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Opponents of income-contingent student loans invariably argue that their introduction will result in crippling lifetime debt. Yet they don’t see home(...)

It is clearly not just the likes of Donald Trump (above) and Paul Graham who are never told they are completely wrong; the same could also be said of entire industries, from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

I was reading an article about Donald Trump recently – he’s hard to avoid these days – and one line really stood out: “One of the more dangerous pleas(...)

 Conor McGregor celebrates after a first-round knockout victory over Jose Aldo in their featherweight title fight during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo:  Steve Marcus/Getty Images

Maybe it’s stretching things to describe Conor McGregor’s 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo as a miracle. Let’s just say that if he’d been doing this st(...)

Airlines – part of the problem: One of hundreds of “agitprop” posters, part of the “Brandalism” project, put up by activists on bus shelters in Paris.

International aviation and shipping have rightly been dubbed “the elephants in the room” at COP21, and there is now a real danger they will escape yet(...)

Smoke belches from an oil refinery at Feyzin, outside Lyon. Nineteen French cities have committed to end fossil fuel investments. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

More than 500 institutions worldwide, with assets totalling more than €3 trillion, have made some form of commitment to divest from fossil fuels, acco(...)

Joseph Stiglitz (pictured) and Piketty will serve on a panel that will also include David Blanchflower, a former member of the BOE’s Monetary Policy Committee and labor-market economist who’s been vocal in his criticism of British central-bank policy and the UK’s Conservative government. (Photograph: Aidan Crawley)

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn recruited Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and wealth and inequality expert Thomas Piketty to advise his (...)

With ‘The Hidden Wealth of Nations’, Gabriel Zucman, is positioning himself as this year’s Thomas Piketty  (pictured). (Photograph:  Charles Platiau/Reuters)

Look out, Thomas Piketty. Here comes Gabriel Zucman. With a slim new book that has the feel of Piketty’s bestselling “Capital in the 21st Centu(...)

A banner of Alexis Tsipras hangs over Syriza’s pre-election kiosk in Athens. The banner reads: ‘We are winning tomorrow’. Photograph: Reuters

Speculation on the outcome of the September 20th election focuses on whether Alexis Tsipras will be able to form a coalition government. Polls show N(...)

After an interlude the idea of economic inequality is back on the agenda. A combination of events, observable trends and, more recently, the publis(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble, Luxembourg’s finance minister Pierre Gramegna and eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem: forgiveness of debt has been a great boon to Germany. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq

For most of human history the moral opprobrium associated with credit was attached to the lender, not the borrower. Aristotle and Plato poured scorn o(...)