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Category: Economics & Business

Recovering the ‘Duty of Care’

This piece first appeared at Aleteia My 27 year-old son Andrew recently alerted me to a “TED Talk” given last June by Lord David Puttnam, the British film producer (10 Oscars, 25 Baftas and the Palme d’Or) who retired in 1998 to work on public policy as it relates to education and media. The title [...]

Fed Up: How the Federal Reserve is Easing Out the Middle Class

This piece appeared first at Aleteia I know what you’re thinking: with far more interesting topics like crime, immigration, Obamacare, and NSA spying, why bring up such boring, eye-glazing stuff as the Federal Reserve? Why not discuss those delicious partisan questions bandied about on what passes for television “news” – questions such as “Is Barack [...]

Liberalisms, Left and Right

This piece was published at Aleteia In recent decades, the supposed divide in American politics has been between two irreconcilably opposed camps: “liberals” and “conservatives.” In the wake of Richard Nixon’s successful “southern strategy,” this imagined division has also been embedded in the identities and self-understanding of the two major political parties, with the Democrats [...]

Lead Us Not Into Default … Or Austerity

This was first published at Aleteia The partial government shutdown that kicked off on October 1 has been dominating the news lately, but an even greater crisis looms beginning October 17. That’s the date on which the federal government is expected to reach what’s known as the debt ceiling – the upper limit of what [...]

The Power to Tax is the Power to Destroy

This piece originally appeared at Aleteia Late yesterday, Michael McKenney, Acting Inspector General of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), released his findings in an investigation that the agency has targeted politically conservative groups since mid-2010. The 54-page report focuses on the work of the IRS’s “Determinations Unit,” which among other things assesses the legitimacy of [...]

‘Permaterns’ And the Waning of Civil Society

This piece originally appeared at Aleteia While the United States continues to struggle toward economic recovery, the impact of the sluggish job market on recent college graduates is especially troubling. Last year, the Associated Press estimated that more than half of college graduates aged 25 and under were either unemployed or underemployed, and that many [...]