Summary: American discussions often end in references to Hitler or Nazis. That's usually seen as an oddity or fun fact, when in fact it warns us of deep aspects of American society that have roots in 1930s Germany -- and that still shape our future. We prefer amnesia to confronting this. Perhaps events in the next … Continue reading Godwin’s Law should force us to remember & fear our shared heritage with Nazi Germany
Summary: We can see our future in today's news headlines. Unless we become more active, our complacency today will create future astonishment -- as we pretend surprise when the inevitable arrives. Here are ugly examples from our increasingly dark news. I recommend anger as a good first step. I love the New York Times, so often … Continue reading The headlines show America being dismantled. It’s time to act, not just watch.
Summary: Sunday's post asked if America is like the late Roman Empire. The good news is that it's not. The bad news is that in an important sense we're like the last generations of the Roman Republic. Rome's people grew weary of carrying the burden of self-government, just as we have. But we can change. … Continue reading America isn’t falling like the Roman Empire. It’s falling like Rome’s Republic.
Summary: The social and economic evolution of America will shape 21st century America. This post ties together our rising inequality, falling social mobility, crashing system of higher education, dropping labor force participation, and falling rate of family formation. Another generation of these trends and we'll have a New America. Time is not our friend. … Continue reading Follow the trail from a growing plutocracy to decaying families
Summary: Updates on two predictions I've made, each a window into the New America now arising on the ruins of the old. What horrific attacks has China made on America with the information hacked from the government's files? When will the Donald flame out, leaving the Presidential campaign safely in the hands of stuffed shirts … Continue reading A New America arises, perhaps with Trump as its first leader
Summary: Corporate profits have rising to an amazingly large share of our national income, powering the stock market while GDP and household income lag far behind. This has played a large role in shaping the New America of the 21st C. What caused this rise? What might reverse it? See my column at Wolf Street … Continue reading Corporate profits are the market’s foundation, shaping a new America
Summary: In this post an insider tells us the sad details about the Trans Pacific Partnership that provide insights into the workings of the New America being raised on the ruins of the Republic-that-once-was. Not just the treaty but the process that creates it. In this afternoon's post, part 2, Alexis de Tocquiville helps us … Continue reading The TPP shows the workings of our New America, if we care enough to look