One day I googled "what is the most effective way to help the world" and found a link that told me to
"identify a cause with lots of leverage".
posted by defmute
on Oct 2, 2013 -
I'm looking for news sources, reports written by reputable NGOs, detailed maps, long-form magazine articles regarding newsworthy events and other general info on the current state of politics, economics, stability and other issues of geopolitical interest related to South Sudan. I would like to dedicate approximately one or two full working days to informing myself about the past 10-15 years of history and the current state of the country.
posted by thewalrus
on Sep 25, 2013 -
I am interested in conducting some preliminary research on this topic and am looking for the key thinkers and arguments on either side of this debate. [more inside]
posted by ageispolis
on Feb 10, 2013 -
Do externalities (political or economic) necessarily constitute a market failure and thereby justify government intervention?
posted by espada0
on Dec 12, 2011 -
Can anyone explain this part of David Cameron's demands in the recent European negotiations? [more inside]
posted by Hartster
on Dec 9, 2011 -
I want to understand economic policy better, but I'm looking for a source that takes a specific type of approach. Help me find it, assuming it exists. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore
on Sep 30, 2011 -
What studies and books are there about the economics of scientific research? I'm interested in a few questions including does giving out grants to University based researchers produce more startups and more highly regarded refereed papers than institutions like NIH or CSIRO? The only book I know of that looks at this is the book The Economic Laws of Scientific Research
which looks interesting but is also described as a polemic. [more inside]
posted by sien
on May 1, 2011 -
I follow politics and current events, especially international politics, fanatically. I know next to nothing about economic systems, philosophy (particularly political philosophy), sociology, and other basics of social science that could be useful when trying to make sense of the world, though. I would like to change this. [more inside]
posted by dcheeno
on Apr 13, 2011 -
Help me find the name of this "Marxist Sceptic" thinker. I remember reading on aldaily.com within the last few months about a Marxist thinker who essentially came to the conclusion that though desirable, no socialist system of government would exist in the immediate future. I'm not sure if it was an obituary or something else.
posted by atrazine
on Aug 20, 2010 -
Help me get my head around the rationale or philosophy behind the budget for the U.S. Department of Defense. According to my rough numbers, it is more than 10 times that of the Department of Education. What is the justification / business case? Jobs? DARPA? China? I don't get it. Please enlighten me.
posted by jasondigitized
on Mar 8, 2010 -
Examples of anything that conservatives DON'T think would benefit from the free market? [more inside]
posted by jnnla
on Sep 13, 2009 -
What single book
presents the most forceful argument against both Randian Objectivism and the libertarian political philosophy that presents itself (in some ways, at least) as having followed naturally from Rand's ideas? [more inside]
posted by killdevil
on May 11, 2009 -
Christmas gift: what non-fiction political or economic book should I get for my liberal intellectual brother? [more inside]
posted by naju
on Dec 7, 2008 -
I was looking at a spoof map showing the 'United States of Canada' and 'Jesusland'. In it, the 'blue' states were now part of Canada, and the 'red' states were what's left of the US. With the increasing divide between the two sides, what would happen if those 'blue' states seceded somehow. Don't they represent most of the economic prosperity in this country? And what does that fact say about the this country?
(I know this is not possible, but it is interesting to look at the relationship between economics and political leaning.)
posted by eas98
on Nov 5, 2004 -
Can one choose a political affiliation based on factual evidence (especially in the economic realm)? [MI] [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on Jan 18, 2004 -