obama promises? Instead, we need a steady-hand Mitt to restore America’s greatness...
June 6, 2012 | Forbes

Mayor Bloomberg: Big Gulps OK For Women

Epidemics provide fodder for the news media, especially on slow news days...
June 4, 2012 |

Add Disability to Obama's Anti-Jobs Policies

The disability program is not the creation of the Obama administration, but Obama appointees have set and interpreted its policies for more than three years. Let’s examine their record...
May 27, 2012 |

Is It Within Bounds To Ask: Is Obama A Socialist?

Democrat strategists know that the American electorate reacts strongly negative to “socialism” and are doing their best to discredit any and all who call Obama a socialist...
May 23, 2012 |

Should The New York Times Investigate Wal-Mart Or Carlos Slim?

We will never know what deals Carlos Slim made to gain the Telmex monopoly. But we know this was crony capitalism in its most destructive form...
May 20, 2012 |

Camp David: G-8 Platitudes Don't Solve Anything

As pundits parse words like austerity, growth, and “we want to keep Greece in the Euro zone,” it becomes increasingly clear that Camp David platitudes mean nothing and make no difference...
May 13, 2012 |

Look To Sweden! Obama's High-Tax Gurus

The parallels between the Swedish Social Democrats and their labor allies of the 1970s and the Obama administration are striking...
May 7, 2012 |

Lost in the Crowd: Putin's Business-As-Usual Inauguration

Were it not for the French, Greece, and Schleswig-Holstein elections on Sunday, Putin’s inauguration for his third term would have been the top news...
May 6, 2012 |

Hollande Wins and Europe Descends Into No-Man's Land

Hollande’s election leaves the European Union with three stark choices, none of which are good...
May 2, 2012 |

Chen Guangcheng: A Day of Shame for the U.S.

We have sacrificed a fundamental moral issue for commercial and political gain...
April 29, 2012 |

Four Shocks That Could Change China

In the past four months, the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) has experienced four shocks that could materially affect, if not eventually end, its “leading role” in Chinese society...
April 15, 2012 | Forbes

How Krugman Would Ru(i)n Steve Jobs' Apple

The Left considers Steve Jobs, the charismatic PC pioneer, a self-centered individualist, who did not conform to elite etiquette...
April 10, 2012 |

Making Sense of China's Bo Xilai Earthquake

The removal of Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai from the Politburo and the announcement that his wife is under investigation for murder are a political tsunami...
April 8, 2012 |

The Tea Party Already Saved Taxpayers $300 Billion (Maybe a Half Trillion)

According to my arithmetic, the unanticipated Republican November 2010 sweep of the House with victories of fiscally-conservative freshmen saved or will save taxpayers at least $300 billion dollars for the two-year period 2011 and 2012 alone...
April 1, 2012 |

Obama Care's Commissar's Conceit

As a writer on Soviet planning, I am struck by its parallels with Obama Care...
March 25, 2012 |

A Community Organizer Among Hunter-Gatherers

Do We Have Socialist or Individualistic Genes?...
March 22, 2012 |

My Diminished Capacity to Understand Obama's Clean Energy Policy

As someone who favors cutting government spending on clean energy and eliminating government subsidies in general, I was particularly distressed to learn (in Carney’s words) that “I am “aggressively and deliberately ignorant of the world economy..."
March 18, 2012 | Forbes

Note to Krugman: Greece Proves Keynesian Economics Wrong

Times columnist Paul Krugman’s continuous railing against austerity reached a crescendo with Greece’s default...
March 11, 2012 |

Much Too Early to Say Putin has Won: Understanding the Big Lie

As long as we believe the big lie that March 4 was a real presidential election, Putin can triumphantly declare (with tears in his eyes?) democracy alive and well...
March 7, 2012 |

I, Like Ms. Fluke, Am Denied Free Access

After viewing Ms. Fluke’s testimony on her right to free access to contraception, I wish to bring to your attention that I am also being denied free access to vital preventive health care...
February 26, 2012 | Forbes

Want More "Fairness?" Look to Europe's Basket Cases

President Obama calls for “social justice...
February 19, 2012 |

Widow Martha Pays More Than Warren Buffett and His Secretary Combined

If Obama’s constituents are indexed for inflation, Martha’s capital gains should be too. Fair is fair. Let Obama deliver for all the people...
February 12, 2012 |

Romney Must Convince Conservatives He's Not A David Brooks Republican

Rick Santorum’s sweep of three nominating contests in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri on February 6 shows that Mitt Romney has not convinced the base that he is conservative...
February 6, 2012 |

American Airlines Shows The Corruption Of Obama's GM Bailout

The American Airlines bankruptcy reveals the scope of President Obama’s political payback to the UAW...Who needs China to destroy American jobs when we have Obama...?
February 4, 2012 |

Putin Tries to Counter Mass Demonstrations With His Own

[Putin's] counter-demonstration reveals how scared he is of mass demonstrations...
February 2, 2012 |

Are CBO Estimates Really The Gold Standard Of Accuracy?

If the CBO employed a non-Keynesian approach, its conclusions would be quite different...
January 29, 2012 | Forbes

Russia, and the Putin Rules: A Pessimistic Assessment

Russia’s “Moscow Winter” is eating away at Vladimir Putin’s KGB state, but it will survive...
January 25, 2012 |

Warren Buffett's Secretary Likely Makes Between $200,000 And $500,000/Year

I have nothing against Debbie Bosanke earning a half million or even more...At her income, however, she is scarcely the symbol of injustice that Obama wishes her to project...
January 22, 2012 |

Is President Obama Truly a Socialist?

