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How Germany Reconquered Europe

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The euro and its discontents

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Toward Reglobalization

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The Scarlet Debtor

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Education Is Not the Answer

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The Anti-Economist — March 20, 2013, 4:09 pm

Day of Greed

A quick scan for a deadly sin

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The Anti-Economist — March 12, 2013, 5:02 pm

We Need a Shadow CBO

The trouble with the Congressional Budget Office???s long-term budget projections

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The Anti-Economist — March 7, 2013, 1:33 pm

A Republican Magic Trick

Deficit misdirection

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The Anti-Economist — February 13, 2013, 5:11 pm

The Economic Understatement of the Union

If the president wants the public???s support, he should be making a forceful case for spending

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The Anti-Economist — January 15, 2013, 5:23 pm

Does America Need Jack Lew?

The incoming treasury secretary’s positions on regulation and the deficit offer cause for concern

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The Anti-Economist — January 3, 2013, 1:17 pm

America Is Having the Wrong Fiscal Argument

The question should be whether to cut the deficit right now, not how

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert. Henry Holt. 352 pages. $28.

The extinction symbol is a spare graphic that began to appear on London walls and sidewalks a couple of years ago. It has since become popular enough as an emblem of protest that people display it at environmental rallies. Others tattoo it on their arms. The symbol consists of two triangles inscribed within a circle, like so:

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