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Harold James

Harold James

Writing for PS since 2001
177 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Harold James is Professor of History and International Affairs at Princeton University and a senior fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation. A specialist on German economic history and on globalization, he is a co-author of The Euro and The Battle of Ideas, and the author of The Creation and Destruction of Value: The Globalization Cycle, Krupp: A History of the Legendary German Firm, and Making the European Monetary Union.

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  1. Will Lies Win?
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    Will Lies Win?

    Nov 2, 2020 Harold James thinks Americans have an opportunity to re-establish truth as a political ideal – but not for much longer.

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    An Open Letter to Joe Biden on International Corporate Taxation

    José Antonio Ocampo, et al.

    For too long, international institutions have failed to address one of the most toxic aspects of globalization: tax avoidance and evasion by multinational corporations. Fair taxation of multinationals must be a central part of any tax system aimed at driving economic growth and creating high living standards for all. 

    urge the US president to support reforms intended to compel multinationals to pay their fair share.
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    Low Dishonest Decades

    John Andrews

    Former US President Donald Trump is not Hitler, and America is not the Weimar Republic. But, as four excellent recent books about the interwar years show, false narratives and craven political choices can have dreadful consequences that may not emerge immediately.

    draws contemporary lessons from four recent books charting Europe's slide toward war in the 1920s and 1930s.
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    America’s Stimulus Debate

    Many would regard the middle of a pandemic-induced economic crisis as the wrong time to sound the alarm about the potential dangers of profligate government spending. But as US President Joe Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion economic rescue plan works its way through Congress, it is not only Republicans who are asking whether providing too much fiscal stimulus could be just as risky as delivering too little.

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