In Public, We're All Preoccupied With Ourselves, The San Francisco Chronicle, ​April 13, 2016

Marriage, Poverty, and the Political DivideThe New York Times, Jan. 24, 2016
What's Happening to Failing White MenThe Washington Monthly, Jan. 12, 2016

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The U.S. had long prided itself on the values of the Founders--freedom, democracy, rights, justice. After 1940, with the rise of the economics profession, national income accounting, and the Cold War, the measure of American greatness changed: The U.S. was the world's most prosperous society, its dynamic economic was growing, and living standards were rising, and all of these were statistically measurable. This book examines how this measure of America changed in political discourse, education, Cold War propaganda, business journalism, and popular beliefs.

Federal debt now exceeds $20 trillion, with $1 trillion in deficits added in just the last year. Why is this happening and what does it mean? What kind of future are we bequeathing to future generations? What can be done about America's fiscal irresponsibility. 

"Millennial Men’s Failure to Launch"San Francisco Chronicle, June 5, 2915

"The End of 'Mad Men' and the Sense of American Greatness," San Francisco Chronicle, ​May 13, 2015.

Toward a more just world, with economic security for all, where there is neither excess nor poverty.


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