A Malefactor of Great Wealth

We remember 2008 right? The great recession? The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression? Recall the photos of grim faced...

A Malefactor of Great Wealth

We remember 2008 right? The great recession? The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression? Recall the photos of grim faced...

The Appearance of Influence

“…this Court now concludes that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the...

The Appearance of Influence

“…this Court now concludes that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the...

Fighting to Innovate

Tesla, in challenging the long-established American way of selling new cars, is (big surprise) hitting decades-old speed bumps as it...

I Am Not A Bully

There is a truism in politics that the worst wounds are those that are self inflicted. The next most damaging wounds are those that are...

Higher Ed, Lower Expectations

University of Idaho President Duane Nellis apparently will depart shortly for Texas Tech University in Lubbock; a 30,000 student, major...

House of Morgan

A little over one hundred years ago J. Pierpont Morgan ran much of the world’s business from an elegant office at 23 Wall Street in New...

Bigness

On the downhill side of the Gilded Age in American political and business life – that would have been in the late 1800’s – progressive...

What Does It Mean

What to make of the “occupy” protests? Is it the fad of the moment; the “trust fund” demographic playing at protest against the consumer...

Lost Generation

While Herman Cain talks about his “9-9-9” plan to restore the economy and Mitt Romney touts a 59 point plan to do the same, while...

Confidence

When Its Lost Can it be Found Again? I’ve had a good deal of fun over the last few weeks teaching a college-level political science...

Oil and Water

I don’t normally pay a great deal of attention to the political opinions of Hollywood personalities. So I confess I missed the initial...

Missing the Signs

It is not really true, as is often said, that history repeats. No historical analogy is ever 100 percent correct. What history does...

The Deal

I predicted a week ago that the “sensible center” would ultimately behave like adults and avoid a federal government default, but by last...

No Crimes

As St. John’s University law professor Michael Perino explains in his superb book on the 1933 congressional investigation into the stock...

The Great Divide

A friend of mine has always said he never feels more patriotic than on the day he files his tax return and most years ships off a check...

Now We Know – Maybe

One of the better bits of analysis of the huge report is from former Bush speechwriter David Frum. Frum writes: “The report…argues that...

Is 2010 Really 1938?

There are no perfect historical parallels. Nothing is ever precisely like it was in another time. At best, history can help illuminate...

Hoarding Cash

You don’t have to read the Wall Street Journal every day to know that the economy is barely struggling out of the Great Recession....