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Articles by Arjun Shanmugam (6)

Shanmugam ’23: The Federal Reserve is powerless to stop the next recession

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Shanmugam ’23: The Federal Reserve is powerless to stop the next recession

January 23, 2020 1 comment

January 2008. Markets were in free fall as confidence in long-trusted yet misunderstood financial instruments had eroded. American communities entered a taxing saga defined by unemployment, chaos and class conflict.

Shanmugam ’23: Tobacco use should be illegal

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Shanmugam ’23: Tobacco use should be illegal

November 20, 2019 0 comments

Google a list of the world’s most addictive substances, and some of what you’ll find is to be expected: illegal Schedule 1 drugs like cocaine, methamphetamines and heroin.

Shanmugam ’23: Wealth taxes: politically flashy but problematic in practice

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Shanmugam ’23: Wealth taxes: politically flashy but problematic in practice

November 11, 2019 0 comments

Had Elizabeth Warren proposed her wealth tax — a levy on net worth paid only by the wealthiest households in America — ten or twenty years ago, popular opinion probably would have branded her as an unapologetic socialist, consigning her proposal to a different day, a different debate and a different Democratic Party.

Shanmugam ’23: Regulate tech giants, because they can’t police themselves

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Shanmugam ’23: Regulate tech giants, because they can’t police themselves

October 24, 2019 0 comments

In 2018, it was revealed to the public that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had illicitly harvested the personal data of millions of Facebook users.

Shanmugam ’23: To solve its pension puzzle, Providence must make tough choices

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Shanmugam ’23: To solve its pension puzzle, Providence must make tough choices

October 8, 2019 2 comments

Even as Washington intrigue dominates media coverage of our government, American cities continue to define how citizens interact with the institutions around them — with consequences that the public often misses or overlooks.

Shanmugam ’23: To address gun violence, return power to local government

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Shanmugam ’23: To address gun violence, return power to local government

September 23, 2019 0 comments

In the 1800s, Cleveland secured its place as one of the nation’s great commercial centers, linked to arteries of trade like the Erie Canal.