Chrystia Freeland

Obama makes his case amidst Reagan’s shadow

By Chrystia Freeland
September 6, 2012

If there had been an empty chair at the Democratic convention this week, its ghostly occupant would have been Ronald Reagan.

The U.S. election and living in the economic past

By Chrystia Freeland
August 30, 2012

This U.S. election campaign is being billed as a battle of big ideas. That is a good thing. But it is a shame that the fight is not being waged in the 21st century.

R. Glenn Hubbard and the Republican-Democratic fiscal divide

By Chrystia Freeland
August 23, 2012

If you aren’t American, the possibility that this election could hinge on abortion rights may seem absurd. Surely the stagnant world economy, the relative decline of U.S. power and climate change, just to name three, all trump reproductive freedom as issues that should be at the top of the national agenda.

Hong Kong thriller, globalization and the campaign

By Chrystia Freeland
August 16, 2012

We all know it would be virtuous to spend more time pondering the implications of globalization and the intricacies of high finance. But these aren’t always the most enticing subjects to study, especially in the languid, fading days of August. For an easy-listening approach to two of the most important themes of our time, you could do worse than devote an evening to the film “Supercapitalist,” a new financial thriller set in Hong Kong.

The coming glut in oil – and its impact

By Chrystia Freeland
August 9, 2012

Forget America’s fiscal cliff, Europe’s currency troubles or the emerging-markets slowdown. The most important story in the global economy today may well be some good news that isn’t yet making as many headlines – the coming surge in oil production around the world.

Russian investor’s $3 million prize for physics

By Chrystia Freeland
August 2, 2012

Do you think cutting-edge scientists should earn as much as star athletes, celebrity artists or Wall Street bankers? The Russian billionaire investor Yuri Milner does, and this week he put his money where his heart is.

The 1 percent vs. President Obama

By Chrystia Freeland
July 12, 2012

Why have the rich turned against President Barack Obama?

That has been a persistent theme of this campaign: We were reminded of it at the beginning of this week, when Mitt Romney’s team raised more money than the president’s for the second month running, and more colorfully in weekend reports of the Republican candidate’s lavish fund-raisers in the Hamptons.

U.S. moderates aren’t in the middle

By Chrystia Freeland
July 6, 2012

Go to the Aspen Ideas Festival – or to any similar confab of affluent elites gathered to solve the problems of the world in luxurious, remote hamlets – and you can be sure that a dominant theme will be a lament for the vanishing political center.

What if Russia and China don’t become more liberal?

By Chrystia Freeland
June 28, 2012

Liberal democracy faces a new and decisive challenge – figuring out how to deal with the “post-Communist oligarchies” of Russia and China. These regimes – authoritarian, capitalist and eagerly integrated into the global economy – are without precedent. Figuring out how to deal with them is the greatest strategic and moral question the West faces today. How we answer it will determine the shape of the 21st century, much as the struggle with communism and fascism shaped the 20th.

What the family farm can teach America about surviving global change

By Chrystia Freeland
June 27, 2012

This column originally appeared in the July/August 2012 issue of The Atlantic.

We buried my grandfather last spring. He had died in his sleep in his own bed at 95, so, as funerals go, it wasn’t a grim occasion. But it was a historic one for our small rural community. My great-grandparents were early settlers, arriving in 1913 and farming the land throughout their lives. My grandfather continued that tradition, and now rests next to them on a hillside overlooking the family homestead.