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Archive for December 2012

Driving off the fiscal cliff?

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As many predicted, the “fiscal cliff” negotiations are going down to the wire. Congress and the President have until the end of 2012 to agree a deal that would prevent tax rises and budget cuts. But this brinkmanship does not find Americans sitting on the edge of their seats, eagerly awaiting the outcome. The sight […]

2012’s best articles

Here are my top 10 articles for the year (in alphabetical order by the author’s last name): “Who killed the liberal arts?” The Weekly Standard, by Joseph Epstein “In nothing we trust,” National Journal, by Ron Fournier and Sophie Quinton “The future of history: can liberal democracy survive the decline of the middle class?” Foreign […]

New York City’s economy: more than Wall Street?

That’s the title of a chapter I wrote for a new book, London After Recession: A Fictitious Capital? The book is edited by three University of East London academics – Gavin Poynter, Iain Macrury and Andrew Calcutt – and is published by Ashgate. One of the aspects I was surprised to learn in researching the topic […]

This week’s articles of note

“No flying cars, but the future is bright,” Bloomberg, by Virginia Postrel “Has fiction lost its faith?” New Yort Times Book Review, by Paul Elie “Why innovation won’t save us,” Wall Street Journal, by Robert J. Gordon “Beware the baby bust generation,” Boston Globe, by Jeff Jacoby “The great swindle,” Aeon, by Roger Scruton “The […]

The consensus after Newtown: let’s curtail freedom

Following the mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, there appears to be a great debate going on between those who want to see greater controls on guns, and those who are opposed to such controls. But a focus on the back-and-forth arguments over guns overlooks the fact that there is an underlying consensus in the response. […]

December 2012


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