My name is Roger Barris. I am an American who has lived in Europe for over 20 years, now based in the United Kingdom. My education is in economics and finance, and I previously worked as a manager of real estate funds, although I am basically retired now. But my real passion -- outside of skiing, cycling (bi- and motor-), movies and books, of course -- is policy. This blog is a continuation of dialogues that I have had with myself and my friends over many years, and it replaces the book that I will never have the discipline to write.