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Trying to look sympathetically at Trans-Pacific Partnership

In the 19th Century, the Victorian historian Thomas Carlyle coined the phrase “dismal science” for the field of economics. With the help of new insights and the world of computing power, it has become more accurate, like a physical science. However, there are still vast realms of uncertainty, and that certainly is true as we…

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Hillary Clinton’s pretend populism

  I watched Hillary’s slick ad announcing her 2016 presidential campaign. If you haven’t seen it, you can watch it here. Left writer and thinker Paul Street summed it up in a recent Facebook comment: This is about as disingenuously fake-progressive as a candidacy announcement could be. A very slick production, combining a subtle undercurrent of…

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The New York Times has a new slogan…er, cliche

Slogans are sort of micro tweets, intended to sell brand by as much repetition as possible. “This is CNN” is innocuous enough, even as comfortingly intoned by James Earl Jones. But CNN has also long espoused its “Most Trusted Name in News” slogan, which is straying a bit. This is the magic of marketing. You…