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Free Market Economies May Encourage Obesity

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 12.22.2011 | Food

Many people feel a little pudgy around the holidays. "Thanks a lot, peanut butter brownies and short-rib pierogis," you may be thinking, as you feel y...

What the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street Really Have In Common

Dennis Jett | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Dennis Jett

In the not-so-long-run, neither of them is going to amount to anything.

Is There a Big Idea in Occupy Movements?

Vaios Papanagnou | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Vaios Papanagnou

The epoch that started in 2008 is defined by a single worry. Equally defining is the visible form that this angst takes. Millions of people in the Wes...

Consuming To Create Jobs: A Moral Dilemma For People Of Faith

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 12.13.2011 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

Many economists are urging Americans to go into the market and buy more things for the sake of jobs. But for people of faith, this imperative to buy creates a difficult moral dilemma.

But 'Till You Feed Us, Right And Wrong Can't Wait

Alexander Goerlach | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics
Alexander Goerlach

The free market has been poisoned; our communities have been corrupted. We have gambled for social cohesion and have lost.

Industrial Policy Reconsidered

Marc Fasteau | Posted 10.21.2011 | Business
Marc Fasteau

The world's manufacturing superpowers -- Germany, Japan and China -- as well as every other advanced country except the U.K. have carefully thought out industrial policies. Why don't we?

America's Not Faring Well on Welfare

Robin Koerner | Posted 09.30.2011 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Over the last two generations, most of the improvements in the material standard of living of America's poor have proceeded not from the welfare syste...

There Is No Free Market

Robbie Gennet | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

In order for a market to truly be "free," it can't be manipulated or augmented via subsidies and tax breaks. The term "free" means "not physically res...

State Based Health Exchanges Are Important

Tommy G. Thompson | Posted 08.27.2011 | Business
Tommy G. Thompson

States must preserve their rights to operate the health insurance exchange: If states do not build an exchange, the Affordable Care Act requires that the federal government step in and run the exchange.

Conversation With Jeff Madrick, Author of Age of Greed (Part One)

Lynn Parramore | Posted 07.31.2011 | Business
Lynn Parramore

"Greed always exists. It rises and falls with the times. But when it's unchecked by government, self-interest rises to a level of greed that overwhelms the economic invisible hand."

Mozambique Looks To Hybrid Seeds To Help Food Crisis

AP | By DONNA BRYSON | Posted 07.23.2011 | Food

CATANDICA, Mozambique -- Peter Waziweyi is bouncing around the lush countryside of Mozambique in his 30-year-old truck, visiting his customers' maize ...

Challenge for Global Cooperation

Prof. Klaus Schwab | Posted 07.20.2011 | Business
Prof. Klaus Schwab

The state of the world is fraught with unprecendented imbalances and tremendous risks, and institutions are struggling to keep up with the changing times. Our only way out will be to make decisions that consider all stakeholders.

Good Idea: Reward Losers That Produce Winners, Like in College Sports

Erich Origen | Posted 07.14.2011 | Sports
Erich Origen

When any college team wins the national championship, a large portion of the winnings are distributed among all league members. Imagine applying these principles to our larger economy.

World on the Edge

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Craig K. Comstock

One of the attractive habits in American civilization is to ask: well, what's your plan? In his recent book World on the Edge, Lester Brown offers one.

Senator Vitter Discovers Adam Smith

Jed Horne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jed Horne

With or without Wealth of Nations on the presidential reading list, markets aren't going away. Neither is oil or the need for a free people to protect ourselves and our environment from recklessness in the pursuit of it.

The Earth-Buster Sale

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Reverend Billy

Consumerism keeps this economy going, which is destroying life. This Christmas is selling everything.

Market's Hand, God's Embrace

Sheldon C. Good | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sheldon C. Good

As profits and people are increasingly disconnected, does our hope lie in the market or with God? Or have the two become one, turning the market into the Market?

A Convenient Enemy

Scott Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Edwards

It's all very black and white: EPA bad, industrial America good. Economy vs. the environment. Capitalism vs. socialism. Or, maybe, in the mind of Joe Barton, the "legitimately wrong" vs. the illegitimately right.

Market-Based Dogmas Undermine Strong Education

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Rick Ayers

Education is all a race, a competition. States must compete against states. Districts against districts. Schools against schools.

A Lack of Seriousness

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

I voted early this morning. And now I can reflect on the disaster looming ahead. Not what happens today. But what happens over the next few years, and the next decade.

Economic Downturn? Not in Albania

Sali Berisha | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sali Berisha

Albania has become a business-friendly country whose economy continues to grow despite the state of the world's economy.

Net Neutrality and Regulation of the World Wide Web

John M. Eger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John M. Eger

France is calling for technology that filters unlicensed music and movies from the Internet, while South Korea imposed rules requiring internet users to register for video-sharing sites with their real names.

A Market Solution to Help the World's Poor?

Stephan B. Tanda | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephan B. Tanda

Is there a real business in helping the world's poor? According to the World Resources Institute and the International Finance Corporation, there is.

Getting Educated With PhD-Dissertations.com

Kembrew McLeod | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Kembrew McLeod

I wanted to see what would happen if I hired PhD-Dissertations.com, a "research assistance company", to write my modest proposal on privatizing everything university related.

The Myth of the Free Market

Craig Barnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Craig Barnes

President Obama seems reluctant to lay down the gauntlet or to use his oratorical skills to shame the arrogant, make mad the guilty, or cow the slanderous who would break down the walls protecting us from free market abuse.