Category Archives: Manufacturing

Germany: The big engine that could

When the global economic crisis began in 2008, many commentators predicted Germany would be among the worst hit. As I show in this article — first published in the American Prospect — Germany has in reality excelled not only in … Continue reading

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I told you so (cont’d)

In 1999 I wrote a book that foreshadowed the collapse of America’s New Economy stock  boom. I went on to publish a paperback version with a new introduction — an introduction whose prescience has also stood the test of time. … Continue reading

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Detroit: A riposte to the bashers

Detroit’s problems are partly — but only partly — its own fault. Other actors, not least the smart-alecks of America’s opinion-making industry, have played a crucial role in this tragedy. (This is a longer version of an article published at … Continue reading

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Boeing, Boeing,….Gone: An article revisited

In a cover story in the American Conservative in January 2005, I documented the remarkable degree to which East Asian governments have been persuading the Boeing corporation to transfer proprietary American aerospace technology. Soon afterwards Unsustainable.org crashed and it was … Continue reading

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Pursuing prosperity: Address to the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences

This is the abstract of a keynote address delivered I made at a conference organized by the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in Kiev on November 13, 2008. One of my most vivid childhood memories was watching Sputnik streak across the … Continue reading

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A heated banker and a hurt professor

Now that the American economy has been revealed to everyone (not just to readers of my books) as a house of cards, I thought it might be safe to suggest that things in 1990s Japan weren’t all that bad. Two … Continue reading

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Japan then, America now: A misleading comparison

America’s economic crisis today is not like Japan’s in the 1990s. It is far worse. (This article was first published in the Number 1 Shimbun, the magazine of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan.) American commentators have been rushing to … 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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