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An Open Letter to the Occupiers from a Veteran Troublemaker

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

You have awakened the sleeping giant, too long dormant, but ever present, deep in the American democratic spirit. You have given voice and space to the unspoken feelings of countless others about something that has gone terribly wrong in our society.

Hunting Down The Real Karl Marx

Mary Gabriel | Posted 12.11.2011 | Books
Mary Gabriel

Ask anyone on the street if they have heard of Karl Marx and the answer more often than not would be yes. Ask those same people what they know about Marx and the responses will be wildly different - and usually wrong.

Monkeys Join Wall Street Protest

Frans de Waal | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Frans de Waal

From this experiment and others like it, we believe in an inborn sense of fairness. But there is more: primate studies also tell us something about empathy and altruism. In contrast to inequity, which is on the rise in our society, empathy appears in decline.

Return to Mondragón

Georgia Kelly | Posted 12.10.2011 | Business
Georgia Kelly

While the unemployment rate in Spain is currently around 20 percent, it is zero percent in the Mondragón Cooperatives. How do they do it?

Americans Win 2011 Nobel Prize For Economic Sciences

AP | PAUL WISEMAN and GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 12.10.2011 | Business

PRINCETON, N.J. — Christopher Sims and Thomas Sargent have no simple solutions to the global economic crisis. But the work that won them the Nob...

Fantastic Objects, Excited Stories and Dreadful Politics

Dr. Prudence L. Gourguechon | Posted 11.30.2011 | Books
Dr. Prudence L. Gourguechon

David Tuckett's Minding the Markets may just give us hope for understanding the bewildering and dangerous large group political phenomena that are beleaguering and paralyzing our country.

Evolution Begins to Occupy Center Stage in Economic Debates

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 11.30.2011 | Business
David Sloan Wilson

A flurry of recent activity indicates that evolution is beginning to occupy center stage in economic debates--and not a moment too soon.

Searching For Work Online Cuts Length Of Unemployment Spell

WSJ | Sara Murray | Posted 11.29.2011 | Business

By Sara Murray of the Wall Street Journal Job searching on the Internet cuts the average unemployment spell by 25%, according to a new report. T...

Trade Finance and the Financial Crisis

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.28.2011 | Impact
Otaviano Canuto

As the 2008-9 financial crisis spread from its epicenter in the United States to the rest of the world, policy makers found themselves in uncharted wa...

The "Jobs Creators" Brand Gets a Little Tarnished

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Corporate and financial elites have largely succeeded in seizing the current economic crisis of their own making to ram through attacks on social programs they've always despised. With Washington in their pockets they apparently believe that now is their time to contort the institutions of American society into a consortium servicing their narrow class interests. But the protests in Europe and on Wall Street are evidence that a growing number of people are on to them. The primordial moment for the pursuit of justice has begun.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Jeremy Rifkin Predicts An Energy Revolution | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 11.28.2011 | Green

On Monday, we posed a few questions to Jeremy Rifkin, the American economist and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, whose new book, "The ...

D.C. Traffic Is Just Terrible, Studies Confirm ... Again

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.27.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- As you know, the D.C. area is already No. 1 for worst traffic congestion in the U.S., according to the Texas Transportation Institute's ...

Future Imperfect

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.11.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Suppose President Obama's jobs speech marks a turning point. He gets energized by being a little more partisan. He finds that putting Republicans on the defensive is good politics. His poll numbers improve. He wins some of his proposed jobs bill, and fights hard for the rest of it.

Through the Looking Glass and Into the Crazy World of Economics

John R. Talbott | Posted 11.11.2011 | Business
John R. Talbott

Economists can't control everything in the world, but can't they at least speak out publicly against some of this nonsense that violates common sense?

Walsh Slams Buffett's Tax Hikes, Appears On Chicago Tonight Wednesday

Posted 10.31.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh's (R-Ill.) scheduled appearance on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" Wednesday will cover the economy, debt and revelations about his perso...

How To Get More Women To Study Economics

WSJ | Ben Casselman | Posted 10.24.2011 | Business

By Ben Casselman of The Wall Street Journal How can we get more women to study economics? Try hiring more female economics professors. That’s ...

Confirmed: U.S. Emissions Up in 2010

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with, the blog by the dean of Duke's Nicholas SchoolWhether at Christmas time or in the heat of summer, nobody likes a lu...

New Management Wanted for the Italian Job: Somalia

Karl Muth | Posted 08.23.2011 | Business
Karl Muth

What if a company bought Somalia? How would things change? Would things improve? Privatizing Somalia would better-align the country's interests with those of international investors.

Jordan Howard

How Many Lawmakers Actually Have Economic Degrees? | Jordan Howard | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers try to convince their constituents that they have the best answers for jumpstarting the economy and lowering the deficit, but ...

The "Friday Syndrome" and Gulf Oil Drilling

Jackie Savitz | Posted 10.22.2011 | Green
Jackie Savitz

In case you were lucky enough to have already left for the weekend, take note: the Obama administration will sell more leases for offshore oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico in spite of the risk of another major spill.

Let Us Remember Dr. King's Struggle for Economic Justice

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.22.2011 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

We are facing generations of underemployment, financial insecurity and enormous levels of inherited debt. Almost 50 years after the March on Washington, racial economic inequality is on the rise rather than declining.

Dear Republican Party: Talk Economics, Not Social Issues

Gary Johnson | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
Gary Johnson

When I see Republican presidential candidates discussing morality as if the government were some type of watchdog and moral compass for America -- then I see the American electorate being turned away from the Republican Party.

Credit Ratings Matter for Those Who Need Them Most

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 10.18.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Think of what would happen if you lived in one of the 58 developing countries that remain unrated by Standard & Poor's, Moody's and Fitch. You would have very limited access to capital and investment, and the cost of borrowing would be significantly higher.

Big Ideas and the Concentration of Wealth

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.14.2011 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Why did we economists squander the opportunity for a new paradigm of thought? Not because there's so much information on the web. It is, at least in part, because the concentration of wealth and power blocked the new ideas from a fair hearing.

Talking to Regular People Regarding Economic Reform

Scott Baker | Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics
Scott Baker

People who have taken some alternative economics classes, read some alternative economics books (e.g. Henry George, Ellen Brown, Stephen Zarlenga, etc...