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Bill de Blasio as a Snapshot of Contemporary Liberal Politics

John Cassidy of The New Yorker has a brief comment on Bill de Blasio, the presumptive next mayor of NYC. Cassidy sees in de Blasio potential signs of a new political orientation for liberals: Since the days of Bill Clinton … Continue reading

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Budget austerity and its (lack of) effects on (Irish) health

The British Medical Journal has an article up detailing the effects of Ireland’s post-2008 budget austerity program on the nation’s health, including its mental health. It doesn’t look like there’s been much of a negative effect: Ireland is – after … Continue reading

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Words on Foodies

From L.V. Anderson’s review of Alison Pearlman’s Smart Casual: The Transformation of Gourmet Restaurant Style in America: Pearlman notes that food-focused publications have increasingly covered issues related to environmentalism, labor, and politics over the last decade—but only “as problems to be solved … Continue reading

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The International Standing of Western Liberals

Lilia Shevtsova has an essay in The American Interest arguing that American liberals, and Western liberals in general, are no longer a model for liberal reformers around the world: The way liberal democracies are currently trying to revitalize themselves raises … Continue reading

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Fed Chairman Just Wants Us To Be Happy

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is the latest to jump on the Gross National Happiness bandwagon: The ultimate purpose of economics, of course, is to understand and promote the enhancement of well-being.  Economic measurement accordingly must encompass measures of well-being and … Continue reading

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