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Today's Big Idea: The Year in Review

The Big Idea for Saturday, December 29, 2012

Where to begin? 2012 saw the European Union teetering on the brink of economic collapse, xenophobic fascists terrorizing immigrants in the streets of Athens, a deadly massacre in a Connecticut elementary school, an overhyped and underwhelming multibillion-dollar Facebook IPO . . .

 . . . and a few positive developments, too. Major advances in artificial intelligence, medicine, and space exploration, an ongoing technology boom, and an explosion of online learning that threatens to disrupt outdated and overpriced educational institutions. 

We're getting faster and more sophisticated, and at the same time there's a growing awareness of the precariousness of our existence and the need for human connection and sustainable ways of living. It feels like we're at a tipping point, and the direction we're headed is still entirely up to us. 


  1. 1 2012: The Year in Economics
    Daniel Altman Econ201
  2. 2 Ai Weiwei: The Price of China's Success
    Ai Weiwei Think Tank
  3. 3 Howard Dean: Let's Go Over the Fiscal Cliff
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  4. 4 It's Time To End This Greek Tragedy
    Daniel Altman Econ201

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