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Is Capitalism Killing Conservatism?

7 May 2021
Ross Douthat
The New York Times

A Different Way of Thinking About Cancel Culture

“Cancellations — defined here as actually losing your job or your livelihood — occur when an employee’s speech infraction generates public attention that threatens an employer’s profits, influence or reputation. This isn’t an issue of “wokeness,”’s driven by economics” (Ezra Klein, 2021).

18 April 2021
Ezra Klein
The New York Times

Build Back the State

“In promising to "build back better" from the pandemic, US President Joe Biden has certainly struck the right note. But to succeed, he will need to forge a new social contract, drawing on the lessons of a previous era when the US state led a program that is still paying economic dividends” (Mazzucato 2021).

15 April 2021
Mariana Mazzucato

America Needs to Empower Workers Again

“The political environment that gave anti-union employers a free hand may be changing — the decline of unionization was, above all, political, not a necessary consequence of a changing economy. And America needs a union revival if we’re to have any hope of reversing spiraling inequality” (Paul Krugman, 2021).

12 April 2021
Paul Krugman
The New York Times

The Mission-Oriented Government

“Instead of having an industrial strategy that is a list of sectors it’s going to give subsidies to... the question should be: What are the problems you’re facing...and then work backward to figure out how all sectors and actors in the economy (public, private, non-profit) can help deliver solutions” (Gilman and Mazzucato, 2021).

5 April 2021
Nils Gilman- Mariana Mazzucato
Noema Magazine

Research Proves It: There’s No Such Thing as Noblesse Oblige

“What are the social and psychological ramifications of being on top of the economic food chain, of occupying positions of privilege? Wealth-related differences in attitudes and behavior are particularly important wherever the rich have an outsize sway over politics and policy” (Michael Mechanic, 2021).

3 April 2021
Michael Mechanic
The Atlantic

The Powerful New Financial Argument for Fossil-Fuel Divestment

“A report by BlackRock, the world’s largest investment house, shows that those who have divested have profited not only morally but also financially” (Bill McKibben, 2021)

2 April 2021
Bill McKibben
The New Yorker

The Middle-Class Women of Iran Are Disappearing

“But the Trump administration then dealt a tremendous blow to Iranian women by reimposing sanctions on Iran, restricting oil sales and access to the global banking system, and pushing the economy into a deep recession” (Moaveni and Tahmasebi, 2021).

27 March 2021
Azadeh Moaveni and Sussan Tahmasebi
The New York Times

The Absent Voices of Development Economics

“Development economics focuses on improving the well-being of billions of people in low-income countries, but the Global South is severely underrepresented in the field. A small number of rich-country institutions dominate, and their growing use of randomized controlled trials in research is entrenching the imbalance” (Subramanian and Kapur, 2021).

26 March 2021
Arvind Subramanian, Devesh Kapur
Project Syndicate

What Are You Paying for When You Buy a GIF for $25,000?

“Depending on whom you ask, the transaction is an example of a thrilling new path for ownership in a digital world that allows creators to sell things directly with no intermediaries, or it’s a total scam” (Charlie Warzel, 2021).

24 March 2021
Charlie Warzel
The New York Times
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