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Mark Buchanan

For Mark Buchanan's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

/ Jul 28, 2016

How Trump could start a war with Russia

In his determination to "make America great again," Donald Trump should not turn away decisively from the things that have made America great in the past, including steady and unwavering support for its allies.

/ May 9, 2014

Beware of economists who hide assumptions

There's nothing wrong with making crazy economic assumptions to help get your mind around something. The deception comes in claiming that your conclusions have real-world relevance when the assumptions are nuts.

/ Feb 8, 2014

Is wealth inequality near a tipping point?

Today's vast wealth inequality probably isn't the result of any economic conspiracy, or of vast differences in human skills. It's more likely the banal outcome of a fairly mechanical process that, unless altered, could easily carry us into a place where most of us ...