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Like The Empire Itself, The British Pound Is Not What It Used To Be

quoting Niall Fergusonvia NPR
Thursday, August 29, 2019

The British pound sterling is the oldest currency still in use in the world, dating to the time when Britain was little more than a collection of warring fiefdoms regularly plundered by Vikings.

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Melton Family’s Tribute To ‘Brave’ Polish Woman Who Survived Siberian Ordeal

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia Melton Times
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

A Polish woman who was deported with her family to Siberia as a child by the Russian army before making her life in Melton following the Second World War has died aged 94.


Britain Will Be Better Off As A Junior Partner Of The United States Than An EU Vassal

by Andrew Robertsvia The Telegraph
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

[Registration Required] President Emmanuel Macron of France has stated that closer Anglo-American ties post-Brexit would come at the cost of what he has called “a historic vassalisation of Britain”. Is he right?


Has The G-7 Outlived Its Usefulness?

by Lee Ohanianvia The Hill
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The conclusion of the G-7 economic summit was among the strangest in the group’s history. It produced no significant accomplishments, unless one counts President Trump signaling a willingness to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani about Iran’s nuclear program, and chatter about possibly including Russia in next year’s G-7 meeting.

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Russia Bars Sens. Ron Johnson And Chris Murphy From Moscow Visit In 'Petty Affront'

quoting Michael McFaulvia USA Today
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Russian government denied visas to two U.S. senators who planned to visit the country – an unusual rebuke that has forced the lawmakers to nix their trip to Moscow.


Will The Civil Majority Please Stand Up?

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

With deepening political polarization constantly being amplified by social and partisan media, it is little wonder that Americans are at each others' throats. But just because the loudest voices have decided to embrace scorched-earth rhetoric doesn't mean that everyone else should also surrender their civility.

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The Classicist: Germany, The Soviet Union, And The Pact That Shaped World War II

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Reflections on the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, 80 years later.

In the News

Trump Advocates For Putin At G-7 Summit In Move To Soften Russia’s Pariah Status

quoting Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Monday, August 26, 2019

President Trump capped days of advocacy on behalf of Russian President Vladi­mir Putin by announcing here Monday that he intends to invite the leader to the Group of Seven summit in 2020, which Trump will host in an election year amid warnings that Russia is actively trying to interfere again in the U.S. presidential election.

Analysis and Commentary

Protectionism Redux?

by Timothy Kanevia Balance of Economics
Monday, August 26, 2019

My thinking on trade protectionism is no longer absolute. Here’s why: One dirty secret is that state-managed growth isn’t such a bad policy for poor countries. Neoliberals might be angry to read that, but it’s true. But here’s the common sense that policymakers don’t seem to fathom: Policies that work for poor countries have no lessons for the United States.


Global Games Of Chicken Are Frying The Planet

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, August 26, 2019

“Hey, Toreador! . . . We head for the edge, and the first man who jumps is a chicken. All right?” In Rebel without a Cause, Jim (James Dean) and Buzz (Corey Allen) play the most famous game of chicken in Hollywood history, driving their jalopies at full speed towards a Californian cliff. At the last minute, Jim jumps. Buzz, his sleeve caught on the door handle, plunges to his death. Games of chicken are all around these days. Indeed, it starts to feel as if the whole world is playing a massive, multiplayer game of chicken. Clearly, Boris Johnson’s jaunts to Berlin and Paris last week were part of a diplomatic game of chicken over Brexit.