Politics & Society

With growing public anger at public officials and core systems of governance, is society as we know it teetering at the edge of the cliff? There are no short answers. The longer answers are given below by leading voices in demography, political science, and more.

DNA has gone digital – what could possibly go wrong?
Biology is becoming increasingly digitized. Researchers like us use computers to analyze DNA, operate lab equipment and store genetic information. But new capabilities also mean new risks – and biologists remain largely unaware of the potential vulnerabilities that come with digitizing biotechnology.
A US Recession: Will Economic Change Mean Political Change?
Like so many other countries, the U.S. is still coping with the social and economic fallout wrought by the 2008 financial crisis. The crisis may not have created Washington’s economic problems, but neither did it resolve them. And as those wounds continue to fester, it appears as though the U.S. is headed for recession.
Japan’s Economic Sun May Rise Again Thanks to Anti-Aging Medicine
The Japanese people are well-educated and industrious. In the 1960s, Japan’s economic growth rate was often over 10%, rising to an astounding 13%. By the 1980s, pundits and economists were telling us that the US should be copying Japanese economic policies. I knew people who studied Japanese because they were convinced that it would be the international language of business.