Opinion: Defense is essential
Every state above a certain size needs armed forces to defend itself. Methods for their use vary, ranging from the Swiss model of territorial defense to the blue-water navies, foreign alliances and overseas bases deployed by superpowers. The one common element – essential to any sort of effective deterrence – is the political will to fight.
Taxation horrors and Europe’s frustration
The European Union wants to create new, complicated systems to tax technology companies. Doing so will only harm its economy. Instead of engaging in an economic tit-for-tat with the United States, it should look at how Americans have fostered innovation and built tech giants. Good places to start include increasing investment in defense, reducing restrictive regulations and becoming less risk-averse.
China and the automobile’s future
China has become the world’s biggest car manufacturer, but not a global player in the industry. Rapid change in automotive technology, though, provides it with the same challenges and opportunities as it does the industry’s leaders. Chinese companies are investing heavily in electric car and autonomous-vehicle designs. Much more needs to happen, though, both in China and in the global environment, for the Asian giant to be able to go international.
Opinion: Automation, innovation and the arrogance of the elite
The idea of a guaranteed basic income has gained in popularity, with even Bill Gates proposing that such a measure could be funded through a tax on robots. These ideas are misguided: people will be able to adapt to change. And taxing innovation will only slow it down.
Europe’s future depends on investment in innovation
Europe has become very risk averse, focusing on protecting the privileges that have already been accumulated. Regulations meant to provide protection in case of failure sometimes go too far, limiting upside potential. This exchanges freedom for security, and blocks creativity and innovation. But only innovation can help Europe maintain its global competitiveness.
Mixed forecast for Latin America’s economies
Latin America has been slower to rebound after the financial crisis than most of the world. Now, however, some countries in the region seem poised to make progress. Their ability to participate in the global economic expansion will vary. Some, such as Argentina, Peru and Mexico are in a position to benefit. Others will struggle to gain traction.
South Korea: good, bad and better
South Koreans are critical of their country, but this is good. Critical self-evaluation is a virtue. The country is an example of how continuous improvement works. Nothing is taken for granted; flexibility is the norm. Through this continuous process, difficult challenges can be met and overcome.
Debunking the myth of China’s coming productivity bust
We have heard the glib predictions of doom. China is growing increasingly less competitive. Its wages are rising and innovation faltering, landing it squarely in the ‘middle income trap’ that afflicts emerging economies with rising costs as they try to move up the value chain. Though it has poured money into R&amp;D and modern equipment, productivity has stalle...
Imagining the EU without the UK
With eyes fixed on Greece, Europe’s politicians and media are ignoring a weighter economic and geopolitical threat - ‘Brexit’. The United Kingdom is the European Union’s second-largest economy and a military and political heavyweight; it is also the world’s oldest parliamentary democracy and an ardent promoter of free markets and decentralisation. What would the EU...