The Cart before the Horse: When Russia emerged from Communism, Western nations pushed it to plunge right into a free-market economy - forgetting that the free market needs strong government laws, regulations, and taxation in order to succeed. The result has been predictably disastrous.
Who Needs a Midfield?: Since I spent most of my spare time in June 1998 watching the World Cup, the surprisingly exciting level of play in the tournament this year was that month's subject.
Great Danes: Denmark enjoys high taxation, a generous social safety net, and a thriving economy. It shows that the assumptions of neo-conservative ideology are nonsense; but is also provides an example for the larger European nations struggling to straighten out their economies.
Deregulation Czechmated by Taxis: The taxis of Prague were a perfect example of a deregulated, free-market industry. They were also a complete disaster.
The Myth of Anglo-Saxon Economics: New statistics show that the populations who have experienced the most rapid growth in prosperity in recent years have lived in small social-democratic nations in Europe. The "Anglo-Saxon" nations, standard-bearers of the right's free-market economic policies, came dead last.
The French are wrong: everyone says so, it must be true. The media implies that a radical neo-conservative restructuring is the only possible solution for France's problems. But a closer look at the issues suggests that there actually many possible options for France.
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