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Presidential Politics:  Time for a new vision for the economy

Center of Concern | Thu, Oct 16, 2008

Presidential Politics: Time for a new vision for the economy

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.
Defining Food:  Sustenance, Fuel, or Profit?

Center of Concern | Thu, Jun 5, 2008

Defining Food: Sustenance, Fuel, or Profit?

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.