“Liberal Arts and the Wealth of Nations” at Senior College in Alexandria

Source: Flikr Creative Commons Today I'll be giving a talk at the Senior College of West Central Minnesota.  According to their website, "Senior College is a lecture series for adults in West Central Minnesota. A variety of quality, college level lectures with scholars from across the state stimulate learning and fuel curiosities in a congenial setting at the Alexandria Technical & Community … [Read more...]

It’s the economy, stupid

Last week I had the pleasure of hosting Liz Fedor for a 3-day residency at the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement.  Liz is currently the Trending Editor at Twin Cities Business; previously, she was the editorial page editor at the Grand Forks Herald and an editor and reporter on business (especially the airline industry) at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. During the … [Read more...]

Merrick Garland, Peter Diamond, and blocking Obama’s nominations

Merrick Garland The kerfuffle around President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court reminds me of the same scuffle that’s been going on for the past eight years about the Federal Reserve.  Let me explain. The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve runs the nation’s central bank and sets American monetary policy.  According to the Federal Reserve Act, “The Board of … [Read more...]