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Hedrick Smith’s “When Capitalists Cared”

Hedrick Smith’s “When Capitalists Cared”

In the New York Times, Smith argues that the widening income gap between many employers and their employees, which began in the 1970s and..

January 14, 2013 with 0 Comments
A Marshall Plan for Greece?

A Marshall Plan for Greece?

In the Economist, Nicholas Crafts weighs the pros and cons of providing aid to Greece in the form of a new “Marshall Plan”,..

July 5, 2012 with 0 Comments
“The Faith (and Doubts) of Our Fathers”

“The Faith (and Doubts) of Our Fathers”

The Economist examines the religious beliefs of the Founding Fathers, and what they might have to say about the current debate over how..

April 2, 2012 with 0 Comments
Louise Story’s “Income Inequality and Financial Crises”

Louise Story’s “Income Inequality and Financial Crises”

David A. Moss looks to the Great Depression for links between income inequality and financial crisis: “Professor Moss is among a..

February 10, 2012 with 0 Comments
“For Two Economists, the Buffett Rule Is Just a Start”

“For Two Economists, the Buffett Rule Is Just a Start”

An article in the New York Times highlights the work of French economists Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Pikett, who have spent the last decade..

January 20, 2012 with 0 Comments
“Technocrats: Minds like Machines”

“Technocrats: Minds like Machines”

The Economist argues that although technocratic governments can seem appealing in times of crisis (especially the financial crisis that is..

January 14, 2012 with 0 Comments
“What Post-Qaddafi Libya Has to Learn From Afghanistan”

“What Post-Qaddafi Libya Has to Learn From Afghanistan”

Michael Semple, who has spent more than two decades in Afghanistan, argues in Foreign Affairs that although Libya and Afghanistan share..

November 23, 2011 with 0 Comments
“Occupy Wall Street: an American tradition since 1776″

“Occupy Wall Street: an American tradition since 1776″

In the Christian Science Monitor, Jonathan Zimmerman argues that the spirit of the Occupy Wall Street protests is embedded in the fabric of..

November 23, 2011 with 0 Comments
“Dictators Get the Deaths They Deserve”

“Dictators Get the Deaths They Deserve”

In the New York Times, Simon Sebag Montefiore argues that it is inevitable for dictators like Qaddafi to meet violent and widely-viewed..

November 23, 2011 with 0 Comments
Silver’s “Is Obama Toast?”

Silver’s “Is Obama Toast?”

In the New York Times, Nate Silver looks to past reelection battles and statistics to gauge Obama’s chances of winning the 2012..

November 20, 2011 with 0 Comments
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