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We Can Build That

Obama rejects the Scottish Enlightenment ideas that inspired the Constitution.

Locavore Revolution

Can locally sourced food be good business?

The Savings Glut And The 1%

Damon Linker does a fine job tearing into the absurdity of Jamie …

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What Would Higher Bank Capital Requirements Really Do To Lending?

They won’t stop bubbles, but hopefully they can make banks work for the economy.

illustration by Michael Hogue

Boeing Goes to Pieces

Aerospace execs sell their industry to Japan­—one part at a time.

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Bernard Mandeville and Consumerism’s Buzz

Before Ayn Rand or Adam Smith, there was the author of “The Fable of the Bees.”

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Why Whiskey Was Money, and Bitcoins Might Be

Digital currency joins alcohol in the annals of American alternatives to fiat paper.

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