Irwin Stelzer

The cheerful pessimist

Recalling Gertrude Himmelfarb, historian and Standpoint advisory board member

The Trump Presidency is bigger than the man

American politics is all about distinguishing the Person, the Policymaker and the President. Is Trump illegitimate or is the US on the right track?

Can Trump Square The Circle On Fiscal Reform?

The President wants to make deep cuts in corporation and personal taxes but faces opposition from inside and outside Republican ranks

Can Clinton Or Trump Crack The US Tax Code?

The two likely Presidential candidates have radically different visions on how to restore America’s finances — and both pose grave dangers

David and George, Make Up Your Minds

After success on May 5, Cameron and Osborne can confidently pursue austerity. But first they must abandon the politics of incoherence

A Budget For Growth — But Not Yet Bold Enough

If Chancellor George Osborne wants economic recovery, he must stop the government stifling the “animal spirits” of entrepreneurs

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"