Chrystia Freeland

Mysteries of the middle class

By Chrystia Freeland
June 28, 2013

If you are worried about the Western middle class – and we all should be – you may have started to have some doubts about the virtues of flexible labor markets. In theory, flexible labor markets should make our economies more productive, and all of us richer, by making it easier for people to do the work the economy needs and to stop doing the work it doesn’t.

Matriarchy, patriarchy and the masters of the universe

By Chrystia Freeland
May 31, 2013

The past week has underscored one more way in which the lives of the super-rich are diverging from the lives of everyone else: The middle class is becoming a matriarchy, while the plutocracy remains firmly patriarchal.

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.

Technology, the economy and pool cleaning

By Chrystia Freeland
February 21, 2013

One way to divide people is into foxes and hedgehogs. Another is into those who think this time is different and those who believe there is never anything new under the sun.

China, technology and the U.S. middle class

By Chrystia Freeland
February 15, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 12, 2013. Jason Reed/REUTERS

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech this week confirmed it: The pre-eminent political and economic challenge in the industrialized democracies is how to make capitalism work for the middle class.

America’s middle class goes global

By Chrystia Freeland
October 15, 2012

President Barack Obama did a miserable job of making his own case last week. But speak to his supporters and the pitch is clear: The American middle class is being hollowed out; Obama’s self-appointed mission is to try to save it.

Globalization, the tech revolution and the middle class

By Chrystia Freeland
September 21, 2012

YALTA, Ukraine — One of the paradoxes of our age is that we are simultaneously living through a time of positive economic innovation and also a time of the painful erosion of the way of life of many middle-class families.