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US education and economy are on the skids, says British historian
Niall Ferguson's controversial analysis of America's institutions is required for anyone who cares about the future of the West.
Identifying China’s successors
As costs rise in China, businessmen are moving their factories to countries where they can manufacture more cheaply.
The Cyprus bailout: a disturbing precedent
European policy makers have broken a barrier that has been in place since the 1930s.
Let human bodies stay priceless
Turning organs into commercially-traded commodities will subtly alter our relationships.
What money can’t buy
What is the proper role of money and markets in a democratic society? How can we protect the priceless goods in moral and civic life from being bought and sold?
Entitlement America - a nation of takers?
The ballooning of the welfare state is corrupting the American character as well as burdening generations to come, argues a scholar.
Where an exhausted society can flourish again
Between the government and the individual is a vital space which both conservatives and liberals are neglecting.
Match-making economists earn Nobel for economic engineering
This year's award goes to two academics whose work has very practical applications.
Debunking the myth of the self-made man
There was at least a smidgen of truth in President Obama's insistence that "you didn't build that".
Financial markets, politics and the new reality
After the global financial crisis, it is clear that our economic system is not a machine but a political compact.
Channeling Ayn Rand
Sure, we need to be more thrifty. But seeking inspiration in the writings of the apostle of selfishness is not the first step.
Beating the competition
Business leaders are blaming the education system for the loss of jobs offshore. But aren’t they forgetting that other institution that turns out good workers?
Germany faces tough decisions in Europe’s debt crisis
The Germans hold many cards, and that's their problem.
Vatican’s controversial plan for financial reform
“Economic liberalism”, based on utilitarianism and materialism, is the root cause of the global financial crisis, Catholic scholars argue.
“Tax me please, I’m rich!”
If they are so keen, why don’t they just give it to the government anyway?
Imagine old age without the state
Governments did not invent social security. They copied it from the oldest social institution in the world.
What is #OccupyWallStreet hoping for?
| 14 November 2011 |
The protest movement is a sad parody of the notion of progress through materialism.
What the Wall Street protesters missed
Those fat cat capitalists have moved on, leaving the skyscrapers to non-profits.
Back to basics: a Vince Lombardi moment for the economy
| 26 October 2011 |
An essay on the four principles of all successful American economic policy - and the philosophical A-team behind them.
Ten policies for renewing family life
The state of the family in many advanced societies is unsustainable. Which public policies could reverse this decline?
A dividend Wall Street cannot deliver
The wealth of nations depends in no small part on the health of the family.
The endless economic crisis suggests that it is time for a return to a moral understanding the economy, says a British philosopher.
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