By “socialist,” I do not mean a Lenin, Castro, or Mao, but whether Obama falls within the mainstream of contemporary socialism as represented, for example, by Germany’s Social Democrats, French Socialists, or Spain’s socialist-workers party...?
January 15, 2012 |

And Deliver Us From Systemic Risk: The Fed Transcripts

The Fed’s “intelligence failure” serves as a lesson for those calling for government to foresee systemic risk...
January 10, 2012 |

Public Opinion Says A Conservative Message Wins In 2012

The alignment of public opinion with conservative principles offers Republican candidates a unique opportunity in 2012 as the party that opposes big government, special interests, and state intervention...
January 8, 2012 |

Know Thine Enemy: China, And Obama's Defense Cuts

The facts suggest that China’s military power will equal our own in a relatively brief period of time thanks to Obama’s downgrading of U.S. military power...
January 2, 2012 |

Why Don't the Republicans Play the Media Bias Game On Economic Reporting?

Finding a way to get its economic message across should be a top priority of the Republican Party...
December 12, 2011 | Forbes

Vladimir Putin Is In a Box: What the Demonstrators Should Demand

Fifty thousand demonstrators are shouting “Russia without Putin!” as I write this post...
December 6, 2011 |

A Blogger Could Start Russia's Arab Spring

The new face of the Russian opposition is a young whistle-blowing, shareholder activist, muckraking blogger by the name of Alexei Navalny...
December 5, 2011 |

Russia's Voters Have Spoken: Anybody But Putin

Vladimir Putin has become Russia’s Mubarak – an unpopular head of state constrained in his ability to repress those who stand against him. This is an explosive combination...
November 27, 2011 |

Chinese Stock Alarm? Sino-Forest May Be the Best of the Bunch

Sino-Forest is one of the most transparent and one might even say “best” companies operating in China. I shudder to think what horrors less well-run companies conceal...
November 20, 2011 |

Are One In Five American Children Hungry?

Advocacy groups repeat over and over that 16.2 million children (one in five) “struggle with hunger in the United States”...Where does the one-in-five figure come from and what does it really measure...?
November 16, 2011 |

Berezovsky vs. Abramovich: Insecure Oligarchs Spell Bad Russian Economy

As long as Russia’s insecure crony capitalists choose profit diversion over value creation, Russia will remain a backward country, reliant on its energy resources to fund its activities and its oligarchs’ and politicians’ insatiable appetites...
November 7, 2011 |

If State Capitalism Is So Good, Why Are Russian And Chinese Entrepreneurs Fleeing?

The consequences of state capitalism will eventually show through, and we will be surprised to learn that Chinese and Russian state capitalism were houses of cards...
October 30, 2011 |

Colonel Gaddafi's Lesson for Dictators

Joseph Stalin wrote the playbook for dictators...
October 20, 2011 |

Don't Hold Your Breath For A Brussels Solution To Europe's Crisis

Despite high hopes, this weekend’s summit of EU finance ministers and heads of state will find no magic silver bullet...
October 20, 2011 | Daily Caller (DC)

Obama does not understand adverse selection

Obamacare has brought adverse selection to the forefront. It explains and will continue to explain why Obamacare will not work...
October 11, 2011 |

Thomas Sargent, Rational Expectations And The Keynesian Consensus

The Nobel Committee has again awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics to an economist who helped shatter the Keynesian consensus...
October 9, 2011 |

Advice to Obama's DOE From a Former Soviet Planner

I see from the New York Times article “Market Risks Are Seen in Energy Innovations” that you could benefit from my over thirty years of experience with Gosplan (The USSR State Planning Commission)...
October 2, 2011 |

State Capitalism, Hubris, And What China Owes Us

Domestic critics bemoan the pathologies of unfettered markets and political stalemate and point to China as a model for us. I’d like to ask: Who is living off of whom...?
September 25, 2011 |

Oh No, Another Twelve Years Of Vladimir Putin

Four years of non-suspense ended Saturday. Vladimir Putin will return as president of Russia in March. This decision does not bode well for Russia, the West, or for those who wish to do business in Russia...
September 18, 2011 |

Can We Really Call Climate Science A Science?

False claims of consensus and inconvertible truth reveal a political or ideological agenda wrapped in the guise of science...
September 7, 2011 |

The Jobs Speech Obama Should Give, But Won't

My Fellow Americans: Despite valiant efforts by my administration and the Federal Reserve, the economy is faltering and jobs are not being created. We must respond with decisive measures...
September 2, 2011 |

Psst: The Tea Party Is Mainstream Despite Everything You Hear

I surveyed a large number of Tea Party sites to distill what I consider to be its “core” platform. I then studied public opinion polls to determine whether the American people agree with the Tea Party’s core principles. Here is what I found...
August 28, 2011 |

Why Obama Can't Support A Real Jobs Program

Obama cannot propose a real jobs program. His constituents would rebel. A real jobs program attacks too many of the core beliefs of his party, such as minimum wages and higher taxes on the better off...
August 11, 2011 |

Tea Party Understands Economics Better Than Obama Or Bill Maher

Liberal commentators and comedians appear to accept Keynesian economics as such an evident truth that non-believers must be stupid. Keynesian economics has become a liberal dogma...
August 1, 2011 |

Obama Has Nearly Achieved His European Welfare State

The debt-ceiling brouhaha diverts attention from the most fundamental economic issue we face: Do we want a European-style welfare state? If we do, how in the world are we going to pay for it...?
July 24, 2011 |

China's Flawed Case For One-Party Rule

In democracies, leaders who make bad and even disastrous decisions are punished at the ballot box...
July 12, 2011 |

American Labor Unions: Underpaid, Overproductive Or Overpaid?

