I have also written many articles on political economic and cultural issues in a large number of publications. Some have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Forbes, others in Foreign Affairs, City Journal, The American Economic Review,and The National Interest, where I am a contributing editor.
Here is an annotated list of some with links:
Seminal Work for the Book, Kawari:
- Japan’s Aging Economics, Foreign Affairs, May-June 1997 provided a basis for the book Kawarion the political-economic, geopolitical, and cultural changes coming to Japan.
- Losing the Thread in Japan, The American Scholar, spring 1996 also provided a basis for the book.
Of U.S. Interest:
- Whither Trump’s Steel Tariffs, City Journal, August 13, 2018 discusses the steel tariffs forecasting their eventual repeal.
- Closing the Skills Gap, City Journal, July 31, 2018 discusses the need for vocational training at a high level and how to meet the challenge.
- The Entitlements Squeeze, City Journal, Spring 2015 discusses how Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other entitlements are taking over the federal budget, surpassing defense spending by a fact or more than five.
- America: Oil’s New Swing Producer, The National Interest, August 12, 2015 explains how the United States now provides the world’s petroleum balance.
- Feelings About Immigration Are Not Facts, The National Interest, December 29, 2015looks at rigorous academic statistical work to show that most immigrants are well educated.
- Trump Should Make These Tweaks to His Economic Agenda, The National Interest, February 23, 2017fleshes out a more complete economic agenda for the administration.
- Why Artificial Intelligence Won’t Be as Bad — or as Good — as Everyone Thinks, The National Interest, June 10, 2018 examines the likely effects of AI and how long they will take to affect our lives.
- Trump Did Not Kill the Old Trade Order, But What Kind Is He Trying to Build, The National Interest, July 23, 2018 explains how the world’s trade order has changed over time and the ambiguity in what Trump is doing.
Of European Interest:
- A Commitment to Avoid Commitment, City Journal, January 19, 2016 takes a practical man’s analysis of the Paris environmental accord.
- Macron’s Reform Gamble, City Journal, May 17, 2018examines the French presidents proposed economic reforms and the good they will do France and Europe.
- Hartz Reforms, City Journal, April 7, 2016 looks at Germany’s remarkably successful labor reforms and how they might help efforts in the United States.
- Europe’s Problem is the Euro, The National Interest, January 31, 2012 argues that the euro stands as a growth impediment and a major cause of inequity within Europe.
- Brexit Would Cost Britain Billions, The National Interest, April 22, 2016 explains how much separation will cost the UK.
- The Bleak View From Berlin, The National Interest, June 25, 2012 explains how the euro works to Germany’s advantage but has imposed on that country a difficult leadership role.
- Europe’s Toxic Immigration Mix, The National Interest, January 27, 2015 describes Europe’s particular immigration problem.
Of Asian Interest:
- China the Wobbly Economic Giant, City Journal, July 26, 2018 discusses China’s economic weaknesses as it faces a possible trade war with the United States.
- Death of the TPP, City Journal, January 25, 2017 examines what might replace this agreement if any.
- What Ails Japan’s Economy, The National Interest, May 1, 2016 explains the may causes of Japan’s economic stagnation and what policies might help relieve the problem.
- China’s Yuan Won’t Topple the Dollar After All, The National Interest, February 10, 2016 explains why China’s currency is in no position to become a global reserve much less replace the dollar.
- The Fatal Flaw in China’s Plans to Dominate the World Economy, The National Interest, March 15, 2018 shows the problem’s with that country’s centrally planned, export oriented growth model.
- Asia’s Odd Couple: India and Japan Join Forces, The National Interest, December 14, 2015 explains how the rise of China is pushing these two powers together, and it is a perfect match.
Of Cultural Interest:
- Just What Is It About Texas, The Antioch Review, Fall 2004 asks why no one has a neutral opinion on Texas.
- Pandering to the Culture Vultures and Philistines, Standpoint, October 2017.
- A Renaissance for the Humanities, Academic Questions, forthcoming winter 2018 talks about hopes for a rebirth in this area.