Samuelson: Welcome to the age of malware

WASHINGTON — Welcome to the Age of Malware. It promises to be a huge downer and, possibly, a great tragedy. For years, we have regarded personal computers, the internet, smartphones and various...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: Productivity boom? Think again

WASHINGTON — Let’s travel back in time to 1995. Most Americans still remembered the calamitous inflation of the late 1970s (prices rose 13 percent in 1979). Many federal benefits, including Social...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Trade wars and the $247 trillion global debt bomb

WASHINGTON – The untold story of the world economy – so far at least – is the potentially explosive interaction between the spreading trade war and the overhang of global debt, estimated at a...

DATE: July 14, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: Neo-isolationist policies won’t work in this era

WASHINGTON – On this July Fourth, America has taken a turn for the worst. The great delusion of Donald Trump’s presidency is that we can thrive by embracing nationalism even though major economic...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Current crisis in Italy threatens global economy

WASHINGTON – If you’re nostalgic for the 2008-09 financial crisis, you can cheer up. Another debacle may be on its way. Its epicenter would be Italy, which may threaten the rest of the world...

DATE: June 2, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Our new capitalism strikingly resembles the old

WASHINGTON – We flatter ourselves into thinking that we live in a time of exceptional economic upheaval. The truth is that the present resembles the past. What we learned – and forget – is that a...

DATE: May 19, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Samuelson: Children versus grandparents

WASHINGTON – To those paying attention, the recent strikes for higher teachers’ pay in West Virginia and Oklahoma are a harbinger of things to come. You can attribute the strikes to the stinginess...

DATE: April 10, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

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