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What's the Difference?

(16) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 8:00 AM

At first blush, the 2012 presidential race is about the role of the state in taming markets and powerful corporations. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan argue that we need to unleash the power of markets and this can be achieved only by getting the state out of the way. Barack...

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Will China Rule the World?

(351) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 9:11 AM

This fall China will have a new leader, widely expected to be Xi Jinping, the country's vice president, who recently met President Obama in Washington. Doubtless every move of a Xi regime would be closely watched: Will China carry on buying the United States' government debt? Will it commit to...

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The Problem With U.S. Inequality

(422) Comments | Posted March 11, 2012 | 9:45 PM

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) brought the increased inequality in the U.S. to the headlines, where it deserves to be. Almost a quarter of total U.S. national income now accrues to the richest 1 percent of the population, a figure that was barely above 10 percent 40 years ago. Other countries,...

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