Is Vladimir Putin right that liberalism is obsolete?

WASHINGTON – It looks as if Vladimir Putin wants to be recalled as something besides an aggressive autocrat. He yearns, it seems, to be seen as a leading political thinker, respected for his...

DATE: July 13, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Dem candidates more like students than leaders

WASHINGTON – What struck me about the first debates among 20 candidates for the Democratic nomination for president was how they resembled graduate students. All seemed articulate and intelligent....

DATE: July 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Trump’s Mexico tariffs would be risky and nasty

WASHINGTON – President Trump’s latest foray into trade policy is notable for its economic recklessness (it could tip Mexico into a recession, followed perhaps by the United States), its gratuitous...

DATE: June 10, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

The brave and scary new world of trading blocs

WASHINGTON – We may be on the cusp of an upheaval in global trade. Since World War II, the international trading system has operated on the premise of “most favored nation (MFN),” meaning...

DATE: June 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Many economists often don’t know what’s going on

WASHINGTON – The most intriguing thing we have learned about economists in recent decades is that they don’t know nearly as much as they thought they knew. We see this all the time. Just recently,...

DATE: May 15, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Candidates ignore cost of an aging population

WASHINGTON – Just for the record, we ought to note that trustees for Social Security and Medicare recently released their annual reports. The two programs alone constituted 45 percent of the...

DATE: May 1, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

What caused the financial crisis? Our success

WASHINGTON – It is astonishing that even though the global financial crisis occurred a decade ago, we do not yet have a clear and convincing explanation of its basic cause. Theories abound....

DATE: April 19, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Federal control of education has failed ... Next?

WASHINGTON – You can count on one familiar refrain in the 2020 presidential campaign: Fix the schools. Faith in education is one of the nation’s bedrock values. Better schools would (we think)...

DATE: April 14, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Democrats, media to blame for ignoring Dreamers

WASHINGTON – The “Dreamers” lost again. As you will recall, the Dreamers are illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as young children. Most have grown up as Americans; sending...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Great Recession worse than Great Depression?

WASHINGTON – Here’s today’s economic quiz: Was the 2007-09 Great Recession more damaging than the Great Depression of the 1930s? Surely the answer is “no.” In the 1930s, unemployment reached 25...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

It’s no longer the economy, stupid – so what is it?

WASHINGTON – One lesson of the midterm elections is that economic growth is losing its power to unite the country and to reduce explosive conflicts over race, religion, ethnicity, immigrant status...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

Ducking hard questions, we all lost the elections

WASHINGTON – We all lost the fiercely contested midterm elections. They were a referendum on President Donald Trump, which suited both Republicans and Democrats just fine. Democrats were betting...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2018 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

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