Richard Posner and Gary Becker account for the sluggish economic recovery with reference to the housing market, mounting public debt, fear of regulation and the E.U. debt crisis.
Financial firms on Wall Street habitually recruit professional poker players to their ranks because of players' calculating abilities and tolerance for risk.
Facing rising tuition rates, a growing number of economists and educators think more vocational training could help American students to find gainful employment.
Steve Chapman defends the right of suspected terrorists on the no-fly list to buy guns on Second Amendment grounds and because the list is notoriously fallible.
“Here we are now,” Kurt Cobain intoned in 1991 on Nirvana’s Nevermind album, “entertain us.” With that catch phrase, the entire genre of grunge rock launched itself into the cultural stratosphere. Here we are now, however, in 2010, sixteen years after Cobain took his own life, still wondering what ...
The country's six largest banks have hired more than 240 former government officials to lobby Congress as it debates regulating the financial industry. That's according to a new report (pdf) by several progressive and labor groups. According to the report, those six banks—Goldman Sachs, Bank of ...
Flash question: does the Internet help dictators or undermine them? Now how about a slightly different question: does technology empower Big Brother or destroy it? Ad finally, what’s the difference between a dictator and Big Brother?
As the wake of destruction trailing the Gulf oil spill continues to look increasingly dark, I can’t help but think back to the speech that Interior Secretary Salazar made when he announced his approval of Cape Wind – America’s first offshore wind farm – in late April. Up there on the podium, he ...
So we all know that institutions are conservative by their nature as are the old people who typically occupy their venerable posts. The American Presidency is no exception and Obama, though he runs a comparatively tech savvy White House, alas, does not Twitter. The Economist has come out against ...
Inadequacy, rather than being shameful, can be a healthy emotion in romantic relationships when it motivates partners to care more for each other.
"To support growth in the next decade, we need to nourish our walkable urban spaces and neighborhoods" with accessible public transport and quality infrastructure, writes the Atlantic.
"It seems sensible to make every effort to enlist the body’s own ability to heal itself—which is what, at bottom, placebos seem to do," writes the Boston Globe.
The Economist, while recognizing Obama's tech savvy, is critical of his pessimistic view that new communication technologies distract the public rather than empower it.
The National Review writes that the U.S. is better poised to overcome the global recession than Europe because America encourages more risk taking and ingenuity.
In the wake of the financial crisis, many new metrics are being proposed that will measure living standards in a new and different way from the conventional Gross Domestic Product calculation.