None of the common arguments for labor unions hold water...
June 21, 2011 |

Obama Didn't Save Union Jobs, He Saved Union Pay

Obama Didn't Save Union Jobs, He Saved Union Pay...
June 10, 2011 | Townhall

The Earth is Full of Thomas Friedman’s Hot Air

It is a shame to have to “relitigate” issues that have been laid to rest. For Thomas Friedman, the message is that it is treacherous for non-economists to write economics...
May 23, 2011 | National Review Online

A Russian Rift

If we think our 2012 election will offer a stark choice, it’s nothing compared to Russia’s...
May 6, 2011 | WND - World Net Daily

Why tax 'reform' talk is idle chatter

Our tax code would be a joke if this were not such serious business...
March 23, 2011 | Daily Caller (DC)

Medvedev should fire Putin

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin posted this statement on his official website on March 21...
October 15, 2010 | Daily Caller (DC)

Why are the Chinese so afraid of [Liu Xiaobo]?

China is the world’s fastest growing economy. It is now second only to the United States in GDP...Yet China is throwing a temper tantrum unworthy of a great country over the Nobel Committee’s decision to award its 2010 peace prize to [Liu Xiaobo]...
July 19, 2010 | History News Network

The Treasure Trove of the Soviet Archives

The Soviet state and party archives, which began to be released for scholarly use in the early 1990s, offer a rare opportunity to write history using the very words of those who made history...
January 20, 2009 | Moscow Times

Peddling Stalin

Russian and foreign scholars took on Stalin at the International Conference on Stalinism held last month in Moscow...

October 12, 2008 | Washington Times

Lessons for North Korea?

The Soviet Union did not change and failed; China changed with remarkable success...

September 7, 2008 | Washington Times

Punishing Putin?

Can the United States and the West punish Vladimir Putin for his hot war on Georgia in a way that catches his attention?...

October 15, 2007 | Washington Times

Kremlinology redux

Just when we thought we had things figured out, Russian President Vladimir Putin did the unexpected...


October 25, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Obama’s World 2050: Read Good Intentions Before the Election

September 29, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Few Poor Americans Are Without Health Insurance

August 21, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

New Business for American Trial Lawyers: Sue For Hurt Feelings

August 14, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

Why Chinese Companies Are Withdrawing from U.S. Stock Exchanges

August 13, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

Punk Rockers' Lawyers Seek to Prevent Seizure of Children by the State

July 10, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

18-year-old Girl Incites Mass Disorder: Putin’s Enemy of the People

June 13, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Add 400,000 More to the Unemployment Count

Now we have another category: People who take early social security (and sacrifice higher pensions from later retirement) due to the fact that they cannot find jobs...
May 24, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

If You Want to Understand Germany Think of Texas and California

Imagine the reaction if some higher authority told Texas to pay for the shortfall in California’s budget? This is exactly what the Californias of Europe and European Union bureaucrats are demanding of Germany...
May 9, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Buy Shares of Russian State Companies: This Time We’ll Behave

The only reason to consider buying shares of Russian state companies is to wager that the corruption and mismanagement have been more than fully discounted. Investors cannot invest for value considerations...
May 6, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The Handling of Chen Is a Shame. Romney is Correct

The Sunday talk shows and the New York Times are attacking Romney for calling the handling of the Chen case a "shame for America." Romney, they say, spoke too soon...
May 2, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Medical Costs Slowing Down? Obama Care Will Take Care of That

Under ObamaCare, non-partisan technocrats decide which medical services should be expanded and which cut back. Such decisions are not to be left to families who have to “think twice” about how they spend their money...
April 27, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Are There No Limiting Principles? An Electoral Dilemma That Needs to Be Addressed

The trap Republicans face is that Obama can promise to have the government pay for any meritorious good – green cars, condoms, books, laptops, free public transportation, virtually anything – and paint those who oppose as miserly ogres who do not want to help...
April 22, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

French Socialists Test Ride Obama Platform

The French election previews the U.S. November election contest between incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney in the following four ways...
April 17, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

Two Major Events in International Oil: Argentina's Nationalization of YPF and Exxon's "Hostage" Deal With Russia

One of the greatest Latin American success stories was the privatization of Argentina's YPF in July of 1993 against enormous political and labor opposition...
April 5, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

An Inconvenient Truth From the NYT on Hybrid and Electric Cars

With its table “The Cost of Higher Fuel Economy,” the Times has blown the cover of the electric or hybrid car. They do not make economic sense even at much higher gas prices...
April 3, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The Euro Crisis Is Over but No One Told me

Imagine that the two major Greek parties lose to the nationalists, communists, and other splinter parties, the Spanish conservative government dilutes austerity, and the stimulus-inclined socialists win in France. Those saying the crisis is over would be proven fools...
March 30, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Tax Breaks for Big Oil or for Big Hollywood?

