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Big Ideas

These stories are conceptual--food for thought.
The Decline and Fall of Declinism Alan W. Dowd 08/28/2007
Some people don’t want to admit it, but America is in great shape.
Cutting the Gordian Knot Pejman Yousefzadeh 08/15/2007
A new and better carbon tax proposal.
American Conversations: Tyler Cowen The American 08/02/2007
Economics professor Tyler Cowen discusses his new book, blogging, and the application of economics in everyday life.
A Bridge to Traffic Reduction Jordan Fabian 07/31/2007
Toll lanes can help give quicker commutes to those who value them most.
How Governments Compete Jurgen Reinhoudt 07/30/2007
A new book offers an informative overview of the most important ways governments help, or hurt, their national economies.
Do Powerful Economic Reforms Require Powerful States? Jurgen Reinhoudt 07/26/2007
A new anthology says growing government power actually helped Europe reform its welfare states.
The Most Important Person You’ve Never Heard Of Pejman Yousefzadeh 07/24/2007
Meet Norman Borlaug, savior of the world’s starving.
Keeping up with the Gateses? Laura Vanderkam 07/23/2007
An economist explains, briefly, why inequality matters more than we think it does.
Mind Games Charles Euchner 07/20/2007
Chess superstar Garry Kasparov reveals his strategies for business, politics, and life.
Question & Answer: The Truth About America's Schools Diane Ravitch 07/19/2007
Is K–12 education really lagging badly, or have we ‘raised our sights’? DIANE RAVITCH answers the tough questions.