Assorted Links (12/30/2009)

Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading today (organized by topic):

Culture

“Why is Ayn Rand so popular today?”

Economics

Finance

“Twenty years ago this week, Japan’s Nikkei index reached its historic peak of 38,916. There are lessons from the fall for America and the world.”

Foreign Policy

“On Tuesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did not just reject President Obama’s latest feckless floating nuclear deadline. He spat on it, declaring that Iran “will continue resisting” until the United States has gotten rid of its 8,000 nuclear warheads.”

Health Care Reform

“Why we will see increased health insurance costs and a radical shift toward expanded government control of health insurance and medical care.