by / on March 18, 2010 at 7:20 am / in Business, Content, Domestic, Issue

Grand Theft Government

The headlines make it obvious: banks are now earning record profits while the national unemployment rate hovers near ten percent. The clichéd “Wall Street vs. Main Street” dichotomy has become embedded in our political vernacular.

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by / on October 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm / in Business, Domestic, Issue

Getting Profiled by Facebook

Back when Mark Zuckerberg needed startup capital for a certain internet venture, he attracted the interest of two downright sinister sources of funding: cyber-libertarian futurists, and the intelligence community.

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by / on May 6, 2006 at 10:48 am / in Business, Congress, Domestic, Judicial, Organizations, World

Digital Neocolonialism or Benevolent Hegemony?

The Internet’s capacity for making information seamlessly accessible is even more impressive given its largely unregulated and decentralized nature. This freedom from regulation has allowed superior technologies like Google to quickly make themselves the standard. Yet although the protocols and codes for the Internet belong to the private sector, important components of the Internet rest within the grasp of a single power: the United States government.

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by / on May 3, 2006 at 12:51 pm / in Business, Domestic, Environmental

The Nuclear Option

The nuclear industry, despite a rough patch in the past few decades, may be poised for a major renaissance. As the prices of conventional fuels such as coal and natural gas skyrocket, nuclear power has become increasingly attractive to utilities looking for stable operating costs, environmentally friendly sources of energy, and insurance against geopolitical threats to energy security. Finally, in an era of rising concern over energy security, the nuclear industry is being promoted as a domestic solution to the nation’s demand for imported energy.

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by / on December 1, 2004 at 10:41 am / in Business, Domestic

Can America Stomach the Consumption Tax?

President Bush is leading a major tax code overhaul. For more than two decades, a growing number of free-market economists and conservative politicians have been planning to overthrow the entire federal taxation system. If successful, these radical reformers would effectively shift the burden of taxation from wealth onto wages and therefore onto lowerincome Americans. This idea is known as the consumption tax.

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by / on December 1, 2002 at 2:53 pm / in Business, Congress, Cover Story, Domestic

Capitol Farce

Lisa Adams was not a welfare queen. When she walked into the office of Jewish Vocational Services (JVS), a San Francisco-based non-profit that offers welfare-to-work training, she was just a black mother of three trying to get her life in order.

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by / on January 1, 2002 at 5:45 am / in Blast from the Past, Business, Campus, Domestic, New York, Protests

The Columbia Counter-Summit

The World Economic Forum, an annual conference that combines discussions and parties, brought to Manhattan a diverse and elite group of politicians, business people, and celebrities. Protestors, of course, followed in their wake. Students and activists flowed in from all parts of the world to voice their opposition to the murky and diffused phenomenon of globalization.

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