Topic: Wharton

Barack Obama: the smart bet

The below piece will run in next Monday’s edition of the Wharton Journal, hopefully reaching hundreds of registered Pennsylvania voters just before the election. It’s part of a set of “dueling” opinion pieces, one pro-Romney and one pro-Obama. I thought I’d share it with you. *** President Obama has done an extraordinary job in the face of a global financial catastrophe and shocking levels of Republican obstruction. Over the next four years, he offers a balanced agenda to support growth … Read More

Global Risks 2012

One of the more interesting items circulating around Wharton this week is the Global Risks 2012 report, co-written by the Wharton Center for Risk Management.  Though directed primarily at the financial industry, the report aggregates and analyzes the thinking of “469 experts and industry leaders” from government, corporations, NGOs, and international organizations.  It’s valuable reading for anyone who wants to know what the world’s elite is worried about in 2012. Most interesting is the prominence of “Severe Income Disparity” as … Read More

The “Occupation” Hits Home at Wharton

Just two weeks ago, I lamented the fact that my fellow Wharton students seemed so disengaged from the national debate swirling around the Occupy Wall Street movement. Well, on Friday afternoon, Occupy Wall Street “occupied” The Wharton School. The proximate cause of the “occupation” was a planned speech at Wharton by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R) on “inequality.” When Cantor realized that the speech would be open to the public (a policy made known to Cantor’s people all along), … Read More

Pre-Occupied Wall Street

These days, my Twitter feed is aflutter with frenetic messages from progressive activists about Occupy Wall Street. But, back on campus at The Wharton School, you’re more likely to hear the twittering of birds than you are to hear anyone talk about the foes of finance. This is all the more striking because the protesters’ primary target is the industry with which Wharton has historically been almost synonymous.