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JOHN STEELE GORDON

JOHN STEELE GORDON

John Steele Gordon is an economic historian and the author of, among other works, An Empire of Wealth:The Epic History of American Economic Power.

economy

The New York Times had a startling headline in the print edition this week, above the fold and in the left-hand column no less: "With Red Tape...
cash

The digital revolution has sent many technologies into the Smithsonian: typewriters, carbon paper, film, car keys, cathode ray tube TVs, solitaire with actual playing cards,...
Alpha Centauri

You can't criticize NASA for failing to plan ahead. It is now in the earliest stages of planning an expedition to our nearest stellar neighbor, Alpha Centauri....

Clifford Irving, who died yesterday at the age of 87, was only a moderately successful journeyman author of fiction and non-fiction books. Few outside of...
Oumuamua

The solar system received an extraordinary visitor this fall: an object from another solar system, the first such object ever recorded. It was at first classified...
Tom Steyer

The billionaire political activist Tom Steyer has put out a series of ads calling for the impeachment of President Trump. "Donald Trump has brought us to the...
tax code reform

The Democrats seem to have three and only three principles when it comes to tax policy. 1) Oppose any and all Republican tax proposals. 2) Insist that...
1987

Thirty years ago today—October 19th, 1987—the bottom dropped out of the stock market. After the Federal Reserve had stopped the rampant inflation of the 1970's by...
Science

One of the great events in the history of astronomical observation took place last August 17th. Two neutron stars, 130 million light-years away, spiraled in towards...
columbus day

With the NYPD giving the statue of Christopher Columbus in New York’s Columbus Circle 24/7 protection from self-appointed moral vigilantes, this Columbus Day is a...
Sputnik

The world changed profoundly sixty years ago today. On October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I into a low earth orbit, and the...
economy

Ben Steverman of Bloomberg News has an article up entitled, “Why American Workers Pay Twice as Much in Taxes as Wealthy Investors.” In it, he shows how an...