The Great Debate

Germany can take that smug look off its face

April 1, 2016
A homeless man sleeps amongst his possessions inside a bus stop at Berlin's Kreuzberg district, April 8, 2014. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)

A homeless man sleeps among his possessions inside a bus stop at Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, April 8, 2014. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

from Breakingviews:

Cox: The social costs of financial returns

By Rob Cox
March 24, 2016

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

If the answer is $2.3 trillion, can you guess the question?

December 3, 2015
Homeless gets ready to spend the night on a sidewalk two blocks from the White House in Washington, DC, in this December 15, 2009 file photograph. In 2007, when the world was on the brink of financial crisis, U.S. income inequality hit its highest mark since 1928, just before the Great Depression.  Economists are only beginning to study the parallels between the 1920s and the most recent decade to try to understand why both periods ended in financial disaster. Photo taken December 15, 2009. To match Special Report USA-ECONOMY/INEQUALITY.     REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang/Files     (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) - RTXTQRA

Homeless gets ready to spend the night on a sidewalk two blocks from the White House in Washington, DC, in this December 15, 2009 file photograph. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

Pope-onomics: Francis’ keys to a better economy – and world

September 23, 2015
Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican

Pope Francis arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican, September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Why the Democratic nomination race won’t be a Clinton coronation

July 14, 2015
Former Senator James Webb (D-VA) holds up a union card as he addresses the International Association of Firefighters delegates at IAFF Presidential Forum

Former Senator James Webb holds up a union card as he addresses the International Association of Firefighters delegates at IAFF Presidential Forum in Washington, March 10, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Hillary Clinton and the urban rebellion

April 30, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers keynote address at the 18th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University in New York

Hillary Clinton delivers the keynote address at the 18th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University in New York, April 29, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Cinderella’s new moral: Be rich or be a pumpkin

March 26, 2015
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Lily James is Cinderella. REUTERS/Disney/Jonathan Olley/Handout

Once upon a time, during a brief egalitarian period in postwar America, people of different classes did not live in separate worlds. The promise of mobility and prosperity was alive throughout the land. In 1950, Walt Disney Productions was saved from bankruptcy with its smash hit Cinderella, which audiences cheered at a time when the future looked bright and it was still possible for the dream of marrying up to come true.

Whips, chains and capitalism: What ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is really about

February 24, 2015
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Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey. Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Want a healthy middle class? Bring back the long-term career.

January 28, 2015
Job seekers wait to meet with employers at a career fair in New York City

Job seekers wait to meet with employers at a career fair in New York City, October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Republicans talk about inequality. But how serious are they?

January 20, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell stand at a ceremony to posthumously present the Congressional Gold Medal to Raoul Wallenberg in Washington

President Barack Obama is laying down his marker Tuesday with his State of the Union Address. He told a closed-door meeting of Senate Democrats last week, “I’m not going to spend the next two years on defense. I’m going to play offense.”