America: can it change?

The election of Barack Obama at the head of the most powerful country in the world has raised immense waves of hope not only in voters’ hearts but also in foreigners’, especially in Europe. If the personal qualities of the Democratic candidate and the effectiveness of his campaign should not be neglected, his task has nevertheless been made easier by the disastrous presidencies of his predecessor, George W. Bush (in case you’ve already forgotten him), who seriously impeded John McCain’s chances to get elected.

Essais États-Unis Géopolitique

Turgot, forerunner of Adam Smith? Life, ideas and posthumous influence

Like many other French liberal economists, Turgot is one of those figures more acknowledged abroad than in his home country, where he is mainly remembered as Louis XVI’s ephemeral minister of finance. His political work was undoubtedly considerable, so much so that Edgar Faure, his biographer and head of government during the 1950s, wrote that had Turgot been longer in power, the French Revolution may not have occurred.

Essais Économie Histoire