James McCusker

We need an ‘Untouchable’ in this era of political polarization

But can we find somebody we can all trust, an Eliot Ness of bipartisanship?


The smart homes that might be our future have a downside

If these robotic systems are controlled by despotic governments, we’ll be in trouble.


We can’t fix student loans without addressing college costs

Billionaire Robert F. Smith’s gift was marvelous, but generosity and new taxes aren’t the solution.


Managers owe themselves post-mortems

Businesses that adopt this avoidance policy deprive themselves of valuable information.

Great Books programs do what education is supposed to do

The writings and wisdom of great minds of the past change people and lives today.

Socialism is scary — always has been, always will be

A new essay, “Socialism Is Not a Scary Word,” is long on sarcasm and low on reasoned argument.

Watch out for the ‘negative bias’ in customer feedback

It’s so easy to complain these days that negative feedback is often over-represented in the data.

Disturbing parallels to the 1820s seen in today’s polarization

Even so, it seems unlikely that our nation is headed to another civil war.

Is the Fed’s explicit inflation goal worth keeping?

The once-obscure inflation target is at the heart of of today’s headlines and Trump tweets.

Stock buybacks, good or bad? They’re both

There is a scent of market manipulation about the practice that is worrisome.

China and Russia’s inroads in Europe, elsewhere may not pay off

They will find out that economic results are harder to come by than they might have imagined.

What might happen now that Amazon is Amaz-Off in New York

The impact of HQ2’s bust on Amazon’s management structure is keeping analysts busy.

Expect more small colleges — and big ones — to shut down

Unless we solve the problem of costs, painful changes are coming to higher education.

No justification exists for breaking up Amazon and Big Tech

Whatever Elizabeth Warren’s goals are, she won’t achieve them with antitrust laws.

Economic ‘perfect storm’ could lead to U.S. recession

‘The Perfect Storm” is more than a movie (and book) title; it was a real meteorological event. In October 1991, Hurricane Grace, moving north along… Continue reading

Report sheds light on disconnect between short, long-term rates

Something happened in the year 2000 that changed things in U.S. and global financial markets.

An unmotivated workforce can stifle economic growth

Even the Harvard MBA elites hate their jobs and are asking, “is that all there is?”

Numbers don’t support gloomy economic forecasts — yet

The current strength of our economy is largely the result of a psychological recovery.

Finns help us understand motivations of the unemployed

The Nordic country’s experiment does not show justification for a Guaranteed Annual Income.

Essays miss mark on economics, but offer food for thought

They’re both wrong about economics’ role in our current dysfunction.