Robert J. Samuelson / Politics

Progress, Anyone?

WASHINGTON -- Progress has lately gotten a bad rap, because there seems to be so little of it. Violence wracks the Middle East; economies are sputtering; Ebola strikes fear. But if you step back a bit, there's plenty of progress. We ought to ...

The Triumph of Muddle-Nomics

WASHINGTON -- I have been reading Martin Wolf's "The Shifts and the Shocks," a detailed analysis of the 2008-09 financial crisis and its aftermath. Wolf is the chief economic columnist of the Financial Times, an English paper with a global ...

The Lehman Brothers Mystery (cont'd)

WASHINGTON -- The New York Times had a fascinating story the other day, which again raises a crucial historical question about the financial crisis: Did Lehman Brothers have to go bankrupt in September 2008? Lehman's failure turned what had been a...

Let's Export Oil

WASHINGTON -- One of the economy's good-news stories is the oil boom, a derivative of the natural gas boom. When the drilling techniques used to tap vast new reservoirs of natural gas were applied to oil, they yielded similarly astounding results....