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Become a miser like me

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Economy | I am a miser. When I was in kindergarten, my Russian grandmother, Gasha, lived with us. Her husband had died in the first phase of Communist persecutions…

Public schools: No place for free thinkers

Public schools: No place for free thinkers

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Education | Five centuries ago, Martin Luther started a campaign against corruption in the Church, an institution that had been transformed from a fellowship in Christ…

Just say NO!

Just say NO!

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Economy | Some say that the Tea Party movement and Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform advocacy group are fighting an imaginary problem. Consider this: Federal…

Democracy vs. capitalism

Democracy vs. capitalism

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Economy | Have you ever been told that the guaranteed opportunity to make collective choices through the democratic process (one person, one vote) is an indispensable…

The tragedy of our democracy

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Government | The tragedy of our democracy is summarized in the observations of Paul O’Neil, a former deputy director of one of our federal government’s most powerful…

Ben’s big bluff: The political implications

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Economy | Last week I listed some of the possible economic perils of unleashing a new round of “quantitative easing.” The events have, as usual, a political aspect…

Ben’s big bluff blows bubbles

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Economy | Do you like tongue twisters? Try repeating the title of this column five times fast. During last week’s round of the world series of…

Our bad dream

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Economy | "When national debts have once been accumulated to a certain degree, there is scarce, I believe, a single instance of their having been fairly and completely…

The end of development?

The end of development?

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Economy | Are you better off today than you were four years ago? Probably not. But sustained economic growth and public demand that life should improve every year is a…

The sky is falling

The sky is falling

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Economy | Do you think that the world has too many people? Do you believe that human beings are overusing our planet's resources? Do you want to solve the perceived…

Ingenuity and incentives

Ingenuity and incentives

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Economy | Do your children like scary stories? It seems that most of us preserve some taste for them when we grow up (for instance, I love Stephen King). The media…

Malthus, restated

Malthus, restated

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Economy | Old fallacies die hard. In 1798, Thomas Malthus published An Essay on the Principle of Population , where the disenchanted Anglican cleric shared his fears…

 
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