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LeBron James and the Do-Something Democrats: Support for Democrats In the Arena on Trade

In this year’s NBA Finals, LeBron James cemented his reputation as one of the greatest basketball players of all time­—becoming the first player in Finals history to lead both teams in points, rebounds, and assists in every game, and averaging an astounding 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 8.8 assists for the six-game series. In addition…

PPI Returns from 2015 Digital Trade Mission to Europe

Dear Friend, We’re just back from Europe, where last week PPI led a bipartisan delegation of Congressional staff on a four-day swing through three capitals: London, Brussels and Berlin. Our goal was twofold: 1) to learn more about the European Union’s ambitious plan to create a “digital single market” and, 2) to press PPI’s case…

Five important lessons about America’s long war against Islamist extremism

Yesterday’s airstrikes on Islamic State and other terrorist targets in Syria yield five important lessons about America’s long war against Islamist extremism: First, Syria has become a haven for jihadist terrorism. The United States and its allies struck the IS headquarters in Raqqa and other targets along its supply lines into Iraq. U.S. forces also…

PPI Mission to Australia: Jobs in the Australian App Economy

Leaders from the Progressive Policy Institute recently returned from Australia, where they engaged top government officials, business leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and policy analysts in discussions about the rising contribution of digital innovation to the country’s economy. At a public forum held in the Legislative Assembly Chamber of the New South Wales Parliament in Sydney (left),…

Giving up on economic growth?

Growth should be at the centre of the social democratic agenda. Raising levels of economic security and equality are important goals, but it’s economic growth and innovation that allow high living standards and generous welfare states to be a reality The “5-75-20” essay covers a lot of territory and offers centre-left parties many sensible governing…

Adapting U.S. China Policy to the Information Age

Since the tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square 25 years ago today, the U.S. has not hesitated to criticize China’s dismal record on human rights and civil liberties.  Not much has changed. Since traditional state-to-state diplomacy has done little to affect China’s behavior, the American government needs to change tack.  If Washington is serious about change,…

PPI Abroad: Digital Trade Study Group Recap

Last week (April 22-25), PPI returned to Europe for an intensive round of high-level meetings and one big public event in three capitals, Paris, Brussels and Berlin. It was the third PPI project in Europe in the last 18 months, a sign of our commitment to increasing awareness about the rise of the data-driven economy…

China’s Data Fog

China recently released its January trade data, showing export growth of 10.6% and performing way above predictions - if you believe the numbers.  Many don’t.  After last year’s round of inflated figures, stories began to appear about just how businesses were cooking the books.  For example, some corporations were sending their goods on a “round…

Innovation from 9 to 5: China’s Economic Test

China is investing more in R&D than the European Union, according to soon-to-be-released data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  This milestone reflects a multi-pronged effort by Chinese policy makers to spur economic innovation. Other measures include incentives to lure foreign educated Chinese back home,  patent targets and subsidies, and a strong…

“Cut and Invest” vs. Austerity

President Obama’s new budget attempts to define a progressive alternative to conservative demands for a politics of austerity. Having just returned from a gathering of center-left parties in Copenhagen, I can report that European progressives are wrestling with the same challenge, and are reaching similar conclusions. There was wide agreement that the wrong answer is…