Five Questions for the Presidential Candidates that Re-link Economics with Foreign Policy

One of the best pieces written by someone associated with either presidential campaign that I’ve seen is Robert Zoellick’s “The Currency of Power,” which appears in Foreign Policy’s November issue. In it, he bemoans the disconnection of economics from foreign policy in American thought.” He begins by quoting Australia’s foreign minister, Bob Carr, who said […]

Why Energy Demand Grows with the Economy

Fellow Economonitor writer Ed Dolan posted some very good questions on a piece I wrote on the relationship between energy and agriculture that I want to address. His first question pertained to a broad statement I made about how we must assume energy demand will grow so long as the economy expands. He wondered if […]

A Psychological Profile of Ben Bernanke

From Stephen Harper to Ben Bernanke I took a fascinating graduate course at The Maxwell School of Syracuse University from Dr. Margaret “Peg” Hermann, a leading political psychologist. She taught us the theory and methodology of psychologically profiling political leaders, and over the course of the semester we each completed a profile of a leader […]

Wray Has the Economics, but the Nations Have Their State

L. Randall Wray wrote a wonderful piece on the euro crisis back in July that shares some similarities to my piece on the euro crisis written at the end of August. Wray discusses many of the difficulties faced by the European Monetary Union that I do (he covers more). He also inches towards  the nationalist causes of the crisis that my piece is based […]

Energy Subsidies in Perspective

In my last piece I mentioned the centrality of alternative energy in the two campaign’s energy platforms (a positive development in Obama’s plan, a point of criticism in Romney’s), but I used the column to focus on oil. In this much shorter piece I want to bring some attention to alternative energy based on an […]