Articles by Nathan Smith

The Case for the World Bank

In the wake of the recent "scandal," existential questions are being asked about the World Bank. Desmond Lachman, in these pages, questions "the World Bank's continued relevance in today's global economy." Lachman ultimately thinks "the world still very much... Read More

Poor Arguments: Bush, Webb and Poverty

Last night, President Bush's State of the Union address and Senator James Webb's Democratic response provided a useful juxtaposition of views. Among other things, it showed how the parties' positions on poverty have changed. To wit, President Bush's proposals... Read More

The New Populism and the iPod Economy

Does the Democrats' victory in the 2006 congressional elections herald a coming era of populism? Perhaps. Consider Senator-elect Jim Webb's recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, "Class Struggle," begins by echoing John Edwards' "two nations" theme: "America's top tier Read More

Walls Are for Losers

The Ming dynasty emperors in China (1368-1644) were the biggest builders of the famous Great Wall. A native Chinese dynasty coming to power in the wake of a Mongol occupation, they wanted to strengthen their defenses against the nomadic... Read More

Walls Are for Losers

The Ming dynasty emperors in China (1368-1644) were the biggest builders of the famous Great Wall. A native Chinese dynasty coming to power in the wake of a Mongol occupation, they wanted to strengthen their defenses against the nomadic... Read More

Build It and They'll Still Come

Congratulations to Pat Buchanan! Last Friday the House and Senate passed a bill of which the tireless firebrand of American nativism must be proud. If President Bush signs the Secure Fence Act of 2006, as expected, 700 miles of double-layered... Read More

Don't Look Now, But the World Economy Is Booming

The world economy is booming. To see the evidence, check out the back page of The Economist. There is a column showing the GDP growth rates of 27 developing countries. In a typical copy from the late 1990s as many... Read More

Putin the Great?

In his TCS article, "G7 + 1 Autocracy," K. Caldwell Harmon voices an increasingly common view: that "G8 member countries should examine whether Russia deserves to be represented in a group intended to represent the developed, free world," in view... Read More

Don't Restrict Immigration, Tax It

The goal of this article is to outline an open borders policy that achieves "Pareto-improvement." Sounds boring, I know. But bear with me. Pareto-improvement, a term from economics, means that some people are made better off while no one is... Read More

Immigration Wisdom In the Senate

The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed by the US Senate on May 25, if its key provisions become law, will be the most significant domestic legislation in the United States since welfare reform. Though flawed by elements of economic and... Read More

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