We’re experimenting with a “Top 15” instead of a “Top 10” list for our “Best of the Week” series. Email me or post your comment below to let us know whether this version is better or worse. We hope the longer list will deliver something for everyone, but we don’t want to overwhelm you! — AWO
15. The Gold Bubble — Rick Bookstaber
14. Think Really Different — Daniel Lyons
13. The Criminal Flaw in Obama’s Immigration Vision — Seth Wessler
12. Iraq’s Moment of Truth — Marc Lynch, How Much Do They Hate Maliki? — Michael Wahid Hanna, and Iraq: National Unity Government or Return to Sectarianism? — Juan Cole
11. Drone Wars, Without Any Rules — Dan Froomkin and How Inclusion Cools Islamist Hotheads — Saif Shahin
10. The Curious Triumph of RomneyCare — J. Bradford DeLong, 2017 — Matthew Yglesias, A Long View on Health Insurance — Catherine New, and The Individual Health Insurance Mandate and Taxes — Howard Gleckman
9. Obama’s “New” Trade Policy: What Happened to Multilateralism? — Kevin Gallagher
8. Bagram Prison in Afghanistan May Become the New Guantánamo — Michael Evans and Washington Keeps a Lock on Detainees — Gareth Porter
7. New England, Mid-Atlantic States Show How Pollution Pricing Works — Sean Pool
6. Science Can Answer Moral Questions — Sam Harris and Sam Harris on Science and Morality — Russell Blackford
5. What Happens When Congress Fails to Do Its Job? — Ezra Klein
4. Civil War Certain as “Afghan National Army” Now Over 60% Tajik — Craig Murray and Listen to the Arabs — Parag Khanna
3. Taking Sides — John Mearsheimer and Top Ten Reasons East Jerusalem Does Not Belong to Jewish-Israelis — Juan Cole
2. Cultural Change Is Key to Bank Reform — Justin Fox, Greeks, Romans, and Financial Reform — Paul Krugman, and The Source of Global Trade Imbalances — Johanna Mollerstrom
1. “The Evil Scourge of Terrorism”: Reality, Construction, Remedy — Noam Chomsky and A Curious History of the C.I.A. — Jane Mayer
BONUS: Think Globally — Steven Strogatz
The greatest living economist has passed away.
This statement is not intended as a subjective judgment of the accuracy of his theories or my opinion of his political views, though both rank very high. It is simply a fact that no economist since John Maynard Keynes has been so influential (and indeed, though Keynes’s theories were more groundbreaking, Samuelson’s may have inspired more intellectual output).
I wish I had the time or the insights to wish him a proper farewell, but alas I am deep in the second draft of my book and would probably have little to add to the many eulogies that will come from across the academic world (for example, Real Time Economics has a smattering of economist reactions). The New York Times has a deservedly long article celebrating his major achievements. I encourage you to read it all. Continue reading “19 Days To Go: The Late Great Paul Samuelson”
Trading Eights has existed for a little over a month, and we need to know: What do you think? Is this daily list of links with my commentary useful, or would you prefer full posts on several topics each day, a la Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias? Do you even bother to read the daily posts, or do you just check out the monthly commentaries (or are they too long)? What about The A-Team? Thumbs up or down? Be honest…we need to know. If we don’t hear any feedback from you, we’ll just assume no one likes the site and disband…and we know you don’t want that to happen!
- Am I a Radical? — Ezra Klein – Add lobbying reform to the list, and I think Klein and Yglesias are pushing this debate in the right direction.
- The Crackdown on Executive Pay — Justin Fox – Excellent article, as usual, by Fox. Executive compensation is, for all the reasons Fox explains, a really tricky issue, one that I’m struggling with in my own forthcoming book. You won’t do much better than Bebchuk if you’re looking to understand it all.
- Organelle Simulated on Microchip for First Time — Scientific American – One more step toward that brave new world…
- Will Economic Recovery Derail Foreign Policy Reform? — Stephen M. Walt – Sadly, at the current rate, this is exactly where we’re headed…
- Megan McArdle’s Case Against National Health Insurance. Sort of. — Ezra Klein – This is an important rebuttal because most people weighing in on McArdle’s side are doing the same thing: Putting ideology over facts. The guys over at EconLog are the exception to this rule. (Though I don’t appreciate when they group everyone who doesn’t agree with them into the “Statists” bucket because health care is just different than most markets. Some of us may prefer a government-run health care system but look quite libertarian on many other issues.) It’s not about ideology; it’s about empirical and historical evidence.
- How Medical Breakthroughs Happen: A Response to Megan McArdle — Ben Domenech – Outstanding article, explaining a point I made in my health care post but of course laying it out much better than I did. Bravo to Domenech! (And this, by the way, is one example of the facts vs. ideology thing I talk about above.)
- Comets Not So Likely to Smash into Earth and Kill Us All — 80beats – Is this what passes for good news these days?