Posts Tagged ‘America

A reminder that I will be debating “Silicon Valley: from heroes to zeroes” at the Battle of Ideas in London next weekend. Do come along to the whole event.

My Financial Times review of William Domhoff’s Studying the Power Elite looks at the historical discussion of political power in America. Should wealthy individuals have a greater say in the running of modern democratic societies than other citizens? The official answer nowadays is, arguably, no. In the early days of the US, however, voting was […]

I will be speaking on Silicon Valley from Heroes to Zeroes on the second day of the weekend Battle of Ideas festival in London on  28-29 October. Come along to the whole event if you can.

This review appeared in the Financial Times on 23 June. It is all too easy for individuals to think that assumptions prevalent in their own country are universal. Take, for instance, the thorny question of politeness. What is considered reasonable behaviour in one country can be seen as outrageously rude in another. Just look at […]

This is the original (unedited) version of my latest book review for the Financial Times. Although Yuval Levin is a self-avowed conservative he takes aim at both sides of the US political divide in this perceptive work. The former White House staffer under President George W Bush sees both progressives and conservatives as wallowing in […]

Yesterday the Financial Times published two book reviews by me: a piece on Dark Money by Susan Mayer and another on The Hidden Wealth of Nations by Gabriel Zucman.The text of the former, a study of the Koch brothers and their influence on American politics, appears below. I will upload the text of the other […]

I will be introducing a discussion of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America at the Institute of Ideas Economy Forum on Wednesday evening. Details can be found here. .

There follows my Fund Strategy Polemic column for July. For all the talk of a possible bubble in US technology stocks, the rise in the Nasdaq over the past year is dwarfed by the surge in the Shanghai and Shenzen stockmarket indices. Draw lines on the same graph representing percentage change over the past year […]

While most European eyes are focused on Greece’s economic turmoil a potentially more significant development is unfolding on the other side of the world. In Beijing delegates from 50 countries have recently attended the signing ceremony of the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The bank will lend billions of dollars to help develop Asian infrastructure but […]

Yesterday Novo published a German translation of my recent spiked article on why the American president loathes the Israeli prime minister. Barack Obama kann den israelischen Premier Benjamin Netanjahu nicht ausstehen. Aber weitaus bedeutsamer ist die Geopolitik, meint Daniel Ben-Ami: Wie zuletzt das Atomabkommen mit dem Iran zeigt, distanzieren sich die USA seit Jahrzehnten mehr […]