Economics

Why the National Debt Matters

Owing tens of trillions of dollars puts the U.S. on a course for stagnation—or crisis: A Dispatch Explainer.

The Tech Bubble Burst

Easy access to loans and high demand for products inflated the tech industry. Now it has lost both.

The Strangeness of Psychotic Jew-Hatred

Antisemitism remains astonishingly common, especially in its less feverish expression.

Bob Woodson: Civil Rights Champion and Critic

Ahead of retirement, the veteran activist says he still believes solutions to poverty come from communities themselves.

What Happened to FTX?

One of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges has declared bankruptcy: A Dispatch Explainer.

Everyone Hates Our Producerist Economy

But they’re not voting Republican to fix it.

Is the U.S. Government ‘Too Big to Fail’?

Our looming Treasury bonds crisis.

Book Review: ‘The Next American Economy’ by Samuel Gregg

As the populist elements of the right and left converge on economics, a new text provides a much-needed corrective.

Balancing Justice and Mercy

Thoughts on the death penalty.

The Power of Choice

And the futility of central planning.

The Power of Choice

And the futility of central planning.

Why Does the ‘Strong Dollar’ Matter?

The currency’s rise means more than cheap travel abroad: A Dispatch Explainer.

A Pleasure to Serve

A lesson on Say’s Law and how supply creates demand.

The Impossibility of the Ham Sandwich

A lesson about comparative advantage.

What a New Study Gets Wrong About Child Poverty and the Social Safety Net

It ignores the importance of economic factors and the benefits of welfare reform.

Is Copper Really an Economic Bellwether?

A Dispatch explainer.