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OpEdge: Public Schools On Top

by Marc Jampole I’M NOT SURE if it was the author or the headline writer, but someone in the New York Times produced a headline that certainly constitutes false news: “Dismal Results from Vouchers Surprise Researchers.” What surprise? Researchers who have been paying attention already know that public policy driving families to put their children […]

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Jews and the Advent of Capitalism

by Bennett Muraskin Discussed in this essay: Capitalism and the Jews, by Jerry Z. Muller. Princeton University Press, 2010, 267 pages. We progressive Jews like to think that Jews are predisposed by Jewish tradition and historical circumstance to embrace socialism, but Jerry Z. Muller makes a strong case that Jews have a special affinity for […]

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May 8: Naomi Klein

Writer, social activist, and red-diaper baby Naomi Klein was born in Montreal on this date in 1970. Her parents had moved there from the U.S. three years earlier as resisters to the Vietnam War. Klein’s books include No Logo (2000), an anti-corporate and anti-globalization manifesto, and The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007), […]

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November 16: The Libertarian Economist

Economist Milton Friedman, who led the anti-Keynesian counterrevolution that produced “shock” treatments by the World Bank and IMF of newly capitalist or indebted developing economies, died at 94 on this date in 2006. Although he began his career as a New Dealer and helped invent the payroll withholding tax system, Friedman became a leading monetarist […]

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