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Larry Fink on the rising dollar

Larry Fink leads BlackRock, the world economy’s largest asset management firm. Today’s FT home page features Fink making a critical case against US dollar appreciation, given the negative impact a rising dollar has on exports. I don’t disagree. But at the moment … Continue reading

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On corporate power

US intellectuals face the challenge of how to think about rising corporate power. This is not because corporations or corporate power are inherently bad things. I don’t believe they are. Instead, the problem of corporations has to do with the … Continue reading

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On the political sociology of Samuel Huntington

Twenty years ago, in the Summer of 1993, the esteemed and controversial political scientist Samuel Huntington published his famous essay, “The Clash of Civilizations?” His thesis had two parts. First, It is my hypothesis that the fundamental source of conflict … Continue reading

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COLUMN: The GOP domestic vision

Elizabeth Drew’s essay in the current New York Review of Books expounds upon the consequences of America’s ever-shifting electorate. In 2012, roughly 130 million voters turned out, around 58 percent of those eligible. Two years earlier, in 2010, without the … Continue reading

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More intellectual property wealth will soon be accounted for

As I wrote about earlier in the week, starting July 31 2013, the Bureau of Economic Analysis will change the way it “accounts for” intellectual property in its measurement of gross domestic product (GDP). The changes will place greater value … Continue reading

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A second post on Reinhart-Rogoff

In advanced societies, social structure is largely experienced as a barrage of symbols. Maintenance is only as solid as the representative text and images. Recently, an important symbol went down. The Reinhart-Rogoff paper “Growth in a Time of Debt” used … Continue reading

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Sherkat and the Regnerus study

Sherkat plays three main parts in the sociology of the Regnerus study. Taken together these three parts are complex and multidimensional. First, he famously called the study “bullshit.” Second, he performed an “audit” of the study, confirming and establishing as … Continue reading

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