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The good society

May 3, 2013

Lecture slides for my “The Good Society” course this spring are posted here. The topics:

  1. What should we seek?
  2. Economic security
  3. Opportunity
  4. Shared prosperity I
  5. Shared prosperity II
  6. Shared prosperity III
  7. Health care
  8. Education
  9. Social policy
  10. Is big government bad for the economy?
  11. Can we pay for it?
  12. Other worries about big government
  13. Strengthen families?
  14. Expand our private safety net?
  15. The politics of getting from here to there
  16. What do Americans want?
  17. The rhetoric of reaction
  18. Can the left get elected?
  19. The balance of organized power has shifted to the right
  20. The structure of the U.S. political system

Slides

February 8, 2013

Posted here are slides from talks I’ve given in the past few months on …

America’s opportunity gap

America’s struggling lower half

Social democratic America

Social policy

Macrocomparative research

Social issues in America

January 9, 2013

Lecture slides for my “Social Issues in America” course this past fall are posted here. The topics:

  1. Should we legalize marijuana?
  2. Do we need a carbon tax to reduce climate change?
  3. Should same-sex marriage be legal?
  4. Is political polarization hurting America?
  5. Why are some of us red and others blue?
  6. Should we reduce taxes?
  7. Should we reduce income inequality?
  8. How can we get our economy back to health?
  9. Is big business ruining America?
  10. Should we promote gender equality?
  11. What should we eat?
  12. Would less regulation make cities better?
  13. Should we limit imports and outsourcing?
  14. Should we reduce illegal immigration?
  15. When should we intervene abroad?

The State of Working America, 2012 edition

September 11, 2012

From the Economic Policy Institute. Accessible online and fully downloadable.

The good society

May 7, 2012

Lecture slides for my “The Good Society” course this spring are posted here. The topics:

  1. What should we seek?
  2. Rising incomes and living standards
  3. Economic security
  4. Opportunity
  5. Equality
  6. Health
  7. Happiness
  8. Education
  9. Economic and social policy
  10. Family
  11. Economic growth and employment
  12. What do Americans want?
  13. Can we generate more tax revenue?
  14. Is progress possible?

Social issues in America

December 18, 2011

Lecture slides for my “Social Issues in America” course this fall are posted here. The topics:

  1. Should we legalize marijuana?
  2. Are humans causing dangerous climate change?
  3. Should same-sex marriage be legal?
  4. Is rising income inequality a serious problem?
  5. Are Americans overtaxed?
  6. Should we promote gender equality?
  7. Why are some of us red and others blue?
  8. Is party polarization bad?
  9. What drives government policy?
  10. Is big business ruining America?
  11. What should we eat?
  12. Are American universities failing?
  13. Free trade or fair trade?
  14. What should we do about immigration?
  15. When should we intervene abroad?

“Stumbling and mumbling”

March 31, 2011

Read Chris Dillow. It’s good for your brain.

Print-friendly

December 31, 2009

It’s difficult to print blog posts. Few blogs have a “print-friendly” button, and the print-friendly formatting of those that do usually omits graphs that appear in the post.

“Readability” provides a solution. Go to the Readability website at lab.arc90.com/experiments/readability. Choose the font style and size and the margins you prefer. Then drag a Readability link onto your Bookmarks toolbar. Then, whenever you’re at a blog post you’d like to print (to pdf or hard copy), just click once on your new Readability toolbar button and the post is quickly formatted to print. Text and graphs in; ads and other junk out.

I’ve tried it on several blogs, including my own, and it seems to work nicely.

Bail out the automakers?

November 23, 2008

The best no argument I’ve seen.

The best yes argument I’ve seen (more here).

Origins of the financial crisis, in two minutes

October 2, 2008

From “The Marketplace players” (audio)

August

July 31, 2008

Just an advance notice that I’m planning to not post at all in August.

A “normblog profile” of me

May 3, 2008

is here.

Links to others Norman Geras has done, 240 so far, are here.

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