All tax preferences, even beloved ones such as the home interest deduction, distort economic decision making. So let’s get rid of all of them and place all economic activity on a level playing field...
March 13, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Phoenix Shows Romney Right and Obama Wrong

What appears to liberals as mean spirited capitalism actually shortens the period of pain and accelerates the recovery. I guess they will never learn this elementary lesson...
March 4, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Moscow March 4: Sights and Sounds of Today's Russian Election

Here is an account of the sights and sounds of today’s Russian Presidential election. As expected, Putin sailed to an easy victory with over 60 percent of the vote...
March 1, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

“Voluntary Exchange” of Greek Debt? And There Goes Another Market

Greece’s long term problem is that lenders do not trust it to meet its obligations...
February 21, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

I Repeat Again: There Is Still No Greek Solution

With an election coming up (and the public vehemently against outside intervention and austerity), Greece cannot meet its end of the bargain...
February 19, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Obama at Boeing to Praise the Dreamliner He Almost Killed

...[T]he President who threatened to ruin the project on which Boeing’s fate depends, stood before cheering crowds in Washington state to praise Boeing and its new 787, as "the perfect example of American ingenuity"...
February 15, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

A Shame the Republicans Must Let Politics Trump Economics

The extension of the payroll tax holiday is bad economics. It may be good politics, or avoids a bad political outcome...
February 14, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Why No One Is Buying Volts: Twenty Years to Earn Back the Fuel Saving

Even if our gas prices rose to European levels, it still would not make economic sense to buy the Volt...
February 13, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

I Repeat: There Is No Greek Solution

Greece has held on so long by making promises it cannot keep, which its European neighbors pretend to believe. This farce is coming to an end...
February 12, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Free to Choose Means Less Freedom: Obama on Birth Control

Most of us interpret “free to choose” in Milton Friedman’s sense...Obama, apparently, understands “free to choose” differently...
February 9, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Where Is the Outrage? The Mugging of the Five Mortgage Lenders

Most “good deeds” of the Obama administration carry with them unanticipated consequences...By the time we see this, we are stuck with another four years...
February 1, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

My Advice: Ignore All Headlines on Solution of Euro Crisis

So far I have counted about 25 announcements that the Euro crisis has been resolved or is about to be. I guess these headlines are wishful thinking...
January 28, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

Advice for Romney: I Have Seen State Health Care Up Close and It Does Not Work

If Mitt Romney wishes to become President of the United States, he must cease any and all defense of Massachusetts-Care. Rick Santorum told him that in so many words in Thursday's debate, and Santorum is right...
January 21, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Talk About Unanticipated Consequences

ABC, CNN and Juan Williams May Have Made Gingrich President...
January 11, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

Award for Best Defenses of Bain Capital Goes To John McCain and Steve Forbes

If Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee, he will somehow have to explain to American voters what venture capital is and its positive contribution to growth and prosperity...
January 9, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The Russian Orthodox Church: On a Tight Wire Between Putin and the Demonstrators

Putin shut down political opposition, free press, and uncooperative oligarchs, but he elevated the Russian Orthodox Church to a core societal institution...A hostile Russian Orthodox Church poses a huge danger for Putin and his KGB state...
January 3, 2012 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The EU Must Reject Ukraine’s Bid for Association Status Until Timoshenko Is Freed

If we get upset by Putin’s dashing of the vestiges of Russian democracy, we should recognize that Yanukovich’s actions are even more blatant and reprehensible...
December 1, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Someone Must Eventually Say No. Warnings on the Europe Crisis

Moral hazard and lenders of last resort are addictions. We realize their costs only after the fact, and then we must agree to yet another bailout. Otherwise the costs are too high...
November 30, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Historians Versus Stalin and His Gulag

The corrosive effect of the repression of one in four adults, most innocent of any real crime, can in no way be compensated for by the so-called economic achievements of the Stalin rule...
November 27, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The Booing Heard Round the World

Vladimir Putin accepted his party’s nomination to be its presidential candidate. No surprise in this. But this time round, he goes before the voters without a claim to legitimacy...
November 17, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

“Die Linke:” A Platform for Occupy Wall Street?

The Occupy Wall Street crowd is criticized for not offering an alternative to the capitalism that it says has failed. Maybe they should take the platform of Germany’s Die Linke (The Leftist) Party. It seems to suit their protest signs...
November 14, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Back to Constitutional Basics: Madison On Class Warfare

We are about to enter Madison’s nightmare. Although class-warfare appeals are as old as the hills, we now have an income tax system in which soon a majority of the population will pay no income taxes...
November 9, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Moscow Sights and Sounds: November 2011

Over the past decade, I visited Moscow some twenty five times. But this visit to attend the International Conference on the Soviet Gulag was my first in three years...
October 31, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

More Advice for Obama from a Soviet Planner

I see great opportunities for Gosplan planners like myself in the administration of President Obama...
October 25, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Now We Can We Rest Easy: Brussels Bureaucrats Are Protecting Us From Financial Risk

The Soviet leadership did not publish deliberately falsified statistics. They just dropped statistical reporting when things went bad...It seems as if Brussels bureaucrats have learned from Soviet practice...
October 23, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Of Course They Shot Gaddafi and They Should Have

