Kevin as a union worker and was told his job was safe. He is now homeless in Portland.

Kevin as a union worker and was told his job was safe. He is now homeless in Portland.

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Community Development in Challenging Times

Community Development in Challenging Times

[ Applause ]>>Thank you very much. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this conference. And as always, I’m very pleased to have the chance to meet with you. I’ve come pretty much to all these conferences — certainly when I’ve been able to, and I’ve found them to be very useful. As you […]

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Do Labor Unions Still Matter?

Labor Union membership in the United States has fallen steadily since the 1960s, to 11 percent, its lowest point in 98 years. So, what are labor unions? And are they still useful? Well, American labor unions took off during the Industrial Revolution. The Civil War decimated rural Southern economy, driving many young people to urban […]

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Is the US-China Trade War a Cold War? (w/ Kyle Bass and Gen. Robert Spalding)

Is the US-China Trade War a Cold War? (w/ Kyle Bass and Gen. Robert Spalding)

KYLE BASS: I’m here with General Spalding, who’s just written the book, “Stealth War, How China Took Over While America’s Elite Slept.” General, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today. ROBERT SPALDING: Great to be here. KYLE BASS: Very few books have been written, I think, unvarnished on what China’s really doing, what […]

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How immigrants and their children affect the US economy | Robert Kaplan

GDP is comprised of growth in the workforce and then growth in productivity. So if you have slowing workforce growth that tells you that’s going to create a real headwind for GDP growth. It means that if you’re going to have more than sluggish GDP growth, you’re going to need more growth from productivity. Immigrants […]

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Even Adam Smith Didn’t Trust the Invisible Hand, with Thomas Piketty

Even Adam Smith Didn’t Trust the Invisible Hand, with Thomas Piketty

A very optimistic view of how the market works, which sometimes is associated to Adam Smith, is the view that you have self-regulation of the market and that the natural forces, natural market forces can take care of everything, and in particular can ensure that inequality will never increase to such an extent that it […]

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