"When the world’s productive capacities exceed the buying power of the world’s consumers, every government wants to increase exports and discourage imports. That spells trade war."
"The world we live in is so overrun with environmental pollutants that it is next to impossible to keep oneself truly healthy." Sadhbh Walshe at The Guardian laments the lack of regulation.
"The Internet is a Soviet bread line," says Damon Darlin at The New York Times. Sure we are elated at all the "free" content, but we lose hours and hours searching for what we want.
Ethan Epstein at True/Slant says that legalizing physician assisted suicide, instead of giving individuals more freedom, would limit individuals' control by creating a new bureaucracy.
"Plato imagined philosopher-kings guarding his utopia. Here in Aspen, we have Bill Gates." The Atlantic says Gates' unique solutions to global problems were on display at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
"Higher marginal tax rates mean more resources for job-creating, wage-generating public investments." Slate.com says liberals agree: higher tax rates are a step away from debt.
The online cartographic authority, Google Maps has the unenviable task of drawing borders across the most hotly contested territories on earth. Sometimes the company riles border disputes.
Microsoft's Imagine Cup challenges high school and college students to develop apps that address the world's most pressing problems. The result is humanitarian mobile devices.
"The financial crisis in America isn't over," says James Galbraith. The renowned economist explains how restoring the rule of law on Wall Street should be the nation's top priority.
"Though Iranian officials have only just now designated the mullet as a form of 'Western cultural invasion,' the haircut has always been with us." Slate gives a history of the hairdo.
"Today's communes are a far cry from the free-loving, dope-smoking hippy havens of the Sixties. But can they really solve the problems of the modern world?"
After Oscar Grant, some are looking to the U.K. as a model for gun-free police forces. Lola Adesioye at The Guardian thinks non-lethal tasers could be the ideal solution.
"One of the most widely quoted and dissected public intellectuals on the planet is also one of the most inscrutable." A colleague of Christopher Hitchens on the author's personal reticence.
"The Internet-versus-books debate is conducted on the supposition that the medium is the message. But sometimes the medium is just the medium," says David Brooks.
Thinking of launching its own social network site, Google has criticized Facebook's "friend" function because it creates networks that don't respect the boundaries of real life.