– Project Syndicate
Experts in general, not just pollsters and economists, have been the target of much criticism of late. With news becoming more narrowly targeted to individual interests and preferences, and with people increasingly choosing whom to trust and follow, the traditional channels for sharing expertise are being disrupted. Who needs experts when you have Facebook, Google, Mumsnet, and Twitter? Actually, we all do.
The cashless society – which more accurately should be called the bank-payments society – is often presented as an inevitability, an outcome of ‘natural progress’. This claim is either naïve or disingenuous. Any future cashless bank-payments society will be the outcome of a deliberate war on cash waged by an alliance of three elite groups with deep interests in seeing it emerge.
– The Washington Post
The Washington Post tracks the rise of Republican control of local, state, and national politics over the past twenty years. The question for Democrats is a simple one. Is this a permanent shift to the right, or is it low-water mark?
– The New York Times
Academic economists have received a demotion. The Trump administration has been filling out its cabinet and, unlike in the Obama administration, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers will not be part of it.