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Michael R. Strain

Michael R. Strain

Writing for PS since 2022
24 commentaries

Michael R. Strain, Director of Economic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, is the author, most recently, of The American Dream Is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It) (Templeton Press, 2020).

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  1. Yes, Russian Reserves Should Be Seized
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    Yes, Russian Reserves Should Be Seized

    Feb 19, 2024 Michael R. Strain explains why the Kremlin’s frozen assets should be used for Ukraine’s reconstruction.

  2. Nikki Haley Should Stay in the GOP Race
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    Nikki Haley Should Stay in the GOP Race

    Feb 12, 2024 Michael R. Strain explains why the candidate would be infinitely better than Donald Trump for US democracy and global stability.

  3. In Defense of Billionaires
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    In Defense of Billionaires

    Jan 9, 2024 Michael R. Strain argues that wildly successful people create trillions of dollars of value for society.

  4. The Myth of the 1%
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    The Myth of the 1%

    Dec 14, 2023 Michael R. Strain urges US policymakers to focus more on the wages of the bottom half of workers, rather than the top earners.

  5. The Jobless AI Future Is Still a Long Way Off
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    The Jobless AI Future Is Still a Long Way Off

    Nov 13, 2023 Michael R. Strain explains why advances in artificial intelligence will not eliminate the need for human workers any time soon.

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    Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation

    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei explains how nature-based offsets could help reduce emissions and benefit local communities.
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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

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    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.
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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.

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