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Recent Themes

Earth and Beyond

How Much Money Is Enough?

Free_money
over 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? Last year, President Obama found himself on the receiving end of much indignation for saying in a speech in Quincy, Illinois, "I do think at a certain point, you've made enough money." It was the equivocal statement heard round the world - rarely has such weak language ...

New World Order

The Euro Zone: It’s All Greek to Me

Eu
over 2 years ago

What’s the Big Idea? How many drachmas do you want to bet that Europe’s not out of the woods yet? Faced with the prospect of a Greek default with dire repercussions for European markets, EU leaders Merkel and Sarkozy scrambled in October to craft a complex rescue package. Then at the 11th hour ...

New World Order

Why A Greek “No” May Be No Bad Thing

Greece_protest
over 2 years ago

Markets shuddered when George Papandreou, Greece’s prime minister, said he would call a referendum on the latest bailout package being offered by Europe’s economic powers.  What scared the markets most was apparently the possibility that the Greeks would choose according to their own interests ...