From the interesting-in-retrospect file: David Leonhardt New York Times Magazine article from the 2008 Presidential campaign re: Obama’s economic plans.
Mike Konczal on the financial crisis inquiry panel; the subject—how consumer finance failed. Also, he enlightens with a little history on stagnating wages during the Aughts.
This review of a Louis Menand book on universities gets off some choice lines. Here’s the first graf:
The state of higher education in America is one of those things, like the airline industry or publishing, that's always in crisis. The academy is too distant from the concerns of everyday life, or else it's too politically engaged. The academy has become completely irrelevant, except for the fact that it's too relevant. We ought to be grateful to our universities for this. Academic wrongheadedness is one of the few things people across the political and cultural spectrum can agree upon.
That’s just good writing. Should be in every writing textbook under “Good examples of starting off your essay.” Also, good points abound.
Gregory Mankiw talkz inflation.