On the Newsstand:The Fed

/ December 31, 2013 12:49 am

Janet Yellen and the Future of the Federal Reserve

In fact, it is not at all clear that Yellen would drift from the standard Fed priority of keeping inflation in check.

/ February 27, 2013 11:22 am

Ben Bernanke to Speak at Princeton Graduation

Former chair of the Princeton Economics Department will return to deliver Baccalaureate address

/ September 25, 2011 9:54 pm

Occupation With No End?

The Occupation of Wall Street might not have any concrete goals, but that shouldn't detract from its importance.

/ June 7, 2010 3:38 pm

Taking Stock of the Spill

Apparently, Obama’s BP Oil Spill performance has been a total disaster. Just check the news. He’s weak, aloof, unemotive, Maureen Down explains. “Mr. President, take command,” David Gergen urges on CNN. James Carville exhorts:  “This president needs to tell BP, “I’m your daddy.” And Peggy Noonan, writes, simply, for WSJ: “I don’t see how you politically survive this.” Count me among ... Read More

/ June 1, 2010 11:59 am

How to Pass a Gas Tax

The politics of an unpopular policy

/ June 1, 2010 11:57 am

Slimming Down America

To combat obesity and improve America’s health, change the food industry

/ June 1, 2010 11:51 am

The Tea Party: Past, Present, and Future

Explaining the right-wing movement

/ May 22, 2010 7:15 pm

Rand Paul a Racist? I Think Not.

Sam Barr’s most recent post makes the rather shocking claim that Rand Paul, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky being vacated by the retiring Jim Bunning, is a racist, or at least that he is not a non-racist. Sam deduces this from the fact that Mr. Paul is not a “consistent libertarian,” that he “picks and ... Read More

/ May 20, 2010 10:17 am

Rand Paul: Against the Civil Rights Act

As I said yesterday, the Kentucky Senate race between Rand Paul and Jack Conway should be a real battle. Paul is probably not helping himself by insisting, as many libertarian ideologues but few Senate hopefuls do, that the 1964 Civil Rights Act was wrong to ban racial discrimination in private establishments like restaurants and movie theaters. INTERVIEWER: Would you have ... Read More

/ May 11, 2010 5:49 pm

When Science Meets State

Who should decide on the future of stem cell research?

/ May 10, 2010 1:57 pm

Working for Workers

John Sweeney

/ April 19, 2010 12:00 am

Weighing in on Robin Hood Again

Peyton has posted a rejoinder to Max, trying to buttress his initial claim that it is “inappropriate for 73 percent of federal income taxes to be paid by 10 percent of the American population.” I am struck by a few things from Peyton’s post, and I want to pull them out and talk about them directly. First, Peyton argues that ... Read More

/ April 17, 2010 3:16 pm

Robin Hood Strikes Again, Part 2

In his April 11 post, “Weighing In: The Great Tax Debate,” Max Novendstern rebuts my most recent argument that it is inappropriate for 73 percent of federal income taxes to be paid by 10 percent of the American population. Since our disagreement is to at least some extent based on our differing conceptions of fairness, I will offer only a ... Read More

/ April 15, 2010 6:25 pm

Justice Stevens Lets Go — Better Hang On!

My Harvard Independent column for this week addresses the retirement of John Paul Stevens and the issue of picking his successor. Read the original here. If they made posters of Supreme Court Justices, I’d put John Paul Stevens on my bedroom wall. The man is a progressive hero — first and foremost, for his longevity. In 2006, the liberal radio ... Read More

/ April 11, 2010 3:18 pm

Weighing In: The Great Tax Debate

The Great Tax Debate begins every year in the blogosphere around April 15th. On the line are normative claims, like whether and to what extent we should be distributing resources communally. But the facts are easy to get wrong too. So today I thought I’d lay out some factual correctives to Peyton’s exemplar of the Great Tax Debate form, “Robin ... Read More

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