Thoughts on the Financial Crisis

The other day, we received a blistering email from a Radar reader complaining about our silence on the subject of the economic meltdown. I wrote back: There are a lot of people bloviating about the financial crisis. It's outside of our area of expertise, so there didn't seem to be a lot of urgency to add to the hot air….

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The Connected Economy

As the financial markets battle the fallout of years of poorly regulated unwise greed, the language of analysis is revealing. Commentators talk of "contagion spreading", financial "gears jammed", and "turbulent" markets. This is the language of non-obvious connection, where it's theoretically possible but impossible in practice to predict the future state. Listening to This American Life's new episode on the…

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Nice Visualization of Candidates' Speeches

Paul Kedrosky pointed to a great visualization of what the candidates are talking about, from the new Dow Jones Insight Election Blog: Biggest one to note: Health care remains big for the Democrats (24% of all mentions) and small for the GOP (9%). The economy is No. 1 for everyone. The difference in domestic issue coverage between Obama and…

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