If you have not seen this thought-provoking, free film on YouTube, please watch it. As you watch it, try to block out all your preconceived notions about North Korea, the United States, and Western culture in general. Don’t underestimate the power of your own subconscious biases and prejudices. Clearing the garbage from our minds is […]
Category Archives: Economics
The Collapse of the Human Labor Force
The Job Apocalypse. It’s difficult to understand and appreciate why the U.S. and global economies are in so much trouble today without understanding the truth about the unemployment rate and why automation and Artificial Intelligence are rapidly gobbling up nearly all human jobs. Despite the high-spun propaganda emanating from Washington, Wall Street, and Silicon Valley, this is […]
Are We in a Propaganda Bubble?
Paths to Truth or Fiction? There can be many paths to truth, but truth only exists when it’s supported by verifiable facts. When a given path (e.g., in alphabetical order, Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN, Fox News, RT, Wikileaks, Wikipedia, or a book, article, corporate memo, direct life experience, etc.) leads us to a given fact, that fact […]
Is Capitalism Sustainable?
Angry Humans. I often see well-intending, angry humans talking about the problems in our world today. Many of them blame Capitalism. Some of them seek a revolution at any cost. I understand their anger, but it’s easy to say something is broken; it’s much harder to present and persuasively defend specific, nonpartisan, and realistic solutions. […]
Ayn Rand’s Welfare Secret
The Birth of an Ayn Rand Disciple. I was an avid fan of Ayn Rand for most of my life. I devoured her books, including Atlas Shrugged, Anthem, and her nonfiction essays. I thought Objectivism and its more popular cousin, Libertarianism, were the keys to every form of human progress and enlightenment. I despised all […]
Are You Possessed by the Demon of Political Correctness?
Praise Feels Good . . . My book, Broken Capitalism: This Is How We Fix It, has received almost universally positive praise from humans across the socioeconomic spectrum. In fact, some of the most glowing reviews have come from “non-white” readers. Non-white humans have literally hugged me on the streets of New York City after […]
Should We Blame Rich People?
The Evolution of Blame. It’s human nature to seek scapegoats to blame when things break. The reasons for this are deeply rooted in the evolutionary development of group behavior. In prehistoric times, when an individual in a tribe did something that hurt the tribe, they were punished with a brutal beating that often resulted in […]
Has Globalism Worked for Indonesia?
Is Indonesia’s free trade policy today achieving broadly shared prosperity? If it is, then we should see economic and human health outcomes that result in the broad creation and broad distribution of wealth and health for the majority of the Indonesian people. This would be considered a “democratic free-trade outcome.” If, instead, we find that […]
Crowd Wisdom & The Memory Hole
Introduction to LibroGod. A friend of mine (I’ll call him LibroGod.) is an accomplished business person and a fanatical connoisseur of “important books.” LibroGod has collected thousands of physical books. He has developed a complex classification system to organize them according to his personal system of values, which he believes is the only meaningful way […]
Belgium’s Political Economy
This was a research project that I worked on with several colleagues to evaluate the economic and political conditions in Belgium. Belgium has a very unique political culture and a special role in our planet’s geopolitical system, which is pretty fascinating. I was the Lead Writer and Editor for this project; so, if you don’t […]