Let’s accept the fact that the Libyans made the right choice and leave them alone. Let’s be glad they began their building of a new state with a good decision...
October 10, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The Polish Plumber Who Never Came: A Lesson for Us (Berlin Journal #4)

Poland and Germany show how easily our illegal immigration problem could be solved by dynamic growth south of the border...
October 6, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

Minijobs, Milton Friedman, and an Overlooked Success Story (Berlin Journal #3)

One of several reasons why Germany has the lowest unemployment rate in Europe is the “minijob...
September 17, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The Most Charitable Interpretation of Solyndra: Obama Is Clueless

How are we to explain how a U.S. President can publicly back a company whose own auditors correctly conclude it will not survive? None of the possible explanations inspire confidence...
September 8, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Obama’s Jobs Speech: “And It’s All Paid For”

The President put himself in a bad position. He heralded his jobs speech for weeks, but he had nothing new to say. He repackaged old ideas the best he could. It is my guess that the voting public will see things as they are...
September 1, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Obama’s New Top Economist Opposes His Jobs Program

The extension of unemployment insurance beyond the current almost two years will be a major plank in Obama’s job program. His new top economic advisor should tell him to drop that provision if he really wants to lower the unemployment rate...
August 21, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

Obama’s Broken Record: Spend Now, Cut Later and Only Fools Disagree

The BEA’s downward revision of GDP revealed that we have yet to recover back to pre-recession levels...
August 20, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

Memories of Twenty Years Back: The Soviet Putsch

I was planning to return to Moscow on August 23, 1991...
August 18, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

What Really Worries American Business

I suggest that in general the World Economic Forum's rankings are questionable, putting it in the most favorable light. In some cases, it is better to ignore their results. I did find one comparison that made sense and whose results are interesting...
August 16, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

Yes, There Is No Mainstream or Consensus on Stimulus Spending

In its Sunday edition, the New York Times informed its readers that “a wide range of economists say the administration should call for a new round of stimulus spending...
August 12, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

The Government Kills a Bank, Small Business, and Jobs

In my introductory economics classes, I teach that a well-run bank spends its time getting to know it customers and then makes loans to those who are credit worthy...
August 11, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

If the UN Wants to be Useful: Build Villas for Dictators

If the UN wanted to make itself useful, it should have a protection program for dictators who negotiate to leave office...
August 9, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The New GM: It Should Do Well With No Debt

The new GM reported a profit of $2.5 billion for the second quarter of 2011...There is one fact missing in this optimistic story. The $50 billion bailout wiped out $40 billion of GM debt. It is a lot easier to make a profit if you have no debt payments...
August 8, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

Rhode Island Is Smarter Than Everyone Else

A new Rhode Island state law places bondholders before other creditors in the case of bankruptcies of municipalities...
August 7, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The NYT Says What Obama Cannot Say: Raise Everyone’s Taxes

The New York Times Sunday editorial reveals point blank the liberal agenda...
August 7, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

It’s Not the Tea Party Stupid: Why the Bond Market Does Not Like What It Sees

Those who blame the kamikaze, hostage-taking tea party for ruining the U.S. credit rating do not see what the bond market sees...
August 3, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

What Jobs Program, Mr. President?

President Obama took advantage of the signing of the debt limit increase to “pivot” to jobs...The problem is that, other than approving free trade deals, the President’s job programs will not create any jobs...
August 2, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Cuban Missiles, Three Mile Island, and Default: An Odd Combination

Advancing age offers unusual perspectives. The frenzied countdown to “default on the full faith and credit of the United States” reminded me of two events of long ago...
July 29, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The Speech of a Grown-Up President

Just as your Commander in Chief is responsible for our national defense, so must he or she guarantee the full faith and credit of the United States of America...
July 24, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Must We Sacrifice Social Security Checks?

The treasury secretary is fortunate that the GAO has done his work for him. Let him cut the areas of waste and duplication so that he can send out the social security checks on time...
July 21, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Green Fallout: RFK Jr., Wind, “Sacred Views,” and Deeper Issues

This amusing tussle among the green elite offers revealing insights and raises a series of questions about the economics and political economy of green electricity...
July 14, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

A “Serious” Jobs Program: Germany’s Haartz IV (Will Obama Repeat the Elder Bush’s Mistake?)

I am taken aback, to say the least, that I have yet to see a “serious” jobs program offered for our widely proclaimed “jobs crisis...
July 10, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Putin Retakes the Commanding Heights

Nothing symbolizes Russia’s economic problems better than its creaky electricity network...
July 7, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

How Russia is Ruled: Insights from the BP Failure

The failure of BP’s venture with Rosneft provides tantalizing hints about how Russia is governed and its 2012 Election...
July 4, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The State Cannot Mandate Average Fuel Efficiency Standards

The Obama administration proposes to raise fuel efficiency to an average of 56.2. miles per gallon by 2025, putting the U.S. on par with Europe...
June 28, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Blago Verdict: Only Broke Motor-Mouths Get Caught

The inevitable has occurred. Former Illinois Governor, Rod Blagojevich, has been convicted for his role in trying to personally benefit from selecting (selling) Barack Obama’s Senate seat...
June 23, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The Red Campaign’s Allure: China Chooses Its Course

In 2012, the Chinese Communist Party chooses a new Politburo. This once-in-a-decade event will set China’s course through 2025...
June 14, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The President’s Waste-of-Time Jobs Council

I do not need 90 days and millions of government money to give you my “Jobs Council” recommendations...
June 10, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

If This Were Russia, Nancy Pelosi Would Own Google (But There Would Be No Google)

Instead of rewarding success in business, Putin’s Russia offers entrepreneurs “deals” they cannot refuse. The “deal” is that powerful state and state-connected officials will take their share of your success...
June 8, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The Coming Clash of Titans: Environmentalists Versus Global Warmists

Neither has much concern abut the increased cost of energy to industry and the consumer, but the loss of desert tortoises is something they can worry about...
June 2, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Are We Misinterpreting China’s Decline in Growth?

