Why Do German and Japanese Manufacturers Innovate More?
December 18, 2009

In my piece today about the ways the American managerial class has failed the U.S. manufacturing sector, I included a slightly elliptical riff about the superiority of managers in other advanced economies: "By contrast, European and Japanese manufacturers, who lived and died on the strength of their exports, innovated relentlessly." The logic of this comes from the Harvard Business Review piece by Robert Hayes and William Abernathy that I cite. Hayes and Abernathy basically make two points.

Americans Still Driving Less
December 18, 2009

Just about one year ago, Rob Puentes and I published a white paper entitled ‘The Road… Less Traveled.’ As the title suggests, our research found that

Today At TNR (December 18, 2009)
December 18, 2009

Washington Diarist: Ahmadinejad’s Giggle and Obama’s Cool, by Leon Wieseltier A Blueprint for 2010: How Democrats Can Make Next Year Better Than the Last, by William Galston Does Obama Need 67 Votes For A Climate Treaty? Not Necessarily. by Michael A. Livermore A Closer Look at Hillary’s $100-Billion Copenhagen Pledge, by Bradford Plumer SLIDESHOW: The Tiny Island Nations That Don’t Want to Get Swept Away by Global Warming, by Noah Kristula-Green The Most Dangerous Word in the English Language Starts With the Letter ‘E’, by John B.

Today at TNR (December 17, 2009)
December 17, 2009

Why an American President Should Never Let the Word ‘Evil’ Cross His Lips, by John B. Judis From the Dept. of Early Bungling: Obama’s Misguided Selection of Judges, by David Fontana On Health Care, the Left Is Playing With Fire, by Jonathan Cohn Has Goldman Sachs Suddenly Lost its Soul? Or Was it Already Gone? by Noam Scheiber Dubya, the Democratic Party Turns Its Lonely Eyes to You, by E.J. Dionne Jr. By Zeus! How Freaked Should We Be by Greece’s Financial Collapse?

What To Get a Black Person For Christmas
December 15, 2009

So very “2004” by now – the days when the kickoff question for an interview on black issues was whether you agreed with the views of Bill Cosby.

The Next Paris Hilton?
November 25, 2009

Last week, I clicked over to the CNN home page and there, in a rundown of the day’s most important news, I saw a headline announcing that Nicole Richie had pneumonia. I immediately thought of Sarah Palin: I fully expect that, five or ten or 15 years from now, I’ll be reading a similar headline about her.  That’s not because I wish pneumonia on Palin. Nor do I think any of her future illnesses will be newsworthy--like, say, the illness of an important politician would be. The notion that she has a future in electoral politics outside of Alaska (and probably not even there) is absurd.

Social Media Interns at TNR
October 14, 2009

The magazine is currently looking for two college students or recent graduates who are web savvy and interested in helping TNR increase its reach on the web. Internships are unpaid but offer substantial experience in both the production and marketing of a daily online publication. Interns must be able to work in our Washington DC office, and a full-time commitment is preferred. Responsibilities include: Creating and/or maintaining our presence on various social media platforms.

Score One For the RNC
October 13, 2009

The Republican National Committee's new website, under construction through most of the spring and summer, has finally launched--or fizzled, if you were listening to the left wing blogosphere's collective guffaw.

Net Cemetery
October 12, 2009

Network neutrality--that’s now the official policy of the Obama administration, announced last month by the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Julius Genachowski. It’s a development that could be more significant to the future of free speech than any milestone since the Supreme Court’s decision in New York Times v. Sullivan in 1964. The essence of net neutrality seems simple: Internet service providers should be required to treat all data equally and avoid blocking or delaying any sites or applications.

9/12 Comeback Makes Barely A Ripple
September 22, 2009

A week and a half ago, the Capital exploded in vaguely anti-government sentiment. Tuesday was supposed to be the anti-Glenn Beck crowd's rejoinder: 150 health care rallies around the country, sounding a clarion call for the public option. In Washington, a band of about 20 activists gathered on a barren strip of Pennsylvania Avenue while the occasional passerby scuttled past, probably late to lunch. "We are fired up! We are ready to go!" an organizer yelled, as if trying to convince herself.