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Wise: Racism, Free Speech and the College Campus
Jan 11, 2006
As has been the case for as long as I can recall, an American college campus is once again embroiled in controversy over the expression of racism in its hallowed halls, and what it may seek to do in response.
Weisbrot: IMF Influence?
Oct 17, 2005
Sometimes historic changes take place quietly, while no one is looking. Great institutions lose power with a whimper rather than a bang. Such is the case of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which will hold its annual fall meetings with the World Ban
Wise: Not Everyone Felt That Way
Sep 12, 2005
When I was a kid, I remember my maternal grandmother defending Richard Nixon for the crimes of Watergate, because, as she put it: "He didn't do anything any worse than what every other President did." Knowing, even at six, that this was hardly a morally c
Wise: "Don't Know Much About (Black) History"
Jul 25, 2005
Recently, Philadelphia became the first American city to require its high school students to complete a course in African American history as a condition of graduation. And predictably, in the "City of Brotherly Love," there is already an outcry of opposi
Wise: A Double Standard Worth Keeping
May 30, 2005
As soon as Oklahoma University's baseball coach Larry Cochell was fired recently, for using the n-word during off-camera conversations with two ESPN reporters, I knew instinctively what some were likely to say. Though I am far from psychic, it hardly requ
Perhaps it would do us some good to put things in perspective.
Wise: Race to Our Credit
Jan 09, 2005
Sometimes it can be difficult, having a conversation with those whose political views are so diametrically opposed to one's own.
Weissman: Governor Tough Guy, At It Again
Jan 02, 2005
You may have heard the story.
Four years ago Dean Baker and I wrote a book entitled "Social Security: The Phony Crisis" (University of Chicago Press, 2000). We showed that there was no financial, economic, actuarial, or other reason to be worried about the future of Social Security. T
Wise: The Color of Deception
Oct 26, 2004
"A lie can travel half-way around the world while the truth is still pulling on its boots."
Weisbrot: George W. Bush's Record-Breaking Economy
Aug 12, 2004
"Our economy since last summer has been growing at the fastest rate in 20 years" said President Bush in a speech last week. The word went out from on high, and soon it began to spread: the fastest-growing economy in 20 years! A very important discovery fo
Weissman: Subway: Junk Food, Junk Economy
Jul 31, 2004
What's the largest fast junk food chain in the country?
Wise: No Such Place as Safe
Jul 26, 2004
I think I've figured out what it is I hate about those "racial dialogue" groups that seem to be springing up across the country nowadays.
Wise: Situational Ethics, Conservative-Style
Jul 08, 2004
Conservatives never cease to amaze me.
Wise: Personal Responsibility is a Two-Way Street:
Jun 29, 2004
Perhaps Bill Cosby should have known better.
Wise: My Life as a Resident Alien
Jun 13, 2004
Despite being born in the United States and living here all of my life, I guess I'm still not really an American. For if I was, then surely I would have "felt good" when Ronald Reagan was President, since, I'm told, Reagan made Americans feel good again.
To truly understand a nation, a culture, or its people, it helps to know what they take for granted. After all, sometimes the things that go unspoken are more powerful than the spoken word, if for no other reason than the tendency of unspoken assumptions
Weisbrot: Is The Fed Playing Election-Year Politics?
Apr 09, 2004
Is Alan Greenspan trying to get George W. Bush elected President this November? Accusations of partisanship have dogged the Fed Chairman for some time -- especially since he told Congress in January 2001 that, with continuing budget surpluses, we might pa
Though it is always difficult to predict the outcome of an election in the United States, it is quite a bit easier to make accurate pronouncements about the way in which an election campaign will unfold. No matter the candidates, certain things are virtua
Weissman: Justice on the Range
Mar 22, 2004
The cowboy and rancher once stood as symbols of American individualism.