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What We Lose if We Give Up Privacy

August 21, 2013 J

What is privacy? Why should we want to hold onto it? Why is it important, necessary, precious? Is it just some prissy relic of the pretechnological past? We talk about this now because of Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency revelations, and new fears that we are operating, all of us, within what has become [...]

Public Pension Shortfalls Are Everyone’s Problem

August 12, 2013 J,

The pension liabilities that helped bankrupt Detroit have cast a harsh light on similar problems in Chicago and other large American cities, adding urgency to the question of who should close the shortfall. This is a challenge that public-sector workers and retirees shouldn’t bear on their own. The public pension problem is by now well known. Detroit’s emergency [...]