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What Price Safety?

Chris Carey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chris Carey

With that said, how far do we allow our government to go in protecting the interests of our citizenry? It's difficult to argue about laws that protect some group of us. But enough already!

Who Are You Calling Objectionable?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Almost since the moment the first private security contractor (PSC) emerged , many commentators have been going to great efforts to try and stick them...

Kibbutz Diary: Business savvy? These socialists have plenty

David Dagan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Dagan

A few dozen socialists in the north of Israel met recently to raise glasses of wine and toast their latest business success. The residents of Kibbutz...

Tempest in a Tea Party

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Randall Amster

The teabaggers are such a self-parodying lot that all one really needs to do is let their own words do the talking. This is lowbrow comedy passing as politics, and we ought to consider laughing it all the way out the door.

Is Obama a Reagan Democrat?

Bob Samuels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Samuels

While the Republicans don't seemed bothered by the fact that they are causing a second recession by refusing to send aid to states, Obama can pay for a second stimulus by eliminating the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

More Regulation the Solution, Not the Problem

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The governors of the Gulf Coast states, all Republicans, asked the federal government for help dealing with the BP oil spill -- yeah, the government, ...

The Mayor's New Right Hand Man

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

Stephen Goldsmith's red state politics stand out in a city of true-blue Democrats, and his appointment is a clear indication that Bloomberg will make belt-tightening a key component of his third term.

Books: Collectivism, Capitalism, and Propaganda in the New York Times Book Review

Dan Agin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dan Agin

The choice of conservative Josef Joffe to review a new liberal anti-capitalism book by Tony Judt was an unfortunate and silly decision by the New York Times.

The "Intimidation" Argument: Conservative Hypocrisy on Parade

Waymon Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Waymon Hudson

There's a new cry of outrage coming from the far right and conservative circles. They've started playing the victim card as the new go-to meme: intimidation from the mean, militant gays.

A Modest Free Market Proposal for Education Reform

Kembrew McLeod | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Kembrew McLeod

Unlike those socialists lining up to mainline milk from the nanny state, there are many of us who favor fiscally sound solutions. My plan would hand over all aspects of academic life to private companies.

America Needs a New Globalization Game

Clyde Prestowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Clyde Prestowitz

There is no strategy to assure that we will continue to have good jobs in a world class American economy fully competitive with the economies of China, India, Germany, or any other country. This is the main issue facing our country today.

Reagan Was Wrong: The Nine Most Terrifying Words Are, "I'm a Libertarian and the Market Will Save You"

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

I don't agree with Reagan. I'm not scared of the government trying to help. But I am terrified of an unfettered free market.

The End of Central Planning?

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

The private sector is motivated by profit, and the means with which the private sector expresses this motivation are often at odds with what is best for a city and its inhabitants.

Your Voice And Vote Do Matter

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Elsewhere in the world, any time the working class is threatened, thousands take to the streets in loud protest, toppling governments. We have no such historical tradition.

Golden Bull

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Republicans are threatening to filibuster a bill to regulate the big banks and hedge funds that trashed our economy and that would be the greatest gift they could possibly give Democrats.

Goldman, Wall Street and Financial Terrorism

Brian Whetten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brian Whetten

The most disturbing part of the Goldman lawsuit is that it confirms Goldman's reputation of doing whatever it takes to win, even if it damages their clients and society as a whole.

Foreclosing on America: Edda Lopez vs. Bank of America

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

When I first arrived at Edda Lopez's house, I wondered how this elderly woman lives on the second floor of her elevator-less home despite being wheel...

Staying in One of the Catbird Seats

Dr. Vladimir A. Masch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Vladimir A. Masch

In order to stay in one of the catbird seats of the 21st century, and to protect the democratic components of the world order, the US has to do two things.

Wall Street! Don't Give Up the Fight!

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stanley Bing

Discouraging news from Washington today. It seems like the enemies of the benign free marketplace are set to triumph over the protectors of the right of every American to get hosed by an unregulated banking industry.

Will the BP Fiasco Change U.S. Politics? Don't Bet on It

John McQuaid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John McQuaid

The odds are that this spill won't actually be that big of a historical moment. I'm not a cynic, but there's something extraordinarily resilient about Americans' collective indifference to holding people and organizations accountable.

Hey, Free Marketeers, the Burden of Proof Is on You

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Philip Goldberg

Here's my modest proposal: corporate big shots should create a self-policing body with real teeth. After all, many professions have organizations that hold their members accountable.

Weighing Risk, and Justice

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

With high production comes high risk. High risk ventures such as gulf drilling in the U.S. are licensed by the government. It's time the government sets some minimum requirements to avoid catastrophes.

The Power Of Political Myth

Ian Bremmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ian Bremmer

Over the course of my book tour, I've gotten a thousand different kinds of questions. But there are two recurring themes in some of them that I want t...

Friday Talking Points [126] -- We'd Like Our Gulf Back

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The mainstream media, led by the intrepid White House press corps, closely followed by the inside-the-Beltway punditocracy, has declared what must hap...

How Much Would You Pay For Your Next Breath Of Oxygen? When Capitalism Fails

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Phil began grilling me, "the US economy should rely on pure free market capitalism for everything. Anything involving the government is wasteful and ...