In a word, China’s era of unlimited supplies of labor has ended as is evidenced by the incredibly rapid wage inflation...
June 1, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

My Arab April Spring Scorecard

Losses...Bad Mistakes...Unlikely Wins...Possible Wins...
May 31, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Medicare’s Elusive Search for the Ideal Success Criterion

Medicare has a new success criterion for rewarding hospitals: “Medicare spending per beneficiary...”
May 27, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The 2012 Election Hinges on Whether Voters Believe in the Free Lunch

The 2012 election may depend on whether voters understand that free lunches are not free...
May 24, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Russian Supreme Court Upholds Khodorkovsky Conviction

The Russian Supreme Court today upheld former oil tycoon, Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s conviction to a second prison term. Khodorkovsky, now Russia’s most prominent political prisoner, will return to his Siberian jail cell...
May 22, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Chilling Words: Obama’s Regulators Are Now Punishing Thought Crime

If federal regulators base their actions on “motives,” they have assumed unlimited power...
May 22, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Let Labor Compete: Why Does It Need NLRB Protection?

If the New Theory of Unions holds any water, unions might be advised to turn their attention from politics to making their members more efficient and productive...
May 15, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Alibaba and the Chinese Thieves (Yahoo in China): Serious Questions About China’s Growth Prospects

U.S. business may know something about China they are not telling us...
May 14, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

A Banner Day for Media Bias: The NYT’s Friday the 13th On Global Warming

The New York Times outdid itself in media bias on Friday the 13th...
May 13, 2011

The NYT’s Conservative Columnist: Future Congresses To Make Future Spending Cuts?

“Conservative” NYT columnist, David Brooks, has suddenly turned optimist...
May 11, 2011

Reading David Brooks and Missing William Safire

Any conservative thinker, when confronted with the question of non-working adult males, would consider the incentives and human motivations underlying the “Missing Seventeen Percent”...
May 10, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

If Congress Can Mug Big Oil, It Can Mug Anyone

Our tax code has become a blunt instrument for political mugging, shakedowns, and intimidation...
May 9, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The Pentagon Knows How to Spike the Football: Saddam’s Fleas and Osama’s Home Movies

The Pentagon’s image makers have again displayed their skills (or was it the CIA?)...
May 8, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Holder’s New Bluster: The Fraud Task Force on Gas Prices

Strapped American families can rest easy. On Thursday April 21, Attorney General Eric Holder Attorney rode to our rescue with the following announcement...
May 7, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

I was Right All Along: BP ¼, Russia ¾

In my March 4 posting, I wrote that BP was about to be rolled by Russia again. On Friday, the debacle took place...
May 4, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Dissecting Chinese Growth: How Long Will It Continue?

Academic specialists know a great deal, but they are not good at sharing their results with general readers...
April 28, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

It Would Be Hard for Assad to Lose

It is not easy to overthrow a dictator, especially one who is willing to do anything and everything to stay in power...Here are the ingredients for the overthrow of a totalitarian regime...
April 28, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Of Four 2012 Elections, Ours May be the least Significant

There are three other 2012 elections that have greater long-run significance, if one can imagine that...
April 25, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

More Nonsense on Bashar Assad

Our diplomats and journalists must learn that dictatorships operate according to specific dynamics that do not depend on the education, background, or humanistic orientation of their leaders...
April 21, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Although Nothing Happened at Cuba’s Party Congress, Something Actually Did

Despite speculation of major changes, none were visible at Cuba’s first party congress in sixteen years...
April 21, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The Interest Charge for Chinese Entrepreneurs: Capital Punishment

Wu Ying, a 29 year-old Chinese female entrepreneur, faces the death penalty for “illegal fund raising.” Her crime: raising and pooling funds outside of the official lending system...
April 19, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The Wrong and Dangerous Narrative of Chinese Growth

The worst time to draw conclusions about the superiority of one economic and political system over another is at the end of an economic downturn...
April 18, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

The NYT Passed on the Tea Party; Now Its Passing on Atlas Shrugged

One pleasure in reading the New York Times is its movie reviews...
April 15, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

Mafia in Pinstripe: The Real GE Scandal

The transition from street thug to state mafia took a decade in Russia...
April 11, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The Infrastructure Fetish and China’s Superiority

It is a mistake to judge economic performance by glittery infrastructure projects...
April 9, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

If You Do Not Understand the Economics of Health Care – Read These Few Lines

Simple economic analysis provides a tried-and-true guide for those who really want to understand the debate. Economics suggests the following points...
April 3, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Qadaffi’s Defection Math: A Different View

Qadaffi is an experienced despot; otherwise he would not have held office for forty years. He knows how to calculate the best ways to stay in power. By my count, Qadaffi can be defeated in four ways...
April 1, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The Founding Documents of Economic Freedom

In revising my Comparing Economic Systems in the 21st Century, I was struck by the relevance of the writings of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Adam Smith to our current political-economic debates...
March 26, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

More on BP in Russia: Predicted Final Score: Russia ¾, BP ¼

Friday and Saturday’s papers brought more news of BP’s travails in Russia,...[and] BP’s chances do not look good...
March 24, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

Medvedev Can Restore Russian Democracy with Four Orders

Russia has been downgraded by Freedom House from “partially free” to “unfree” with good reason: regional and municipal officials are no longer elected, but appointed by the Kremlin...
March 21, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Egypt’s Chances for Democracy: The Freedom House Rankings

The collapse of the Soviet Union and its empire in Eastern Europe created a real-world laboratory for spawning democracy...
March 18, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

Qadaffi’s “Cease Fire:” What Would Stalin Do?

