The Great Debate

The limits of the scientific method in economics and the world

By Roger Martin
November 10, 2011

By Roger Martin
The opinions expressed are his own.

This is part one of this essay. Read part two here.

As the economy teeters and the capital markets gyrate, I can’t get out of my mind the evening of May 19, 2009.  We were near the stock market nadir and fears were cresting that we were heading straight into the next Great Depression. I was invited to a dinner along with half a dozen tables of guests to hear a very prominent macroeconomist opine on the state of the economy and the path to recovery.

Don’t overestimate Afghanistan pessimism

By James Dobbins
September 29, 2011

This is a response to Rory Stewart’s book excerpt “My uphill battle against the Afghanistan intervention.” David Rohde’s response can be read here and Anne-Marie Slaughter’s response can be read here.

Where the Afghanistan effort broke down

By Anne-Marie Slaughter
September 26, 2011

This is a response to Rory Stewart’s book excerpt “My uphill battle against the Afghanistan intervention.” David Rohde’s response can be read here.

Creating a “light, long term footprint” in Afghanistan

By David Rohde
September 22, 2011

By David Rohde
The views expressed are his own.

This is a response to Rory Stewart’s book excerpt, “My uphill battle against the Afghanistan intervention.”

My uphill battle against the Afghanistan intervention

By Rory Stewart
September 21, 2011

By Rory Stewart
The views expressed are his own.

I returned to Afghanistan (after spending a short time at Harvard) in 2005. And when I heard that the British government was about to send three thousand soldiers into Helmand, I was confident that there would soon be a widespread insurgency. I also predicted that the military would demand more troops, and would get dragged ever deeper.

The middle-class meltdown

By John Lloyd
September 8, 2011

This is a response to Don Peck’s book excerpt, “How chronic joblessness affects us all.” Labor economist Gary Burtless also responded here.

Why the unemployed stay unemployed

By Gary Burtless
September 8, 2011

This is a response to Don Peck’s book excerpt “How chronic joblessness affects us all.”

Brill versus Winerip, continued

August 29, 2011

The debate around Steven Brill’s new book “Class Warfare” continues to swirl. A review/essay in Monday’s New York Times by Michael Winerip accused Brill of largely ignoring the views and experiences of teachers. Like some other Brill critics, Winerip accused the book of overstating the success of charter schools, and overallocating blame for failed schools to teachers’ unions where other factors–such as poverty–may be at work.

Steven Brill responds to Michael Winerip

By Steven Brill
August 29, 2011

This is a response to Michael Winerip’s review of “Class Warfare” in Monday’s New York Times.