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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"Covid-19 has (re)exposed so much about the ways in which this society is appallingly unequal, cruel, racist and indifferent. Millions without health insurance. Millions compelled to go to work in dangerous workplaces. Policies and policy makers who have responded to this pandemic (and the deep inequalities that are so pervasive in our society) with cynicism, indifference, opportunism and cruelty," writes Koechline. But, he adds, this society knows how to do better. (Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
We Are So Glad You're Here: A Glimpse of the Good Society at a Hollowed-Out Kmart
I got my first shot today, in a sprawling space that used to be a Kmart, in West Orange, NJ. It was moving in some ways that surprised me. It was moving, in part, because it was such a relief. The rescue ships have arrived! It is now reasonable to imagine a return to normalcy. It is now reasonable...
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 The Church of Neoliberalism tells us that “There's no such thing as society.”  And, whatever your beef with neoliberalism, “There is no alternative.” Views
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Neoliberalism Doesn’t Care
Neoliberalism is the aggrandizement of The Market and the disparagement of the state. Neoliberalism is the aggrandizement of private property and the disparagement of the commons. Neoliberalism is the smashing of unions, the selling of public lands, the degradation of public spaces, unsafe...
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Sunday, February 14, 2021
A Reminder of What Is Possible
I have been thinking about Amanda Gorman’s beautiful poem and her stunning performance on January 20—inauguration day. Her performance was so memorable for some obvious reasons. Ms. Gorman is so remarkably gifted—brilliant, charismatic and poised—and she is just 22 years old. It was all so...
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"The adjustment—from one country to two—would not be easy, I know. But if you are inclined to start listing all of the problems that this transition might generate, please keep the status quo in mind." (Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Views
Sunday, December 13, 2020
America's Political Divide: A Modest Proposal
We are all aware that politics in the U.S. is "polarized." Perhaps hopelessly polarized. And for many of us—on both sides, I imagine—it's been dispiriting and exhausting. I've been thinking in recent days that we might do well to think outside the box. I've been thinking, in particular, that the...
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Let’s vote. Let’s recognize and reckon with our dark history. (Photo: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 29, 2020
This Land Is Our Land: Trump's America, and Our America
In the midst of this awful year, and after four awful years of Trump and his enablers, we are, I think, on the verge of something hopeful, potentially transformational. But in order to move forward, we have got to acknowledge fully who we are and where we are at. Someone said of Trump a few years...
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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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