How Well Are We Fighting Human Trafficking?

Globalization of the world economy has increased the flow of goods and services between countries, but it also has a darker side: the growing trade in people. Human trafficking has become one of the most lucrative aspects of international organized crime, estimated by the United Nations to have a total market value of $32 . . . → Read More: How Well Are We Fighting Human Trafficking?

Celebrating Freedom? Censorship in Britain’s Theaters

This year marks four decades of freedom of speech in England’s theaters. Only 40 years ago, all plays were censored by the state for any “profanity or impropriety of language, indecency of dress, dance or gesture; offensive personalities or representations of living persons or anything calculated to produce riot or breach of the peace.” . . . → Read More: Celebrating Freedom? Censorship in Britain’s Theaters

The Libertarian Battle over Monetary Policy

“Libertarians are Republicans who smoke pot.” So goes the saying. And most Americans know little else about the Libertarian Party, America’s third largest, or the libertarian political philosophy. So when former Republican congressman Bob Barr announced his candidacy for the LP’s presidential nomination on May 12, the mainstream media assumed he was a shoo-in. . . . → Read More: The Libertarian Battle over Monetary Policy

Small Is Beautiful: Buddhist Economics Meets Web 2.0

Browsing through the stacks of my local library a few weeks ago, I came across a copy of E. F. Schumacher’s Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered.

I hadn’t opened a copy of the book in over 25 years. As I leafed through the chapter on “Buddhist Economics,” I realized I didn’t . . . → Read More: Small Is Beautiful: Buddhist Economics Meets Web 2.0

Home Exchanges: How One Group of Vacationers Are Coping with Rising Travel Costs

Exploding gas prices, a housing burst and the shaky state of the stock market have all combined to create a tenuous economy that has already had a direct impact on travelers and vacationers in the U.S. In addition to the weak dollar with respect to the euro, the cost of flying across the pond . . . → Read More: Home Exchanges: How One Group of Vacationers Are Coping with Rising Travel Costs

Do U.S. Economic Indicators Still Reflect Reality?

The face of U.S. demographics is changing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the central point of the U.S. population U-Hauled from central Indiana to Phelps County, Missouri—about halfway between Springfield and St. Louis on U.S. Highway 44—between the years 1900 and 2000. In the decade preceding the turn of this last century, it . . . → Read More: Do U.S. Economic Indicators Still Reflect Reality?

Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac in Trouble

Most people living in the US are fully aware that we are currently in the middle of a crisis. What kind of crisis is a more slippery sort of topic, but even the most optimistic (read: delusional) pundits tend to agree this crisis has something to do with money, and that it started a . . . → Read More: Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac in Trouble