Articles & Notes

Cryptocurrencies

My review of Finn Brunton's book, Digital Cash: The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Utopians, and Technologists Who Created Cryptocurrency. It is hard to imagine a community more removed from that of the stately columns and marble halls of central banks, than the wild and wooly pioneers of crypto. But they're moving ever close to… Continue reading Cryptocurrencies

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The Macron Miracle

I reviewed Sophie Pedder's excellent new book Revolution Francaise for today's WSJ. It's about the rise of Emmanuel Macron and the state of modern France. Macron and Trump are vastly different characters, but in their way expressions of similar political forces: discontent with the political establishment; anxiety over the effects of globalization and technology on… Continue reading The Macron Miracle

Amy Chua’s Political Tribes

Just reviewed Amy Chua's Political Tribes for the Evening Standard. I liked how she described America as the rare super-tribe, in which the idea of American-ness both binds and permits vastly disparate sub-groups. And how that unique concept has then blinded America to the importance of tribes during its overseas adventures. I was less convinced… Continue reading Amy Chua’s Political Tribes