James Galbraith
May 21, 2012

James K. Galbraith: How Our Inequality Happened

  James K. Galbraith — out on the uneven playing field of American wealth and power — is pointing out the 30-year drift of tax policy and political power, all of it made possible by ...| More
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May 11, 2012

Dan Ariely on the “Irrationality” of American...

Click to listen to Chris’ conversation with Dan Ariely (44 min, 19 meg) Dan Ariely of Predictably Irrational fame, makes the arresting point that from the standpoint of fairness and equity in the distribution of ...| More
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April 30, 2012

Siddhartha Mukherjee: have we an innovator in...

Siddhartha Mukherjee brings authority and a certain kinship to our conversations on historian Tony Judt and his last words — Ill Fares the Land — on the malaise of our times and the abandoned remedy, ...| More
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April 29, 2012

Mary Fonseca’s “Letter from Lisbon” : portents...

A friend writes from Lisbon, … as those “Talk of the Town” pieces used to begin in the dear old New Yorker. The friend in this case is my ever-watchful sister Mary Lydon Fonseca, observing ...| More
April 27, 2012

Daron Acemoglu on “Extractive” Politics and Us

Click to listen to Chris’ conversation with Daron Acemoglu (42 min, 19 meg) Daron Acemoglu pops up in his office at MIT with the big bold energy of the book that’s made him famous. Like ...| More
April 24, 2012

Andrew Bacevich: Here’s who Lost the American...

Andrew Bacevich is marking The Short American Century as the span of less than 70 years between Henry Luce’s momentous 1941 essay in LIFE magazine and the decay of our Iraq War and the Wall ...| More
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April 13, 2012

Jay Rosen on our Media Malaise: Who...

That idea of stories too big to tell, lies too big to take back, an audience hooked on placebos it doesn't believe -- it all makes sense about a malaise that the late Tony Judt was trying to pierce. Jay...| More
April 13, 2012

George Scialabba: Media Malaise and this American...

George Scialabba flatters and provokes with a comment on Jay Rosen‘s view of dysfunctional media and the Tony Judt thread of Open Source conversations. George is an independent essayist — erudite but not academic, as ...| More
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April 11, 2012

Tim Snyder and Tony Judt: another narrative...

  Timothy Snyder, a rising-star historian at Yale (most recently of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin), is turning up the heat on his friend Tony Judt’s parting sermons about “social democracy.” I’m taking Tony ...| More
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