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Back to normal? Debt and the future of the US economy

May 27, 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic has hurled the economy of the United States into the deepest downturn in decades, with unemployment approaching 1930s levels, and the drop in GDP even exceeding that of the Great Depression, according to the New York Fed’s current estimate of -31%. Most analysts expect growth to resume rapidly once the crisis subsides, […]

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COVID-19: Lessons from Lombardy

April 27, 2020

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Two months after the start of the coronavirus epidemic in Italy, some important lessons can be learned from the response to the crisis in the northern regions of the country. In Lombardy, one of the hardest-hit areas in the entire world, public officials insist they did everything possible to contain the outbreak from the start, […]

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Investment, not Debt

April 4, 2020

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(free) – The coronavirus crisis is forcing Western policymakers to bend their principles: lawmakers in the United States have just approved 2.2 trillion dollars in emergency spending; the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has said that countries can pump “as much as they need” into their economies; and former European Central […]

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Biden vs. Sanders on US and Italian Healthcare

March 24, 2020

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During the March 15 Democratic presidential debate between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, moderator Jake Tapper of CNN asked how to avoid a situation like that in Italy, where in some areas doctors are forced to decide who gets urgent treatment and who does not to survive the coronavirus. When it was Biden’s turn to […]

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On the Brink: Coronavirus seen from Italy

March 16, 2020

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(Travelers are screened at the airport in Bologna) – by Andrew Spannaus – Three weeks have passed since the first restrictions were announced in Northern Italy to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus; three weeks in which things have gotten much worse, quickly, making Italy the second hardest-hit country in the world at this […]

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Who Would Trump Choose?

March 10, 2020

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Over the past year, Donald Trump’s prospects for the 2020 presidential election have undoubtedly improved. In the summer of 2019, polls showed most of the top Democrats beating the president soundly, often by more than 10 points, with voters strongly focused on the need to oust Trump from office. Things began to change with impeachment. […]

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Economic Nationalism and the War of 1812

January 29, 2020

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In this time of renewed debate on protectionism, tariffs, and free trade, we publish an essay by Andrew Spannaus on the economic nationalism that helped drive the construction of the United States of America in the 1800s. Economic Nationalism and the War of 1812 by Andrew Spannaus* Essay originally published in War Hawks. Gli Stati […]

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Trump’s Middle East predicament

November 20, 2019

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- published in Aspenia online – Donald Trump is at it again: he is trying to prove to his supporters that he is serious about pulling American troops out of the Middle East, as promised during the 2016 election campaign. And once again, the national security institutions are doing whatever they can to make sure […]

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Regional Populism in Canada

November 7, 2019

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- by Hedley Myers – Between the opening and closing of polls in Canada on October 21st, the status quo of Canadian politics was mostly upheld, but with the rumblings of a new populist era present. Long a champion of liberal values and a proponent of a more globalised world, incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau […]

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The Challenge of China for a Changing U.S.

October 22, 2019

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- Remarks by Andrew Spannaus – at the American Studies Center, Rome, October 7, 2019. In the past few years I have been concentrating on the macroeconomic drivers of what I call the “revolt of the voters” across the Western world. This is the approach I want to start with in looking at the U.S.-China […]

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