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[OP-ED]: Is the American dream on a ‘self-defeating quest’?

 04/04/2017 - 15:06
 La mayor parte del nuevo libro del economista Tyler Cowen, titulado “The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream”, es una lectura mega-deprimente.
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Inequality is rising. Segregation by socioeconomic class, educational attainment and race is skyrocketing. The country is generally less dynamic and more risk-averse -- when people have the opportunity to move for a better quality of life or more rewarding job, they tend to settle for staying put.

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 9:45am
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Esther Cepeda
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Most of economist Tyler Cowen’s new book, “The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream,” is a mega-depressing read.

[OP-ED]: In Ecuador, 21st century socialism is alive and well

 04/04/2017 - 12:20
Ecuador's officialist candidate Lenin Moreno (C) celebrates during the last hours before the results of the presidential election, with Ecuador's Vice President Jorge Glas (R) in Quito, Ecuador. EFE
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Yes, I know, telling someone “I told you so” is not the best of manners. But after Lenín Moreno was elected president of Ecuador this week, I cannot help myself: I told you so, Ecuadorans are not fools. 

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 12:00pm
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Ecuador's officialist candidate Lenin Moreno (C) celebrates during the last hours before the results of the presidential election, with Ecuador's Vice President Jorge Glas (R) in Quito, Ecuador. EFE

[OP-ED]: Is the American Dream killing us?

 04/04/2017 - 10:31
One theory attributes the spike in “deaths of despair” to growing income inequality. There would be fewer suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related deaths if incomes were distributed more equally, the argument goes. People take out their frustrations and anger by resorting to self-destructive behavior.
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It isn’t often that economics raises the most profound questions of human existence, but recent work of economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton (husband and wife, both of Princeton University) comes close. You may recall that a few years ago, Case and Deaton reported the startling finding that the death rates of non-Hispanic middle-aged whites had gotten worse — they were dying younger.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 8:15am
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Robert J. Samuelson
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One theory attributes the spike in “deaths of despair” to growing income inequality. There would be fewer suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related deaths if incomes were distributed more equally, the argument goes. People take out their frustrations and anger by resorting to self-destructive behavior.

[OP-ED]: ¿Está el Sueño Americano matándonos?

 04/04/2017 - 10:27
Una teoría atribuye el aumento de las “muertes de desesperación” a la creciente desigualdad de ingresos. Habría menos suicidios, sobredosis de drogas y muertes relacionadas con el alcohol, si los ingresos se distribuyeran más equitativamente, sostiene ese argumento. La gente maneja sus frustraciones y su ira recurriendo a conductas autodestructivas.
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 No es frecuente que la economía suscite las preguntas más profundas de la existencia humana, pero el trabajo reciente de los economistas Anne Case y Angus Deaton (marido y mujer, ambos de Princeton University) casi lo hace. Quizás recuerden que hace unos años, Case y Deaton nos informaron sobre su asombrosa conclusión de que las tasas de mortalidad de los blancos no-hispanos, de mediana edad, habían empeorado—morían más jóvenes.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 8:15am
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Robert J. Samuelson
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Una teoría atribuye el aumento de las “muertes de desesperación” a la creciente desigualdad de ingresos. Habría menos suicidios, sobredosis de drogas y muertes relacionadas con el alcohol, si los ingresos se distribuyeran más equitativamente, sostiene ese argumento. La gente maneja sus frustraciones y su ira recurriendo a conductas autodestructivas.

[OP-ED]: Halperin is right: When reporters become ‘combatants,’ they stop being journalists

 04/03/2017 - 08:41
Too many journalists are in the arena, protecting their employers’ brands and going mano a mano with Trump. This means they’re combatants, and that they’ve stopped being journalists. 
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 I never thought I’d say this, but Mark Halperin is right. 

In May 2015, I wrote a column criticizing Halperin for a series of questions that he posed to Ted Cruz that I considered racist. 

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Monday, April 3, 2017 - 8:30am
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Too many journalists are in the arena, protecting their employers’ brands and going mano a mano with Trump. This means they’re combatants, and that they’ve stopped being journalists. 

[OP-ED]: Halperin tiene razón: cuando los reporteros se convierten en ‘combatientes’ dejan de ser periodistas

 04/03/2017 - 08:38
Muchos periodistas están en el ruedo protegiendo la marca de sus empleadores y enfrentándose a Trump. Eso significa que son combatientes y que han dejado de ser periodistas. EFE
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Nunca pensé que diría esto, pero Mark Halperin tiene razón.

En mayo de 2015, escribí una columna en que criticaba a Halperin por una serie de preguntas que formuló a Ted Cruz y que yo consideré racistas.

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Monday, April 3, 2017 - 8:30am
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Muchos periodistas están en el ruedo protegiendo la marca de sus empleadores y enfrentándose a Trump. Eso significa que son combatientes y que han dejado de ser periodistas. EFE

[OP-ED]: Finally FIFA succeeds with instant video review

 03/31/2017 - 15:46
German referee Felix Zwayer (r) during an international friendly match against Spain at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris (France). EFE
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Geoff Hurst’ goal in the championship game of the 1966 World Cup or Diego Maradona’s hand score in the 1986 World Cup. Without going that far in time everybody remembers Sergio Ramos’ goal in an offside position in the last Champions League final contest or, less than a month ago the penalty kick awarded to Barcelona for a non-existing foul on Luis Suárez by a Paris Saint-Germain defender…

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 3:30pm
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Rafael Cervera
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German referee Felix Zwayer (r) during an international friendly match against Spain at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris (France). EFE

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