Center of Concern | Thu, Oct 16, 2008
In last night's presidential debates, Senator McCain and Senator Obama offered competing vsions for the economy. Both attempted to address the concerns and
aspirations of middle class Americans in the midst of the dual housing
and financial crises driven by Wall Street. This got me thinking back to the
root causes of the crises. I’ve followed the technical discussions on bundled mortgage securities
and over-leveraged firms, and no doubt many people made reckless
decisions, but the problem lies even deeper with the economic
philosophy that has reigned for over 30 years.
Center of Concern | Thu, Jun 5, 2008
This week, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization is hosting a World Food Security Conference in Rome. Originally conceived as an opportunity for the international community to explore the potential implications of climate change on world food security in the coming decades, the current global food crisis has highlighted not just the relevancy, but the desperate urgency of the issue.
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Jun 5, 2008
Analysis of the current food crisis in terms of commodity investment, speculation, and market structure. Remarks originally delivered at an interfaith briefing and discussion about food and fuel held Wednesday, June 4, 2008 in Washington, DC.