Category Archives: Economy

For the New Year

Jon Quitslund “A soul that is not confused is not a soul.”  Howard Norman starts an appealing memoir, I Hate to Leave this Beautiful Place (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013), with this line from a twelfth-century Japanese poet, Saigyo.  I take … Continue reading

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Earth Day Here, Now, Always

Jon Quitslund “On its anniversary, Earth Day is worth not just celebrating but also studying – as a story with political lessons.” This is the last sentence in a thought-provoking essay by Nicholas Lemann, “When the Earth Moved,” in The … Continue reading

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Our National Defense: Sustainable?

Jon Quitslund While I ate a simple breakfast and drank my coffee yesterday morning, I read an article by Jill Lepore in the New Yorker for January 28: “The Force.”  My breakfast went down easily enough, but the article was … Continue reading

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The Future of Freedom

Jon Quitslund I’ve begun this on the eve of this year’s observation of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.  At church this morning, the service was dedicated to Dr. King, and a passage from one of his speeches was … Continue reading

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The Dialogue of Hope with Doubt

Jon Quitslund I’ve been casting about for a proper topic: how can I greet 2013 aptly, usefully?  My thoughts on several subjects are inept – some of them stale, others less than half-baked.  I’ve been confronting my lack of resolve, … Continue reading

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Adapting to Our New Economic Reality

Jon Quitslund Reviewing Richard Heinberg, The End of Growth; Adapting to Our New Economic Reality (Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2011), $17.95. I’ll begin with a quotation: “The only efforts that will aid in the long run are those … Continue reading

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After “Aftershock”: Responding to Robert Reich

Jon Quitslund Robert Reich’s Aftershock; The Next Economy and America’s Future (2010; updated for the Vintage Books paperback, 2011) is one among many books published by economists and public policy experts since the devastating collapses of financial institutions and the … Continue reading

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Responding to Global Weirdness & Local Brightness

Jon Quitslund “We are gripped by multiple scleroses, unable to get our arms around any of the problems staring us in the face….Will a catastrophe shake us from our slumber?”  (part of an online comment by ‘Cassandra’ from Colorado) I’ll … Continue reading

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Metaphors for Economic Activity

Jon Quitslund “An economy isn’t a machine; it’s a garden.” The quotation at the head of this post comes from an op-ed piece by Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer in the New York Times for July 11th: “The Machine and … Continue reading

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I Love Cheesecake

Jon Quitslund For several weeks now, I’ve been planning to write about a huge and scary subject, and I haven’t found a way to make it manageable.  The big topic is climate change and its impacts on weather, food supplies, … Continue reading

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