The “Great Recession” has prompted professors, policymakers, and pundits to take positions on the health of the U.S. economy and the cause of the crisis. Some experts believe that we are on a road to recovery, but a major question remains to be resolved: debt. While many have focused on the negative effects of our national debt, evidence shows that private debt—held by consumers and private businesses alike—may undermine our economy to an even greater degree.
With keynote speaker Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, The Atlantic's Second Annual Economy Summit examined topics like the declining value of the dollar, the merits of deleveraging the U.S. economy through targeted policies, the possibility of new “bubbles” forming in healthcare, education, and other industries, and the road to recovery.
Fifteen Years Later:
Are We Any Safer?
The Atlantic will explore the nation’s homeland security to examine the strengths and remaining vulnerabilities of our security apparatus and our preparedness to prevent the next terrorist attack.
The New Old Age
Since the turn of the 20th century, average life expectancy has been rising steadily. In the United States, we can now expect to live an average of three decades longer than our great-grandparents. As we collectively age, our societal understandings of the rhythms of an average lifespan have been slow to adapt. With nearly 10,000 baby boomers moving into retirement every day, The Atlantic will examine the shape of the new old age and its impact on society.