Chile

Chile May Have Lost to Brazil Yesterday, But They've Won My Dad's Heart
In praise of the rough, hungry beauty of the World Cup's scrappiest side
June 29, 2014

In praise of the rough, hungry beauty of the World Cup's scrappiest side

The Pinochet Myth Is Alive and Well Among Pundits Who Write About Egypt
March 02, 2014

Columnists keep saying the Chilean dictator was a brute who modernized the economy. Actually, he was a brute with a rotten economic record. Take heed, Egyptians.

The Trial of Robert D. Kaplan
The Atlantic's absurd defense of Henry Kissinger
April 25, 2013

The Atlantic writer's apologia for Henry Kissinger is incoherent and amoral all at once.

How Human Rights Became our Ideology
November 16, 2012

The modern idea of human rights was only created after World War II. In the next half-century, it became a global movement.

Stop Blaming Wall Street
July 14, 2011

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Stop Blaming Wall Street
July 13, 2011

As the U.S. economy fails to recover, there is a growing fear that the United States has entered a phase of long-term decline. Conservatives blame “big government” for throttling entrepreneurship; liberals tend to take aim at Wall Street.

We Have A Revenue Problem
May 23, 2011

Deficit hawks have tended to treat the notion of solving the medium-term fiscal probably entirely through taxes as some impractical left-wing scheme. Michael Linden and Michael Ettlinger point out that this would work perfectly well: The United States is an extremely low-tax country compared to the other economically advanced countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

In Defense Of Scott Walker's Crisis Exploitation
February 25, 2011

Paul Krugman cites Wisconsin as confirmation of Naomi Klein's "Shock Doctrine": The story of the privatization-obsessed Coalition Provisional Authority was the centerpiece of Naomi Klein’s best-selling book “The Shock Doctrine,” which argued that it was part of a broader pattern.

Transition Traps
February 16, 2011

After the peaceful mass uprising that toppled one of the world’s oldest autocracies, it is now possible to imagine the emergence of a genuine democracy in Egypt—the most important country in the Arab world. The very possibility of it marks an historic turning point for the entire region.

Mine Eyes Will See No Glory
November 02, 2010

I'll be spending the remainder of this afternoon and evening watching election night coverage and blogging about it here. Think of it as an ultra-concentrated reenactment of the Chilean miners' ordeal. I am the miners, and the mine is the inky blackness that is televised election coverage in this nation—a muggy, cramped space a mile from the real world that’s jam-packed with mostly horrible people saying pointless things which seem designed to make regular people angry. Now, I know what you're thinking: "That's a ridiculous, insulting, offensive comparison, Jesse.

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