Prof Bug will be returning to the lengthy series, started last summer, on the innovative supremacy of the US economy, comparatively viewed. The 12th article will look at ideological influences in US politics and history that have shaped the unusually flexible and innovative economy of our country: in particular, the reasons for the absence of a left-wing socialist tradition. The 13th article, which will appear early next week, will then hop-skip across the political spectrum and explain why there has been no strong statist-conservatism in US politics similar to the Liberal Democratic Party in Japan or, in West Europe, to Christian Democracy, Gaullism, the statist varieties in Scandinavia, and even the Tory wing of the British Conservative Party . . . even though Margaret Thatcher's dominant role in the party during the 1980s may have undermined its influence in Britain, and possibly once and for all.
In the meantime, the buggy prof wishes everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!