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Populism at the Gate

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The populist challenge in many countries has been both a threat and a rebuke to the liberal consensus. How should policymakers who want to defend the principles of tolerance, openness, and rationality best counter their opponents?

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  1. The Last Stand Against Populism
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    The Last Stand Against Populism

    Nov 28, 2016 Dominique Moisi considers the consequences of a right-wing populist victory in France's upcoming presidential election.

  2. Containing the Populist Contagion
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    Containing the Populist Contagion

    Nov 24, 2016 Harold James asks whether a firewall can be built around Brexit and Donald Trump's victory in the US.

  3. Pensioners and Populism
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    Pensioners and Populism

    Oct 28, 2016 Anatole Kaletsky uses Brexit voting data to show that economic dislocation had little to do with the outcome.

  4. How Inequality Found a Political Voice
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    How Inequality Found a Political Voice

    Oct 28, 2016 Michael Spence explains how new technologies have both fueled the problem and enabled mobilization against it.

  5. The Anti-Democratic Heart of Populism
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    The Anti-Democratic Heart of Populism

    Oct 27, 2016 Andrés Velasco rejects the view that populist politics is simply a response to bad economics.

  6. The Blind Alley of Monetary Populism
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    The Blind Alley of Monetary Populism

    Oct 25, 2016 Jeffrey Frankel rebuts the argument that central bankers should be addressing income inequality.

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    Will Crypto Survive?

    Kenneth Rogoff assesses the strategies regulators could adopt in the aftermath of the FTX debacle.
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    Done With Deglobalization?

    Michael Spence sees reason to hope that the scales may soon tip back from international confrontation to cooperation.
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    The Unbearable Uselessness of Crypto

    Andrés Velasco explains why FTX's collapse should sink a hyped-up lie bobbing on an ocean of libertarian technobabble.
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    Is Germany Sick Again?

    Hans-Werner Sinn pours cold water on the fantasy that European economies can weather gas shortages with minimal pain.
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    America's Silent Progressive Majority

    Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Now that the American electorate appears to have rejected Republican extremism, many will argue that US President Joe Biden and the Democrats should tack right to capture centrist voters. But this would be a mistake, given where voters' preferences increasingly lie.

    considers what the midterm election results indicate about voters' real priorities.
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    Big Tech Gets Derailed

    Jonathan Levy traces the origins of the sector's recent turmoil to the nineteenth-century rise of the corporation.
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    Will the West Give in to Russia?

    From soaring inflation to a deepening energy crisis, the United States and Europe are facing no shortage of economic challenges, and Russia’s war against Ukraine – and the sanctions imposed in response to it – bears much of the blame. As Russia launches new rounds of missile attacks, we asked PS commentators what the West should be doing for Ukraine – and how likely it is to do it.

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    The Techno-Feudal Method to Musk’s Twitter Madness

    Yanis Varoufakis explains that the issue is neither vanity nor public service, but rather the need to acquire cloud capital.
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    The Case for Mandating Climate-Risk Disclosure

    Timothy Meyer, et al. defend the legal and economic justification for the US Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed new rule.

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