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Is income inequality always a bad thing?

Income inequality is on the rise. Many economists and analysts take it as given that inequality does economic harm. But for something that has become conventional wisdom, there is surprisingly little evidence to make a definitive case that income inequality is bad for the economy.<p>First, the facts: …

Economics

The 20 Best Albums Of 2016

2016 is one of those years that will live on in our memory like a lingering bruise. Blueish and purple feelings dominated a year that exposed some of the worst tendencies in our communities, our friends and family members, and yes, even ourselves. 2016 was the year I looked myself in the mirror and …

Sturgill Simpson

The Best Art of 2016: Fresh Views of Old Masters

Anthony van Dyck, Edgar Degas and Kerry James Marshall were just some of the standouts in the year’s museum exhibitions.<p>Many memorable exhibitions of 2016, several still on view, dealt with the unfamiliar, including “Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio,” now at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of …

Art

The 7 human rights issues that will shape the next generation

Nothing about the future is ever entirely certain. In a time of growing anxiety, shifting international power balances and technological change, the …

Rights & Freedoms

Awesome Is What The 2016 National Geographic 'Nature Photographer Of The Year' Winners Are

Just like last year, the winners of the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest amaze and astound us.<p>This year the Grand Prize goes to Greg Lecoeur’s jaw-dropping shot of the feeding frenzy that accompanies sardine migration along the Wild Coast of South Africa.<p>Additional …