Over the past 200 years or so, many of the world's conflicts have developed around a little-known debate in economic theory. The outcome of this argument has had an impact equal to that of a major war.
Surging international food prices have become a major cause for concern. This is especially so in the Arab world, which is home to some of the largest food importers and where rising food prices have been one of the factors in recent political unrest.
Brown demonstrates something that we have seen before in the likes of John Kerry and Al Gore. Each was too cautious, too pruned and too stiff when running to secure the highest office in their respective lands.
As INET Executive Director Rob Johnson said, "last year's conference punctured the mystique of market stability (not to mention real events). This year, the conference will shatter the illusion of control."
Free trade doesn't work, the global economy is a myth and the U.S. has been duped during trade negotiations for the past 40 years according to Ian Fletcher, author of Free Trade Doesn't Work: What Should Replace It and Why.
Let's use this holiday season to put politics in perspective -- and to nudge Obama back on track. Here are some gift suggestions, not only for the President and First Lady -- but for all of us who are feeling a bit shaky and need our souls revived.