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Europe’s Outlook in 2014
American Magazine, by Desmond Lachman

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Posted By:eagleblurst, 1/13/2014 11:18:44 AM

An unhealthy sense of complacency about Europe’s economic and political outlook pervades European policymaking circles. It does so despite the fact that the European periphery’s economy is still very depressed, which is driving a disturbing political divide between the euro’s southern and northern member countries. And there are few reasons to expect that the year ahead will bring progress either in reducing Europe’s record unemployment rate or in preventing a further fragmentation of its politics. One of the more striking features of the European political economy over the past three years has been the radicalization of its politics. In Greece,

      


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Europe’s Outlook in 2014
American Magazine, by Desmond Lachman    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 1/13/2014 11:18:44 AM     Post Reply
An unhealthy sense of complacency about Europe’s economic and political outlook pervades European policymaking circles. It does so despite the fact that the European periphery’s economy is still very depressed, which is driving a disturbing political divide between the euro’s southern and northern member countries. And there are few reasons to expect that the year ahead will bring progress either in reducing Europe’s record unemployment rate or in preventing a further fragmentation of its politics. One of the more striking features of the European political economy over the past three years has been the radicalization of its politics. In Greece,

   

 

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Reagan’s Farewell Address at 25
American Magazine, by Steven F. Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 1/10/2014 11:14:27 PM     Post Reply
It was sobering to have a student come up to me after class recently and ask, “So, when was Reagan elected president again?” As firsthand memory of Reagan recedes further into the rearview mirror and a new generation with no direct memory of him reaches adulthood, Reagan’s shadow continues to lengthen, especially for conservatives and his would-be Republican successors on the presidential stage. Just about every Republican today likes to claim to be a “Reagan Republican,” which is ironic since so many Republicans—including some leading conservatives—thought he’d be a disaster when he was elected in 1980. Too often

How Teachers Can Best Use Tech
American Magazine, by Frederick Hess*    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 1/9/2014 11:25:45 AM     Post Reply
Education beats across the country have been speckled with nightmarish headlines about education technology failures in schools: big iPad acquisitions gone awry, melted chargers, broken screens, and students accessing social media on their school-granted devices. It seems like we haven’t had a lot to cheer about when it comes to digital learning. But who is really to blame here? Of course, safety, security, and smooth execution of device roll-outs are important, but implementation glitches are to be expected when a school introduces any new system — both as devices need improving and as students, teachers, and administrators acclimate to using new

50 Years In, War on
Poverty Needs New Strategy
American Magazine, by Josh Good    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 1/8/2014 10:53:56 AM     Post Reply
Fifty years ago today, Lyndon B. Johnson stood before the U.S. Congress and, in his State of the Union address, declared, “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.” A half-century later, how are we to evaluate the War on Poverty? What are its most decisive victories, its defeats, and its path forward? A Sunday New York Times article paints a reasonably accurate picture, noting that the U.S. poverty rate has fallen from 19 percent to 15 percent in two generations: not a complete failure, but hardly a definitive success. Of course, not only are

A Good Half-Century and a Bad One:
What Will the Next 50 Years Be Like?
American Magazine, by Paul Wolfowitz    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 1/1/2014 12:51:34 AM     Post Reply
This year we begin to commemorate a series of horrific centennials — anniversaries of one of the great catastrophes of modern history, World War I. Looking back over the century that has passed since then, the world has changed remarkably. World War I was just the first of a series of calamities that made the next 50 years without any doubt the bloodiest half-century in human history. And yet, the last half-century has been a very different story. The world today is more secure, prosperous, and free than it was 50 years ago. In many ways, one could say that the challenge facing the world today is how to avoid the calamities of World War I

Scientific Groupthink and Gay Parenting
American Magazine, by Richard E. Redding    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/19/2013 8:38:56 AM     Post Reply
University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus’s study, “How Different Are the Adult Children of Parents Who Have Same-Sex Relationships? Findings from the New Family Structures Study,” published in the academic journal Social Science Research last year, caused a firestorm in the scientific community. Unlike most previous studies, Regnerus found that children of parents who had experienced a same-sex relationship fared worse than children of heterosexual parents on measures of social, emotional, and psychological adjustment as well as educational attainment, employment history, need for public assistance, substance abuse, and criminal justice system involvement. The reaction to the Regnerus study was

