Tag Archives: Joan Acocella

May 14, 2012 The New Yorker

On May 14, 2012 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Invisible Hand Greased Palm” about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) of 1977. Multinational corporations used to engage in corruption like bribery without fear of prosecution at home. They have learned that corruption increases business costs. It can be fought with transparency and broad enforcement of existing laws.

Nick Paumgarten wrote “Here’s Looking At You” about the rise of drones and surveillance.

David Owen wrote “The Artificial Leaf” about Daniel Nocera’s efforts to use artificial photosynthesis to create sustainable energy. He wants solar powered electrolysis to separate the hydrogen atoms from oxygen atoms in water to create cheap energy.

Larissa MacFarquhar wrote “When Giants Fail” about Clayton Christensen who created the Innovator’s Dilemma.

Michael Specter wrote “Climate Fixers” about various risky strategies to stop global warming. The cure might be worse than disease.

Joan Acocella wrote “The English Wars” about the American Heritage Dictionary and changing usage in the English language.

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Aug. 16, 2010 The New Yorker

OnĀ Aug. 16, 2010 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Soak The Very, Very Rich” about ending the Bush tax cut. Only three percent of Americans make over $250,000 and they would barely notice a slight tax increase. During the Bush Administration, the top one percent saw income grow ten percent versus the bottom ninety-nine percent who only saw income grow only 1.3 percent. French economist Thomas Pinketty says the very rich are becoming the very very rich. This disparity was last seen just before the Stock Market Crash of 1929 that led to the Great Depression. Taxing higher brackets would help governments help more people. The upper ten percent has to realize that if they do not act, they may become the 99 percent and not the one percent.

Joan Acocella wrote “Queen Of Crime” about British mystery writer Agatha Christie.

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