Eric Moerschel

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Should the US Constitution be treated as a sacred document? – Daniel Lazare

In 1927, the American Communist leader Jay Lovestone aroused Moscow’s ire by arguing that industry in the United States was so youthful and vigorous …

Has progress in science and technology come to a halt? – Michael Hanlon

We live in a golden age of technological, medical, scientific and social progress. Look at our computers! Look at our phones! Twenty years ago, the …

The Death of Textbooks?

Artificially intelligent software is reshaping traditional teaching materials—but it's unclear what the new technology will take away from the learning experience.<p>At a recent sit-down with executives representing one of the biggest players in the textbook industry, my colleague and I felt …

Education

The Insourcing Boom

After years of offshore production, General Electric is moving much of its far-flung appliance-manufacturing operations back home. It is not alone. An exploration of the startling, sustainable, just-getting-started return of industry to the United States.<p>For much of the past decade, General …

Searching for the Good Life in the Bakken Oil Fields

A seven-year oil boom in North Dakota has drawn thousands of investors, laborers, and fortune-seekers. But from behind the counter of a local truck stop, it’s unclear just how much anyone is winning.<p>I rode into the Bakken in a dusty car with Minnesota plates and “Highway to Hell” blasting on the …

Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing

The companies that create the most important state and national exams also publish textbooks that contain many of the answers. Unfortunately, low-income school districts can’t afford to buy them.<p>You hear a lot nowadays about the magic of big data. Getting hold of the right numbers can increase …

A World Without Work

For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?<p><b>1. Youngstown, U.S.A.</b><p>The end of work is still just a futuristic concept for most of the United States, but it is something like a moment in history for …

Economics