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The wars of austerity

Robert Skidelsky, the premier Keynesian historian, explains why he is less hopeful about a rapid recovery from the global recession.


Niall Ferguson on the Tea Party, budget cuts and the economy

Niall Ferguson, the Harvard historian, joins Need to Know’s Jon Meacham to discuss his many battles over the Tea Party, the budget and the jobless recovery.


Hard times then, hard times now

Much has been made of the similarities between today’s economic downturn and The Great Depression. Pundits have, for example, labeled the current era “The Great Recession.” And the facts seem to bear that out. Fifty-five percent of Americans in the workforce have lost their jobs, suffered a pay cut or seen their hours reduced since [...]


The ‘new austerity’ reading list

Jessa Crispin revisits some timeless books about the first round of austerity to help us understand the new one.

Thumb provides a wealth of information on stimulus spending

In case you’re wondering where the stimulus package money has gone, a handy government website is keeping tabs.

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