The American economy

John Henry (Bard): Reflections on the New Deal: The Vested Interests, Limits to Reform, and the Meaning of Liberal Democracy. The US has a surprisingly large amount of public ownership — but in order for it to truly serve the social good, it must be expanded — and democratized. The case for a mixed economy: Maybe not everything should be privatized. Stephanie Kelton has the biggest idea in Washington. Jared Bernstein interviews Isabel Sawhill, author of The Forgotten Americans: An Economic Agenda for a Divided Nation. Millennials didn’t kill the economy — the economy killed millennials. The hard truths of trying to “save” the rural economy.

The 2018 economy, in 11 graphs: The good, the bad, and the ugly. For the American economy, storm clouds on the horizon. A recession is coming — Trump is going to make the recovery worse. No, Donald Trump is not leaving us poorly prepared for the next recession. Trump fears greatest economy in history is on brink of collapse. Economy is strong, leadership is shaky — which will win out in 2019?