Bittersweet Economy

Devouring sugar is a dubious way to jumpstart the day. It’s also a dubious way to jumpstart our faltering global economy.

What’s So Funny?

It used to be that prospective politicians chose law school as the first step in their career path. Future politicians may skip law school altogether and try out for the Saturday Night Live team instead.

Book Review: Spies for Hire

Tim Shorrock’s groundbreaking book assesses the growing dominance of contractors in the intelligence “industry.”

Scorched-Earth Presidency

The cost of the war, coupled with the tax giveaways to the wealthy, has contributed to enlarging the U.S. budget deficit to nearly $500 billion, the highest ever.

When the Betting Goes Bad

When the Betting Goes Bad

A review of “Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Crisis of American Capitalism,” by Kevin Phillips (Viking, 2008).

Of Coffee and Capitalism

The rise of Starbucks also seems to correspond with the expansion of the go-go economy.

Release Secret Documents Now

Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s death robbed his victims and their families of the chance to obtain full justice. But they can still pursue the full truth. And the U.S. government can help.

The Pinochet Precedent

Thanks to the tireless efforts of family members of his victims who teamed up with lawyers, artists, activists, elected officials, journalists and others in Chile and elsewhere, the dictator has made life harder for other dictators.