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"Big Wheel Keep on Turnin'": Slavery, Capitalism, and The Economist

Jim Downs | Posted 09.10.2014 | Books
Jim Downs

The brouhaha surrounding Bapitst's book, nevertheless, offers an opportunity to consider what is at stake in this allegedly new move to consider the history of capitalism in the context of slavery.

As 'Time' Goes By

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.31.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Is my one-time favorite magazine going the way of the dodo bird? What's to become of TIME after it was cut loose from a corporate tether tied to a sought-after prize?

Obama's 'Let's Have Tea' Approach to Foreign Policy

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

Compare the "let's have tea" depiction of American foreign policy to the classic image of President Theodore Roosevelt's "big stick" diplomacy and it's clear that something is terribly wrong with America's approach to crises around the world.

Economist Editors: How To Fix Our Broken Democracy

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.02.2014 | World

Recently, the Berggruen Institute’s Dawn Nakagawa interviewed John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge of The Economist about their new book, “...

La Michoacana Ice Cream: Stubborn Peter Pans or Viable Economic Model?

Luis A. Marentes | Posted 08.02.2014 | Latino Voices
Luis A. Marentes

To anyone far removed from the Wall St. titans of finance, it would seem that this huge chain of ice-cream stores is a model for successful business. This was my impression until a couple of weeks ago when I read "Business in Mexico: The Peter Pan Syndrome," published in The Economist.

Doubting Democracy?

TheWorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 03.10.2014 | World

When the Economist –- one of the most authoritative voices in the global media -- begins to doubt democracy, it is time to get serious about fixing...

John Kerry, Prince Charles and The Economist's Ocean Davos

David Helvarg | Posted 05.07.2014 | Green
David Helvarg

"The Economist World Ocean Summit" in Half Moon Bay California at the end of February drew hundreds of attendees. I, and The Economist's Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait, called it "Davos for the Ocean," but I didn't mean that as a compliment.

The Future of Democracy

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

A recent essay in The Economist examines what's gone wrong with democracy. The last quarter of the twentieth century was a heyday for democracy as n...

The Technology Revolution and Its Role in Our Lives

Angella Nazarian | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Angella Nazarian

The answer to "what do you want to be when you grow up?" may not exist for many of our young children today, as they will be working in jobs that have never been created before.

Economist Issues The Perfect Correction

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 02.10.2014 | Media

The Economist has issued what can only be described as a beautiful correction about an article from January on drug legalization. If the paper's f...

The 13 Weirdest Things in the SkyMall Catalogue

Meghan Feeks | Posted 04.07.2014 | Travel
Meghan Feeks

Shortly after takeoff, something happens. I can't help eyeballing the SkyMall catalogue in front of me. I dog-ear my New Yorker, open the catalogue with a sigh of defeat and cave to the sick pleasure of wondering who really buys all that sh*t.

The Economist Recognizes How Awesome Weed-Legalizing Uruguay Is

Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices

Uruguay may have been criticized by the U.N. agency charged with overseeing illegal drugs, but the South American country is earning praise from The E...

Looking Forward to Writing on the Wall by Tom Standage

Jonathan Ezer | Posted 02.02.2014 | Books
Jonathan Ezer

Tom Standage recently published a new book called Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years. We've enjoyed his other works, so we created a book visualization using some of our latest techniques.

Five Angry Letters to the Editor (EXCERPT)

Andrew Schlesinger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Andrew Schlesinger

As revealed in The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., the historian, Democratic Party activist, and presidential adviser (1917-2007) wielded his pen as a literary weapon -- for criticism, for influence, for chiding, for self-advancement, for righting wrongs and for waving the flag of progressivism.

Why We're Drowning in Junky Data and Sensational Headlines

Rob Leathern | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Rob Leathern

We are drowning in studies and statistics, many of them dead wrong. This data is no longer coming just from the academic side, but a concerted push for publishing data and studies is now coming from enterprises too that are generating a lot of "big data" as a side-effect of their operations.

It's Always Sunny on Facebook

Cat del Valle Castellanos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Cat del Valle Castellanos

I want to live the life I have on Facebook. That girl has her sh*t together. Her profile photo reveals casually perfected makeup. Her background picture shows a world-traveler, a carefree woman staring into the sunset.

Paris Journal II: Le Petit Fumeur

Francis Levy | Posted 12.14.2013 | Travel
Francis Levy

Only in Paris can you find Le Petit Fumer, a shop which specializes in "la cigarette electronique." If you fell in love with those classic shots of C...

Giving Our Kids Hope for a Better Future

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

The U.S. Department of Labor's employment report for August has been released and, whatever it shows overall, we would be remiss if we ignored youth unemployment in particular.

Career Guidance à la Heisenberg

David Cleary | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
David Cleary

Though Walt's pride -- or hubris, as many commentators have labeled it -- may have done more harm than good at times, I still can't help but aspire to find a passion and life pursuit which makes me feel "alive" in the same way running a drug empire did for Walt.

Washington Post Gives Nation a Look at Illinois' 'Family Feud'

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.20.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

I would imagine all of this Democratic in-fighting comes as a big surprise to most Washington Post readers, who know Illinois mainly as a state so blue that presidential candidates don't bother campaigning here.

Does the Whole World Think Illinois Is Crazy?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.13.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinoisans have learned to weather a certain amount of scorn from the national media about our government's dysfunction. This week, though, the criticism goes international.

Does the Environment Need Big Data?

Angel Hsu | Posted 09.08.2013 | Green
Angel Hsu

Forests don't tweet, and whales don't shop on Amazon. So what does Big Data mean for the environment and sustainability?

Bitcoin: Huge Hype Belies Low Awareness

Michel Floyd | Posted 08.25.2013 | Technology
Michel Floyd

It's pretty safe to say Bitcoin is still in the early adopter phase of its life. The good news is that there's still plenty of room to grow.

(Video) Online Video Initiative at The Economist: "Tea is Served"...but by Whom?

Andy Plesser | Posted 06.11.2013 | Media
Andy Plesser

The Economist, which has been quickly expanding online, is creating original online video with a weekly series entitled "Tea with the Economist." ...

Big Data and Deep Learning: Big Deals or Big Delusions?

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 07.26.2013 | Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Getting the most out Deep Learning will require deep thinking. That's where authentic human intelligence still trumps artificial machine intelligence. And, it's what makes us optimistic about the upward movement of the American innovation curve and the potential it will bring with it.