Tag Archives: John Cassidy

Mar. 31, 2014 The New Yorker

On Mar. 31, 2014, The New Yorker magazine’s John Cassidy wrote “Forces of Divergence” about Thomas Piketty’s “Capitalism in the Twentieth-First Century.”  The book explains the growth of income equality not just in the United States but around the world. Basically, without government controls the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. “If current trends continue, Thomas Piketty sees potentially terrifying consequences.” One proposed solution is an end to tax shelters and global progressive taxation of the wealthy.

Anthony Lane wrote “Candid Camera” about the documentary film “Finding Vivian Maier.” It is the story of a woman who worked as a nanny but took thousands of extraordinary photographs leaving a valuable record of life in the twentieth century.

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Oct. 10, 2011 The New Yorker

On Oct. 10, 2011 The New Yorker’s John Cassidy wrote “The Demand Doctor” about British economist John Maynard Keynes, the author of The General Theory Of Employment in 1936. Economies do not recover on their own. He supported government spending to get economies going after downturns, depressions, recessions and collapse. You cannot cut your way to prosperity. He called for investments in infrastructure, schools, housing, roads and bridges that would lead to a multiplier effect. People with these jobs would spend their wages and create other jobs as their money worked its way into the economy from the bottom up.

Joshua Davis wrote “The Crypto-Currency” about Bitcoin and whether the mysterious founder might be Satoshi Nakomoto.

Jane Mayer wrote “State For Sale” about wealthy conservative Art Pope’s control of North Carolina politics.

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Jul. 25, 2011 The New Yorker

On Jul. 25, 2011 The New Yorker’s Alec Wilkinson wrote “Let’s Get Small” about Tumbleweed’s Jay Shafer and the tiny house movement. Supporters say they are affordable, environmentally friendly and easier to maintain than normal housing. Built on trailers, they are usually under 400 square feet with a kitchen and bath. They may violate local building codes and banks may not mortgage. According the International Code Council, no habitable room can be smaller than 70 square feet and no house under 261 square feet.

Calvin Trillin wrote “Back On The Bus” about Freedom Riders in the 1960’s American South. Segregationist tried to decide who was a member of the press, limit their access, tell them whether they could take pictures and even what kind of cameras they could use.

John Cassidy wrote “Mastering The Machine” about Ray Dialo, hedge fund founder of Bridgewater Associates. Dialo correctly predicted the collapse of the economy in 2007 because of the “crazy lending and leveraging practices” of financial institutions. He approached and informed the Bush Administration and they did not act on it. The Obama Administration did act and the economy rebounded fast than even he thought it would.

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Dec. 13, 2010 The New Yorker

On Dec. 13, 2010 The New Yorker’s Ariel Levy wrote “Reservations” about the Long Island Shinnecock tribe’s attempt to open a casino and the effect it may have on their community.

Jonah Lehrer wrote “The Truth Wears Off” about the scientific method and how theories are challenged in that process.

Peter J. Boyer wrote “House Rule” about conservative Republican US Congress representative John Boehner’s experience growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio and in Washington DC. Missed Vietnam by that much.

John Cassidy wrote “Enter The Dragon” about how communist China adopted capitalism.

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