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Robert J. Samuelson / Politics

Class Warfare Justified?

WASHINGTON -- Thomas Piketty has taken America's liberal establishment by storm. Piketty is a French economist who has written a lengthy (577 pages) study, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," intended to provide a powerful intellectual ...

Give Us Back Our Data!

WASHINGTON -- In this age of Big Data, the Obama administration seems determined to make it hard for average Americans to get little data. Recall that in 2011, the Census Bureau decided to eliminate "The Statistical Abstract of the United States,"...

The Idleness Trap

WASHINGTON -- If you know someone among the long-term unemployed -- a category that includes workers who have been jobless at least six months, but in many cases much longer -- you understand what a frustrating and demoralizing experience it is, ...

The Deleveraging of America

WASHINGTON -- The deleveraging of America is over, or mostly over -- and that's good news and possibly bad. All that "leverage" (loans, debts, mortgages) impeded recovery. Borrowers were overborrowed. Lenders were overlent. Credit standards were ...

Restoring Free Speech

WASHINGTON -- On its present course, the Supreme Court will ultimately overrule its 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valeo, the landmark case upholding campaign finance "reform" legislation. It can't come too soon, because Buckley expressly ignored the...

Putinomics

WASHINGTON -- What's occurring in Ukraine, says the Peterson Institute's Fred Bergsten, is an unwelcome consequence of globalization. Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks he can enjoy political and military freedom in dealing with Ukraine ...