Gregg Easterbrook

Gregg Easterbrook has published three novels and eight nonfiction books, mostly recently It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear. He was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 1979
to 1981.


What Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Could Tell Gay Couples

New York is about to become the sixth state to recognize same-sex marriage, doing so by decision of its legislature, not judicial fiat. Gay marriage is gaining in social acceptance. Two generations ago, interracial marriage was viewed as scandalous, and often proscribed by law. Today it’s legal everywhere in the United States, unremarkable, and endorsed… Read more »

Unemployment Is the Real Price of War

The cost of ongoing U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya is up to at least $1.2 trillion. What would the economic recovery look like if that money hadn’t been spent? The GDP was about $10.1 trillion when U.S. forces invaded Afghanistan, and is $14.7 trillion now, an annualized growth rate at around 2 percent…. Read more »

Make Puerto Rico a State

As Barack Obama makes the first presidential visit to Puerto Rico in half a century, let’s cut to the chase: this island will be the 51st state, and the sooner the better. Fifty is a nice round number for states, but prepare to kiss it goodbye. Puerto Rico will be 51st, and not necessarily the… Read more »

The Size of the Debt

The ballooning debt is an issue of vital importance to the nations future. Debt has to be repaid, and a useful rule of thumb is that every dollar borrowed today subtracts two dollars from future growth. Homeowners borrowed, borrowed, borrowed as if tomorrow would never come, and it came. Why should we think the national… Read more »

W. Takes on Global Warming

The scientific case for concern over an artificial greenhouse effect becomes stronger every year. To cite one of many indicators, a few months ago Thomas Karl, director of the federal National Climatic Data Center and once a leading greenhouse skeptic, declared that “anthropogenic climate change is now likely,” with impacts “quite disruptive” to agriculture and… Read more »