FROM Robert Pollin
The Economy after the Great Recession Forget the argument about the stimulus and the deficit. We're having the wrong conversation, according to Richard Florida. The Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto says, "We need to blow up the fundamentals of our economy."
What Comes after the Great Recession? The Great Recession is not economics as usual but the beginning of a historic transformation, according to some long-term thinkers. They say arguing over the stimulus and the deficit is the wrong conversation, based on the past instead of the future. But what will the future require? As the manufacturing economy is replaced by the knowledge economy, where will the next Middle Class come from? Will “green” industry generate jobs? Will home ownership still be relevant? Can government liberate creative entrepreneurs and encourage economic equality at the same time?
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?