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Noah Smith argues that China’s a bigger economic power than the United States. In Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) terms, which Smith does a nice job of explaining, China’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is already likely higher than that of the United States. And, at comparative growth rates that don’t seem unreasonable given macroeconomic conditions, China’s […]
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More Scenes from the Kakistocracy

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On August 2, 2017
Paul already pointed our attention to the full transcript of Trump’s interview with the Wall Street Journal. Like pretty much all of Trump’s long-form interviews, it’s truly terrifying. Once again, Trump shows a complete lack of understanding of policy. Jordan Weissman flags a particularly head-desk moment. So I’ll call, like, major—major countries, and I’ll be dealing […]
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Sinking the Ship of State

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On March 1, 2017
Julia Ioffe’s article on her interviews with career State Department employees manages to be heartbreaking, appalling, and frightening at the same time. You should read the whole thing, but here are three choice excerpts. First, the evisceration of the professional bureaucracy in favor of barely competent loyalists and family members: A lot of this, the employee […]
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