Commentary

The first week of the world of now

On Route 4 between Grafton and Danbury, there is a farmstead—perhaps a former bed and breakfast—called The White House. Sometime this past summer, a “Make America Great Again” sign appeared below The White House’s wooden placard. This was a foreboding … Continue reading

Why I Am Not A Technician

A few weeks ago, a piece of computer hardware arrived in the mail: a device which makes it possible to replace a laptop’s CD drive with a hard drive. I unpacked the box, flipped my laptop belly-up, and went to … Continue reading

The nation laughs last

Yesterday British voters decided that their country should leave the European Union. I have never been so disheartened by the outcome of an election in which I had so little a personal stake. Since I am neither a European nor … Continue reading

The consequences of closing down Flint

There are basically two ways which we can deal with any problem which has become a crisis: we can redouble our efforts to fix the problem, or we can abandon the situation—these are roughly the two options which are metaphorized … Continue reading

The economists’ whole city

Edward Glaeser, Giacomo Ponzetto, and Yimei Zou have a fascinating new working paper in which they attempt to determine whether it is preferable, from the point of view of economic development, to follow a course of urban development which prioritizes … Continue reading