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Analysis and Commentary

Models Versus Data

via EconLog
Saturday, June 5, 2021

My meteorologist friend and sometime EconLog commenter Tom Lee had an excellent letter in today’s Monterey Herald

In the News

What Happens Next? Gauging The Fallout From The Pandemic

featuring Niall Fergusonvia The Spectator
Saturday, June 5, 2021

What just happened? Some 15 months after the pandemic first struck, it’s still horribly unclear, which is perhaps why there have been no decent books making sense of Covid-19. This is not just about a virus but a collision of politics, panic, digital media, human behaviour and incompetence. Niall Ferguson’s Doom looks at each of these aspects, putting them into historical perspective in a book of dazzling range and rigour. He offers several answers — and none of them is comforting.

Niall Ferguson: Trade Wars, Currency Wars, and Information Wars
In the News

Manufacturing Complicity In The Age Of Networks

featuring Niall Fergusonvia International Policy Digest
Friday, June 4, 2021

From ancient Rome to the dynasties of the Renaissance and finally, from the Founding Fathers to Facebook, The Square and the Tower, sings of the song of the rise, fall, and renaissance of networks. Niall Ferguson depicts how networks transform our understanding of both the past and present.

In the News

Prepare For China’s Nationalist Turn

cited Elizabeth Economyvia The Spectator
Thursday, June 3, 2021

In recent days, it has been striking how many people in Westminster and Whitehall now think the lab leak theory is the most plausible explanation of Covid’s origins.

Analysis and Commentary

With His Fortunes Improving, While Proposing Spending A Fortune, Newsom Wants To Speed Up The Recall

by Bill Whalenvia The Washington Post
Thursday, June 3, 2021

[Subscription Required] California’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, has been splashing monetary promises across the state at a time when, it’s hard not to notice, he also faces the prospect of a recall vote.


How We Should Measure The Success Of Biden’s Summit With Putin

by Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Thursday, June 3, 2021

[Subscription Required] As President Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin aides prepare their boss for his meeting with President Biden in Geneva later this month, you can be sure that their talking points won’t include suggestions for “improving relations with the United States.” Putin has rarely walked into a meeting with any head of state with the aim of improving relations. 

Analysis and Commentary

How Reliable Is Government Information?

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, June 6, 2021

Many economists, after noting that government regulations have harmful unintended consequences, advocate replacing government regulation with government-provided information. These economists see the bad consequences of having government officials make decisions for people and not allowing people to make their own decisions. 

Opinion Pieces

Articles On: Russia, Covid, Indo-Pacific, China, Hollywood, Wolf Warrior, WHO, and Tiananmen Massacre

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 6, 2021

This section collects opinion pieces from across the world commenting on the harms caused by the activities of the Chinese Communist Party and provides insight into the various solutions that experts and leaders suggest we pursue to protect our interests.

One Belt, One Road Strategy

Articles On: Latin American Bank, Slovenia and Croatia, Peru, and Africa

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 6, 2021

The section describes how the Chinese Communist Party employs its foreign infrastructure and development program to further its strategic interests abroad and in international institutions.

Military and Security Threats

Articles On: China Could Outgun the U.S., North Korea, India, Cambodia, New Battlefield Material, East China Sea, Malaysia, Nuclear War, and China’s Military Tech

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 6, 2021

Articles on the comprehensive military modernization and expansion program undertaken by the Chinese Communist Party, which supports an increasingly aggressive foreign policy and threatens the safety of China's neighbors.