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If you were teaching a graduate seminar in public policy and challenged your students to come up with the most difficult possible problem to solve, they’d come up with something very much like climate change. It’s slow-acting. It’s essentially invisible. It’s expensive to address. It has a huge number of very rich special interests arrayed against doing anything about it. It requires international action that pits rich countries against poor ones. And it has a lot of momentum: you have to take action now, before its effects are serious, because today’s greenhouse gases will cause climate change tomorrow no matter what we do in thirty years.
To Have is To Owe by David Graeber – A lot of people have little understanding of what money really is – if you want to find out, this classic article is the place to start.
Three great articles about the financial crisis by Michael Lewis – The world’s top financial reporter heads to Greece, Iceland and Ireland to find out how the credit crisis changed the world.
Jonathan Lebed’s Extracurricular Activities by Michael Lewis – Another classic Lewis piece about how a 15-year-old became the first ever minor to face prosecution for stock market fraud.
The Great American Bubble Machine by Matt Taibbi – “The world’s most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.”
The $20 Theory of the Universe by Tom Chiarella – A beginner’s guide to bribery. Find out just how far greasing people’s palms with a $20 bill can get you.
Why the Poor Pay More by DeNeen L. Brown – “The poorer you are, the more things cost. More in money, time, hassle, exhaustion, menace. A primer on the economics of poverty.”
Inconspicuous Consumption by Virgina Postrel – What do the things you spend your money on say about you?
Is Free the Future by Malcolm Gladwell – The author asks whether the internet will make paying money for stuff a thing of the past.
In Moby-Dick, the cabin-boy Pip falls out of the ship and sinks deep in the ocean (emphasis mine):
The sea had jeeringly kept his finite body up, but drowned the infinite of his soul. Not drowned entirely, though. Rather carried down alive to wondrous depths, where strange shapes of the…
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