The Villains Edition

Slate Money on Peter Thiel, neoliberalism, and recidivism.

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Peter Thiel just gave other billionaires a dangerous blueprint for perverting philanthropy

Silicon Valley has always had its fair share of large egos. But until now, they haven’t generally had the stated aim of using their personal money to wage scorched-earth campaigns against private media organizations. If Thiel succeeds in having such wars accepted as worthy philanthropy, we should all be very afraid.

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The Finance vs Business Edition

Slate Money on the taker economy, home ownership, and stock buybacks.

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Media executives: stop saying ‘platform.’ It’s a meaningless and dangerous word.

The BBC, arguably the most venerable broadcaster in the world, is having difficulty adjusting to the digital world.

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Why Puerto Rico’s new, unelected shadow government is exactly what it needs

Soon, the U.S. territory will be run by a group of seven unelected individuals, most of whom will be appointed by Republicans in Washington.

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The 37 Ave B debate

I annotate a contentious letter about the fight between the tenants of 37 Ave B, including the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union.

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The Peer Pressure Edition

Slate Money on Lending Club, Google payday loan ads, and public pensions.

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The Frack You Edition

Slate Money on nonvoting shares, oil industry bankruptcies, and bank class-action suits.

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The Yanis Varoufakis Is Not on Slate Money Edition

Slate Money on Greece, Puerto Rico, and the Brexit.

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Mark Zuckerberg just made his boldest power grab ever

You thought the machinations in The Social Network were bad? Well, Mark Zuckerberg just effectively declared himself dictator-for-life at Facebook.

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5 Lessons in Today’s Art Market From a Sotheby’s Advisor, annotated

A fascinating interview with the one and only Amy Cappellazzo.

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Larry Summers is wrong. Harvard should be spending much, much more of its money.

Summers is, by a long shot, the worst thing that ever happened to Harvard.

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The Dubious Values Edition

Slate Money with Margit Wennmachers on Theranos, Silicon Valley, and German company culture.

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Prince was a genius who chose art over money

He knew that art and reach are two different things. Reach made him famous. But what he lived for was art.

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The Future History Festival Edition

Slate Money live with Rose Eveleth and Gideon Lichfield.

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The International Edition

Slate Money with Josh Reich on Simple, financial tech, and the Panama Papers.

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Panama Papers show how the very rich use art to get richer

“Lost” art, anonymous owners, insane price boosts: Here’s how shell companies make the very beautiful very bankable.

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The Time’s Up Edition

Slate Money on the gig economy, Spotify’s financing plan, and the Starwood Hotels deal.

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The women’s soccer pay scandal isn’t just about players

The U.S. Soccer Federation is clearly underpaying both its women players and its women’s coaches.

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The Pushing People Out Edition

Slate Money on free trade, gentrification, and the Credit Suisse fiasco.

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The artist whose painting got her dumped by Charles Schwab

Selling your art for money? That’s fine. Putting that money in your brokerage account? Also fine. But turning your brokerage account into art—that’s apparently over the line.

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The Screwed Pooch Edition

Slate Money on the Bangladeshi bank heist, Valeant’s tanking share price, and Bridgewater’s people problem.

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The presidential primary system is fundamentally undemocratic

Next time you rub your eyes and wonder how on earth this racist nutjob is going to become the Republican presidential candidate, remind yourself that it’s not democracy which put him in that position. Rather, it’s the lack of it.

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The Professional Identity Edition

Slate Money with Stacey Vanek Smith on buying citizenship, the lack of women on investor boards, and why we work so much.

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The Brain in a VAT Edition

Slate Money on tampon taxes, value-added taxes, and the weird way the U.S. does sales tax.

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