World Economic Forum

It’s a two-hour drive from Beijing to Tianjin, which is hosting the World Economic Forum. Otherwise known as the “Summer Davos,” the Forum’s stated purpose is to improve the state of the world. I’m here to find out what that means, how it’s supposed to happen, and whether I can help. The event takes place at the Binhai International Convention &...

The Other Georgia

Last week, it was reported that the Bush administration will send $1 billion to aid Georgia, the Eastern European nation that revolted against Russia. I couldn’t help but think of the other Georgia, the southeastern state and one of the original Thirteen Colonies that revolted against Great Britain. What are the tradeoffs when we rush to aid Georgia, which...

Why Education Belongs Back on the Agenda

The bleak economy has increasingly dominated the headlines. It’s easy to see why, given the yo-yoing stock market and through-the-roof energy prices. But the economy’s difficulties have overshadowed an equally troubling trend: since the late 1960s, U.S. high-school graduation rates have steadily declined. Riane Eisler, in her wonderful book,...