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Mon, 30 Nov 2009 05:00:00 GMT2009-11-30T05:00:00Z8220;China makes, the world takes.” For decades, that has been the motto of the Chinese economy, which is built on providing an endless supply of goods for the rest of the world to buy. But these days there’s a palpable sense that this needs to change . . .
Mon, 12 Oct 2009 04:00:00 GMT2009-10-12T04:00:00ZResigning in protest is not in the American grain. Robert McNamara stuck around as Secretary of Defense even after he decided that the Vietnam War was a disaster; Colin Powell did the same during the Bush Administration’s push for war with Iraq; and in the lead-up to . . .
Mon, 05 Oct 2009 04:00:00 GMT2009-10-05T04:00:00ZFor all the uncertainty about the current state of the economy, everyone is sure of one thing: this recession has permanently remade American consumers, turning them from spendthrifts into tightwads. From cover stories on “The New Frugality” to stories about cheapness as a new status symbol and pundits . . .
Mon, 21 Sep 2009 04:00:00 GMT2009-09-21T04:00:00ZWhen Barack Obama went to Wall Street last week to make the case for meaningful financial regulation, he took well-deserved shots at some of the villains of the financial crisis: greedy bankers, reckless investors, and captive regulators. But to that list he could have added credit-rating agencies like . . .
Mon, 07 Sep 2009 04:00:00 GMT2009-09-07T04:00:00ZThe economy is still limping, job losses are still rising, and consumers are still reluctant to open their wallets. So it’s the perfect time to worry about . . . inflation? Apparently so, because, of late, the cries of inflation hawks have grown increasingly loud. Pointing to huge deficit spending, and . . .
Mon, 24 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMT2009-08-24T04:00:00ZThere are times when Americans’ attitude toward health-care reform seems a bit like St. Augustine’s take on chastity: Give it to us, Lord, but not yet. In theory, the public overwhelmingly supports reform—earlier this year, polls showed big majorities in favor of fundamental change . . .
Mon, 20 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT2009-07-20T04:00:00ZIf you came up with a list of obstacles to economic recovery in this country, it would include all the usual suspects--our still weak banking system, falling house prices, overindebted consumers, cautious companies. But here are fifty culprits you might not have thought of: the states. Federalism, often described . . .
Mon, 29 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT2009-06-29T04:00:00ZIn 1937, the Massengill Company began selling a health product called Elixir Sulfanilamide, which contained one of the antibiotic sulfa drugs. Unfortunately, it also contained diethylene glycol, a solvent that happens to be deadly to humans. In a matter of months, the elixir killed more than a hundred consumers. The . . .
Mon, 15 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT2009-06-15T04:00:00ZHow fast the world turns. Only a few months ago, as consumer spending evaporated and commodity prices collapsed, investors and policymakers were haunted by the spectre of deflation. Today, with the economy showing some signs of bottoming and commodity prices back on the rise, the worry du jour has suddenly . . .
Mon, 01 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT2009-06-01T04:00:00ZAs you walk into the Retiro train station in downtown Buenos Aires these days, you pass a long line of people snaking their way from the station’s entrance to a single window. At first glance, this is unsurprising: what’s more common than a queue in a train station? But there . . .