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New Trends in International Trade

A new infographic from The Economist neatly shows the inversion taking place in the customary trade relationship between developed and developing countries (if such terms even still apply). It also shows the likely way developed countries will try get out … Continue reading

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Productivity Gains, Stagnating Wages and Plutonomy

There were many proximate causes of the ongoing Great Recession. People talk about the growing propensity to borrow and lend, the unregulated and risky nature of new financial innovations, and of course the unanticipated and quite rapid implosion of the … Continue reading

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David Harvey and the Crisis of Capitalism

Here’s what social theorist/geographer/anthropologist David Harvey has to say about the current crisis:

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Egyptian Democracy

Economies are powerful things. One lesson of the past year is that they can topple governments perhaps as fast as can conventional forces sent by history’s most powerful military. In Europe, the basic story has been sovereign debt crises impacting … Continue reading

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Pierogi and Nationalism

Pierogi are delicious. They’re unleavened dumplings. Take a doughy, ravioli-like base, wrap it in beef or cabbage or whatever else is around, then fry it or boil it or bake it (frying is really the best) and out come perogi. … Continue reading

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The Decline of Tourism in the US

Anyone who’s ever traveled to the US knows that entering the country can be a tedious and humiliating task. Fence or no fence, there are many obstacles to entering the country. Even as a duel jus soli and jus sanguinis … Continue reading

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Assigning Loses: more fun with lists

One of the things that’s cool about smart people is that they can make otherwise obvious points sound interesting because they know how to formulate arguments cogently. I heard an interview a little while ago with David Tuckett, author of … Continue reading

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