Freakonomics

Would Democracy Work Better If You Could Buy More Votes?

In Tuesday's election, millions of eligible voters didn't care enough to vote. Millions more were so energized they'd have voted twice if they could. So why not let them? University of Chicago economics professor Glen Weyl thinks letting people buy extra votes could be good for democracy, and our budget issues, too.

Plastic Packaging Is Good for the Earth? Rubbish!

A New York Times' blogger argues that wasting food is worse for the environment than a bit of plastic packaging that extends its shelf life. Why? Because of the methane food produces when it decays, he says. But the argument is rubbish as composting and buying locally would solve the problem.

Retailers in 2010: Less, but More Exclusive Stuff

If stores seem picked over this year, don't be fooled into thinking you just missed a crazy sale. It's deliberate. Retailers expect growth and profits in 2010 won't come from new stores, but rather from merchandising the existing ones to the hilt -- with less, but more exclusive merchandise.