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Your Recession in Graphs: The Jared Diamond Take on the Downturn

I'd heard that the United States, despite falling into recession earlier, was actually experiencing it with relatively less severity. But I hadn't understood the extent of the variation until now:


That graphic -- a contribution of Stratfor Global Intelligence -- comes via Joshua Tucker, who notes that Stratfor credits America's geography for our "more stable, durable and flexible" economy. They also say that "if in economic terms the United States has everything going for it geographically, then Russia is just the opposite."

And as long as I'm pushing people toward neat graphics I found at the Monkey Cage, check out this visualization of the ideologies of Supreme Court justices.

By Ezra Klein  |  June 4, 2009; 9:03 AM ET
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