Ira Stoll

Nov 20, 2017
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin deserves to be judged not by his facial expression or by his wife’s fashion choices, but rather by worthy standards.

Nov 13, 2017
If Trump can succeed not just in slowing the rate of growth but in actually reducing some of the rules, it’s a real opportunity for addition by subtraction. If Trump himself is identifying it as one of his key accomplishments, it just might be worth listening.

Nov 6, 2017
Attempts to eradicate inequality via taxation will always be limited and imperfect because while politicians can tax away, or try to tax away, inter-generational wealth transfer, it’s really hard for the government to tax away inherited ability.

Oct 30, 2017
Sometime while I was living in Brooklyn, things started to change. Brownstones that used to cost $500,000 started costing $1,000,000, and then brownstones that used to cost $1,000,000 started costing $2,000,000. Brooklyn is now a place where Paul Manaforts of the world buy real estate.

Oct 23, 2017
Football players risk a backlash. They've succeeded in drawing public attention to the problem. Actually solving it, though is tough. If the solution were simple, then it would be easier to come up with an alternative protest that makes more sense than the national anthem before a game.

Oct 16, 2017
For the pro-Trump Republican activist base, even a Trump failure may amount to a Trump success, because it holds the line at the status quo rather than increasing the pace and scale of redistribution, regulation, and the welfare state.

Oct 9, 2017
Trump, with some accuracy, perceives the press as his main opposition. So, yes, if Trump’s complaints about the press can help Americans see through some of the nonsense, it could indeed be "dangerous."

Oct 2, 2017
How much wasteful, counterproductive spending in Washington could be cut if before each time some politician approved a spending measure, he or she had to consider whether funding it was really worth making some widow sell a beloved artwork, or forcing similar, painful trade-offs?

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