The Answer to the Unemployment Problem Is More Jobs

December 16th, 2014
in Op Ed

by L. Randall Wray, New Economic Perspectives

Dean Baker, everyone's favorite progressive economist (mine, too), has an interesting take on our unemployment problem.

Give more paid vacations.

The idea is that if all the employed work less, employers will need to hire the unemployed to produce what the already employed won't be producing while sunning themselves on Florida's beaches.

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Even Climate Change Experts and Activists Might Be in Denial

December 15th, 2014
in Op Ed

by Steffen Böhm, University of Essex and Aanka Batta, The Conversation

Another month, another important UN climate change conference. The latest is in Lima, the capital of Peru. Thousands of experts from the world of politics, business, academia and civil society – and Leonardo DiCaprio – have flown around the world to urge us all to curb our carbon emissions.

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Beyond GDP: Are There Better Ways to Measure Well-Being?

December 15th, 2014
in Op Ed

by Ida Kubiszewski, The Conversation

“At present, we are stealing the future, selling it in the present, and calling it GDP.” — Paul Hawken

Imagine if a corporation used Gross Domestic Product (GDP) accounting to do its books: it would be adding all its income and expenses together to get a final number. Nobody would think that’s a very good indication of how well that business was doing.

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Congress Declares War on Russia

December 14th, 2014
in Op Ed

by Franklin (Chuck) Spinney, The Blaster

The United States is careening toward an unnecessary new cold war with Russia. Cold War II may be even more dangerous than the first Cold War, because the constitutional checks and balances and the attention span of the people regulating the US government's behaviour have broken down. While Ukraine is now at the center of this madness, the neocon-driven march to folly has roots reaching well beyond the Ukraine.

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To Make Sense of Modern China, You Simply Can't Ignore Marxism

December 14th, 2014
in Op Ed

by Roland Boer, The Conversation

How does one come to understand China? Many wish to do so, especially in light of China’s growing global influence.

For some, language is the key that opens the door. With Chinese language, one is able to enter a people and their culture, opening up communication, literature, philosophy, belief and much more. Engaging and studying in translation always presents a barrier to understanding, but language is not enough.

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