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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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  • The Supreme Court ruled for free speech in Citizens United v FEC, but all good things have a cost in other good things. Photo: Adam Sofen

    A Battle Lost and Won

    The Supreme Court ruled for free speech in Citizens United v FEC, but all good things have a cost in other good things. Published 12:33 p.m. January 26, 2010 - Comments

     
  • Democrats are saying the election wasn't about the President, but he's the biggest elephant in the room.

    The Massachusetts Elephant

    Democrats are saying the election wasn't about the President, but he's the biggest elephant in the room. Published 10:16 a.m. January 20, 2010 - Comments

     
  • There are things right with American education. The NSU community lost one of them.

    Thoughts on the Death of a Teacher

    There are things right with American education. The NSU community lost one of them. Published 11:55 a.m. January 13, 2010 - Comments

     
  • Ms Napolitano, if your security can't make my travel safe, just leave me alone.

    Flying Friendlier Skies

    Ms Napolitano, if your security can't make my travel safe, just leave me alone. Published 2:10 p.m. January 8, 2010 - Comments

     
  • Profiling for terrorists at airports makes sense, but only if done rationally. Leave Joan Rivers alone.

    Find the Terrorist

    Profiling for terrorists at airports makes sense, but only if done rationally. Leave Joan Rivers alone. Published 2:54 p.m. January 7, 2010 - Comments

     
  • It really is the thought that counts.

    Christmas Gifting

    It really is the thought that counts. Published 10:43 p.m. December 24, 2009 - Comments

     
  • The climate change conference is political fireworks and empty paper. I'm sorry it's over.

    The Copenhagen Spectacle

    The climate change conference is political fireworks and empty paper. I'm sorry it's over. Published 1:24 p.m. December 18, 2009 - Comments

     
  • Top chefs Reid and Obama are whipping up something nasty for Christmas. Here's hoping we don't have to eat it.

    The Christmas Healthcare Buffet

    Top chefs Reid and Obama are whipping up something nasty for Christmas. Here's hoping we don't have to eat it. Published 5:19 p.m. December 16, 2009 - Comments

     
  • The fight over global warming is more about class than it is about science.

    Wealth and Poverty and Global Warming

    The fight over global warming is more about class than it is about science. Published 3:17 p.m. December 15, 2009 - Comments

     
  • Republicans won't find their new Reagan until they understand the old one.

    Looking for Ronald Reagan

    Republicans won't find their new Reagan until they understand the old one. Published 12:48 p.m. December 10, 2009 - 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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