by Kevin Baker
America has a long, complicated track record of dreading that robots would take our jobs.
by Louis Ferleger and Matthew Lavallee
The world of work is much different today than in the postwar Golden Age when good jobs built the American middle class.
SOURCE: Collectors Weekly
by Lisa Hix
It's not a lesson we should hang on to.
SOURCE: Bloomberg News
Stephen Mihm is an associate professor of history at the University of Georgia and the author, with Nouriel Roubini, of "Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance," and of "A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men and the Making of the United States."In case you didn’t notice, the world’s potash markets went haywire last week, after the announcement that Russia's OAO Uralkali, the world’s largest producer of this crucial ingredient in fertilizer, suspended its participation in an alleged cartel with its long-time Belarus partner Belaruskali. Their joint marketing venture, the Belarusian Potash Co., produced at its peak 40 percent of the world’s potash, with much of the balance coming from Canpotex Ltd., another syndicate based in North America. Together these two set production quotas and divided global markets, ensuring stable prices and steady profits.
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