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Roubini: “new stage in the crisis”

Why Greece matters

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The economic turmoil in southern Europe shows that, far from going away, the global financial crisis has entered a dangerous new phase.

You can read my spiked article in full here.

This week’s articles of note

“‘For trusting my daughter, I was treated as a criminal,'” spiked, by Nancy McDermott

“The case for economic doom and gloom,” The New Republic, by John Judis

“The war on working class culture,” Democracy Institute, by Patrick Basham and John Luik [need to scroll down]

“Falling for the myth ...

Who is Elena Kagan?

Yes, like you, I’ve read the profiles in the New York Times and Washington Post. But I’m still no wiser: I still don’t have a clue as to what she thinks.

My question and concern is not because Kagan has never been a judge before; although judicial experience has ...

Unhappy meals: ban on fast-food toys is an attack on parental authority


This video tells the story of a move by Santa Clara county in California to ban restaurants from giving toys along with their fast-food meals.

To many, the ...

Deal with Fannie and Freddie now

A Financial Times’ editorial announces that “financial reform is coming to the US”.  But the Obama administration is trying to ensure that reform of the so-called “toxic twins” – the mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – doesn’t come to the US anytime soon.

Fannie and Freddie were taken ...

Gulf oil spill: don’t run away from risks

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The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico from the accident on the BP-owned drilling rig known as Deepwater Horizon occurred almost three weeks ago, and it has incurred a terrible toll. Eleven died, hundreds have had their economic livelihoods disrupted, and there is significant damage to the environment.

BP, assisted ...

This week’s articles of note

“Neurocriticism and neurocapitalism,” PopMatters, by Rob Horning

“Give it a rest, genius: what the new success books don’t tell you about achievement,” Slate, by Ann Hulbert

“Interview with Louis Menand,” Big Think

“Weighing the benefits and costs of offshore drilling,” Reason, by Ronald Bailey

“Curbing risk on Wall Street,” National Affairs, ...

Essay on capitalism

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In the run-up to the UK General Election, spiked has been publishing a series of essays reposing political issues. The aim of the “Question Everything” essays is to encourage people to rethink the past, the present and the ...

Debate over charter schools gets going

It looks like the debate over charter schools is picking up. Last Sunday, the New York Times published a front-page feature on charter schools. It is the first major article I can think of that was critical of charter schools.

The article noted that the charter school “movement” has the ...

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