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Study Shows Big Government Makes People Happy, 'Free Markets' Don't

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Forget about feeling "like a room without a roof," or whatever that "Happy" song says. If you want to know "what happiness is to you," try living in a social democracy.

Baby Lessons

Brian Kahn | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Brian Kahn

Prone to fantasy, part of our minds and hearts wants to believe we are "free" -- free of others' needs, free of responsibility, free of the duty we owe the members of the human community on which we depend to survive.

Remember Where You Come From

Jeremy Balkin | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Jeremy Balkin

Values are important because they are the things that matter. They make up the core of how we live our lives by keeping us grounded and remembering our raison d'être. Remember where you come from.

Economic Inequality: When Is Enough Enough?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While economic disparities plague all of the nations across the planet, nowhere are these disparities more extreme than in the United States, and so I ask, when is enough enough?

Republicans Want Smaller Government? Opt-Out of Those Dirty Socialist Programs - What Is Stopping You?

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

We know the shutdown is not about fiscal responsibility. If it was, Republicans would not have run up the deficit under W by trillions of dollars with two unpaid wars, unpaid Medicare prescription plan, and the Bush tax cuts.

5 Reasons Republicans Should Embrace Obamacare... and Take Credit for It

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Republicans would be far better served embracing Obamacare, labeling it correctly, taking credit for it, and using it to "prove" the virtues of free market competition.

Capitalism as Our Greatest Hope

Jonathan Haidt | Posted 09.15.2013 | World
Jonathan Haidt

I think in the long run our greatest hope is capitalism. That might sound like a strange thing to many people now because America is engaged in a debate on the ethical nature of capitalism.

It Takes Government to Create Markets: Alex Marshall's The Surprising Design of Market Economies

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 08.14.2013 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

Conventional economics wittingly or unwittingly provides cover for the One Percent, by professing that "the market" operates benevolently on its own. Alex Marshall gives us an entertaining, thoughtful, and well-written antidote to this dangerous abstraction.

Markets, Power and Economic Policy

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.13.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

When economic "rents" or market failures provide economic benefits to weaker groups -- those with less stature or power in society -- efforts to eradicate such "inefficiencies" may further empower dominant elites in ways that are counterproductive for the larger society.

A Forehead Tatoo Too Big To Fail

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.13.2012 | Business

America has placed too much faith in the power of markets for the past 30 years, a belief not even the financial crisis could shake. The country risks...

Five Reasons Free Markets Don't Work in Health Care

Abdulrahman El-Sayed | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Abdulrahman El-Sayed

Although an issue like health care certainly reflects many of the broader ideological schisms in our political debate, amiss in ideological debates like these is the technical reality of the unique challenge posed by health care.

Religion And Faith-Full Politics

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.23.2012 | Religion
Paul Stoller

Religion defines spaces of good and evil, and helps us to deal with the absurdity of human pain and suffering. Is it any wonder that people devote so much energy to religious practices?

Up Is Down and Down Is up -- Alice in America's Wonderland

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.16.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

The recent decision to axe an ethnic studies program in Tucson is symptomatic of a bewildering turn of events in our country.

Why Libertarians Are Wrong on Free Trade

Ian Fletcher | Posted 08.17.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Like it or not, even a capitalist economy is a system in which your actions affect other people. Your freedom to swing your fist ends, famously, at the tip of my nose, and what you buy and don't buy affects other people.

Atlas Shrugged? Pertinent Today?

Laura Mola | Posted 06.18.2011 | Entertainment
Laura Mola

Depression, people on the streets, begging, homelessness, the end of the American Dream -- sounds like today. Well, today in the new Ayn Rand movie At...

Kentucky Oops: Grandmama and the Senator

Rob Warmowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Rob Warmowski

Since the first time Jarrod scored thirty points as a high school freshman, he had been causing a stir. The points brought scouts, the scouts brought recruiters. But they all had the same interested in Jarrod.

Tea Party Republicans Should Tackle Federal Role in Distorting Markets and Causing Bubbles.

David Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Paul

It did not take long for the conflicts to emerge as Republicans struggle to make good on their commitments to reduce federal spending. In the wake of ...

What I Believe (about Markets and Morals): A Reply to Jerry Coyne & My Critics

Michael Shermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Shermer

In his endearingly titled blog, "Michael, we hardly knew ye," the venerable evolutionary biologist and slayer of creationist dragons Jerry Coyne (auth...

How Free-Marketers Came to Rule

Roya Wolverson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Roya Wolverson

In the United States, where bankers continue to rule the Obama administration's economic team, the idea of government teaming up with business to drive long-term innovation and growth is still struggling to gain attention.

Let's Do Everything Like Health Care

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Goldberg

I'm so convinced that the private market will make everything better that I think we should do it across the board. Let's start with firecare. Why should I pay for firecare services for people who are dumb enough to start fires?

Is Richard Posner Destroying the Chicago School of Economics?

Damien Hoffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Damien Hoffman

Although Posner still walks the intellectually gutted halls of the University of Chicago, he has no reservation helping tear their remaining ruins down from within.

Left, Right & Center: Haiti, the Banking Commission, and the Massachusetts Special Election

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

We are witnessing one of humanity's most unbearable tragedies following the earthquake in Haiti. It allows us to ask: Is this as much a story about poverty and failed governance as it is of natural disasters?

The Orphan Of The American Political Spectrum

Patrick Maines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Maines

Were one to design a political philosophy calculated to appeal to large numbers of "conservatives" and "liberals," it might look very much like contemporary libertarianism.

Capitalism: A Propaganda Hate Film

Michael Shermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Shermer

In Michael Moore's worldview, a goodly portion of the American people are ignorant, uneducated, clueless pinheads too stupid to realize the fundamental principle of a loan.

Free-Market Conservatives Are Just Wrong

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

Conservative free-market conservative ideologues manage to make a bad thing out of paying American workers good wages and benefits.