Tim Koechlin

Tim Koechlin

Tim Koechlin holds a PhD in economics. He is the Director of the International Studies Program at Vassar College, where he has an appointment in International Studies and Urban Studies. Professor Koechlin has taught and written about a variety of subjects including economic, political and racial inequality; globalization; macroeconomic policy, and urban political economy.

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"Zoom is alienating.  Each of us is, quite literally, in our own little box.  Each of us is missing a dimension, quite literally," writes Koechlin. (Photo: Sam Wasson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Finding My Students Over Zoom
Today, I taught three classes over Zoom. Most of my students were somewhere on the Vassar College campus. A few others joined us from New York City, LA, Sacramento, Beijing, London, Kansas City and Seattle. Each of their little heads in a little box on my screen with their name across the bottom...
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Saturday, August 29, 2020
Keep Your Filthy Hands Off of Leonard Cohen
After Trump’s (predictably) revolting speech on Thursday night, the RNC DJ played Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Twice. Without permission (of course). This is far from the worst thing that these cynical, mendacious fuckers have done. But it’s enraging nonetheless. Leonard Cohen died on November 7,...
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Saturday, July 11, 2020
Trump, the Pandemic, and the End of the Trumpian Tragedy
For a long time, the GOP has pursued a political and policy agenda that makes the world worse for most of us. Donald Trump, of course, has done this with particular vigor and cruelty. The Democrats, alas, have too often been complicit (and sometimes enthusiastic) collaborators. Generally speaking,...
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An Amazon employee works in the company's warehouse on Staten Island. (Photo: Johannes Eisele / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Whitewashing Capitalism
Racial inequality is a glaring, enduring and essential fact about the US economy. But remarkably, mainstream economics (that is, the ECON learned by most high school and college students in the US) has very little to say about it. There is, rather, a deafening silence in mainstream economics about...
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Monday, April 13, 2020
Trump and the GOP Don't Care About Your Grandchildren
Donald Trump and his posse are clearly eager to “re-open” the economy – soon! “Our country wasn’t built to be shut down,” Trump declares. "America will, again, and soon, be open for business. Very soon.” Larry Kudlow, Trump’s top economic adviser, said in an interview with Fox News “The president...
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Soaring inequality is not an economic inevitability—it’s not about the “inexorable” forces of globalization or technological change. (Photo: Flickr/mSeattle. CC BY 2.0.) Views
Thursday, July 04, 2019
The Rich Get Richer, and Richer Still: Soaring Inequality in the US and Why it Matters
The United States is, by every reasonable measure, the most unequal of the world’s rich countries. For four decades, the US has been suffering from a crisis of inequality. After too many years of inaction and complicity, a growing number of Democrats seem to get it. Trump and the Republicans, on...
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He certainly appears to be “an idiot” because his predictions and his ex post analyses are so reliably ridiculous and wrong. (Photo: CBN) Views
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Stephen Moore? Really?
In late November of 2016, as then President Elect Trump began naming members of his cabinet, his White House staff, etc., John Cleese commented (brilliantly) that “it looks as though Trump is assembling the crew for a pirate ship.” Indeed. Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, Betsy DeVos, Scott Pruitt,...
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This all came to mind several times during the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh earlier this month - most notably during Lindsay Graham’s rant about the “hell” through which Kavanaugh had been put by Graham’s Democratic colleagues and the liberal media. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
You Have Nothing to Apologize For! The Defense of White Male Privilege
My very wise partner has noted that “The people who are most inclined to say ‘I’m sorry’ often have nothing to apologize for. The a--holes who have so much to be sorry for, never apologize.” Donald Trump could be the poster boy for this this latter category - its commander-in-chief, if you will. He...
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"Racism has been an essential part of the Republican playbook for decades. Elected over and over as defenders of white working people’s “way of life,” the GOP has reliably used its political power to make its rich donors richer."(Photo: Getty) Views
Friday, August 03, 2018
Unholy Trinity: Trumpism, Racism and Profits
The Trump administration has been guided and energized by two defining projects: (1) the further enrichment of the 1% and (2) the vilification, disempowerment and dehumanization of people of color. Indeed, these are among the Trump Administration’s most important “accomplishments.” These two...
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Friday, July 20, 2018
"Hey! That's Not What I Didn't Mean": On What Trump Said in Helsinki
Like many of you, I was surprised to learn that President Trump's disastrous press conference in Helsinki earlier this week was all a misunderstanding! It turns out that the President left out one, single (albeit crucial) word: "not." What a close call! Actually, it turns out that this happens all...
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