By Kevin C. Brown | Environment, Population
Are climate change politics still stuck in the rut created by a famous 1970s bet about the consequences of ever-increasing population growth and resource use? Is "quality of life" a better focus than "survivability"? Paul Sabin, author of "The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon and Our Gamble Over Earth's Future," discusses these and other questions raised by his book. More
By Kevin C. Brown | Economy, History, Markets
That's what Julia Ott, assistant professor in the history of capitalism at The New School, says. In a wide ranging discussion, she describes the not-at-all inevitable path to a broad-based securities market in the United States of the early 20th century. She comments on the tendency of financial reporting to ignore the fact that the development of the market in the U.S. has reflected and continues to reflect the deliberate selection of specific political choices. She also discusses the impact of economic crises in changing (or not changing) the understanding of, and attitudes towards, markets. More
By Kevin C. Brown | Corporations, History, Politics
A discussion with Kim Phillips-Fein, author of a book that traces the conservative movement in the U.S. as it slowly regrouped in the aftermath of the passage of the New Deal. More
By Kevin C. Brown | History, Politics
Robert O. Self discusses how struggles over family were central to the ascendency of conservative ideology in the U.S. after the 1960s and how disputes over the relationship between government and family could result in future political realignments. More
By Craig Gurian | Citizenship, Civil rights, History, Law
An interview with Rebecca Scott, professor of law and history at the University of Michigan. More
By Kevin C. Brown | Employment, History, Labor
An interview with Erin Hatton, a SUNY Buffalo sociologist and author of the book, “The Temp Economy: From Kelly Girls to Permatemps in Postwar America.” More