New technologies are turning smart phones into credit cards and cash registers, but as usual, there are trust issues and people are nervous about abandoning their wallets all together.
Leonard Pitts takes the pulse of those affected by the Gulf Oil spill and finds that many who once opposed big government maneuvers are now begging for its assistance.
"'Democracy' in the abstract misleads us. Living in a democracy—and it is lived experience that must be our theme—becomes a different thing in each generation," begins Kenneth Minogue.
P.J. O'Rourke has a clever idea for reviving newspaper sales—the pre-obituary: "official notices that certain people aren’t dead with brief summaries of their lives indicating why we wish they were."
A new book examines the lives of the Romantic poets in their well-intentioned but ultimately ambiguous morality. It is a case of life imitating art, writes Laura Miller for Slate.
"While taking a more relaxed attitude towards the pursuit of wealth may make sense as a personal philosophy, it is an uncertain guide to public policy," says the Financial Times.
"When will our media reflect America on abortion?" asks William McGurn at The Wall Street Journal now that a Gallup poll has reported that half of America is pro-life.
Paul Krugman's recommendation for more public spending is at odds with his own comparison of the U.S. to Japan where aggressive fiscal policy did not stimulate growth, says The New Republic.
When a college degree no longer guarantees a good job after leaving university, maybe it's time to be less pragmatic about career choices and prefer a cultural education to a vocational one.
In his new book, Clay Shirky says that what we do with our free time is changing: from passive TV watching to active online engagement, we are motivated by a desire for self-fulfillment.
"Nowhere is it written that the United States can never decline," says Richard Posner in his analysis of the economic problems befalling the E.U. and U.S. He and Gary Becker propose solutions.
Evolutionary biology may explain differences in mortality risks between genders, says Daniel Kruger at the University of Michigan; men take more risks to attract a mate, i.e. to have sex.
Ross Douthat asks why adoption is so difficult while going to a fertility clinic is so easy, especially when children of anonymous sperm donors often have deep psychological dilemmas.
Barry Estabrook says the common knowledge that locally grown food is the most sustainable form of agriculture is incomplete and should allow for regional distribution networks.
Only recently has vegetarianism become a diet that could survive natural selection, so could it be that vegetarians are smarter than the rest of us? Surprisingly strong evidence says yes.