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Enough With the Globalization Hype

Rajan Menon | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Rajan Menon

There's no question that students need to learn more about the world beyond than ever before. But the notion that they haven't been doing so, or that they wouldn't were it not for the globalization brigades' enlightenment campaigns, is nonsense.

Generation to Generation; Crisis to Crisis

John B. Kassel | Posted 12.29.2012 | Green
John B. Kassel

So what's an American Boomer to do? Wake up. Accept responsibility. Our resource-gobbling lifestyle has caused this mess. Suburbanization has wasted U.S. resources for two generations. Change it, now.

Katherine Boo's "Behind the Beautiful Forevers": National Book Award Finalist Is a Worthy Honoree

Anis Shivani | Posted 12.22.2012 | Books
Anis Shivani

This is not Slumdog Millionaire, and this is not Thomas Friedman's rose-tinted view of Bangalore's high-tech millionaires. Boo's India is an India we need to hear more about, as we grapple with our own most pressing problem of an economic inequality straining credibility.

Apple's Low-Wage Path to America's Future

Jeff Faux | Posted 12.16.2012 | Technology
Jeff Faux

Walk into any Apple store today and you can see what's coming tomorrow. I don't mean the array of electronic gadgets laid out on the countertops; I mean the army of bright, ambitious, heavily indebted college graduates working for roughly $12 an hour.

Ode to the Bay: My Life as a Vietnamese Immigrant in California

Andrew Lam | Posted 12.15.2012 | San Francisco
Andrew Lam

The things the Bay Area is known for -- arching bridges and grand ports and famed high-tech companies -- evoke, in many ways, what often transpires here: the ability to span distances and transgress borders.

Women Business Owners Rock the House in Louisville

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 12.10.2012 | Small Business
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

Women are running these businesses on their own terms, creating new standards that affect positive change.

Coffee Life in Japan: The Exotic and the Apparently Familiar

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 12.09.2012 | Books
Fabio Parasecoli

When it comes to food, Japan has lost some of its mystery. Restaurant patrons are conversant with sushi, sashimi, and tempura. Still, there are still layers and layers that some Western foodies have yet to consider.

Simplistic Slogans Won't Fix the World

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

What I'm seeing now is a dangerous amount of simplistic thinking and Cold War-era political rhetoric. It hovers over most of our national policy debates, very much like an ominous black cloud.

The Children Of Columbus: The Multinationals And Their Courtiers

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

As the nation commemorates the life and adventures of Christopher Columbus, let's not forget his 21st Century descendants: the multinational corporations who span the globe in search of wealth.

Globalization and Human Capital

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 12.03.2012 | Latino Voices
Ricardo B. Salinas

It is very probable that the anti-immigrant neurosis will have a serious future impact on the ability of the U.S. economy to recover from the current crisis.

Not Making the Grade: Report Card on Global Financial Reform

Laura Kodres | Posted 11.28.2012 | Business
Laura Kodres

Despite a host of reforms in the right direction, the financial structures that were in place before the global crisis have not actually changed that much, and they need to if the global financial system is to become a safer place.

The End of Cities: The Coming 'Great Rural Migration'

Stephen Estes | Posted 11.26.2012 | Los Angeles
Stephen Estes

If the benefits of living in a city are diminished because the Internet brings access to the world to you, then why deal with the high real estate prices, traffic, crime, pollution and difficulty of living alongside millions of other people?

Aspen Institute Shaping Global Agenda Around Art and Culture

John M. Eger | Posted 06.13.2013 | Arts
John M. Eger

Art serves superbly as a universal language and as a means of understanding the history, culture, and values of other peoples.

The Real Question: WHY Don't People Make Enough to Pay Income Taxes?

Dave Johnson | Posted 11.18.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

Mitt Romney was caught on video complaining that 47 percent of us don't make enough to pay taxes, believe they are victims, are dependent on government, etc. The right question is why do so many of us make so little?

Globalization Comes to Mongolia

Mark Juergensmeyer | Posted 11.13.2012 | World
Mark Juergensmeyer

It has been 20 years since I've been in Mongolia, the large country of high desert plains sandwiched between China and Russia, and a lot has changed. Some of it is for the better, a lot of it for the worse. And much of it has to do with globalization.

'The Rational Optimist': Review

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 11.12.2012 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

In Matt Ridley's latest book, The Rational Optimist, he invites us to adopt a positive view of the world, human capacity, and global trade.

Rise and Shine: Skyscrapers and Global Well Being

Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.12.2012 | New York
Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D.

A rapid shift in economic power is occurring, but we already knew that. What matters is whether the rise of emerging markets will deliver the distributive justice that capitalism has historically promised.

Games

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

The president and Congress refuse to compete in globalization, but compete in the worst game of all: contributions before country.

The Official Art of Capitalist Society

William M. O'Barr | Posted 11.12.2012 | Media
William M. O'Barr

One effort at defining advertising -- this modern phenomenon that is so much a part of contemporary life -- stands above all others. The British social theorist Raymond Williams dubbed it the official art of capitalist society. In doing so, he located it in time, place, and history.

Eataly in Italy

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 11.06.2012 | Food
Fabio Parasecoli

In recent years, Italians seem to have rediscovered markets as places to reaffirm their local identity and reconnect with their past, and Eataly channels elements of the outdoor market atmosphere.

Capitalism at the Crossroads

John Friedman | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business
John Friedman

I have never shied away from being a staunch believer in capitalism as an economic system. Not that capitalism is perfect. It is far from it, as evidenced by a myriad of environmental catastrophes, social ills and corrupt behavior.

5 Reasons Foreign Policy Matters to American Youth

Michael Thompson | Posted 10.30.2012 | Teen
Michael Thompson

This election season, one issue is consistently put on the backburner: foreign policy. Below are five reasons foreign policy is important to American youth (and everyone else).

The Obligations Of American Exceptionalism

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 10.31.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

We are all created equal in the sight of God. Americans are entitled to worry about themselves, but they are morally obligated as well to empathize with and engage in the affairs of others and to recognize the interdependent nature of our world.

A Francophile Is Born

Leigh Flayton | Posted 10.27.2012 | Women
Leigh Flayton

In late summer 1981, an incredible rumor spread among the kids in my small Long Island town: Our seventh grade class was getting a French exchange student that year.

Buddhas In The West: Even Bill Clinton Turns Toward Meditation

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion
Andrew Lam

I take it as some cosmic law of exchange that if Disneyland pops up in Hong Kong and Tokyo, Buddhist temples can sprout up in Los Angeles. Indeed, it comes as no surprise to many Californians the most complex Buddhist city in the world is here.