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Bill Maher 2017 Season Premier

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Econintersect: Last week comedian Bill Maher kicked off Real Time's 15th season on HBO. His guests were activist-actress Jane Fonda, broadcaster Keith Olbermann, public policy wonk Heather McGhee (Demos), former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez (Obama administration), and historian Jon Meacham.


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Trumping World Trade

Written by Dan Steinbock, Difference Group

After the inauguration, President Trump has begun to reset the White House trade policies. But the consequences of "America First" stance in world trade are wrought with threats.

Recently, President Xi Jinping gave a strong speech about the need for more inclusive globalization at Davos. World trade is a case in point. In 2015, world export volumes reached a plateau. World trade is no longer growing. Any major protectionist initiative has potential to make a bad situation a lot worse.


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Retailing In America: Bricks And Torture

by Danielle DiMartino Booth, Money Strong

Article of the Week from Money Strong

For those living under Chinese rule of law and inclined to matricide, patricide or simply high treason, their luck in sentencing matters took a decided turn for the better in 1905. It was then that after 1,000 years as part of China's penal code, Lingchi, or Death by 1,000 Cuts, was formally outlawed by the merciful order of Shen Jiaben.

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Economics, Society, And The Environment: What's Wrong With This Picture?

Written by John Lounsbury

A common view of some is that the relationship between economics and the environment is that environmental considerations are "externalities" for economic systems. In other words, effects produced by economic activity in the environment result from a limited overlap between the economic "system" and the environment, such as the diagram shown (from Giddings, Hopewood and O'Brien):


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How To Read Theresa May's Brexit Speech

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Paul James Cardwell, University of Sheffield

Almost seven months after Britain voted to leave the European Union, the country's prime minister, Theresa May, has finally given some much needed clarity on how Brexit will happen. Or has she?

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What Is The Natural Interest Rate - And What If We Go Above It?

by Gene D. Balas

Part of this discussion may sound a bit heretical, but it is actually based on research conducted by the St. Louis Federal Reserve. And its research concludes that the natural real (net of inflation) interest rate policymakers should set should actually be negative over the longer term.


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A New Deal With Capitalism Requires A Revolution In Politics And Markets

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by George Feiger, Aston University

Many people feel that the capitalist economic system delivers wealth to a few and somehow cheats the rest of opportunity. I agree: our market system is being looted by a small minority and the only real solutions call for courageous measures.

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A Letter To Warren Buffett And Charlie Munger About Hiring Proven Whistleblowers

from William K. Black, New Economic Perspectives

The Wall Street Journal recently published a summary of a study of "desired director traits."

A survey of 369 supervisory directors from 12 countries by search and advisory firm Russell Reynolds Associates asked which behaviors they thought are most important to creating a board culture that drives effectiveness and company performance.


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Trump's 'Great Gambit'

by Dan Steinbock, Difference Group


Trump has pledged to reset the White House policies on "America First" basis. In Asia, it may mean an effort to balance with Russia against China - the reverse of US China approach in the 1970s.


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