Robert J. Samuelson / Politics

The Empire of Contention

WASHINGTON -- I am reading historian Gordon Wood's splendid "Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815." It is an ideal companion for this July 4th weekend because it reminds us of the great continuities in our politics and ...

The (Misleading) Ex-Im debate

WASHINGTON -- I was against the Export-Import Bank before I was for it, and I may someday be against it again. But right now I'm for it, because the congressional fuss over the renewal of its charter is mostly political grandstanding. The Ex-Im ...

Bye-bye, Business Cycle?

WASHINGTON -- As a tool for analyzing and influencing the economy, is the business cycle outdated? Yes, says the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel, Switzerland. Unless you're deep into today's economic debates, you've probably ...