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Linguist and economics professor Jim Picht looks at the global economy, considers the civilizing power of capitalism and wonders what markets have to do with morality. And if you don't think the answer is "plenty," think again.

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  • Taxing health plans is a good idea for consumers, unless your objective is to raise money.

    The Cadillac tax

    Taxing health plans is a good idea for consumers, unless your objective is to raise money. Published 1:13 p.m. March 16, 2010 - Comments

     
  • Forget the new century; a lot of us would be happy to have better cell and internet service from the end of the last one.

    Telecoms for the new century

    Forget the new century; a lot of us would be happy to have better cell and internet service from the end of the last one. Published 5:34 p.m. March 15, 2010 - Comments

     
  • The DOJ decision on Bybee and Yoo doesn't put questions about torture to rest.

    Where the buck stops

    The DOJ decision on Bybee and Yoo doesn't put questions about torture to rest. Published 12:01 p.m. March 12, 2010 - Comments

     
  • Life comes at you

    You're not as in control as you think you are. You never are. Published 5:43 p.m. March 8, 2010 - Comments

     
  • Tiger Woods was never a hero; it was foolish ever to think him one.

    Fallen Heroes

    Tiger Woods was never a hero; it was foolish ever to think him one. Published 5:51 p.m. March 3, 2010 - Comments

     
  • The Constitution's framers didn't create the Senate to get the President's agenda done.

    The Senate on Healthcare: Obstructionist, or Doing Its Job?

    The Constitution's framers didn't create the Senate to get the President's agenda done. Published 2:41 p.m. February 26, 2010 - Comments

     
  • If we want to bring insurance prices down,  it's time to make monopolistic insurance behemoths into nimble competitors.

    Great Flying Insurance Behemoths!

    If we want to bring insurance prices down, it's time to make monopolistic insurance behemoths into nimble competitors. Published 3:04 p.m. February 25, 2010 - Comments

     
  • Green and nuclear? Obama learns to be a contortionist.

    It's Hard to be Green

    Green and nuclear? Obama learns to be a contortionist. Published 10:45 a.m. February 19, 2010 - Comments

     
  • Why is it okay to eat a rabbit but not a cat?

    The Other White Meat

    Why is it okay to eat a rabbit but not a cat? Published 6:10 p.m. February 17, 2010 - Comments

     
  • Being pro-life or pro-choice is easy. Actually thinking about abortion is hard.

    Pro-life, Pro-choice, Anti-responsibility

    Being pro-life or pro-choice is easy. Actually thinking about abortion is hard. Published 5:42 p.m. February 16, 2010 - Comments

     
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Jim Picht

James Picht is the Senior Editor for Communities Politics and teaches economics and Russian at the Louisiana Scholars' College in Natchitoches, La. After earning his doctorate in economics, he spent several years working in Moscow and the new independent states ...

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James Picht is the Senior Editor for Communities Politics and teaches economics and Russian at the Louisiana Scholars' College in Natchitoches, La. After earning his doctorate in economics, he spent several years working in Moscow and the new independent states of the former Soviet Union for the U.S. government, the Asian Development Bank, and as a private contractor. He returned to Ukraine recently to teach principles of constitutional law and criminal procedure at several Ukrainian law schools for a USAID legal development project. He has been writing at the Communities since 2009.

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