Meredith Dezutter

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Can Providers and Insurers Team Up to Fix Health Insurance?

<i>This is the third essay in a three-part series looking at problems and solutions in the health-care marketplace. Read part one, on the main problems with the existing insurance system, here, and part two, on new attempts to sell insurance directly to patients, here.</i><p>“In health care, the days of …

Bernie Sanders and the Case for a New Economic-Stimulus Package

Earlier this week, the White House Council of Economic Advisers released its annual Economic Report of the President. “Claims that America’s economy is in decline or that we haven’t made progress are simply not true,” President Obama wrote in the foreword. The body of the report touted the 13.8 …

Trump's Appeal to the Authoritarian Personality

45<p>SHARES<p>Political theories have done a poor job accounting for the rise of Donald Trump, leaving befuddled observers to turn to psychology in search …

Psychology

The Serial Swatter

Early one weekend morning in January 2014, Janet was sleeping fitfully in her parents’ home in Toronto. A junior studying elementary education at a nearby college, she had gone home for the weekend in a state of nervous collapse. For months, someone going by the name ‘‘Obnoxious’’ had been …

The Apple-FBI Fight Isn't About Privacy vs. Security. Don't Be Misled

Throughout the ongoing fight between Apple and the FBI over custom access to an iPhone used by one of the two terrorists who killed 14 people in San …

Privacy

How Change Is Going to Come in the Food System

<i>Editor’s Note: This piece is one in a series of</i> <i>replies to Frances Moore Lappé’s essay on the food movement today.</i> <br>In the forty years since the …

Is It Time to Table Farm-to-Table?

The “farm-to-table” movement has run amok as restaurants everywhere provide exhausting pedigrees for every morsel. When did where food comes from start to matter more than how it tastes?<p>I used to dream of being able to go to a restaurant near where I live that would serve the freshest and most …

Are Food Deserts to Blame for America's Poor Eating Habits?

When it comes to nutrition access, the focus should be on poverty, not grocery-store location.<p>It’s a plausible hypothesis: Poor people in the United States suffer from measurably worse nutrition because they have such limited access to good food. Confronted with a high concentration of poor diet …

Agriculture

The Instagrams of Food Deserts

Social-media photos can be a rich source of information about the diets of people who don’t have access to grocery stores.<p>Food deserts, or places where people have limited access to fresh food, are usually measured by the distance people have to travel to get to a large grocery store. What’s harder …

Social Media

The Myth of the Ethical Shopper - The Huffington Post

<b>There’s this video</b> that went viral earlier this year. On Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, a vending machine is selling plain white T-shirts for €2 each. Customers approach in ones and twos, insert coins, pick a size. Then, before the shirt comes out, a photo appears—a black-and-white image of rows of …

The Great Divide

Clinton, Sanders, and the future of the Democratic Party.<p>On February 8th, the day before the New Hampshire primary, Bill Clinton stepped onstage to introduce his wife at a rally in Manchester. “I have to be careful what I say,” he told the crowd, acknowledging his tendency, over the years, to …

Seeds of Doubt

An activist’s controversial crusade against genetically modified crops.<p>Early this spring, the Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva led an unusual pilgrimage across southern Europe. Beginning in Greece, with the international Pan-Hellenic Exchange of Local Seed Varieties Festival, which celebrated …

Climate change activists are just warming up

Even as it became clear that a historic climate agreement could be reached in France, activists were organizing protests deep into next year, some liberal political leaders were pledging to go beyond whatever goals the agreement might yield and diplomats, scientists and consultants were planning …

After Marriage Equality, What's Next For The LGBT Movement?

Amid celebrations about the Supreme Court's decision legalizing gay marriage, some within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are also raising concerns about what may lie ahead for them.<p>J. Bryan Lowder, an editor at <i>Slate,</i> outlined his own concerns earlier this week in a piece that …

Hidden Gold in College Applications

IF the gatekeepers at Davidson College had judged the teenager by her ACT score, she probably wouldn’t have gotten in. It was 25 out of a possible 36, and more than three-quarters of the students at Davidson, a liberal-arts school in North Carolina with about 1,800 undergraduates and an acceptance …

The Arab winter

“I AM the free and fearless. I am secrets that never die. I am the voice of those who will not bow…” The voice in question, raised in song amid the …

The Triumph of Occupy Wall Street

The movement that began in Zuccotti Park didn't disappear—it just splintered and regrouped around a variety of focused causes.<p>On her first campaign stop in Iowa in April, Hillary Clinton struck a decisively populist tone, declaring that “the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top.” …

Middle-class

Why did the Occupy Wall Street Movement Fail?

In the fall of 2011, Lower Manhattan was awash with protesters. Wall Street bankers couldn’t go out for a coffee without being accused of ruining the …