The internet, COVID-19, and the open society

BY BRET SWANSON One promise of the internet was to lower barriers. It would obliterate the distance limitations of geography and the gatekeeping functions of big media, big business, big academia, and big government. At first, it did this through


December jobs reports keeps unemployment flat at 3.5%

BY BETH AKERS According to this morning’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added just 145,000 jobs in December. Surveys indicated that economists were anticipating closer to 160,000 jobs. This left the unemployment rate unchanged at 3.5%, a 50

Housing Authority

HUSOCK: End dependence trap with better use of public housing

BY HOWARD HUSOCK The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) operates 174,000 total units, making it, by far, the largest public housing authority in the United States. But living conditions in NYCHA units are abysmal. After decades of deferred maintenance,

New York City

DeBlasio returns to a New York slipping towards crime and disorder

BY MICAH MORRISON New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s withdrawal from the presidential race last week is a lost opportunity. A successful de Blasio effort in the Democratic primaries—his was anything but—could have sparked a necessary national debate over signs of