Posts in 'life' – Page 3

"The Veil of Opulence"

Benjamin Hale offers a great point of view to consider when looking at our political choices--and many non-political choices for that matter. It's really a great article.

The veil of opulence assumes that the playing field is level, that all gains are fairly gotten, that there is no cosmic ...

"Book Review: Brave New World"

Brave New World book cover

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

I think what is most remarkable about this book is that it foreshadows the world we live in today on several levels. From anti-depressants to age-defying creams to manipulating the gender of an unborn baby, Huxley is probably looking down on us saying, "I ...

"Book Review: Call of the Wild"

The Call of the Wild book cover

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

It took me an impressively small amount of time to read this book partly because of short length, and partly because it is one of those books you just can't put down to save your soul.

The Call of the Wild ...

"Tax Inequality"

President Obama wants to extend tax cuts for Americans, but only for those making less than $250,000. Is this appropriate? Paul Krugman thinks so. As he points out, if you combine corporations and people--which are practically synonymous these days--you see that the top 1% have been doing very well ...

"Great Expectations"

Austan Goolsbee:

Of all the public reactions to last Thursday's surprise ruling from the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act, one of the most interesting came from the markets: Nothing happened.

"Work Less, for America"

Dean Baker has an interesting solution to unemployment: ask everyone currently employed to work less. I think it's a fantastic proposal.

From The Guardian:

Germany's growth has been no better than growth in the United States since the start of the downturn, yet its unemployment rate has fallen ...

"Book Review: The Grapes of Wrath"

The Grapes of Wrath book cover

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

What a novel that rings home with relevance in today's America! Written in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath tells the story of an Oklahoma family who is suddenly uprooted from their home and, unable to find work, moves to California where landowners ...

"The Real Winners"

Economist Paul Krugman offers his view on the recent Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

From the New York Times:

In short, unless you belong to that tiny class of wealthy Americans who are insulated and isolated from the realities of most people’s lives ...

"Lessons from death row inmates"

An interesting look at the context of the death penalty.

"The Brain on Trial"

My friend Tom posted an article in response to a TED video on death-row inmates I posted yesterday. The Brain on Trial from The Atlantic magazine argues what I think many of us already suspect: that we are not as in control of our lives as we might like to ...