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Education's Funk

over 4 years ago

Faced with plummeting endowments and overextended commitments, public universities are moving toward privatization, writes Edward J. K. Gitre, who worries about the long-term consequences.


Almost Accepted

over 4 years ago

Saffa Khan is on four college wait lists, and writes that these lists "prolong the holding pattern of teenage life." Instead, colleges should simply reject those without a reasonable chance of getting in.


The Economy's Lost Decade

over 4 years ago

It has been a bad ten years for the economy. It may in fact have been the worst decade since the 1930s. As I've written, the current recession is in some ways as bad as or even worse than the Great Depression. We have lost a historically large number of jobs, and they have been historically slow in ...

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War on the Man'a Boys

over 4 years ago

Lolita C. Baldor, who does excellent work for the AP, has this story on the Treasury Department freezing the assets of certain individuals who are either "involved in piracy off Somalia's coast or militants who have done anything to threaten the shaky nation's stability." Any names stand out? For ...


A Good Kill?

over 4 years ago

Does assassinating top terrorists really make us safer? Robert Wright looks at research suggesting that "decapitation doesn’t lower the life expectancy of the decapitated groups."


Rubik's Cube at 30

over 4 years ago

"If the Rubik’s Cube is like life ... then a good life is like a good puzzle," writes Stefany Anne Golberg. "It can be solved within the order of solitude but is more rewarding in the chaotic company of others."