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The Education-Industrial Complex

The Education-Industrial Complex

During the Vietnam War, a famous protest bumper sticker read: It will be a great...

Afternoon Delight

Rust on the Iron Law of Wages

Rust on the Iron Law of Wages

The other day I was thinking, which I know better than to do, and I started...

Idiocracy

Teamwork Is Overrated

Teamwork Is Overrated

I recently did a TED Talk here in Brooklyn and the conference’s theme was...

Commerce

Keeping Up With the Diamonds

Keeping Up With the Diamonds

Diamonds, diamonds, diamonds! Girls love them. Jewelers love them. Warlords...

Church and State

The Pope You Will Always Have With You

The Pope You Will Always Have With You

“Income inequality” has become the global warming of economics, so it’s sad...

High Life

Good Tidings and Bad Art

Good Tidings and Bad Art

NEW YORK—I’m in an extremely happy state as I write this because a young...

National Bankruptcy

In the Long Run We Are All in Debt

In the Long Run We Are All in Debt

Erstwhile pop singer Aaron Carter and his wizened face recently made the plunge...

The Untold Story

The Turkey Who Cried Wolf

The Turkey Who Cried Wolf

Here’s a funny coincidence. Just as Netanyahu is hyperventilating against the...

Moolah

Bitcoin Goes Pro

Bitcoin Goes Pro

It’s official. The filthy lucre is here to stay. I’m talking about the...

Sex & Money

None Dare Call it Prostitution

None Dare Call it Prostitution

Reading recently a monograph about the lives of heroin addicts in preparation for...

Hollywood

New Movie, Same Old Skin Game

New Movie, Same Old Skin Game

12 Years a Slave—a biopic about Solomon Northup, a black fiddler in New York who...

Public Nuisances

The Myth of Poverty

The Myth of Poverty

Some rich brats at Salon were recently bitching about the “GOP-shredded safety...

Hollywood

The Boycott on Normalcy

The Boycott on Normalcy

I caught Ender’s Game last night and was quite surprised: The film subtly...

Oy Vey!

Memo to Merkel: Tell Obama to Take a Hike

Memo to Merkel: Tell Obama to Take a Hike

Chutzpah. I believe that’s the word for it. Just days after learning the...

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