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Here’s a pretty sobering interactive map of the overall debt (public + private) of many industrialized countries, coming out of the financial crash. As bad off as you think America is, we’re in much better shape than Britain and Japan. […]

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The great libertarian thinker Charles Murray was paid $75 for an NYT op-ed piece. He writes: Not that anyone has ever paid the mortgage by writing op-eds, but $75 for 800 words written for The Greatest Newspaper In the World […]

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Walter Russell Mead takes note of tectonic, and potentially terrifying, changes in China as that nation rushes from an agricultural society to an industrial one. Excerpts: Bewildered by urban life, desperate to win some kind of a foothold, living from […]

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It’s been days since a gloomy, doomy post from me, so I’ve got to make up for it by going a little nutsy referencing stuff from warfare theorist John Robb’s blog, Global Guerrillas. For starters, here’s an interview Robb did […]

Me neither. We’ll all be working at least till age 70. Michael Schrage at the Harvard Business Review has something he’d like us all to do to assess our future prospects: Everyone reading this should take 15 hard minutes to […]

I’ve decided not to comment on Obama’s oil spill speech, because I haven’t been able to figure out how to appraise it without slip-sliding into a political analysis, and I don’t want to do that on this blog. But I […]

From The Seventeen Magazine Project, by small-town Pennsylvania high school senior Jamie Keiles, who is living for one month according to the teen mag’s prescription of how girls her age should live. It’s a kind of brilliant analysis of how […]

Now it might cost up to $1 trillion to rescue Fannie and Freddie, in what one insider calls “the mother of all bailouts.” James Poulos says: It’s one thing for a government to spend more money than we have. It’s […]

Clive Crook is a Washington-based British journalist who is none too fond of the way President Obama has handled the oil disaster. But he is advising his countrymen to shut up their whining whinging about how mean angry Americans are […]

I told a friend the news that the U.S. has discovered vast mineral wealth in Afghanistan. She said sarcastically, “Oh great, now we get to ‘Avatar’ those people” — by which she meant that the U.S. stands to economically colonize […]