In the fall of 2007, when the U.S. economy first seemed in peril, I began answering reader queries here on the Business Desk. I still do so occasionally, but this page has expanded to include posts from eminent economists, "far-flung correspondents," and a variety of voices that have intriguing and/or useful things to say about economics, broadly defined. Please feel encouraged to respond to any and all of them.
Holiday Shopping: Keynesian and Self-Actualizing Both?
Paul Solman: On Thursday's NewsHour, a cerebral celebration of holiday shopping, courtesy of Rutgers University economic and intellectual historian James Livingston, author of the fascinating pro-consumption book "Against Thrift." Pitted against Livingston as counter-point is an anti-spending video from old friend John Papola, the libertarian filmmaker behind the wildly popular Keynes-Hayek rap video that also debuted on the NewsHour in 2009.
Papola's latest, "Deck the Halls with Macro Follies," can be seen in excerpts tonight on the program, and in its entirety on YouTube. Or you can watch it below: