Monthly Archives: April 2014

A Blast from the Past

On a recent flight from Geneva to Moscow, I noticed a familiar face in First Class (as I passed through on my way to the economy seats).  It was the Italian actress Sophia Loren, now 79 but still a commanding … Continue reading

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Can Innovations Save Us?

My last post dwelt, a bit gloomily, on the decline in the U.S. middle class compared to other countries around the world. But the U.S. has always pulled itself up by innovations, and people continue to come up with good … Continue reading

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The Best Country in the World?

There are many ways to rank countries, including by income per head, infant mortality, educational achievement, stability of families and marriages, openness of social mobility, quality of government, and so on. Americans are accustomed to viewing the United States as … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Peace

Happy Easter and Happy Passover week to all my friends and followers. Please join me today in a much-needed prayer for peace. Whether for families that have lost loved ones to tragedies (as from the South Korean Ferry capsizing or … Continue reading

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The State has not Gone Away

Today I am headed to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania for a conference on the “Future of the State.” It is an interesting title. Ten years ago, we thought the state was on the way out. Between … Continue reading

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Bad to worse in Ukraine?

I am in Russia this week, and the view from Moscow is a bit more disquieting than from home. It’s not that things are any different here. Life goes on in the University, traffic still clogs the street, and people … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Next steps and threats

Is Putin on the move again, planning to take additional slices off of Ukraine? The news seems to think so. The take-over of government buildings in three cities in Eastern Ukraine has commentators all a-flutter about Putin’s plans and continuing … Continue reading

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Terror comes to Egypt

In revolutions, there often comes a stage of “terror” involving purges, numerous executions, mass arrests, and disappearances. Terror arises at a time when a new government, brought to power by popular agitation, decides the time has come to destroy its … Continue reading

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