Stimulus That!

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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  • Johnny Weir in trouble for fur? How uncivilized. Photo: Michael Francis McCarthy (Flickr)

    Fur Flies at the Olympics

    Johnny Weir in trouble for fur? How uncivilized. Published 4:59 p.m. February 16, 2010 - Comments

     
  • Valentine's day is for sentiment; love is for life.

    Te pure, non tua concupiscens

    Valentine's day is for sentiment; love is for life. Published 4:17 p.m. February 13, 2010 - Comments

     
  • In light of the IPCC's sloppy science, we need something better than snow as evidence of global warming.

    A Global Warming Snow Job

    In light of the IPCC's sloppy science, we need something better than snow as evidence of global warming. Published 6:53 p.m. February 12, 2010 - Comments

     
  • After pledging to repeal it, President Obama punted

    Do Tell

    After pledging to repeal it, President Obama punted "Don't ask, don't tell " back to the Pentagon. What next? Published 5:12 p.m. February 10, 2010 - Comments

     
  • A Note on Citizens United

    Watch carefully as Congress moves to "fix the problem" that the Court created. Published 1:32 p.m. February 5, 2010 - Comments

     
  • We're too ready to take offense for a word. That's bad for politics and it's bad manners.

    Taking Offense

    We're too ready to take offense for a word. That's bad for politics and it's bad manners. Published 12:50 p.m. February 5, 2010 - Comments

     
  • What do Toyota's brakes, Rahm Emanuel's bad manners and the BCS have in common?

    Feeding Leviathan

    What do Toyota's brakes, Rahm Emanuel's bad manners and the BCS have in common? Published 5:00 p.m. February 4, 2010 - Comments

     
  • Still Kicking

    I'm still here, just behind Published 1:09 p.m. February 4, 2010 - Comments

     
  • Not an economic savior, not an innocent in our economic drama, he's still a scapegoat.

    The Passion of Ben Bernanke

    Not an economic savior, not an innocent in our economic drama, he's still a scapegoat. Published 5:20 p.m. January 28, 2010 - Comments

     
  • President Obama's freeze on Federal spending is neither a sharp turn right nor sensible deficit control. It's a campaign gimmick.

    The Big Freeze

    President Obama's freeze on Federal spending is neither a sharp turn right nor sensible deficit control. It's a campaign gimmick. Published 11:54 a.m. January 27, 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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