First off, happy new year to all our faithful readers (reader?). Like all election years, 2016 is gearing up to an exciting one. As someone who enjoys the occasional political debate, every four years I find the audience willing to…

The idea that Vladimir Putin would like to revive the Soviet Union, and that he formulates and executes policy accordingly, is not new or original. But I was still some combination of alarmed and amused to find so obvious an example of Soviet…

Or at least, gold-level status with Enterprise or National car rental. In law there’s a pretty well-known concept called privilege. Communications between a client and his attorney, under certain conditions, are confidential. Although the public has a number of misconceptions…

And thus concludes the second consecutive summer for which this blog has gone more or less radio silent, aside from the occasional tweet. Not that you can infer much from an N of two, but it seems like we’re not…

We can speculate with abandon and impunity about what an ideal polity might look like, but regardless of how such a thing exists for you in your mind, it is safe to say that it does not and cannot exist…

On Ordoliberalism & the ECB

The Economist included, in an issue published earlier this month, what was (to me at any rate) a useful discussion of ordoliberalism. I admit I was, prior to reading the piece, unfamiliar with this particular branch of German intellectual history, but if you accept…

I don’t drive much these days (living for 3+ years in the downtowns of compact, walk-able cities rather obviated the need for it), but just over a week ago, trucking my things back east, I found myself behind the wheel…

They say your best ideas come in the shower, and while I doubt what follows is one of my best ideas, it did come in the shower last week. Earlier this year, Michigan’s own Yuri Zhukov gave a lecture titled “Trading Hard Hats for Combat…

This post was supposed to be about taxes – specifically, about the recurring role of international actors in Greek tax collection. Continuing with the previous post’s theme of “unnerving century-plus continuity in Balkan politics,” I had planned to observe that, if…

Astute readers will  no doubt be aware that this is not the first post to include the word ‘meat’ in its title. Last summer, after observing some questionable food service practices at a restaurant in Tirana (E. coli everywhere!), I…