By Zara Kessler

The John Carter Brown Library on "minding" one's business in early America
The University of Oxford on the underperformance of the American health system from 1970 to 2010
The Economist on how monetary policy brings down debt ratios
Reuters on the decline of labor
Project Syndicate on strategic commitment and democracy's burning ships

Read more from Echoes, Bloomberg View's economic history blog.

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