Carl L. Bankston III

Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

By Carl L. Bankston III Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve: How the World Became Modern has been among the books that I’ve most enjoyed reading over...

Progressivism Past and Present

By Carl L. Bankston III President Obama’s recent invocation of the spirit of Theodore Roosevelt at Osawatomie, Kansas was an effort to link his own...

Harvard Cosmopolitans Gone Wild

By Carl L. Bankston III Harvard economics Professor Subramanian Swamy has become the center of controversy at the university. Professor Swamy left teaching at Harvard...

The Protests in Russia

By Carl L. Bankston III The mass protests in Russia against efforts by Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party to maintain its control and return Putin...

Social Planning and Happiness Economics

By Carl Bankston, III In the past century, we entered the age of social measurement, in which every aspect of our lives can, in theory,...

Social Order and Nations

By Carl Bankston III The current upheavals in North Africa and the Middle East are reminders that the question of how a stable social order...

Attack on Pearl Harbor: Accelerating Historic Changes

Carl L. Bankston III As we look back on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor seventy years ago today, it may be appropriate to place...

A Christmas Book

Carl L. Bankston III Sunday's (12/4/2011) New York Times carries a front-page article on a publishers’ strategy for old-fashioned print books.  As many readers shift...

The Mortgage and Student Loan Bubbles Compared

By Carl L. Bankston III Many of today's college students and recent graduates have accumulated debts beyond their apparent abilities to pay. In a number...

Demand-Side Policies, Debt, and the Financialization of the American Economy

Carl L. Bankston III The 2008 government bailout of many of the nation’s financial institutions was troubling because the combination of private profits and socialized...

Waterside

By Carl L. Bankston III Time out from opinionating for a little poetastery: He asserted water to be the principle of all things... - Diogenes Laertius, "Life...

The Perennial Immigration Debate Comes Up Again

Carl L. Bankston III, Ph.D. Newt Gingrich’s controversial statement of support for qualified amnesty for illegal immigrants in the United States made me think about...