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25 Oct 2009
by Colin Greer
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A Case for Public Spending

When thinking about public spending it is helpful to think about gender relations and the fight for gender equality. Over the last hundred years or so, the roles of men and women have changed significantly in Western countries. Before the era of greater gender equality, it was never the case that women were simply unimportant....

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14 Oct 2009
by Colin Greer
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Up From Poverty

No one says, they want people to be poor, but plenty say, ‘we don’t want to spend public money on social programs to help the poor’. The result is that the poor continue to get poorer and right-wing politician and fearful liberals hold on even tighter to their wallets. The newest economic inequality data is horrifying....

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8 Oct 2009
by Colin Greer
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A New Commandment

Could we make a rule — a kind of eleventh commandment — which requires us, every time we honor soldiers killed in battle, to remember: thou shall not kill? As I sit and write these words at least 774 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan because of the U.S. invasion of...

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1 Oct 2009
by Colin Greer
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Ayn Rand Redux

Ayn Rand is popular again. Her most popular novels Atlas Shrugged from 1957 and The Fountainhead from 1943 are still being bought in large numbers. While it’s plainly fashionable for right wing activists and pundits to bandy about her ideas to discredit the Obama administration, it’s worth remembering one thing… The American right sees Atlas Shrugged as an almost prophetic masterpiece...

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