Berlusconi Goes to China
How Italy's prime minister can remake his image -- and revolutionize Italian industries in the process.
Pipe Dreams in Iraq
Why won't the U.S. occupation of Iraq transform global oil markets? Ask Saudi Arabia.
The Falseness of Anti-Americanism
Pollsters report rising anti-Americanism worldwide. The United States, they imply, squandered global sympathy after the September 11 terrorist attacks through its arrogant unilateralism. In truth, there was never any sympathy to squander. Anti-Americanism was already entrenched in the world's psyche -- a backlash against a nation that comes bearing modernism to those who want it but who also fear and despise it.
The Morality of the Market
The market economy has triumphed virtually everywhere -- and has come to be reviled virtually everywhere. Critics, including more than a few economists, charge that capitalism creates gross inequality, inflicts environmental destruction, and undermines democracy. Nothing could be further from the truth. The market economy is the most just and humane economic system yet conceived.
Democracy Doesn’t Flow From The Barrel of a Gun
Democracy is a universal aspiration that defies economic conditions or phony cultural distinctions. But while the West can encourage political reform in the Middle East, it cannot impose change. If Western governments truly want the Arab world transformed, they must stop supporting Arab dictators and start respecting the will of the people.
Europe’s Floundering Fathers
Europe's proposed constitution might look familiar to America's Founding Fathers, but mostly because it evokes their earlier mistakes with the flawed Articles of Confederation. For starters, the new charter fails to give the European Union (EU) real authority over war, diplomacy, and taxes, much less any real power to its new president. And by refusing to submit the constitution for popular approval, many EU member states are undermining its legitimacy and future effectiveness.
Think Again: The United Nations
Bureaucratic. Ineffective. Undemocratic. Anti-United States. And after the bitter debate over the use of force in Iraq, critics might add "useless" to the list of adjectives describing the United Nations. So why was the United Nations the first place the Bush administration went for approval after winning the war? Because for $1.25 billion a year -- roughly what the Pentagon spends every 32 hours -- the United Nations is still the best investment that the world can make in stopping AIDS and SARS, feeding the poor, helping refugees, and fighting global crime and the spread of nuclear weapons.