Chronicles Magazine Economy

Envy and the Consumerism of the Have—Nots

You can make a good argument that, by the late 20th century, the Seven Deadly Sins had become the Seven Lively Virtues. In the 1960’s, the media lauded the anger of students who bombed police stations and set dormitories on fire. Hollywood...

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  • NEWS

    Rich Man, Poor Man

    When the late Tony Snow stepped down from his position as President George W. Bush’s press secretary, he explained that he simply could not “make it on $168,000 a year.” The comment didn’t play well in Peoria.

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  • The Rockford Files

    Detroit City

    For decades, Detroit has been America’s whipping boy. It’s not as if the Big Three automakers haven’t given us plenty of reasons to dislike them. Few people who ever drove a Chrysler K-car are likely to rank that experience among their happiest.

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    Kiss Wall Street Goodbye

    Does the public stock market actually serve a purpose? To some free-market zealots, the answer is obvious: The public markets increase liquidity, and this enables fledgling businesses to get off the ground by allowing them access to capital.

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