Republicans sometimes ask: “What would Reagan do? Christians ask: “What would Christ have done in this situation.” Dictators like Qadaffi, Saddam Hussein, and Kim Il Sung could ask the same question of their patron saint: Josif Stalin...
March 17, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Is the Press Causing More Damage than the Japanese Nuclear Accident Itself?

The current hysterical press and TV reports are indeed creating a “mental health impact” as large as or larger than that of Chernobyl...
March 16, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Putin Takes an Electoral Shellacking and No One Notices

Russia’s regional and municipal elections on Sunday resulted in a shellacking of Putin’s United Russia that few noticed...
March 14, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The Economic Costs of Natural Catastrophes: History’s Lesson for Japan

If history is a guide, the March 2011 earthquake will not have a large effect on Japan’s GDP. There is no denying it could not have come at a worse time for the Japanese economy...
March 11, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Let’s Face It. Gaddafi Has Won

As the Western powers dither and deliberate, Gaddafi has won. He will stay in power even if we establish no-fly zones or impose sanctions with sharp teeth...
March 4, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

BP’s New Russian Nightmare? Imagined Conversations

Even if these conversations never took place, they will be imagined by Western parties who know that the worst can happen to them in Russia...
March 2, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

How To Distort Polls: The NYT/CBS Poll on Public Sector Workers

These poll results are so out of line with conventional thinking that they require careful scrutiny. My own (admittedly non-expert) examination raises three red flags...
February 28, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

Kaddafi and His Ilk Are Not Crazy: Are Dictators Predictable?

As Kaddafi machine guns demonstrators, we are told these are acts of an insane man...
February 26, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

Can We Stop the March To Fifty Percent? Facts on Why the Tea Party Is Right to be Alarmed

The European welfare state is a boogeyman for conservatives and a panacea for the left...
February 22, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The Good News That No One Is Telling About Iraq

The fact that Iraq has been spared a general popular uprising is proof that it has arrived as a democracy...
February 20, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Hayek’s Gloomy Prognosis for Egypt

Those caught up in the euphoria of democratic street demonstrations must confront the reality that the long-run outcome is likely to be bad...
February 18, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Truths of Putin’s Justice: A Courageous Women, the Internet, and More on Khodorkovsky

At a much higher level, the Khodorkovsky verdict is having uncomfortable ramifications...
February 16, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

The Khodorkovsky Trial, a Courageous Woman, and the Smoking Gun

Every now and then, acts of courage by ordinary citizens have big consequences...
February 15, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Straight Talk: Why Would a Dictator “Reform?”

Our pleas for them to become “democrats” will go unheeded. From their perspective, this is very bad advice...
February 13, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Kleptocrats, Oligarchs, and Billionaire Entrepreneurs (In this Game Mubarak Is a Piker)

In countries with poor institution, wealth is accumulated either by the head of state or by his cronies by transferring assets from others or from society itself...
February 6, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Obama Does Not Understand Business

As a teacher of comparative economics and textbook author on the subject, I cannot refrain from commenting on President Obama’s unfortunate lack of understanding of business...
January 31, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

An Egyptian Power Struggle: Why the Worst Will Win (Lesson’s from Lenin’s Playbook)

The hard reality is that this optimistic scenario rarely works out. A worse (or equally bad) dictator rises to the top, not a democracy or even a more benevolent dictator...
January 26, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Russia Needs Our Money Now, But For How Long? Medvedev in Davos

How Western investors accept the Medvedev-Putin invitation is yet another test for world capital markets...
January 16, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

BP, Putin, and Russian Oil: Will They Never Learn?

The West has lectured Russia since 1991 on the importance of the rule of law...No matter how badly Western energy concerns are treated, they (like the hapless Charlie Brown) will take another kick at the disappearing football...
January 16, 2011 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Wikileaks, Gazprom, the Putin Wealth Tax, and the Chinese Counter Example

Buried in the Wikileaks releases is an account of a rare meeting of Moscow Embassy officials in September of 2008 with the reclusive management of Russia’s largest company, Gazprom...
December 15, 2010 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Khodorkovsky Verdict Delayed

The reason for the delay is obvious: Western newsmen leave Moscow between Christmas and New Year. Few will be in the Moscow court room to hear the predictable guilty verdict and the new prison sentence...
December 5, 2010 | What Paul Gregory Is Writing About

Putin, Russian Democracy and Wikileaks

It will take years for the United States to restore its image as a trustworthy diplomatic partner. U.S. diplomacy has suffered a severe set back and its national security has been damaged by the Wikileak dumps of classified documents...
November 24, 2010 | Advancing a Free Society

North Korea Provocations: Completely Predictable

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently said that North Korea remains predictable in its unpredictability. Mullen’s view is incorrect...
October 7, 2010 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

Comment on Michael Warren: Why Germany’s Unemployment Rate is Lower

Michael Warren in his article “Why Germany’s Unemployment Rate is Lower” concludes that Germany’s practice of Kurzarbeit (“short work”) is a primary factor behind Germany’s shrinking unemployment rate...


