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Livia Gershon

Livia Gershon is a freelance writer in Nashua, New Hampshire. Her writing has appeared in publications including Salon, Aeon Magazine and the Good Men Project. Contact her on Twitter @liviagershon.

Should Education Be Efficient?

What do education leaders mean by "efficient" schools?

Could Day Fines Improve the U.S. Justice System?

Are day fines a possible solution for the U.S. criminal justice system?

The Biggest US Housing Subsidy is For The Rich

The National Tax Journal looked at how significant the US housing subsidy is and what the effects of repealing or altering it would be.

How to Create False Witnesses

How "secondary confessions" lead to false witnesses in testimonies.
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Why Retail Workers Depend on Merciful Supervisors

What's the best benefit retail workers could ask for? An understanding supervisor.

Civil Rights and Private Property Rights

The connection between civil rights and private property rights as they play out in the 1960s and now.

Putting CEO Pay in an International Context

Differences in CEO Pay in countries like the U.S., Japan, and Israel.
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Is Marriage a Solution to Poverty?

Is marriage a solution to poverty?
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Is TV for Toddlers Really that Bad?

BabyFirstTV, a channel aimed specifically at toddlers is headed for US TV.

Do Police Deter Crime?

Is there a connection between larger police forces and lower crime rates?
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Medically Assisted Suicide, Christianity, and Confucius

The debate on medically assisted suicide often pits Christian and secular liberal values against each other.

The Psychological Power of the Confederate Flag

An experiment in Political Psychology points to just how powerful the confederate flag continues to be in stirring up racist attitudes among whites.

The Value of Women’s Colleges: A View from the 1930s

Sweet Briar College's decision to shut its doors has put a spotlight on the decline of women's colleges.

Why Do White-Collar Criminals Do It?

Former Tyco CEO and infamous white-collar criminal L. Dennis Kozlowski recently ended his parole

What Happens to Kids When You Give Families a Universal Basic Income?

A town in Cherokee, North Carolina is an experiment on how a universal basic income affects kids.

Poor Kids, Social Mobility, and Their Contexts

A different angle on the issue of poor kids in America and abroad in an issue of Ethos

Obscenity and Unintended Consequences

In the Journal of American Studies, Amanda Frisken investigated how an earlier set of standards around obscenity emerged in the 1870s.

Why Higher Pay Can Be Good for Business

Higher pay for workers can be a good move for firms even beyond PR.

Teaching Facts and Values in Public Schools

For most of the country's history, teaching "moral facts" was the main duty of the public schools.

Anonymity and Public Debate—in the 1800s

But 150 years ago in Great Britain, the question of what role anonymity should play in public discourse looked completely different than today.

Fraternities, Sororities, and Racism

Complex racial dynamics affect members of non-white fraternities even when they didn't involve explicit racism.

How Subtle Subsidies Shaped U.S. Health Care

Melissa A. Thomasson looked into how federal money created the U.S. health care landscape as we know it.

Why Bias Helps News Channels—and Maybe Viewers Too

According to a 2005 paper about bias in newspapers, reporting that tries to play things straight down the middle isn't necessarily a winning move.
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Patriotism and History Class

The question of what, exactly, history class is for and what that has to do with patriotism goes back more than a century.

Legalizing Marijuana: Lessons from the Post-prohibition Era

The country's experience regulating alcohol after Prohibition may provide lessons regarding marijuana.