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The Real Source of China’s Soft Power

November 17, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

The Real Source of China

Chinese soft power is not measured by blockbuster films, but by the appeal of its development model.

I can imagine that American studio executives and foreign policy wonks breathed a sigh of relief when the 2016 film The Great Wall (directed by Zhang Yimou) “bombed” at the global box office. Representing a co-production between China and the United States through the Wanda Group’s recent acquisition of Legendary Entertainment, The Great Wall was meant to bring together American film making and marketing skills with Chinese capital in order to showcase China to the world. Starring Hollywood stars Matt Damon and Willem […]

What’s the Role of Elite Nonprofits in Fighting Inequality in Pittsburgh?

November 17, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure


“Puzzling” by John Hritz November 15, 2017; The Pitt News

Here’s what we know about economic and social inequality: We won’t social work our way out of it. We won’t educate our way out of it. We won’t invent our way out of it. Economic and social inequality is rooted in the structure of economic and social relationships. Measures to ameliorate the conditions of the lower classes will, at best, result in an occasional exceptional individual escaping his or her inherited status. Therefore, Mayor Bill Peduto’s call for elite nonprofits in Pittsburgh to combat inequality will require more than […]

Imagining the post-IMF Caribbean economy

November 17, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure


Circumstances are rapidly maturing that are demanding our conception of the need for both a new style International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a 21st century post-IMF Caribbean economy.

The elements of the regional dialogue are coming together. They might constitute at this time a blurred image of an alternate Caribbean economy, but they are calling attention to the growing regional interest in a serious focus upon economic sustainability and resilience, and nation building — phase two.

The growth in social and economic inequality across the region in recent decades under IMF tutelage has been identified as a major concern. The […]