Merrill Goozner: Industrial Policy for Big Pharma



I first met Steve Clemons in Japan in the early 1990s when industrial policy was the subject du jour for up-and-coming policy wonks like him and sympathetic journalists like myself. How to resuscitate America’s manufacturing base to compete against the Japanese threat, we wondered. Times change.

Bruce Schneier: The Value of Privacy



My essay on privacy: The most common retort against privacy advocates — by those in favor of ID checks, cameras, databases, data mining and other wholesale surveillance measures — is this line: “If you aren’t doing anything wrong, what do you have to hide?” Some clever answers: “If I’m not doing anything wrong, then you…

Robert Schlesinger: Quick Hits



Incoherence at the UN. Stephen Schlesinger (my brother, who has written a book on the founding of the UN) has a good take on the Mark Balloch Brown/John Bolton kafuffle over at HuffPo. China has cracked the Da Vinci Code. Or more precisely cracked down on it.

Andrew Moravcsik: Rumors of Europe’s Demise are Greatly Exaggerated



It’s been exactly a year since cranky French and Dutch voters rejected the European Union’s draft constitution, and pundits can’t resist hyping an EU “crisis.” A steady stream of copy is provided by die-hard federalists in Brussels, ever disappointed by slow movement toward a “United States of Europe.