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Saving Democracy With Quadratic Equations

An economist’s modest proposal: Instead of just getting one vote, you can have as many as you want—but it’ll cost you<p>Everybody loves democracy—except, that is, when a majority tramples the rights of a minority. Constitutional safeguards provide some protection against the preferences of the many, …

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Why Children Need Chores

Doing household chores has many benefits—academically, emotionally and even professionally.<p>Today’s demands for measurable childhood success—from the Common Core to college placement—have chased household chores from the to-do lists of many young people. In a survey of 1,001 U.S. adults released …

What the World Will Speak in 2115

A century from now, expect fewer but simpler languages on every continent<p>In 1880 a Bavarian priest created a language that he hoped the whole world could use. He mixed words from French, German and English and gave his creation the name Volapük, which didn’t do it any favors. Worse, Volapük was …

What Would Grexit Look Like?

Once a theoretical fear of euro-pessimists, Grexit—a Greek exit from the eurozone—may be soon upon us. The euro was designed to be an irrevocable currency; there is no procedure in its rules or treaties for a country to stop using it. So precisely what would happen is highly speculative. But let’s …

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China eyes new cruise link to disputed South China Sea islands

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities plan to start a second cruise ship link to the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, state media reported on Monday, in a move that may irk Vietnam, which also claims the islets.<p>China began cruises on the Coconut Princess on a trial basis from the …

Hillary Clinton unveils climate change policy

Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to position herself as a crusader against climate change Sunday by unveiling some robust goals, even as she continued to avoid some of the more contentious battles around global warming.<p>Clinton announced that she will push to vastly expand the number of solar panels …