Does Romney mean it on trade?

by Ian Fletcher -- Mitt Romney certainly has been making some pleasant noises about fixing America's trade mess, in which a $500 billion a year deficit is probably the biggest unsung reason more…

What's Romney really up to?

by Ian Fletcher -- In my 2010 book "Free Trade Doesn't Work," I speculated that the following might occur: Both political parties are feeling the heat of an intensifying global economic challenge more…

Obama getting serious about manufacturing?

by Ian Fletcher -- America has been waiting a long time for the Obama administration to get serious about the problems of our manufacturing sector. Finally, there has been a small sign more…

Disappointing economics of Rick Santorum

by Ian Fletcher -- Rick Santorum seems to be (if the bloom isn't off by the time this article comes out) the latest anybody-but-Romney Flavor of the Week, so it's worth taking more…

Why Libertarians are wrong on trade

by Ian Fletcher -- I recently gave a podcast interview to Vox Day, a prominent Christian libertarian, explaining why free trade is bad for America. He followed it up with an article more…

The real deficit headache

by Ian Fletcher -- Most people realize that the federal budget deficit and the trade deficit are serious problems. Unfortunately, as I have argued previously, few people grasp the importance of another more…

China's expertise at welching on debts

by Ian Fletcher -- I examined in a previous article the ethical case for America repudiating its financial obligations to China. While considering this tempting possibility – which makes for a better more…

What about just stiffing China?

by Ian Fletcher -- I shall leave aside for now the strategic question of whether America should stiff China, i.e. repudiate our $3 trillion in obligations to them. Strategically, repudiation of debt more…

The real scoop on China and the future

by Ian Fletcher -- I recently reviewed Eamonn Fingleton's provocative (but hard to dismiss) book "In the Jaws of the Dragon: America's Fate Under Chinese Hegemony," and have gotten a significant response. more…