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Illustration by David Plunkert

Marx Is Back

The global working class is starting to unite -- and that's a good thing.

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Photo: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Linked Out

The case for sending America's unemployed abroad.

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Photo: Susan Winters Cook/Getty Images

Barriers to Entry

How opening borders gives economies a lift.

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Daniel Aguilar/Getty Images

Give Sam Walton the Nobel Prize

Why Walmart may have done more for the poor than any business in American history.

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Ian Waldie/Getty Images

The Case for Big Brother

A little government monitoring can be a good thing.

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Illustration by Guy Billout for FP

The Convergence of Civilizations

The oft-predicted "clash of civilizations" has not materialized. If anything, values are converging across cultures.

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In Praise of Slums

Why millions of people choose to live in urban squalor.

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The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images; AFP/Getty Images; VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images; A. Majeed/AFP/Getty Images

Wealth of Nations

It's time to stop calling countries like Brazil and China "developing." They're just rich.

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Dumb and Dumber

Are development experts becoming racists?

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EyesWideOpen/Getty Images

Get an MBA, Save the World

If you want to work in international development, go work for a big, bad multinational company.

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EPA/PAOLO AGUILAR

The Narco State

There's good news on the drug war: The world knows how to end it -- so why can't the United States figure it out?

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Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Not Too Hot to Handle

Why climate doomsayers are selling humanity short.

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Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Sharing the Burden

Why Africa doesn't need your white guilt anymore.

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Win McNamee/Getty Images

A Better Bank

Why President Obama's curious nomination for the new chief of the World Bank could turn out to be a smart pick -- and an interesting indication of how aid lending is changing for good.

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