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Will the West survive Trump?


President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wave before boarding the Air Force One to Brussels on May 24. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca) THE RETREAT OF WESTERN LIBERALISM

By Edward Luce. Atlantic Monthly Press. 234 pp. $24.

THE FATE OF THE WEST: The Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political Idea By Bill Emmott. The Economist Books. 257 pp. $28. Superpowers come and go, but it’s rare that one puts in for early retirement.The Trump presidency, with its dismissal of friends, deference to enemies and disdain for leadership, is leaving a void at the […]

We’ve got the wrong idea about income inequality

We’ve got the wrong idea about income inequality

One of the similarities between the UK election last week and Canada’s federal election in 2015 is that both involved major political parties that were committed to raising taxes on high-income earners in the name of equity and fairness.

This committment contributed to the British Labour Party gaining 34 parliamentary seats in the UK elections, and allowed Canada’s Liberal Party to increase its seat total by 148 and to form the government. Indeed, this clamour for “fairness” seems to be growing in resonance across industrialised countries, including Canada , the United States , and the United Kingdom .

Why this idea […]

New America’s Annual Survey on Higher Education


Americans believe in the tremendous potential of higher education—but they also feel that higher education is falling short of that promise. New America’s inaugural survey reveals a stark expectations gap between what higher education could—and should—be and what higher education currently is.

Varying Degrees: New America’s Annual Survey on Higher Education surveys 1,600 Americans ages 18 and older to better understand their perceptions of and knowledge about higher education and economic mobility. The survey shows both unifying themes as well as differences across age, gender, generation, region, and socioeconomic status when it comes to the value of a college […]

No, iPhones Aren’t Luxury Items. They’re Economic Necessities


Apple To make it in America, you have to hustle. Fast-food worker or CEO, Uber driver or student, you have to stay connected in an economy built on the assumption that anyone is always reachable anywhere. In 2017, that means you need a smartphone.

When Apple released the iPhone in 2007, the world understood it as a gadget, a novelty, a cool thing you plunked down a handful of cash for if you were lucky enough to have the money. Then you just needed to figure out what to do with it. At first the answer was: play games and […]

The fading American dream: Economic mobility has nearly halved since 1940

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IMAGE: An infographic conveying results by Chetty et al ., which reveal that the probability for children to attain a higher income than their parents has dropped dramatically — from more than… view more Credit: Carla Schaffer / AAAS The probability for children to attain a higher income than their parents has dropped dramatically – from more than 90% for children born in 1940 to 50% for children born in the 1980s – according to a new study analyzing U.S. data. Results reveal that restoring economic mobility would require, in part, more equal economic redistribution. The "American Dream" promises […]

One Top Economist Weighs in on How We Can Bring Back the American Dream

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A University of Oxford-educated economist and co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution, Richard Reeves has about as strong a grip on reality as anyone who works with large data sets for a living.

Yet even Reeves found himself clinging to tired clichés when he moved to the United States in 2012. The U.S., he had been raised to believe, was a land of equal opportunity, where anyone, regardless of their parents’ income level, could achieve the American Dream .

But, upon coming to the U.S., that wasn’t the country Reeves found. He saw, instead, a […]

Inequality and dreams of higher ed

Inequality and dreams of higher ed

Earning a degree has both personal and societal benefits. Credit: COD Newsroom/flickr, CC BY The cost of college may be on the rise , but most still agree that it’s a sound investment . There are, in fact, a number of personal and societal benefits associated with getting a bachelor’s degree and, it seems, people know that: Over 90 percent of Americans – across all races and socioeconomic statuses – aspire to attend college.

Despite these aspirations , only about a third of Americans currently hold bachelor’s degrees. And the gap between those who aspire to go to college and […]

Governor signs Dozier, BP settlement bills into law

BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – A measure that calls for creating a pair of memorials to boys who were abused at a notorious state reform school, and directs the reburial of remains of unidentified victims, was signed into law on June 2. The bill (HB 7115) provides $1.2 million to cover the costs of the reburials and memorials for youngsters who suffered … ( continue reading )

Commentary: Active government oversight has reduced Singapore’s income inequality

SINGAPORE: Over the past year, the issue of income inequality has boiled over in many parts of the world, leading to some extent to the outpouring of populist sentiments in the United States, United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe.

This is a subject the Singapore Government has long been working to address. Over the past decade, it has introduced a series of measures that have improved our Gini coefficient, the most commonly used statistic to measure the income distribution among a country’s residents. Just as importantly, Singapore has made strides in other measures of inequality, paving the way for its […]

Governor signs Dozier, BP settlement bills into law

BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – A measure that calls for creating a pair of memorials to boys who were abused at a notorious state reform school, and directs the reburial of remains of unidentified victims, was signed into law on June 2. The bill (HB 7115) provides $1.2 million to cover the costs of the reburials and memorials for youngsters who suffered … ( continue reading )
BY JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

TALLAHASSEE – A measure that calls for creating a pair of memorials to boys who were abused […]