Herd Immunity Will Not Defeat COVID-19

Herd Immunity Will Not Defeat COVID-19

Although White House officials deny that US President Donald Trump’s administration has adopted herd immunity as a strategy for combating COVID-19, Trump’s words and actions tell a different story. But with coronaviruses, such an approach is not and should never be an option. Continue Reading

Don’t Mess With Our History

Don’t Mess With Our History

President Trump has announced the creation of a 1776 Federal Commission to promote Patriotic History Education, which will classify any history instruction that critically discusses slavery and race as “Un-american”. This is against the fundamental values of America, against liberty, and is in direct contradiction to the ideals of our revolution. Continue Reading

The Economic Case for Biden

The Economic Case for Biden

US President Donald Trump has seeded the investment environment with uncertainty, trashed America’s trade relationships, blown up the fiscal deficit, and left American workers worse off than they were when he took office. He is the polar opposite of Joe Biden, a politician who understands precisely what the US economy needs. Continue Reading

Rings of Impact

Rings of Impact

Today, there is an important opportunity for businesses to engage in a “Race to the Top” as they re-design their practices to be attractive not only to investors, consumers, and employees, but also to the communities in which they participate. Continue Reading

Joe Biden, Redemption and The American Dream

Joe Biden, Redemption and The American Dream

There were no special effects, no crowds, no band, no balloons. But, none of this was needed. As Joe Biden looked at a blank camera, with a lined face worn by almost eight decades of triumph and tragedy, I saw a man speaking to a country that could now know it was understood. Continue Reading

How to Close America’s COVID-19 Testing Deficit

How to Close America’s COVID-19 Testing Deficit

The US is facing a major health and economic catastrophe for one simple reason: its existing COVID-19 testing infrastructure has broken down. There is still time to build a new system that enables policymakers and the public to understand where outbreaks are occurring and where they are likely to occur next. Continue Reading

The Challenges of the Post-Pandemic Agenda

The Challenges of the Post-Pandemic Agenda

The pandemic has highlighted the vulnerability of human societies and fortified support for urgent climate action. But while the small government, free-market template of the last four decades suddenly looks terribly outdated, history suggests that transitions between phases of capitalist development can be harsh and uncertain. Continue Reading

Mask Wars

Mask Wars

The pandemic and the protests of recent months should serve as a reminder of a simple truth: a mask is always just a mask. What matters for democracy is not whether people cover their faces in public, but which people do so, and why. Continue Reading

America’s Compromised State

America’s Compromised State

The lack of a coordinated national response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States has predictably resulted in an unmitigated economic and public-health disaster. The problem is and always has been that those in a position to do something about such crises do not speak for most Americans. Continue Reading

Winter Is Coming

Winter Is Coming

The U.S. government needs to prepare for a deliberate and coordinated multi-faceted attempt by foreign actors to disrupt and weaken our nation in the wake of the pandemic and its economic fallout, our divisive social unrest, and the upcoming presidential election. Continue Reading

United States of Despair

United States of Despair

America finds itself in the grips of two epidemics, each of which has exposed deep inequalities across races and levels of educational attainment. Between rising “deaths of despair” among working-class whites and higher COVID-19 mortality rates among African-Americans, the stunning secular decline in US life expectancy will continue. Continue Reading

How Markets and Governments Must Work Together

How Markets and Governments Must Work Together

Economists have long known that the liberal ideal is an abstraction, a useful tool for theoretical reasoning, but hardly a template for reality. The private sector often turns to government in times of crisis, which raises the fundamental public policy question: What is the role of government in crisis, where does its role begin and how does it end? Continue Reading

American Exceptionalism in the Age of Trump

American Exceptionalism in the Age of Trump

As the world’s two largest economies, the United States and China are condemned to a relationship that must combine competition and cooperation. For the US, exceptionalism now includes working with the Chinese to help produce global public goods, while also defending values such as human rights. Continue Reading

The Future of Global Power

The Future of Global Power

Although the Sino-American rivalry was escalating long before the COVID-19 crisis erupted, it has since been thrown into overdrive. But while both countries are pursuing a zero-sum vision of the future, only one is doing so with a long-term strategy. Continue Reading

The US Needs A Draft

The US Needs A Draft

The United States should establish a mandatory two-year paid national service program that would bring together Americans of different backgrounds and help overcome barriers to a deeply felt and widely shared civic identity. If young Americans grow up believing that theirs is a divided country, it will remain so. Continue Reading

Why Trump is Winning Rural America

Why Trump is Winning Rural America

Addressing a room full of Wyoming county commissioners in mid-February, Wyoming Governor Gordon said something to the effect of, “If you want Wyoming to continue having a seat at the table, a true voice at the highest level, vote for Trump.” Continue Reading