April 15, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show (10:37)

April 8, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show (31:40)

March 19, 2014 | Newsmax TV

Paul Gregory on America's Forum (:57)

discusses the latest in the Ukraine crisis and what's behind Putin's policies.
March 17, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show (20:40)

 Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. LouAnn Hammond, DrivingtheNation. : Paul R. Gregory, Hoover and Jed Babbin, American Spectator.
March 4, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show (29:33)

Larry Kudlow, CNBC; Brett Arends, WSJ; Sudeep Reddy, WSJ; Peter Berkowitz, Hoover; Paul Gragory, Hoover.
January 30, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show (20:47)

Co-host Mary Kissel, WSJ.  Guests: Francis Rose, Federal News Radio; Ed Hayes; Paul Gregory, Hoover; Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover.
December 18, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show (19:33)

Guests: Gordon Chang, Stephen Yates, CEO of DC International Advisory. Paul Gregory, Hoover Institution. Paul Mooney, Reuters.  
November 25, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show (19:33)

Guests: Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents. Peter Gregory, Hoover. Bruce Webster, and still I persist dot com. 
November 17, 2013 | MSNBC

Paul Gregory on MSNBC

Paul Gregory, writer of the New York Times magazine piece “Lee Harvey Oswald was my Friend,” elaborates on his relationship with Oswald.
November 15, 2013 | Newsmax TV

Paul Gregory on The Steve Malzberg Show

Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone when he killed President John F. Kennedy in a bid to make his mark in the world and impress his scorn-filled wife, Marina, says Paul Gregory, whose family were friends of the assassin.
November 14, 2013 | CNN

Paul Gregory on New Day

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September 23, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show (10:24)

Guests: Michael Ledeen, FDD. Paul R. Gregory, Yochi Dreazen, Foreign Policy magazine. Peter Berkowitz, Hoover & Real Clear Politics.
August 27, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show (9:52)

May 31, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show (10:34)

February 22, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on The John Batchelor Show (19:15)

October 25, 2012 | Blog Talk Radio

Paul Gregory on BlogTalkRadio

August 7, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show

May 3, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Co-Host Mary Kissel, WSJ; Ilaria Maria Sala, La Stampa; Isaac Stone Fish, Foreign Policy; Paul Gregory, Hoover...
April 27, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory and Henry Nau on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Co-Host Mary Kissel, WSJ; Henry Nau, Hoover; Gordon Chang, Forbes; Paul Gregory, Hoover; David Livingston, The Space Show...
December 5, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Co-Host John Avlon, CNN; David Drucker, Roll Call; Lou Ann Hammond, Driving the Nation; Bill Roggio, Long War Journal; Arif Rafiq, Pakistan Policy Blog; Paul Gregory, author...
September 30, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Reza Khalili, Time To Betray; Jeff Gerth, Pro Publica; Ray Jayawardhana, author; Paul Gregory, Hoover...
June 15, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Joseph Sternberg, WSJ; Paul Gregory, Hoover; Matt Kaminsky, WSJ; Anne Jolis, WSJ...
May 26, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on John Batchelor

March 15, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Bret Stephens, WSJ; David Weidner, NYT; Robert Zimmerman,; Paul Gregory, Hoover...
March 6, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory, Hoover, in re: the dictators like the madness. Stalin and other dictators, Aaron Klein, WABC, in re: Gaza and Ramallah report; Cairo, Amman, and Riyadh reports...
February 21, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Gordon Chang,; Paul Gregory, Hoover; Marc Morano,; Jim McTague, Barron's Magazine...
December 6, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Paul Gregory, Hoover Institution; John Bolton, AEI; Steve Lohr, NYT; Kim Strassel, WSJ...
July 28, 2010 | Secure Freedom Radio

Paul Gregory, Sarah Carter & Rep. Mike Turner

On today’s show, Frank visits with Paul Gregory of the Hoover Institution who will share his insights into the history of the Soviet Union/Russian state and how it seems that it is being reconstituted by Vladimir Putin as a KGB state...
July 12, 2010 | EconTalk

Gregory on Politics, Murder, and Love in Stalin's Kremlin

Paul Gregory of the University of Houston and a Research Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about Nikolai Bukharin's power struggle with Stalin and Bukharin's romance with Anna Larina...
June 23, 2010 | KCBS (CA)

Russian Pres. Gets Tips from Silicon Valley

Dr. Paul Gregory, a research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, on Russian President Dimitry Medvedev’s visit to Silicon Valley high-tech companies, as he looks to bring more technological innovation to his country...

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June 15, 2009 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

Did Stalin Poison Lenin?

In the Hoover Institution Archives’s Volkogonov microfilm collection, there is a remarkable document dated March 23, 1923 from Joseph Stalin to the Politburo...

March 1, 2009 | What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)

Lessons from History: The Twentieth Anniversary of the Soviet Withdrawal From Afghanistan

The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in December of 1979...