Just before leaving office in 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered a farewell message in which he warned of "the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex." Ron Paul, who is retiring from Congress, today delivered what might ...
Congress gets to pick its own voters, and not the other way around. But what if we got rid of gerrymandering and made 200 races in the House competitive every two years instead of just 30 or 40?
Will Germany follow the course of radical transparency or offshore inter-bank deposits?
If all of the spending cuts and revenue increases that make up the fiscal cliff go into effect, it would represent an estimated $720 billion in total austerity measures for 2013. Who is ready to stomach that?
Ali Wyne interviews Graham Allison, the author of Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis, a book that swiftly and significantly altered our understanding of how policy decisions are executed.
In an age of hyper-polarization, Norquist represents ideological rigidity at its core. So does this make him a hero or "the roadblock to realistically reforming our tax code"?
A higher percentage of Americans believed in the British crown in 1776 than the percentage of Americans who trust Congress today. Larry Lessig has an idea to change all of that.
Tony Tjan says that luck has a lot to do with optimism. For instance, how long can you maintain a positive opinion about a new idea after someone is introduced it to you? If you entertain the notion that this idea may work for an entire day, Tjan says you are close to a "Zen Buddha state."
I’ve been contemplating the notion of a graduated return to normalcy for about a year. A few days from election, with Obama’s chances having dimmed considerably, would seem to be the most perilous time to put this idea forward, but I’ll go ahead and propose anyway that a slow but definite return to ...
Big Think was saddened by the news that one of our experts, former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, passed away on Sunday from complications of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Big Think had the opportunity to interview Senator Specter (1930-2012) at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2007. Specter was a ...
Dear Readers, I made a mistake. In the article below, I said it would take some very high rates of growth to close the $7 trillion gap in Mitt Romney's budget plan. It turns out the gap is not quite so big, depending on your assumptions. The critical assumption I made was that the federal ...
In John Maeda’s experience as an artist–turned–President of the Rhode Island School of Design, the ideal leader falls somewhere in between Lao Tzu and Father Knows Best.
Many think Justice Anthony Kennedy will cast the decisive vote ending affirmative action as we know it.
The key is to look for a job the same way you would look for a unique opportunity to create something better or new – a business, a product or service or maybe even a career.
Business journalism powerhouse Leigh Gallagher has some tough advice for her own, younger self: Be more aggressive. Pay attention to your career, not just your to-do list. And ask for what you want.