Wall Street Journal Does An Ideological Hatchet Job

Author Antoine van Agtmael and journalist Fred Bakker have a new book out entitled, “The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts Are The Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation.” This is a familiar theme to me because I was the editor of the 1992 Business Week cover story that discovered the phenomenon, entitled simply “Hot Spots.” […]…

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Our Collective Amnesia on Trade

I see that trade has emerged as an issue in the presidential campaign. How droll. It’s an issue I’ve been following ever since the mid-1980s. We Americans seem to have these spasms of consciousness when we arouse ourselves and confront a serious issue. What I don’t see mentioned in any of the current crop of […]…

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Concrete Economics has a very important message

In this crazy political season, which seems increasingly permanent, two narratives are being established on both ends of the political spectrum and both are misguided. This new book, Concrete Economics: The Hamilton Approach To Economic Growth and Policy, has a very important contribution to make. On the right, the narrative that has been established for […]…

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The New York Times Follows Me on Trump

It took the New York Times two weeks to come up with their equivalent of my Mar. 2 blog on the five things Trump gets wrong about China. In their piece today, “China Trade: A Reality Check,” the Times came up with four items and they were not all the same as mine. But the […]…

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What’s Holding Back American Innovation?

Arguably the most innovative sector of the American economy is small and medium-sized companies, not multinational giants. But the innovative spirit and capability of SMB companies is being hampered by the U.S. patent mess. This is what America should really be talking about. How Small and Mid-Market Firms Can Navigate Patent Purgatory CEOs of small […]…

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