The Nation

on Jun 1, 2009 - 09:16 AM ET

Last week, George Will spent his Sunday column in the Washington Post attacking an article I recently wrote in the Cornell Law Review. Of course it is gratifying to have an academic piece be elevated to the public sphere, but unfortunately I don't actually think Will read my article.

The Cornell article is basically...

on May 18, 2009 - 09:07 AM ET

In the last two weeks, there have been two big stories about antitrust law in the New York Times, and one in the Wall Street Journal. As the Wall Street Journal's blog just recommended that law students beef up on...

on May 1, 2009 - 12:59 PM ET

Before economics became a separate branch of study, scholars like Adam Smith used to write as political economists, examining the nature of production and its relationship to government. The fields have since split, and while there are those who specialize in political economy, there's a basic divide between political scientists, who study politics, and economists, who study ecologies of production. We see that in our newspapers too--a section on politics, a section on business, and while...

on Apr 29, 2009 - 13:47 PM ET

I hope you find these apt, and capable of serving two ends--a celebration of good poetry, a reflection on 100 days.

1. Days
-- Philip Larkin

What are days for?
Days are where we live.
They come, they wake us
Time and time over.
They are to be happy in:
Where can we live but days?

Ah, solving that question
Brings the priest and the doctor
In their long coats
Running over the fields.

2. Sonnet #100

on Apr 27, 2009 - 08:59 AM ET

The New York Times today has a fantastic profile of Tim Geithner and his thinking. It underlines, through a complex portrait, how urgent it is to replace Geithner with someone whose ideology was not fundamentally created by the institutions he is supposed to be regulating.

But two additional things struck me about the profile. The first is that he comes across as profoundly naïve. At one point he insists...

on Apr 22, 2009 - 09:51 AM ET

Yesterday's hearing at the Joint Economic Committee, convened by Congresswoman Maloney, gave me some hope that Congress might be thinking about taking some leadership in systematically restructuring our financial system. I highly recommend that everyone watch the video.

Sam Brownback, Republican Congressman Burgess, Democratic Congressman Cummings, Democratic Congresswoman...