Category Archives: American decline

The decline of the American empire: An expert witness’s account

Senator Ernest F. Hollings’s recently published autobiography, Making Government Work, is wise, well-written, and consistently absorbing. Rarely has Senator Fritz Hollings used his renowned wit to more devastating effect than when he was interviewed in 1990 on the ABC program, … Continue reading

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Jaws: A note for books editors and reviewers

Broken links at Amazon are damaging my new book’s prospects. [EF note as of 2010: The relevant links were subsequently established but only after the launch period of my new book had passed.] The prescience of my previous book In Praise … Continue reading

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REVISED PRESS RELEASE: In the Jaws of the Dragon

February 26, 2008 REVISED PRESS RELEASE: In the Jaws of the Dragon Publication Date: March 4, 2008 Contact: Joe Rinaldi, Director of Publicity, Thomas Dunne Books 646-307-5565 or joseph.rinaldi@stmartins.com Barbara Monteiro, Monteiro & Company 212-832-8183 or bam@monteiroandco.com STEP ASIDE, TOM … Continue reading

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Piranhas in the Amazon system

Authors have always taken on vested interests. Now vested interests have found a new way to strike back. The unsuspecting American public assumes that the rise of online bookstores like Amazon.com has powerfully served the cause of truth.  Not necessarily.

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America’s creativity conceit

One of the biggest misconceptions in the American trade debate is the idea that America can count on superior creativity to stay ahead of the crowd. [Article as published in the American Conservative on November 21, 2007.] TOKYO. Almost everything the … Continue reading

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The Sphinx in winter 

America’s burgeoning trade deficits threaten Greenspan’s legacy. (This article was first published in the March 1 , 2004 issue of the American Conservative.) For those who watch the American economy, the Internet boasts few more useful resources than the web … Continue reading

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The silence of the laureates

Surprise, surprise — America’s  economics laureates are uneasy about the U.S. trade deficits. (As first published in the American Prospect on August 13, 2001.) Are America’s trade deficits too high? Judging by the American intellectual establishment’s body language, the answer … Continue reading

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The anomalous position of Christopher LaFleur

When the history of American trade policy is written, people will ask what the U.S. State Department was doing. An insight into the answer can be gleaned in the career of Christopher LaFleur. At a crucial time for US-Japan trade … Continue reading

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Political advantage: A classic article by Pat Choate

This classic article on the Japanese trade lobby by Pat Choate, which was first published in the September-October 1990 issue of the Harvard Business Review, is presented here with the permission of the author. Political Advantage: Japan’s Campaign for America By … Continue reading

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