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Jonathan Ira Levy

Jonathan Ira Levy

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Jonathan Ira Levy, a professor in the Department of History and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, is the author of Ages of American Capitalism: A History of the United States (Random House, 2021).

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  1. The Evolution of Modern Political Power
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    The Evolution of Modern Political Power

    Oct 27, 2023 Jonathan Ira Levy traces the complicated interplay between states, global capital, and civil society over the past century.

  2. The Pitfalls of Dollar Hegemony
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    The Pitfalls of Dollar Hegemony

    Apr 14, 2023 Jonathan Ira Levy shows why no modern national economy, least of all the United States, can be understood in isolation.

  3. Big Tech Gets Derailed
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    Big Tech Gets Derailed

    Nov 24, 2022 Jonathan Ira Levy traces the origins of the sector's recent turmoil to the nineteenth-century rise of the corporation.

  4. The Adventures of Money
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    The Adventures of Money

    Jul 15, 2022 Jonathan Ira Levy reviews two recent books on the “deep past” of one of humanity’s most important institutions.

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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.
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    Putting Africa on the Path to Prosperity

    Mohamed Ould Ghazouani & Ajay Banga urge the G7 to focus on the continent’s future, and on five priorities in particular, at this week’s summit.
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    Anatomy of a Massacre

    Shlomo Ben-Ami

    The 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus holds useful lessons about what it takes to arrest – and recover from – inter-communal violence. But there is a difference between a pogrom and a genocide, and conflating the two can do more harm than good.

    considers what the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus can and cannot teach us about preventing genocide.
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    AI: Hope or Hype?

    Whether generative artificial intelligence will do more harm or good to our families, economies, and societies remains an open question. In devising strategies for harnessing the technology, optimism is undoubtedly warranted, but it should not come at the expense of realism.

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    How Denmark Keeps the Far Right at Bay

    Michael Ehrenreich explains how mainstream parties have neutralized the threat of right-wing populists.
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    How Techno-Libertarians Fell in Love with Big Government

    Quinn Slobodian argues Silicon Valley investors are against the state only insofar as it is not enriching them personally.
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    How Chinese Savings Can Support the Global Green Transition

    Daniel Gros urges the EU to welcome cheap low-carbon goods, such as electric vehicles, from China.

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