Business

A Tale of Two Town Houses

Real estate may be as important as religion in explaining the infamous gap between red and blue states.

The Conscientious Investor

Socially responsible investing is neither as profitable nor as responsible as advertised. But if you insist, here’s how to do it right.

Cashing Out

Is private equity just another bubble, or a sign of sickness in America’s public stock markets?

Private Equity Deconstructed

Atlantic senior editor Clive Crook weighs in on the private-equity business—why it's booming, where it's headed, and what it means for American capitalism.

The Hapless Seed

Publishers and authors should stop cowering; Google is less likely to destroy the book business than to slingshot it into the 21st century.

Paint of View

The color of a house is a sign of owner individuality—and a test of neighborhood tolerance.

When the Buck Stops

The age of the dollar has been great for America—but it may end soon.

Lofty Ambitions

Once upon a time, lofts were cheap spaces for struggling artists. Today they are phony and pricey, and that’s just fine.

The Ten-Cent Solution

Cheap private schools are educating poor children across the developing world—but without much encouragement from the international aid establishment.

Up, Up, and Away

Today, air travel is just another form of mass transit. Is there any going back to the glamorous days of yore?

In Praise of Chain Stores

They aren’t destroying local flavor—they’re providing variety and comfort

The Iconographer

In Julius Shulman’s photographs, modern architecture became seductive, comfortable, and immortal

The Height of Inequality

America’s productivity gains have gone to giant salaries for just a few

Signs of Our Times

In under a century, neon signs—part sculpture, part lighting, part billboard—have gone from marketing tool to tacky trash to folk art

Inside the Billionaire Service Industry

Need designer lighting for your jet? Fancy a dressage horse for your daughter? Have staffing issues in your 50,000-square-foot house? A growing army of experts stands ready to bear any burden for the ultrarich

A Confederacy Of Eunuchs

What a lousy time for the leaders of the world’s economic powerhouses to be gripped by political weakness

The Next Starbucks?

How massage went from the strip club to the strip mall

Shock Absorption

For America, energy security lies closer than you might think

The New War Over Wal-Mart

The mounting attacks on the world’s largest company could change American business—and transform the health-care system

The Management Myth

Most of management theory is inane, writes our correspondent, the founder of a consulting firm. If you want to succeed in business, don’t get an M.B.A. Study philosophy instead

The Benefits of Brutality

Why America's immigration outlook—current grumblings notwithstanding—remains so much healthier than Europe's

Poison Pill

Big, politically ugly changes to America's health-care system are unavoidable—consumer-driven health care may be the least-bad option

Markets and Morals

This is the third in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine’s 150th anniversary. This installment is introduced by Joseph Stiglitz, a professor of economics at Columbia University and a winner of the Nobel Prize in economics.

Capitalism: The Movie

Why Americans don’t value markets enough—and why that matters

Who Will Be the Next Fed Chairman?

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Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

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Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

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What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

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