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We Should Impose These Requirements On Publicly-Funded University Graduates

Where once we took pride in turning out engineers, architects, doctors, accountants and lawyers who built bridges, buildings and companies and helped better and even save lives, now we venerate those whose single pursuit is great wealth. It's hard to see what purpose Wall Street quants and click-driven Web virologists serve except to further the notion that all that matters is money.
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When Terrorism Meets Financial Fraud

This was the first chilling example as to how cyber terrorism could bring down the financial system, or specific institutions or persons. Obviously, new safeguards must be put in place by legitimate media brands, regulators, new media outlets like Twitter, markets, corporations and governments.

Did You Really Expect Us Not To Be an Entitled Generation?

David McCullough Jr. recently gave a commencement address, in which he told the students the cold, hard reality that "none of you is special." Who is to blame for this? Maybe those very same parents and teachers who are so quick to accuse us of it. The baby boomers, with the best intentions, have made us into what we are today: a generation of spoiled individuals. Why are they surprised?
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The Most Widely Read Resume in the World

Clearly, Greg Smith is the very product of the environment he is so quick to criticize. Under the guise of a now viral op-ed piece in the New York Times, Smith -- once a Goldman Sachs executive -- has successfully guaranteed that every employer, every corporation, every Jack, and Jill around the world, including the Hill, will be aware of his accomplishments.
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Occupy Conservatism

Occupy Wall Street is, like the Tea Party, a messy populist movement. The concern is real that it refuses to recognize an essential tragic component of human affairs: unfairness is the abiding fact of our condition
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Wall Street's Drug Problems

There is a concern about a link between substance abuse and fluctuations on the Borsa Italiana, but what is even more worrisome is the fact that stock markets themselves are behaving like addicts. They are unbelievably volatile and fluctuate in a matter of seconds and minutes almost daily.
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Too Occupied to Vote?

The "occupiers" would accomplish more if they would show up on voting day and cast a ballot. They would accomplish more if they financially supported and participated in a political party of their choice.
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Occupy Wall Street's Hope for Change

Why does our economic system place a higher value on disposable and often unnecessary goods than on the things like clean air and productive soil? Sure, there's some contradiction in protesters carrying iPhones while railing against the consumer system. But this is not just about making personal sacrifices
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America's Indignados Should Occupy Wall Street

"Indignados" (the indignants) occupy city squares in Spain on a permanent basis, and now the Wall Street protests have taken root and will only grow in size and intensity. These protests, while poorly organized and rag-tag, will become the migraine of politics, not fatal but nagging and potentially dangerous.
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Occupy Toronto: Memo to Police--"Oh Behave!"

With Occupy Toronto approaching, I wrote a letter to Toronto Police and asked others to sign on. The letter listed many of the abuses of the G20 and asked the police not to repeat their mistakes. It asked them to behave calmly, rationally and professionally. My goal was 2,500 and I'd managed to push past 200 signatures.
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15 Things to Demand at the Occupy Toronto Protest

The window of opportunity to ensure a corporate responsibility system in Canada is open now. So, as many commentators have pointed out, while the planned demonstrations don't have specific proposals for change, demonstrators can easily join with the coalitions in supporting the push for these key changes.
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#OccupyWallStreet Proposals Add Up

Who is listening to the folks camping out in downtown Manhattan? President Obama should call out the root cause of his shortcomings at the polls, but is otherwise engaged in retaining Wall Street support for his re-election campaign. And what of us, informed and active, democracy-loving citizens?

The Crisis of Credibility

From sex-abuse scandals within churches to the stupefying fiascoes on Wall Street and in the Gulf of Mexico, a general malaise has replaced our optimism. For academics concerned by the crisis of credibility in our political, economic, and social institutions, it is time to take a good look in the mirror.

My Manifesto For the Occupy Movement

If the occupiers want to be more than an evanescent magic carpet for a gaggle of hacks, gasbags, and kooks, they will have to produce a leadership worthy of being taken seriously and make alliances with other dissenters.