Chrystia Freeland

Twilight of the middle class?

By Chrystia Freeland
April 26, 2013

It’s evening in America. That is the worrying news from the latest Heartland Monitor Poll, conducted quarterly and sponsored by the insurer Allstate and National Journal.

Banker steps into the role of superhero

By Chrystia Freeland
April 23, 2013

In other ages, we have called on shamans or saints in times of crisis when the usual remedies have not worked.

How do middle powers fare in a winner-take-all economy?

By Chrystia Freeland
April 16, 2013

This essay was originally published in the Toronto Globe & Mail.

How should countries navigate the twin challenges of our time – globalization and the technology revolution? If that seems to be an abstract question, consider the people of Cyprus whose futures have been devastated by their country’s failure to surf those international waves, or the threat posed by North Korea and its refusal to participate in these two transformations.

The sorrow and the pity of Obama’s budget

By Chrystia Freeland
April 11, 2013

Pity Barack Obama. Everything in his life experience prepared him to be the president who would take on the big challenge of the 21st century: rising income inequality and the hollowing out of the middle class.

A novel look at emerging market entrepreneurs

By Chrystia Freeland
April 4, 2013

If you read just one book this spring to understand how the world is changing, it should be Mohsin Hamid’s new novel, “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.” The central theme of this funny and vivid work is familiar: the great shift in the global economy’s center of gravity from West to East.

When capital flies, but corruption stays behind

By Chrystia Freeland
March 28, 2013

One of the most important political and economic facts of this young century is that capital has been slipping the traces of the nation-state. Business is global; government is national. That mismatch is one of the big sources of tension in the world today: Whether it comes to taxes, bank regulation or immigration, the fact that money and politics no longer live in the same neighborhood makes consensus harder to achieve.

The permanent class divide

By Chrystia Freeland
March 22, 2013

The one thing pretty much all of us agree on is the importance of equal opportunity. Opinion is divided about the significance of rising income inequality per se. Some see it as a problem in and of itself. But for others, a growing economic divide, so long as it is meritocratic, is a healthy characteristic of a growing, entrepreneurial society.

Why are people leaning on “Lean In”?

By Chrystia Freeland
March 14, 2013

“Man is defined as a human being and woman is defined as a female. Whenever she tries to behave as a human being she is accused of trying to emulate the male.” That observation by Simone de Beauvoir helped to inspire the feminist revolution after World War Two. Two generations later, Sheryl K. Sandberg has written a book, “Lean In,” arguing that is still the case today.

Give the children the vote?

By Chrystia Freeland
March 8, 2013

Here’s a novel way to address the problems caused by rising income inequality: give children the vote.

The political clout of the superrich

By Chrystia Freeland
March 1, 2013

Louis D. Brandeis, the American jurist, famously warned: “We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”