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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    The Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Crisis

    Seth Berkley & Werner Hoyer explain why global leaders must urgently introduce equitable pandemic-response mechanisms.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

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    Harold James, Peter Singer, Andrés Velasco, Kenneth Rogoff, Jonathan Levy

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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  1. Resentment on the Western Front
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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Dec 2, 2022 Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.

  2. Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Dec 2, 2022 Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.

  3. The Unavoidable Crash
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Dec 2, 2022 Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.

  4. War Over Taiwan?
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Dec 2, 2022 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.

  5. The Contested Fed
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    The Contested Fed

    Dec 2, 2022 James Livingston reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.

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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    Featured in this Big Picture

    Harold James, Peter Singer, Andrés Velasco, Kenneth Rogoff, Jonathan Levy

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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    Saadia Zahidi on government spending, debt distress, the Iran protests, and more

    Saadia Zahidi argues that social-safety nets must be customized and targeted to ensure efficiency, advocates a more responsible approach to deficit reduction and fiscal consolidation, describes the complex recipe for helping countries reap the benefits of greater female labor-force participation, and more.
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    America's Silent Progressive Majority

    Joseph E. Stiglitz considers what the midterm election results indicate about voters' real priorities.
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    Will the West Give in to Russia?

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    Shlomo Ben-Ami, Simon Johnson, Salome Samadashvili, Charles Tannock

    From soaring inflation to a deepening energy crisis, the United States and Europe are facing no shortage of economic challenges, and Russia’s war against Ukraine – and the sanctions imposed in response to it – bears much of the blame. As Russia launches new rounds of missile attacks, we asked PS commentators what the West should be doing for Ukraine – and how likely it is to do it.

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    A Writer’s War

    Andriy Lyubka interviewed by Kate Tsurkan

    Ukrainians have shown the world that they are determined to reclaim their country's territory and drive out all Russian forces. But does that mean they must drive out Bulgakov and Pushkin, too?

    about Ukraine’s literary front – and volunteering on the military one.
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    Reimagining Our Global Connections

    Olivia White & Jonathan Woetzel show that retreating from global interconnectedness is both unworkable and unnecessary.
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    Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer

    Antony Froggatt shares new findings showing that the technology can no longer compete with renewable-energy options.
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    Clean Power Is the First Domino

    Damilola Ogunbiyi, et al. urge world leaders to focus on full electricity-grid decarbonization to unlock climate progress elsewhere.

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Today’s media landscape is littered with landmines: open hostility from illiberal and autocratic regimes, mounting censorship in countries such as Hungary, Turkey,…

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