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Analysis and Commentary

Great Moments In Price Discrimination

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Below is a quote from a news item in the Washington Post by Casey Quackenbush, August 15, 2019. It’s titled “A Run on Gas Masks: Hong Kong protestors circumvent crackdown on protective gear” and is quoted in Liz Wolfe, “Hong Kong’s Market Is Providing Gas Masks and Protective Gear Despite Government Crackdown,”, August 16, 2019.

Analysis and Commentary

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

by Josef Joffevia The American Interest
Friday, August 16, 2019

Donald Trump is right to push for a rebalanced relationship with both China and Europe. But what have tariffs and threats actually achieved?


Lanhee Chen: Despite Economic Uncertainty, President Trump Doubles Down On Trade Threats

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Cheddar
Friday, August 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the trade issues between the US and China.

Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Collection, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archives
In the News

Commentary: How A Leaderless Movement In Hong Kong Went Haywire

quoting Larry Diamondvia Channel News Asia
Thursday, August 15, 2019

The outbreak of violence at the Hong Kong Airport has raised difficult questions about the protesters’ moral authority and the movement’s ability to rein in mob instincts, says Audrey Jiajia Li. 

The Palacio del Congreso in Argentina
Analysis and Commentary

Letter 2 From Argentina

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Alejandro Rodrigues writes again from Argentina (previous post) "This  graph shows the evolution of peso denominated fixed income mutual funds. On Monday (after the elections) this funds suffered withdrawals of 6% of the total shares. Net assets fell by more as prices plummeted (-5%). 

In the News

China Is Threatening To Use Force In Hong Kong — And Hoping Threats Will Suffice

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia The Washington Post
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

China’s leaders were battered by a typhoon over the weekend during their annual Communist Party retreat at Beidaihe, a coastal resort where senior officials have gathered each August for more than six decades.

In the News

It Was More Like A Couple Of Asian Decades

quoting Michael R. Auslinvia Asia Times
Monday, August 12, 2019

It has become media orthodoxy to suggest that the era of US hegemony is slowly slipping away and migrating to Asia – with China as its locus – as we proceed into the heart of the 21st century. There is, however, a competing narrative, one recently expressed on by Michael Auslin, who makes the case that the “Asian Century” “is ending far faster than anyone could have predicted.”

Analysis and Commentary

Letter From Argentina

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Monday, August 12, 2019

My friend Alejandro Rodriguez, at Universidad del CEMA, sends the following report: Oops we did it again. Macri (the current president) lost in the open primary elections (all parties present their candidates in an open  general election so it is like a very big poll). 


No, This Isn’t The Fall Of Rome

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, August 12, 2019

“A republic, madam — if you can keep it.” That was supposedly Benjamin Franklin’s reply to a woman who asked him the result of the Constitutional Convention after it adjourned, in 1787.

Analysis and Commentary

‘Leadership And The Rise Of Great Powers’ Review: No More ‘Sage Kings’

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, August 11, 2019

One of Beijing’s leading intellectuals thinks America’s day is done—but that China’s ascendancy is far from certain.


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