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Column: I Have Seen the Future and It Is Jobless

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate I’d had with futurist Ray Kurzweil in 2012 about the jobless future. He echoed the words of Peter Diamandis, chairman of the XPrize Foundation, who says that we are moving from a history of scarcity to an era of abundance. Then he noted that the technologies that make such abundance possible are allowing production of far more output using far fewer people. On all this, Summers is right. Within two decades, we will have almost unlimited energy, food and clean water; advances in medicine will allow us to live …

Column: Economic Realities Push Truckers Beyond the Limits

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Last month, after a tractor-trailer collided with a vehicle carrying actor Tracy Morgan and others, national attention focused — briefly — on the serious issue of fatigued truck drivers. The truck’s driver, Kevin Roper, was charged with vehicular manslaughter in the death of comedian James McNair, one of the vehicle’s passengers, and prosecutors alleged Roper hadn’t slept in more than 24 hours. But …

Steve Taylor: 11 Myths About Northeast Farms

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Myths abound about the state of agriculture in the Upper Valley, New England and the Northeast, myths that infest the media, academia, politics and the public mind and often reach all the way to the highest levels of policymaking in Washington. Trouble is, most of the myths are just that — ideas that …

Column: The Death Penalty Violates Human Dignity

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I have wondered countless times over the past 30 years whether I would live to see the end of the death penalty in the United States. I now know that day will come, and I believe that the …

Column: China’s President Envies Russia’s President

Monday, July 21, 2014

It’s been a season of love for Russia and China. A two-day May summit in Shanghai culminated in a $400 billion gas deal; in an interview with Chinese state media before the visit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia-China cooperation reached its highest level in history. And …

Column: Capitalism That Works; The Lessons We Should Be Learning From Spying on Germany

Monday, July 21, 2014

As long as U.S. intelligence agencies are hell-bent on spying on Germany, why can’t they turn up some truly useful secrets? For instance, how to have an economy that bolsters a nation’s power and fosters a vibrant middle class. The latest edition of the CIA’s World Factbook spells …

Editorial: Oversight Needed of Government Labs

Monday, July 21, 2014

It would have been alarming enough if scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had just inadvertently shipped deadly anthrax samples to other labs not equipped to handle them — without even properly sterilizing them first. What’s worse is that this was one in a string …

About Cutting Corporate Taxes

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last week I testified in front of the Joint Economic Committee on the topic of assessing the recovery after five years. As you can imagine, congressional testimony can be pretty frustrating these days for members of the fact-based community, but I thought this one covered a lot of …

Column: Reading in the Age of the Internet Is a Challenge

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Several recent articles appearing online have pointed to a couple of burning questions about book reading in this overstuffed era: Why do people buy books they have no intention of reading? And, how can one ever find the …

Column: They Fought for a King and a Cause They Did Not Know

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Alongside the many interesting new views of the war that historiography and hindsight have made available a hundred years on, there’s also a new awareness …

Randall Balmer: Remembering Freedom Summer

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In 1987 I happened to be in Jackson the day the Mississippi Legislature finally passed a bill authorizing a state holiday to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. The Legislature decided, in its infinite wisdom, that the day would …

Steve Nelson: Co-op May Need To Add a Review Process

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A great deal of attention has been given the Co-op Food Stores brouhaha. I can’t recall a local issue that inspired more comment during my 23 full and part-time years in the Upper Valley (all of them as a Co-op member). The turmoil arose as a result of …

Column: We Deserve to Know Why the Co-op Fired Us

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hanover Co-op General Manager Terry Appleby wrote a recent op-ed article for the Valley News in which he described the many attributes of the Hanover Co-op, including the Co-op’s purported support for employee rights to seek to form a union and to offer constructive criticism to management. However, …