New research doesn’t support return-to-office mandates, and neither do workers

New research doesn’t support return-to-office mandates, and neither do workers

There’s some good news for those of us who love sitting around in sweatpants all day, unshaven and unshowered, while still earning a steady income and contributing at least marginally to society. Sure, we may not be allowed to ply our trades among Elysian expanses of chip and chocolate pretzel crumbs—i.e., our beds and couches—forever, because … Read more

Turns out Americans are feeling pretty good ‘vibes’ about their finances

Turns out Americans are feeling pretty good ‘vibes’ about their finances

If we’ve learned anything from Trump-era post-fact politics, it’s that old polling metrics don’t exactly translate at the ballot box the way they used to. A major part of the 2022 “red wave” narrative was informed by the fact that President Joe Biden’s approval rating was hovering around a dismal 40% and the right track/wrong track … Read more

Israel’s judge in The Hague is its government’s bogeyman

Israel’s judge in The Hague is its government’s bogeyman

EVEN IN RETIREMENT Aharon Barak, a former president of Israel’s supreme court, remains a controversial figure. Binyamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government spent most of 2023 attempting to dismantle his constitutional legacy. Yet when asked to appoint a judge to join the panel of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) hearing South Africa’s claim that Israel is … Read more

Welcome to the new era of global sea power

Welcome to the new era of global sea power

THE OCEANS matter in geopolitics once more. Taiwan stands on the cusp of an election that could shape its future. A conflict over the island would involve an intense Sino-American naval war stretching well beyond the Pacific. In the Middle East the Houthi rebel group is menacing shipping in the Red Sea, disrupting global trade. … Read more

Investopedia’s most fascinating financial term of 2023 by a long shot

Investopedia’s most fascinating financial term of 2023 by a long shot

The financial media website Investopedia posted the top 10 financial terms searched by its readers in 2023, and while some of them were dry (“Treasury Bill”) and others slightly sexy (“racketeering”), the term that seemed perhaps most revealing about the current state of the country was “American dream.” Here’s Investopedia’s description of the term: American … Read more

Here’s some warm and fuzzy economic news, just in time for Christmas

Here’s some warm and fuzzy economic news, just in time for Christmas

While President Joe Biden’s handling of the economy proved to be a stubborn point of tension with consumers in 2023, year’s end brought reason for optimism moving forward. Ideally, voters would really start to feel the positive impacts of falling prices, record-high stock surges, and continued job/wage gains by late spring/early summer. That’s right around … Read more

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