The group blog of The New Republic
January 9, 2013
At the heart of our fiscal challenge is a clash between the present and the future, and the future is losing. Intended or not, the top priorities for Republicans and Democrats add up to a relentless squeeze on discretionary spending. That means less for education, less for research, less for infrastructure—the vital public investments that have nourished innovation and growth throughout our history. (It also means less for defense, the topic of a future column.) To go down this path is to imperil our future.
January 8, 2013
Retired Congressman Barney Frank and The New Republic's Noam Scheiber were among the speakers Monday at "Ethics and Globalization: The Tradeoffs Underlying Our Policy Choices," a conference co-sponsored by the Peterson Institute for International Economics and TNR that aimed to address "the challenges of considering duties to domestic versus global welfare, balancing economic goals between generations, expecting ethical duties from private actors, and reconciling global governance and local accountability." Here's video of Frank's keynote