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Michael R. Strain

Michael R. Strain

Writing for PS since 2022
24 commentaries

Michael R. Strain, Director of Economic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, is the author, most recently, of The American Dream Is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It) (Templeton Press, 2020).

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  1. Yes, Russian Reserves Should Be Seized
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    Yes, Russian Reserves Should Be Seized

    Feb 19, 2024 Michael R. Strain explains why the Kremlin’s frozen assets should be used for Ukraine’s reconstruction.

  2. Nikki Haley Should Stay in the GOP Race
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    Nikki Haley Should Stay in the GOP Race

    Feb 12, 2024 Michael R. Strain explains why the candidate would be infinitely better than Donald Trump for US democracy and global stability.

  3. In Defense of Billionaires
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    In Defense of Billionaires

    Jan 9, 2024 Michael R. Strain argues that wildly successful people create trillions of dollars of value for society.

  4. The Myth of the 1%
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    The Myth of the 1%

    Dec 14, 2023 Michael R. Strain urges US policymakers to focus more on the wages of the bottom half of workers, rather than the top earners.

  5. The Jobless AI Future Is Still a Long Way Off
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    The Jobless AI Future Is Still a Long Way Off

    Nov 13, 2023 Michael R. Strain explains why advances in artificial intelligence will not eliminate the need for human workers any time soon.

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    Will Europe Ever Get Serious About Defense?

    Daniela Schwarzer

    At this year’s Munich Security Conference, European leaders missed yet another opportunity to show how they plan to strengthen NATO’s European pillar and develop a robust European defense industry. Yet with the prospect of another Donald Trump presidency looming, there can be no room for such failures.

    laments the lack of a strong, coordinated message at the latest Munich Security Conference.
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    Rethinking Inequality in Latin America

    Ana María Ibáñez highlights new research showing that the problem is neither as predictable nor as static as many believe.
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    Africa’s Shifting Economic Paradigm

    Rabah Arezki urges policymakers to pursue reforms to promote competition and boost domestic consumption.
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    The Case for Mission-Driven Climate Finance

    Bogolo Kenewendo argues that Africa has the ideas, ambition, and capacity to implement green solutions – just not the funding.
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    Tim O'Reilly on AI development, regulation, copyright lawsuits, and more

    Tim O'Reilly shows how the imperatives of modern capitalism impede the development of broadly beneficial artificial intelligence, criticizes prevailing regulatory approaches to data privacy, considers how Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos went from value-creators to value-extractors, and more.
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    The Trump Effect Takes Europe

    Mark Leonard sees the threat of another “America First” presidency spurring Europeans into action on three key issues.
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    The EU Must Not Give Up on a Mercosur Trade Deal

    Camila Villard Duran

    A trade deal with Mercosur, a resource-rich bloc with a highly productive agricultural sector, could help the European Union accelerate the green transition and improve food security. But if European policymakers continue to drag their feet on negotiations, the four Latin American countries could seek closer ties with China.

    calls on European policymakers to recalibrate their diplomatic strategy toward the Latin American bloc.
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    The UK Labour Party’s Green-Energy Debacle

    Robert Skidelsky

    Labour leaders' decision to abandon their highly publicized Green Prosperity Plan underscores the party’s ongoing failure to articulate a coherent response to Conservative criticism. Instead of focusing on bolstering their fiscal credentials, Labour leaders should reconnect with the party's Keynesian roots.

    explains why the threat of climate change outweighs the risks of increased public spending.
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    Yes, Russian Reserves Should Be Seized

    Michael R. Strain explains why the Kremlin’s frozen assets should be used for Ukraine’s reconstruction.

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