Columnists | | Brainerd, Minnesota

Almost five years after a financial crash nearly thrust the world into depression, a peculiar paradigm still dominates economic thought. Known as the neoclassical school, it aims to give Adam Smith's notion of the invisible hand its mathematical form.

Tue, 04/10/2012 - 8:18am

As best as I can tell, the recent arguments at the Supreme Court did not touch on a critical part of the discussion about government's role in health care: the broken market for private insurance. And I think I know why.

Sun, 04/08/2012 - 8:13pm

Paul Ryan, outlining his latest budget proposal in the House TV studio Tuesday morning, said the policies of the Republican presidential nominees “perfectly jibe” with his plan, which slashes the safety net to pay for tax cuts mostly for wealthy Americans. “Do you wholeheartedly believe they w...

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 5:41pm

Next week the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans ( will celebrate its 65th anniversary. I confess I did not know of its existence until I read their ad in an airline magazine.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 5:40pm

It's the beginning of a new month, and that's a good thing in America's schools, because life seems to get worse there as a month goes by. Students get in more trouble toward the end of the month than at the beginning.

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 5:08pm

With the U.S. economy yielding firmer data, some researchers are beginning to argue that recoveries from financial crises might not be as different from the aftermath of conventional recessions as our analysis suggests. Their case is unconvincing.

Tue, 04/03/2012 - 3:40pm

Imagine a physics program that won't teach the theory of relativity. Or an English department that shuns Shakespeare. That would be equivalent to how U.S. schools of education treat the most effective method for teaching beginning reading.

Mon, 04/02/2012 - 5:00pm

Of all the arguments being waged over the Affordable Care Act - or, as the Obama campaign now likes to refer to it, "Obamacare" - the one dominating the Supreme Court last week is perhaps the most conceptually trivial.

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 4:30pm

20 years ago (1992) After 31 years in the bait business, Marv and Judy Koep are selling out so they can go fishing. They bought the business from Pete Link the same month they were married and spent their honeymoon selling bait.

Fri, 03/30/2012 - 8:23pm

Would you go to a horse race if you knew you wouldn't be able to watch the finish? Sure, the winner would be announced, but you wouldn't know whether it was a photo finish or whether the favorite won by several lengths.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 4:34pm