   

 

  


 
Higher Education’s Internet Revolution
American Magazine, by Edward Tenner    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/18/2013 10:04:26 AM     Post Reply
Are Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) a failure? Two years ago, their advocates predicted a revolution in higher education, with courses by the world’s leading lecturers offered free, or at low cost, to tens or even hundreds of thousands of students, sometimes even for credit. Was this the answer to escalating tuition and crushingly high levels of student debt? The initial numbers were remarkable. Sebastian Thrun, a Stanford computer science professor famous for his contributions to self-driving automobiles, co-founded an online education company called Udacity and offered a free course on artificial intelligence that had an initial enrollment of more

Mexico’s Reforms: The Good,
the Bad, and the Ugly
American Magazine, by Roger F. Noriega*    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/17/2013 10:16:40 AM     Post Reply
The Mexican Congress has exceeded expectations and produced a reform package that could revitalize the country’s crucial energy sector, allaying concerns about the energy plans President Enrique Peña Nieto had earlier presented. This hopeful development is the most important achievement under thePacto por Mexico (Pact for Mexico) — an agreement among the leaders of the country’s three major political parties and the presidency to work together on shared priorities. That agreement also led to a fiscal reform plan that fell short of the critical goal of modernizing Mexico’s tax structure, and to an education package whose real impact depends entirely on

How to Clean Up
the Senate’s Nuclear Fallout
American Magazine, by Michael M. Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/12/2013 3:20:09 AM     Post Reply
The Senate was no longer functioning properly, a member of the majority party leadership argued on the floor of the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body, as a prickly minority single-mindedly thwarted the president’s appointment powers, thus abusing its role of advising on and consenting to White House nominations. “To correct this abuse,” the member went on, “the majority in the Senate is prepared to restore the Senate’s traditions and precedents to ensure that regardless of party, any president’s judicial nominees, after full and fair debate, receive a simple up-or-down vote on the Senate floor. It is time to move away from

Big Farms Are About to Get Bigger
American Magazine, by Blake Hurst    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/11/2013 11:19:55 AM     Post Reply
Nothing is more important in agriculture than place. What is successful on one kind of soil in one kind of climate won’t necessarily work in another place with a different soil or different weather patterns. Farmers have always gained the knowledge necessary to understand a place through hard-won and rarely transferable experience. What farmer Brown knows about his land might travel down the road a few miles, but it is less applicable on a similar farm in a different part of the country. This idea of place is what drives the local food movement. Wineries brag about the perfection of

‘Because’ Is the New ‘Whatever’
American Magazine, by Robert McHenry    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/10/2013 4:01:17 PM     Post Reply
A minor eruption of articles and blog posts has noted the emergence of a new grammatical entity, the “prepositional because.” That’s the label for this construction: “Let´s start with the dull stuff, because pragmatism.” That’s how one of the articles, in The Atlantic, cleverly begins. “Because,” up to now one of the popular subordinating conjunctions, here is dubbed a preposition because, well, nothing else even remotely fits. Much discussion has ensued about the linguistic versatility of the construction. It turns out, upon examination, that “because” can be followed not just by a noun but by a verb, an adjective, or

   

 

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Why Greece Will Leave the Euro
American Magazine, by Desmond Lachman    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/6/2013 9:56:32 AM     Post Reply
According to an old saying, when the winds are strong even turkeys fly. If ever there was a case to which this would adage apply, it would be that of the market’s present favor for Greek government bonds. Over the past year, as the market has stretched for yield in a low interest rate global environment, the Greek government’s long-term borrowing cost has declined from over 18 percent to 8.5 percent currently. And it has done so despite increased signs that Greece lacks the political willingness to resolve the many deep-seated problems that still characterize the Greek economy.



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