What is happening?

A lot is happening very quickly. The initial conditions at the onset of the pandemic — in domestic and international political economy — are quite germane. And the extraordinary scale, scope, and speed of the monetary and fiscal responses carry a slew of long-term consequences — some known, some unknown; some intended, some not so much. It’s all quite […]

The Ancien Régime and the Revolution

With all the hubbub about China as of late, I thought it might be worth reading Alexis De Tocqueville’s The Ancien Régime and the Revolution (Penguin: 2008). A number of China Hands say the Party has used this book to inform their approach to domestic stability and harmony.1 I have no idea whether these assertions […]

Henry Kissinger’s World Order and the Question of Universal Values

On the tension among “universal” values, world order, and U.S. power
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