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Study: Supporters Of Popular Conservative Economic Theory Less Likely To Believe In Science

Posted 04.24.2013 | Business

Those who believe in a popular conservative economic theory are also more likely not to believe in science, according to a recent study. People wh...

The Lax Logic of Libertarians

Jag Bhalla | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Jag Bhalla

Crucial questions are misframed by pitting J.S. Mill and free-market libertarian faith against Mayor Bloomberg, reason and experience.

Ego Climate: Human Dysfunction Is Holding Up Sustainability

Shayne Hughes | Posted 06.08.2013 | Business
Shayne Hughes

Five years ago, experts were obsessed with peak oil; now we have more natural gas than we know what to do with. It is clear that we have -- or are on the verge of developing -- all the technology necessary to respond to climate change. And that's where the pessimism kicks in.

Keystone XL Pipeline: Why All the Fuss?

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 04.29.2013 | Green
Paul Schwennesen

I concede the point: the Keystone XL is a symbol. But is excoriation of symbols really all that meaningful in the larger context of planetary stewardship?

A Buddhist and a Capitalist

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 04.27.2013 | Business
Jeffrey P. Colin

There is no reason why capitalism cannot be supported in a manner in line with the most basic of Buddhist beliefs. Capitalism recognizes human weaknesses and frailties, yet still provides opportunities for compassionate function.

Home Movies Are Socialist

Michael Molina | Posted 04.17.2013 | Comedy
Michael Molina

Our dregs illustrate the most extreme counter-capitalist measures that The American Family has produced in pursuit of their socialist film empire. Witness the horror and band together with us as we blacklist The American Family from appearing in our homes!

How to Quickly Prove a Libertarian Wrong

Ben Cohen | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Ben Cohen

Have an annoying Libertarian uncle who tells you that government is the source of all evil? I thought it would be useful to have some quick-fire arguments in your back pocket to battle the five most common myths propagated by Libertarians:

The Balance Between Competition and Regulation

Chris Kempes | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Chris Kempes

Fundamentally, our society is held up by an enormous collective agreement to exchange with each other and play by common rules in a common system. Competition is useful for evolving our economy, but the market's true foundation is human cooperation.

The Dirty Secret of Climate Change

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 02.26.2013 | Green
Craig K. Comstock

Amid all the complex data and opinion about climate change, the dirty secret is quite obvious, so simple and awkward that it's rarely discussed.

Paving a Growth Path Thanks to a Pair of Pants

Meg Seitz | Posted 12.12.2012 | Money
Meg Seitz

You just made a bold move to save enough money to buy something for yourself. And, without realizing it, you just raised your own gold standard. And with this new gold standard, comes two scary questions -- what's next, and what else do you want for yourself?

Why Can't Republicans Get Behind Capitalist Self-Interest?

N. E. Marsden | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics
N. E. Marsden

I'm sick of all the palaver about Obama's so-called gifts to poor and middle-class voters. Republicans are free marketeers. Romney was virtually breastfed on Adam Smith. These people are supposed to understand capitalism. Didn't they ever hear of the invisible hand?

My Plane Out of NYC in Advance of Sandy, and Mitt Romney's America

Robert Reich | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Leaving JFK today, I couldn't help think it was a miniature version of the America we'll have if Mitt Romney is elected president. Rational and efficient in terms of supply and demand, guaranteed to maximize profits, but fundamentally unfair.

Big Bird Will Be Fine Under Romney

Erik Sean Nelson | Posted 12.16.2012 | Comedy
Erik Sean Nelson

Who says that the Free Market doesn't solve all problems?...

Killing Us With Coal: Why Do We Let Them Do It?

Kelly Rigg | Posted 12.15.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

How can it be that investment in clean energy is heading for a disappointing drop in 2012 while the International Energy Agency warns that without a radical change in direction, in just a few short years we will have closed the door to limiting global temperature rise to 2°?

Theology Of Capitalism: Entrepreneurs And Money-Changers

Morgan Guyton | Posted 12.04.2012 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Jesus had plenty to say about entrepreneurs and money-changers that is relevant to thinking through a Christian response to the competing economic visions that are being set before us this election year.

Deconstructing the PMSC Frame

David Isenberg | Posted 12.02.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Sometimes, as the saying goes, it is not what you say, but how you say it. Or to put it contemporary terms, how you spin it. And for the past couple o...

Looking Back at 'The Newsroom,' Pondering a Free Market

Andrew Fish | Posted 11.04.2012 | TV
Andrew Fish

By inserting a fictional cast into the framework of real-world events, Aaron Sorkin has provided both an outspoken opinion on American politics and a starting point for research into any number of financial and political issues facing the country.

America's Two Countries

Dan Agin | Posted 10.29.2012 | Business
Dan Agin

What we have in America is a poor country living inside a rich country, and our tragedy is the people of the rich country pleasure themselves by acting as if the people of the poor country don't exist.

Chinese Economic Debate Heats Up as Growth Cools Down

Julian Baird Gewirtz | Posted 09.17.2012 | World
Julian Baird Gewirtz

China's growth is widely expected to slow further in the second half of 2012. As it does, the new and old guards of China's leadership will be hard-pressed to reassure the Chinese public that their way remains the best way.

10 Nations Rapidly Losing Faith In Capitalism

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 07.16.2012 | Business

Are the workers of the world uniting? Not exactly, but a lot of them sure are mad. A significant number of people around the world have lost faith...

Hands That Are Invisible

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 09.11.2012 | Business
Craig K. Comstock

While praising a "free market," they would thus learn to privatize the profits, and, with the help of people in government who shared their ideology or perhaps a little of their prosperity, or both, to socialize the losses -- to make the public pay for huge bad bets made by bankers.

Has the One-Percent Already Won This Thing?

David Macaray | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
David Macaray

While you still hear noises about "corrupt union bosses," what people complain about today it that labor unions are "elitist." Shocking as it may be, America's working people actually use the E-word when referring to other working people.

Defending Obamacare: 5 Basics

Bob Burnett | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The Supreme Court decision that let Obamacare stand gives the president, and all Democrats, an opportunity to remake the case that the Affordable Care Act is a good thing. That's a blessing because many voters do not understand Obamacare.

Liberals Working for the Right

Dean Baker | Posted 08.18.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

Some say the left should tout the merits of "government." That is a great idea, if the point is to advance the conservatives' agenda. It is astounding how happy liberals are to work for the right by implying that conservatives somehow just want to leave markets to themselves whereas the liberals want to bring in the pointy-headed bureaucrats to tell people what they should do. This view is, of course, nonsense. Pick an issue, any issue, and you will almost invariably find the right actively pushing for a big role for government. However, for conservatives the goal is not ensuring a decent standard of living for the bulk of the population. Rather the goal is ensuring that money is redistributed upward. And, of course, the conservatives are smart enough not to own up to their use of the government.

Tea Party Grassroots Prep For 'The Hostile Takeover'

The Huffington Post | Cole Stangler | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A four-day conference for conservative activists organized by FreedomWorks was capped off Monday with a boisterous press conference. ...