Ideas

Healthcare for the American Democracy

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth”  -Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address   “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit […]

 

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Capitalism: It’s as Much About Cooperation as Competition

We have myopically come to believe that “survival of the fittest” is synonymous with competition and is the highest expression of our nature. Yet survival of the fittest also includes those creatures, including humans, who successfully and continuously cooperate to survive. Case in point: Lions adorn the flags of many nations as symbols of individual […]

 

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The Robots are Coming! Will the American Economy Produce Enough Jobs?

Look at the picture. What do you see? A manufacturing process, with no workers in sight. We humans have been replaced by robotic arms and artificial intelligence.

 

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The Next 20 Years: 2017-2037

There will be more change in the next 20 years than any 20-50 year period in history. In fact, future historians may well look back on this time as a historical transit as significant as the beginning of the Industrial Revolution or the Renaissance.   It is hard to imagine any area of life that […]

 

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An Idea that Might Just Improve Democracy

I normally don’t blog about politics except as it affects investing. I consider myself a lukewarm follower of the political scene – having given up on politics as the real source of power in the United States. One person = one vote, but one dollar = one vote; so businesses are the real source of […]

 

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It’s Time for a Single-Payer Healthcare System

  We have had “Obamacare” and now the Republicans have fallen short in replacing it with “Ryancare” (a.k.a. “Trumpcare”). Both plans have their unforgiving and deep critics and enemies.   I think that it is time to adopt the healthcare system that Canada and most other nations have: a single-payer healthcare system.     A […]

 

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Climate Change is Physics Not Politics

The title of this column comes from a column my good friend, co-author of “This Spaceship Earth” and co-founder of ThisSpaceshipEarth.Org Tim Rumage. His column was “Physics is Not Political”. Well worth the quick read.   That column came to mind two weeks ago when a very special event occurred. The Wise Elders of the […]

 

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The Little Worm That Is Destroying Capitalism

In response to the Great Recession, central banks continue to engage in massive monetary stimulus to artificially depress the costs of capital. Many commentators have expressed concerns (and I concur) about the inflationary forces they believe must naturally be building up because of this stimulus. Yet, very few commentators have discussed the consequential little worm […]

 

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Why We’re Heading Down the Wrong Path in Understanding the Human Brain

Understanding the human brain is arguably the greatest challenge of modern science. The leading approach for most of the past 200 years has been to link its functions to different brain regions or even individual neurons (brain cells). But recent research increasingly suggests that we may be taking completely the wrong path if we are to ever understand the human mind.

 

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Why a Robot-Filled Education Future May Not Be as Scary as You Think

This short article highlights two significant issues relative to transforming education for the 21st century: the extremely prevalent technology phobia in academia and the fear of change and resistance to it as well.   As someone who has written a book on transforming education, given dozens of speeches and interviews on the future of education […]

 

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