If you have fixed policies like free trade (like the North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA]), then the Department of Commerce has very little role to play. Continue reading “How Free is Free Trade?”
Fidel Castro dead? Big deal. What about Batista?
The recent death of Cuba’s Fidel Castro has got me thinking: I am starting to miss the glorious days of Presidente Fulgencio Batista. Continue reading “Where’s Batista Now That We Need Him?”
For 35 years both political parties in the USA have backed what is called market fundamentalism, a.k.a. neoliberalism, or free trade capitalism. This unanimity was so well understood worldwide that it was called the Washington Consensus.
Paper making was already in full steam in the Rhineland before Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1450. It was thought that paper making was invented in Italy, but actually the Islamic world and China had preceded Western Europe by many centuries. But once the Rhineland got going, it went full steam. Continue reading “Did the Printing Press Cause the Protestant Reformation?”
I wrote the following article for Minority Engineer about Ron McNair, one of the astronauts who died in the Challenger Disaster thirty years ago. The interview was conducted shortly before the fateful flight. Continue reading “Found Interview with Ron McNair, Doomed Shuttle Astronaut”