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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.

Pearl Harbor

Seventy-five years ago today, Japanese carrier-based airplanes swept over the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor and inflicted upon the American Navy the worst defeat...
recount

Jill Stein, the candidate for president of the Green Party, has asked for recounts in three states: Wisconsin (10 electoral votes), Michigan (16), and Pennsylvania...
electoral college

For the fifth time in American history, the candidate who won the election lost the popular vote. The first time this happened was 1824. Then, there...

Ramesh Ponnuru has a good post at Bloomberg called “Why Obama Won’t Listen to Reason on Obamacare.” It boils down in the end to the fact that...
solar eclipse

Regardless of who is elected to the presidency next month, he or she won’t be able to screw up one of the great events of...
unemployment

The September jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics came out this morning. It reported that the economy generated 156,000 new jobs in September, slightly fewer than...
Proxima centauri

To take a brief break from the horrible politics of 2016, a new planet has swum into our ken. What’s more it’s earth like—i.e. rocky, not...
loretta lynch

What on earth could Attorney General Loretta Lynch have been thinking when she met privately with former President Bill Clinton on Monday in Phoenix? The two met...
New York Times

In today’s New York Times, there is a front-page article on the new Chairman of Carnegie Hall, Robert F. Smith. Mr. Smith, who made his fortune in software, ranks...
unemployment

The monthly jobs report came as a shock this morning, with a dismal increase in jobs of only 38,000 for the month of May, far...
socialism

Economics is an inexact science, to put it mildly. One reason, of course, is that so many economists have ideologies and defend them rather than...