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The unpopular political class

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds that “voters are disenchanted with the political establishment in Washington”. Positive feelings for both major parties are at new all-time lows: the Democrats are at 33 percent, and the Republicans at 24 percent. There’s also greater pessimism about the economy and the ...

A tale of two recessions?

David Leonhardt’s article in today’s New York Times paints a picture of diverging fortunes in our “Great Recession”: some groups (a minority) are doing very badly, while the majority remain employed and are in fact benefiting from gains in purchasing power.

He notes that, to a greater extent than in previous downturns, those made unemployed have remained jobless ...

Charlie Rangel shouldn’t resign (at least not yet)

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New York representative Charlie Rangel spoke with emotion and at length on the floor of the House yesterday, giving what some describe as a “trainwreck” of a speech.

Rangel faces accusations of corruption: for violating congressional rules for soliciting ...

Steven Slater, folk hero for our times

Steven Slater appears to have captured the imaginations of many Americans.

Slater is the Jet Blue flight attendant who quit his job in dramatic fashion. As his plane had arrived but was not yet ready to de-board at JFK, a passenger got up early to grab her bag from the overhead ...

Phelps on innovation

In an interesting op-ed  in Saturday’s New York Times, Edmund Phelps, the Nobel-prize winning economist at Columbia University, called for a “focus on fixing the structural problems, that, unresolved, will stymie the economy over the long haul”. It is defintely worth reading.

Like many economists, Phelps criticizes Keynesian ideas about insufficient ...

This week’s articles of note

“Afghan women and the return of the Taliban,” Time, by Aryn Baker

“What the Great Recession has done to family life,” New York Times Magazine, by Judith Warner 

“The crisis of middle-class America,” Financial Times, by Edward Luce

“The key lesson of the BP oil spill? Don’t panic,” spiked, ...

Behavioralism leads to “monkeynomics”

Laurie Santos from Yale University in a TED talk that looks for ...

This is a “digital deluge”, not the Pentagon Papers

Thumbnail : This is a “digital deluge”, not the Pentagon Papers

Some are comparing Wikileaks’ 92,000 Afghan documents to the internal US study of Vietnam leaked in 1971. But the differences are striking.

Read my article in spiked, which is based on a recent blog post, in full here.

This week’s articles of note

“Top secret America,” The Washington Post, by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin

“The Volcker Rule,” The New Yorker, by John Cassidy

“Too many laws, too many prisoners,” The Economist

“The age of rage,” Politico, by John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei

“The $2 camisole: how cheap is ruining ...

Not the Pentagon Papers

The release of classified documents on the Afghanistan war by Wikileaks to three major newspapers has been compared to the Pentagon Papers, the top-secret study of US Vietnam War. But this is an inaccurate comparison: in fact, the differences between the two whistle-blowing incidents highlight how today’s Wikileaks story is ...

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