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A BS lesson for America: “Tea Party will bring London riots to the US”

Richard Sennett (sociology professor at NYU and LSE) and Saskia Sassen (sociology professor at Columbia) have an op-ed in the New York Times this week that purports to explain the causes of the riots in London and the lessons from them for the US. It is muddle-headed, and indicative of liberal prejudices today. The article […]

This week’s articles of note

“President Obama’s big drags,” Politico, by Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen “The progressive crisis,” The American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead “Politics’ fatal therapeutic turn,” Dissent, by Zelda Bronstein “Health now: a provocation,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Mark Edmundson “Why the gender gap won’t go away. Ever,” City Journal, by Kay S. Hymowitz […]

Calling the Tea Party “terrorists”

As the debt ceiling negotations were heading down to the wire, the liberal criticisms of the Tea Party representatives in Congress got more heated. By the end, there was little holding back. Democrat representative Mike Doyle, in a meeting attended by Vice-President Joe Biden, referred to the Republicans as “terrorists” (Biden denied reports that he himself used […]

The real cause of the US debt crisis? Slow growth

Thumbnail : The real cause of the US debt crisis? Slow growth

The pantomime political debate about the debt ceiling is distracting attention from the parlous state of the productive economy. Read my spiked article in full here.

Weak GDP: an economy on edge

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The latest gross domestic product (GDP) data shows the US economy’s recovery has come to a virtual stop. GDP grew at an annual rate of less than 1 percent in the first half of 2011. Revised government data show that the recession was deeper – and the recovery has been weaker – than previously thought. GDP […]

Tea Party: maybe crazy, definitely winning

In her Sunday New York Times column on the debt ceiling business, Maureen Dowd points out the many ways in which the Tea Party is succeeding: Consider what the towel-snapping Tea Party crazies have already accomplished. They’ve changed the entire discussion. They’ve neutralized the White House. They’ve whipped their leadership into submission. They’ve taken taxes and […]

This week’s articles of note

“An un-American response to the Oslo attack,” Salon, by Glenn Greenwald “Behind economic hard times, fear of the new,” Washington Post, by Robert Samuelson “Stinger: James O’Keefe’s greatest hits,” New York Times Magazine, by Zev Chafets “When patents attack,” NPR: This American Life, by Alex Blumberg and Laura Sydell “Amy Winehouse: the final interview,” The […]

Where the debt comes from

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As Congress dithers over extending the debt ceiling, the New York Times has published a useful chart that indicates when the current $14.3 trillion debt originated, as well as who holds the debt. The chart shows that $6.1 trillion of the total, or about 43 percent, resulted from actions during the George W. Bush administration, the most of any […]

Debt ceiling debate: bad political theatre

Thumbnail : Debt ceiling debate: bad political theatre

Even more than the Eurozone crisis, the debt discussion in the US shines a harsh light on the dysfunctional nature of the modern political class. Read my spiked article in full here.

This week’s articles of note

“What if the government defaults?” Slate, by Simon Johnson “Mastering the machine: how Ray Dalio built the world’s richest and strangest hedge fund,” The New Yorker, by John Cassidy “Why America’s young and restless will abandon cities for suburbs,” Fortune, by Joel Kotkin “The world is not overpopulated,” Real Clear Science, by Alex B. Berezow […]

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