Willem H. Buiter and Anne C. Sibert (Birkbeck): Government Deficits in Large Open Economies: The Problem of Too Little Public Debt. Robert Skidelsky on the scarecrow of national debt. David Leiser and Nofar Duani (Ben Gurion) and Pascal Wagner-Egger (Fribourg): The Conspiratorial Style in Lay Economic Thinking. This is not a market: J.D. Evans and Sam Lebovic on how one bad metaphor leads our economic thinking astray. Market-oriented “reforms” in the provision of health, education and public safety services have failed — it’s time we went back to what works (and more). Narayana Kocherlakota on four ways to think about the economy. Does Wall Street do “God’s work” or even anything useful? Francesco D’Acunto (Maryland): Tear Down This Wall Street: The Effect of Anti-Market Ideology on Investment Decisions. Who needs bankers when you have robots? Robert VerBruggen reviews The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty-first Century by Ryan Avent.

Is it possible to change the way capitalism works? An excerpt from Change Everything: Creating an Economy for the Common Good by Christian Felber.


Jeremy Waldron (NYU): What a Dissenting Opinion Should Have Said in Obergefell v. Hodges. Colombia’s right-wing populist movement defeated the peace deal — here’s how we know. Gary Johnson: It’s good to not know stuff about other countries. Larry Summers on four things the Fed should do now to help the economy. Sho Beppu interviews Francis Fukuyama on the lure of populism. Talia Lavin interviews Deborah Lipstadt, the real protagonist of Denial, on truth, lies and revisionist history. Ana Swanson on why amazing video games could be causing a big problem for America. Charles Taylor has been named the winner of the first Berggruen Prize, which is to be awarded annually for “a thinker whose ideas are of broad significance for shaping human self-understanding and the advancement of humanity”. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Now you know.


For many of Louisiana Tea Partiers, “Democrat” wasn’t a bad word when they were growing up but it is now; Arlie Russell Hochschild went to the heart of Trump Country to find out why. In the heart of Trump country: West Virginia used to vote solidly Democratic, now it belongs to Trump — what happened? Donald Trump isn’t going to create jobs: His Atlantic City failures are proof that he can't fulfill his economic promises. Art of the Steal: David Cay Johnston on how Trump lost $916M and avoided tax. Trump’s tax avoidance was perfectly legal — that’s why it’s an issue. Trump’s reaction to the tax bombshell is worse than the story itself. Jeet Heer on the pro-Trump intellectuals who want to overthrow America. Trump’s gospel of positive thinking: Donald Trump isn’t just a tireless doomsayer; he’s also an apostle of the upward-striving mantras of self-help. An ancient Chinese military classic warned us about the seven harms of Donald Trump.

Trump is losing educated GOP women — and splitting up families along the way. Anna Merlan on the team of men behind Rachel Brewson, the fake woman whose Trump-fueled breakup went viral. “Apprentice” cast and crew say Trump was lewd and sexist. Ashley Feinberg on a complete-ish history of Donald Trump’s obsession with his ideal woman, his own daughter. We will have gender equality when a woman with five kids from three husbands is running for president. Claire Potter on the woman who might have been president. What Hillary Clinton’s leaked audio teaches us about Hillary Clinton: A theory of why Hillary Clinton struggles with young voters.

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