The new industrial revolution has begun. Research shows more robots = fewer jobs

Automation robot

Summary: Here is a milestone economics paper, showing that the new wave of automation is already a net destroyer of jobs. The next industrial revolution has begun, and the effects will accelerate from here. We have to start thinking about ways to divide the new wealth it produces -- and handle the massive unemployment. "On … Continue reading The new industrial revolution has begun. Research shows more robots = fewer jobs

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Women on Top, chapter 10: the growing gender gap in education

Dominant Woman.

Summary: The gender revolution occurs on many fronts, but the growing gender gap in education might be the most important -- with women outperforming men. The effects on society are incalculable, the   potential for a counter-revolution mysterious. “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” --- Attributed to Irina Dunn, circa 1970. … Continue reading Women on Top, chapter 10: the growing gender gap in education

Trump’s comments about the Civil War are mocked when they should be discussed

Two populists: Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump

Summary: Liberals loudly condemned Trump's remarks about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War. They should have thought instead of talked. We can learn much from looking at our long struggle with slavery, obscured as it is by centuries of myth-making. Trump was correct. The role of Andrew Jackson provides a useful perspective on this, with lessons … Continue reading Trump’s comments about the Civil War are mocked when they should be discussed