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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
American business meets its new master
It’s rare, in economics as in life, to get a second chance. Though economists are constantly learning lessons from past mistakes, seldom are there obvious opportunities to apply them. The…
By Peter Andreas, from his book out this month from Oxford University Press. Andreas is a professor of political science at Brown University. The agents moved in to seize the…
As President Obama begins his second term, our gross domestic product is in recovery mode. But the jobs market is still in a Great Recession. Unemployment hovers stubbornly around 8…
Inside the carbon-trading shell game
For decades, America’s economics and business elites have been confidently assuring their countrymen that the alarming decline of the U.S. manufacturing sector was nothing to worry about. Dying industries and…
Can a nation of spenders be saved?
The myth of capital's good intentions