Social Cohesion

Sweet Bird of Youth! The Case For Optimism

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
March 18, 2011 |

Youth. Antisocial, mobile-tapping, Lady Gaga-obsessed layabouts who get off the couch only to riot. What's to like? Rather a lot. In the Middle East and North Africa, youths played a major role in bringing down some long-standing dictatorships. And that may be only the start. A burgeoning young population might help speed global economic growth and be a sign of positive developments in the quality of life worldwide.

What Are the Ties That Bind Us?

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
February 14, 2011 |

Multiculturalism breeds terrorism. That's what British Prime Minister David Cameron said Feb. 5 in a high-profile speech in Germany, thereby opening up an absurd new chapter in the never-ending debate over how much to embrace, exalt and protect cultural differences in Britain and beyond.

Getting Better

March 1, 2011

As the income gap between developed and developing nations grows, so grows the cacophony of voices claiming that the quest to find a simple recipe for economic growth has failed. Getting Better, in sharp contrast, reports the good news about global progress. Economist Charles Kenny argues against development naysayers by pointing to the evidence of widespread improvements in health, education, peace, liberty--and even happiness.

Was Orwell Right?

Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 5:30pm

Tabloid Feminist

  • By
  • Benjamin Wallace-Wells,
  • New America Foundation
November 12, 2010 |

One Monday afternoon in the middle of a summer heat wave, the 68-year-old Los Angeles lawyer and feminist provocateur Gloria Allred arrived at the Friars Club in Midtown Manhattan for lunch. The club’s dining room—home of the roasts, thick for decades with comedians from Broadway and the Catskills—is a fussy, overly decorated place, with mincing waiters wafting through, but in Allred’s personal mythology it looms large. In the ’80s, she filed a gender-discrimination complaint and became the first woman permitted to lunch there.

Here's a Way to Drive More Donations to Charity

  • By
  • Jamie Holmes,
  • New America Foundation
November 8, 2010 |

Among the many casualties of the Great Recession are charitable groups. Last year, for example, donations dropped 11 percent, the largest drop in 20 years, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

But as in other areas, this adversity presents an opportunity to create new, more innovative and better ways to encourage sustained giving to charitable causes. I propose a new idea that appears untested: "angel lanes."

Think Again: Global Aging

  • By
  • Phillip Longman,
  • New America Foundation
October 13, 2010 |

"The World Faces a Population Bomb."

Yes, but of old people. Not so long ago, we were warned that rising global population would inevitably bring world famine. As Paul Ehrlich wrote apocalyptically in his 1968 worldwide bestseller, The Population Bomb, "In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.

Serendipitous Connections

  • By
  • Megan McArdle,
  • New America Foundation
October 5, 2010 |

In the physical universe, chemical reactions are limited by the molecules that are close to one another and the ease with which they can meet up. You can run an electrical current through a chemical bath and synthesize the basic amino acids that form the building-blocks of human life. You cannot synthesize a llama.

Fiscal Reform and Poverty Reduction Are Mutually Reinforcing

  • By
  • Jason Peuquet,
  • Maya MacGuineas,
  • New America Foundation
September 30, 2010 |

There is no question that major changes will have to be made to the U.S. budget in coming years. Surpluses are never expected to return, the debt is projected to climb to unprecedented levels, and major programs are significantly underfunded, leaving participants uncertain about what benefits they will receive in the future.

Programs:

World Rule

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 6:00pm

Come celebrate the publication of Jonathan Koppell's timely and important new book World Rule: Accountability, Legitimacy, and the Design of Global Governance published in August by the University of Chicago Press.  Koppell, a former Fellow at the New America Foundation and Yale faculty member, is the recently-appointed dean of the Public Affairs School at Arizona State University.

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