February 2, 2003 |
Critics of imperialism have long insisted that international exchange and free trade are screens for the colonization of one culture by another. In my "Jihad vs. McWorld," for example, I argued that the dominant pop culture of the United States, embedded in fast food, fast music and fast computers, not only erodes the particularity of foreign cultures but also promotes a radical homogenization of taste and mores within American society as well as around the world.
February 7, 2003 |
To those obsessed with the authenticity of native cultures, it will come as dispiriting news that Canada's Inuit did not begin carving soapstone until 1948. Or that Tuvan throat-singing was stagnant until Western record sales helped revive it. Or that the theme song chosen by Saddam Hussein, on the occasion of his 54th birthday, was Frank Sinatra's "My Way." Tyler Cowen is not discouraged by these facts. On the contrary, the slightly impish academic revels in them.
May 18, 2006
Re "Foes of Illegal Immigration See Support Growing," May 16 Thank you for this article. I've been waiting for someone to articulate the obvious: We just don't have the resources to pay for services for citizens and a seemingly endless wave of illegal immigrants. To me, the recent demonstrations proved nothing other than that the normally gridlocked traffic situation was noticeably better. It made me wonder if we all would be better off with a zero-tolerance policy of illegal immigration.
April 30, 2004 |
Performances, exhibitions and educational programs of California's nonprofit arts organizations pump $5.4 billion annually into the state's economy, making the arts more than twice as powerful an economic engine as they were a decade ago, according to a study unveiled Thursday by the California Arts Council, the state's beleaguered arts-funding agency.
October 14, 2008 |
Paul Krugman occupies two spheres in the American intelligentsia. In one, he is a New York Times op-ed columnist known for his barbed opinions about President Bush's policies. In the other, he is a Princeton University economist famous for his research on international trade and finance. On Monday, it was Krugman the academic who was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his study of international trade and the effects of globalization.
February 6, 2014 |
A fascinating debate has broken out among economists and economic pundits concerning the Congressional Budget Office's projections that the Affordable Care Act will allow -- or induce -- some workers to leave the job market. The debate is over whether, or how much, this is a "distortion" of the labor market caused by the healthcare law. Tyler Cowen of the free-market Mercatus Center takes a shorthand look at the issue here . But the real question should be whether Obamacare is distorting the labor market or removing a distortion that previously existed.