Tuesday, April 21, 2015
  1. Culture & Society

    Effective Altruism

    Peter Singer
    Culture & Society

    Effective Altruism

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     argues that, though donating our time and resources may make us happier, that is not why we do it.

    Altruism monks giving alms laos Peter Nijenhuis/Flickr

    Several studies show that people who are generous typically are happier and more satisfied with their lives than those who do not give. But these donors' direct motive is to help others, and their giving makes them happier only as a consequence of the fact that it does help others. READ MORE

  2. Economics

    The Problem With Secular Stagnation

    Arvind Subramanian
    Economics

    The Problem With Secular Stagnation

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     argues that, from a global perspective, growth has driven savings, not the other way around.

    Ben Bernanke Larry Summers Wikimedia Commons

    In a recent exchange between Ben Bernanke and Larry Summers on the plausibility of secular stagnation, both agreed on the need for a global perspective. But from that perspective, the hypothesis of secular stagnation prior to the 2008 financial crisis is at odds with a central fact: global growth averaged more than 4%. READ MORE

  3. Sustainability & Environment

    ExxonMobil’s Dangerous Business Strategy

    Jeffrey D. Sachs
    Sustainability & Environment

    ExxonMobil’s Dangerous Business Strategy

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     takes the company to task for advocating the development of Arctic oil reserves.

    Arctic drilling in the Alberta Tar Sands kris krüg/Flickr

    This week, the National Petroleum Council’s Arctic Committee, chaired by the CEO of ExxonMobil, released a report calling on the US government to proceed with Arctic drilling for oil and gas, without mentioning climate change. This is just the latest reminder of the threat that ExxonMobil’s business model poses to the world. READ MORE

  4. Economics

    The Debt Dilemma

    Adair Turner, ET AL
    Economics

    The Debt Dilemma

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    &  propose ways to cut household and government liabilities, thereby ensuring sustainable growth.

    Newsart for The Debt Dilemma JuanG89/Flickr

    The victory of the anti-austerity Syriza party in Greece’s February election has placed debt back at the center of debates about economic growth and stability. But Greece is hardly the only country that is struggling to repay its existing debt, much less dampen borrowing – and the risks are mounting. READ MORE

  5. Culture & Society

    Why We Need “Game of Thrones”

    Dominique Moisi
    Culture & Society

    Why We Need “Game of Thrones”

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     watches today's popular television shows and finds societies' deepest anxieties and longings.

    the iron throne Vickie Flores/ZumaPress

    Television series like “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey” increasingly play the role that, say, Balzac or Dickens did in the nineteenth century, serving as both a source of entertainment and fodder for debate. In this sense, our television screenplays have emerged as key tools of social and political analysis. READ MORE

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