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The United States ranked first on health security; then came COVID-19. In place of technocratic hubris, we need robust new forms of democratic humility.

Sheila Jasanoff
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That people respond to the relative costs and returns of schooling might imply that the poor are optimizing the amount of school they invest in, as predicted in a simple economic model. But evidence suggests that reality is more complex.

Rachel Glennerster Michael Kremer
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Employment conditions in the United States today remain disastrous—worse than at any time since the Depression of the 1930s.

Robert Pollin
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In politics as in life, you get what you pay for. In politics today, taxpayers are hiring mediocre talent, candidates who think their job is to duck the big policy issues in order to get elected and reelected.

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper
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Gov. Charles “Buddy” Roemer
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Though there has been no “Chinese Spring,” in fundamental institutional, organizational, and behavioral terms, it would be hard to describe what has transpired in China over the past twenty years as anything but a revolution.

Edward S. Steinfeld
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History shows that forcing rulers from power rarely works. Even apparently successful regime changes often leads to bitter civil war.

Alexander B. Downes

Opinion essays by Stanford University professors exploring key issues raised by Occupy.

Boston Review
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A small percentage of consumers have already moved a portion of the market toward more sustainable practices. But the larger promise of ethical consumption remains unmet.

Dara O’Rourke
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If we’re serious about reducing inequality, we need to do more than raise taxes on the rich. We need to correct the market failures in labor and education that generate it.

David B. Grusky
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Not only are there some things money can’t buy, but there are also many things money shouldn’t buy.

Michael J. Sandel
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Today’s poetry establishment commands polite respect but hardly enthusiasm and excitement.

Marjorie Perloff
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Black movements have historically been at the forefront of progressive change. But with black civil society in retreat, how can we rebuild black politics?

Michael C. Dawson