Economics & Political Systems

Boris Johnson’s Challenge

This article was first published by firstthings.com. The advent of Boris Johnson as British prime minister has a feeling of inevitability about it. Theresa May was undoubtedly a “decent” person, in the English sense of the word, but she was … Continue reading

On Trump, Democrats, and Socialism

I published a piece recently on the reaction to President Trump’s condemnation of socialism in his State of the Union. He said something indisputably factual and indubitably obvious to most Americans: “Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by … Continue reading

The Politics of E15

On October 9, President Donald Trump announced that he was lifting the EPA’s ban on summertime sales of E15—a motor fuel blend consisting of 15% ethanol instead of the usual 10%. Trump’s announcement is telling. It teaches much about politics, trade policy, … Continue reading