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The Future of Money

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Should the One Percent Stop Hoarding So Much Cash?

A tax on excess cash holdings—for corporations as well at high-net-worth individuals—could help spur development.

Our Money

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Should Giving to Charity Be an Inoculation Against Criticism?

With charitable giving and profits so intertwined, the latter can’t be ignored when considering the former.

Burgh Diaspora

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What Talent Shortage? The Great American Brain Waste of Our Captive Labor Market

Our biggest businesses complain about a shortage of skilled labor. Instead of calling on the government to act, they should consider workplace policies that are friendlier to women and immigrants.

The Big Screen

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There’s Nothing Subversive or Anti-Business About ‘The Lego Movie’

More than just a set of plastic bricks, Lego has positioned itself as the perfect toy brand by working to inspire nostalgia, creativity, and wonder. And the hottest film of the year to-date is a celebration of that.

Sociological Images

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Businesses Are Swimming in Money: Profit Protection Will Not Help With Economic Recovery

Profits are being used to boost management earnings and pay dividends to stockholders, not improve worker wages.

 

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Gender Equality Increases by 1 Percent in California

Despite some recent high-profile hirings, the gender balance in high-level business positions hasn’t changed much.

Features

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Meet the Flexians

A new professional class of movers and shakers—people who serve overlapping roles in government, business, and media with smiling finesse—is controlling the flow of power and money in America. The anthropologist Janine Wedel is bent on making us understand just how dangerous this new normal can be.

 

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America Has a Stadium Problem

Despite every number suggesting they shouldn’t, why do American cities keep building sports stadiums funded with public money?

 

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Farmers Don’t Make Money From Farming

Instead, they lose it.

 

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New Yorkers, You Can Buy, Rent, or Not Even Ride a Bike

The New York Observer doesn’t want you to rent—or ride—a bike.

 

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Lose All Your Weight, Fly for Free

Under a new pay-per-kilogram system, ghosts will be able to fly for nothing.

 

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Air Boomtown

Gulfstreams and Dassault Falcons crowd the skies over Williston, North Dakota.

 

Brad Moore (center) with his bandmates, Kim Hyung-Tae (left) and Jang Beom-Jun (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)

The Caucasian King Of K-Pop

Inside the Korean music machine

 

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Can a Test Tell If You’re a Good Entrepreneur?

How psychometrics are helping loan officers weed out the bad risks from the good.

 

Rules That Improve the Business Environment?

As the Porter Hypothesis — that well-structured environmental regulations can help businesses — marks two decades, resistance to the concept remains strong.

 

Billion-Dollar Underdogs

New research shows that consumers identify with and choose brands they see as the underdog.

 

Empathy Conducive to Creativity

New research suggests creativity in the workplace is enhanced by concern for others’ needs, and a willingness to walk in their shoes.

 

The Wal-Mart Catechism

A new book on the discount chain’s down-home early days doesn’t tell us much about its status as the world’s largest — and most controversial — retailer.

 

What’s In a Label?

The real meaning of the fair trade label on your gourmet coffee.

 

This Import Might Preserve American Jobs

Might a cooperative model that arose from ashes of a civil war serve the Rust Belt economies of America’s Midwest?

 

Is American Business More Progressive Than Its Consumers?

As some high-profile corporations publicly embrace the reality of climate change, are they moving faster than the American population as a whole?

 

Climate Change Gridlock

Emission standards will help manage rising temperatures, but the time to act is now.

 

High Noon in Aisle 9

Labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein has been following Wal-Mart for half a decade now, and he believes changes in China, and not in the domestic landscape, may force its day of reckoning.

 

Profit, Thy Name Is … Woman?

The consistent correlation between women executives and high profitability.

 

Putting Corporations on the Carbon Scale

Mike Wallace helps climate-savvy investors determine whether companies will prosper or shrivel as carbon dioxide regulation becomes reality.

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Young, Undocumented, and Invisible

While young migrant workers struggle under poor working conditions, U.S. policy has done little to help.

Education, Interrupted

When it comes to educational access, young Syrian refugees are becoming a “lost generation.”

No, Smartphone-Loss Anxiety Disorder Isn’t Real

But people are anxious about losing their phones, even if they don’t do much to protect them.

Being a Couch Potato: Not So Bad After All?

For those who feel guilty about watching TV, a new study provides redemption.

The Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014 fast-food-big-one

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