Tag Archives: Capital in the Twenty-First Century

How Do We Recover From This War—Part II?

Answering the Kennedys’ Call MarketWatch “Every human society must justify its inequalities: unless reasons for them are found, the whole political and social edifice stands in danger of collapse, says economist Thomas Piketty in his latest book, “Capital and Ideology” … Continue reading

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Who Killed Our Middle Class?

Popular Economics Weekly It’s becoming clear that our Middle Class—the midsection of U.S. earners and consumers—has shrunk alarmingly. And this is the main reason for the political polarization today that in the words of journalist Christopher Hedges, has driven the … Continue reading

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What Happened to Link Between Profits and Productivity?

Popular Economics Weekly What’s the link between profits and productivity, on which economic growth is based? It has broken down of late, so that profits of many businesses and whole business sectors are no longer used to enhance productivity. And … Continue reading

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Baltimore and the Lessons of Inequality

Financial FAQs David Brook’s most recent New York Times Oped talks about the dissolution of social bonds in Baltimore neighborhoods. “Even in poorest Baltimore, there once were informal rules of behavior governing how cops interacted with citizens,” he says in … Continue reading

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The Political Consequences of Inequality

Financial FAQs Paul Krugman recently highlighted the dangers of Europe’s austerity policies and the growing inequality of the developed world, the worst since the Great Depression. The result then, as now, has been the growing strength of right wing parties … Continue reading

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IMF Report—Europe Is Becoming Japan

Financial FAQs The International Monetary Fund doesn’t want to say it outright, but its latest World Economic Outlook shows more stagnation of the European and Japanese economies, and the possibility of a third EU recession since 2008. Could the EU … Continue reading

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Who Are the Real Takers?

Popular Economics Weekly We have been there before. The Census Bureau reported that the poverty rate fell in 2013, the first drop since 2006. It fell to 14.5 percent, down from 15 percent in 2013, but 45.3 million people are … Continue reading

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Yellen + Jackson Hole = Higher Growth

Popular Economics Weekly New Fed Chairman Janet Yellen plus a few other major central bankers at their annual Jackson Hole conference seem to have committed a heresy by advocating full employment as the goal of central bank policies, above and … Continue reading

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