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Jim Picht

Jim Picht
James Picht is the Senior Editor for Communities Politics. He teaches economics and Russian at the Louisiana Scholars' College in Natchitoches, La. After earning his doctorate in economics, he spent several years doing economic development work in Moscow and the new independent states of the former Soviet Union for the U.S. government, the Asian Development Bank, and as a private contractor. He has also worked in Latin America, the former USSR and the Balkans as an educator, teaching courses in economics and law at universities in Ukraine and at finance ministries throughout the region. He has been writing at the Communities since 2009.

A history of holocaust, genocide and the evil next door

Genocides aren't just committed by evil people somewhere else; they're managed by nice people in any country, neighbor against neighbor. Anyone can be a killer.

Sean Spicer and Oscar Munoz and the art of bad PR

Syria and United Airlines. Then there was Sean Spicer and the Holocaust. It was quite a week.

Trump’s Syria strike: National security, or politics?

What do we want in Syria? Just to remove Assad? What do we want to replace his regime with, and will our military actions get us what we want at a fair price?

The end doesn’t justify the means: Gorsuch, conservatism’s loss

Neil Gorsuch is a fine jurist who should have been confirmed to the Court, but by normal political means that saved face for Democrats and not by liberal means.

Are universities America’s most exploitative industry?

The PhD, once a ticket to a pleasant, ivory tower job, is now a ticket to unemployment or academic grunt work, but universities keep on cranking them out. Why?

Did Republicans suddenly become weak and ineffective

It was clear even to the blind that the GOP couldn’t do the one thing it has promised to do for seven years, the one thing it says is vital to America’s future.

Dodd-Frank: Understanding why it matters and why it should go

The effect of Doo Frank has been to increase the average size of banks and give a competitive advantage to the largest, already "too big to fail" banks.

Make America great again, one person at a time

A nation can't be good whose people refuse to treat each other like brothers and sisters, or to forgive each other for the offense of their votes and beliefs.

Betsy DeVos and America’s floundering schools

The Department of Education is tasked with "fostering educational excellence." It doesn't. So what does it do, and should it exist at all?

Some political facts, alternative facts, and the art of the lie

How big were the crowds? Why should Trump's team care? Take a cue from Obama: If you're going to lie, make sure it's a huge one and let the little stuff go.

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Gurl 8 Pat Hearn, Andy Warhol and New York’s art scene

Gurl 8 is a New York art and punk scene legend. And she died far too young. The following article includes images and language that some may find offensive.