Special Report

Global Finance, Human Fallout

Between June 24 and June 26, 2009, the United Nations hosted a summit of world leaders “to assess the worst global economic downturn since the Great Depression.” The U.N. says the current economic crisis is “deepening hunger worldwide,” and warns that the effects of wide-scale hunger may have irreversible consequences on health, education and productivity. 

Mortally Wounded

Mortally Wounded?

Steven D. Andrews

The current financial crisis reveals that humanity has been here before. And we’ll be here again, unless we start taking a fundamentally different approach.

Capitalism: Unknown Ideal

Capitalism: Unknown Ideal?

Dan Cloer

On the heels of extensive government intervention in economies around the world, Ayn Rand is making a comeback. Is her philosophy really the answer?

Ayn Rand: Fantasyland

Dan Cloer

It’s unusual to find someone who not only retains his or her early views but builds a whole superstructure of philosophical meaning atop them. Ayn Rand was such a person.

Adam Smith: Capitalism's Founding Father

Adam Smith: Capitalism’s Founding Father

William Welch

Best known for “An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations,” Adam Smith is credited with establishing the discipline of political economics.

Review: The Shock Doctrine—Disaster Capitalism

Disaster Capitalism

Donald Winchester

Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine suffers from overstatement, and at times it seems her probing enthusiasm stretches too far to fit examples to her thesis.

An End to Poverty

An End to Poverty: The Will and the Means

David F. Lloyd

In searching for solutions to the malaise of grinding poverty, some innovative approaches have been applied. Do they show the way to relieve the plight of the poor?