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World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability

The Works: Anatomy of a City

Fooled by Randomness

The Blue Death: Disease, Disaster, and the Water We Drink


Black Like Me

Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers

The Ethics of Identity

The Ethics of Authenticity

When the cheering stopped: The last years of Woodrow Wilson

The Jungle

The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism

Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72

The Slave Ship: A Human History

China: Fragile Superpower: How China's Internal Politics Could Derail Its Peaceful Rise

Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South

While America Aged: the Next Financial Crisis

The Consumer Society Reader

The Nine Nations of North America

Web of Debt

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I'm Not Scared

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September 2008 entries:

The Bush-Paulson-Bernanke Shock Doctrine Failed
(September 30, 2008)

Can Taxpayers Actually Expect a Profit on the Bailout?
(September 29, 2008)

History in the Making
(September 27, 2008)

Fantasyland II: Betrayal, C'est Rien (it is nothing)
(September 26, 2008)

What Crisis? a.k.a. Creative Destruction Is The Beating Heart of Capitalism
(September 25, 2008)

Welcome to Fantasyland I
(September 24, 2008)

Paulson and Bernanke: New American Fascists
(September 23, 2008)

Mark Your Calendars: The Crash of October 7, 2008
(September 22, 2008)

Restoring the Con in Confidence
(September 20, 2008)

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Homebuilders' Coming Demise
(September 19, 2008)

Checking In on Oil's Head-Fake
(September 18, 2008)

Looking for Changes in Trend
(September 17, 2008)

Liar Nation: Finally Reaping What We Have Sown
(September 16, 2008)

Election Prediction: Electoral College Blowout for Palin/McCain
(September 15, 2008)

Favorite Line Ever Written and A Healthy Debate on Chinese Real Estate
(September 13, 2008)

China and the U.S.: Playing a Game with No Rules
(September 12, 2008)

The Principle of Substitution and Sit-Com Politics
(September 11, 2008)

Two Failed Parties: The Real Political Narrative of The Past Half-Century
(September 10, 2008)

Gold, The Dollar and Manipulation
(September 9, 2008)

Advice to an Astute Young Person
(September 8, 2008)

Is This What We've Come To: Insecurity, Fear and Self-Destruction? (September 6, 2008)

Why Are We Such Ready "Buyers" of Propaganda, Pandering and Posturing? (September 5, 2008)

America's Financial Joyride
(September 4, 2008)

Do We Actually Want To Be Conned? All Too Often: Yes
(September 3, 2008)

"Staging" the U.S. Economy
(September 2, 2008)

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