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Smart Growth and the Legacy of FDR

October 4, 2012
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“The long-continued lag in building is a drag on all industry and trade. This presents an urgent problem which is the common concern of industry, labor, and government. All business needs the infusion of orders and the diffusion of purchasing power that come when building is thriving. Great numbers of people look directly or indirectly to the construction industry for employment. This industry, to a greater extent than any other, can put idle funds to work and thus speed up the circulation of the nation's money supply.

Lind: Is America Still a Land of Great Promise?

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
October 1, 2012 |

Is America still a land of promise?

The biblical metaphor was used in 1785 by George Washington, who described the new United States as a "second land of promise." More than a century later, the progressive journalist Herbert Croly wrote: "From the beginning the Land of Democracy has been figured as the Land of Promise."

New America NYC: Are We Still Innovating in America?

September 28, 2012
America: home to Apple Inc., Google, Amazon, and a slew of other powerful and innovative companies that rule the world of technology. The United States can no doubt claim many of the globe’s pioneering big businesses, but there’s also evidence the country faces declining rates of entrepreneurship and ranks far behind many other nations in educating its young people.

Central Banks Have Made Their Moves -- What's Next?

September 27, 2012

by Jay Pelosky

This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post.


Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage

Friday, October 5, 2012 - 8:30am

A sluggish recovery and stagnant wages have forced policymakers to reassess how an advanced American economy can maintain its competitiveness in the 21st century. Meanwhile, a fierce global race for innovation advantage is under way and the United States is falling behind.

A Glitch in the Matrix

  • By
  • Barry C. Lynn,
  • New America Foundation
September 11, 2012 |

Economic interdependence among nations, Americans have long believed, is the surest and safest path both to a wide prosperity and a perpetual peace. If all nations jointly depend together on one vast "global" factory for many basic goods, so our thinking holds, no one state will ever dare disrupt the functioning of this "communalized" system.

Who Stole the American Dream?

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 12:00pm

The promise of a prosperous middle-class life with decent work, rising living standards, and the potential for a better future has long been the foundation of the American dream. But as America continues to struggle to recover from the Great Recession, it has become clear that the middle class is in jeopardy – and many of the policies of the last 40 years are to blame.

The Sidebar: The Paul Ryan Plan and the Truth About Hackers

August 17, 2012
Jason Peuquet from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget on the budget bonafides of GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan and Brian Duggan from the Open Technology Institute on the massive digital takedown of Wired's Mat Honan. 

Asset Building Podcast: Savings Product Design

August 9, 2012
Savings Product Design and Social Protection: A Podcast Interview with CGAP and CARE. . We asked Sarah Rotman, financial sector specialist at CGAP, and Dorcas Robinson, director of food security at CARE, to sit down with us and share their views on what features of formal and informal savings are important when considering how to design products for low-income clients.

Asset Building Podcast: Going Cashless

August 9, 2012
Electronic Payments, Going Cashless, and Social Protection: A Podcast Interview with the UNDP and Citi. With a growing consensus that financial inclusion and asset building can help reduce poverty, along with cost-saving breakthroughs in payment technologies such as mobiles and biometric IDs, the potential of financial innovation to cost-effectively enhance the impact of social protection is increasingly hard to ignore.
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