Remembering the Birth of Neoliberalism on April 1, 1947

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As you protect yourself from April Fools’ jokes, you may want to take a little time to consider the birth of Neoliberalism. Professor Friedrich von Hayek organized a conference on this date in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland, to combat the growing threat posed by socialism circa 1947. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, there is now …

Assessing Neoliberalism’s threat to Crowdfunding

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A number of very serious people were aghast at the suggestion that neoliberalism posed a threat to crowdfunding. In fact, one of these people responded by saying that Congress had already assigned the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to manage it so everything is okay. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, you must always consider …

Florida vs. Kotkin Dustup misses the Point

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After Joel Kotkin and Richard Florida penned competing articles about the impact of the creative class and the value of aging cities, this led a lot of very serious people to reexamine the merits of Mr. Florida’s theories. Mr. Kotkin claims the “experiment appears to have failed,” and Mr. Florida’s “…response? Bollocks.” For those tasked …

Strategic Uncertainty of Stock Markets

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Stock markets have been the one constant associated with Globalization or integration of the world’s economies. In fact, a lot of very serious people believe stock markets and the free flow of capital lie at the heart of modern economies. On the other hand, if you look at the unpopularity of stock markets in the …

Democracy First in Economic Development

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Last week, Senator Rand Paul became the changing face of the Republican Party according analysts on cable news. Some on the left will say that he is just the latest clown to exit the clown car. Others will remember when the same was said of George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. For those tasked with …

A Novel way of looking at Budget Talks

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If you listen to cable news, you know CEOs cannot run budget deficits forever. However, they often have to deal with the revenue versus profit dilemma. For example, media companies run deficits in their print businesses while growing profits in their digital businesses. Common sense would say jettison the print business. The problem is that …

It’s not about the SBA Lending

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If you read the business press, you will see announcements from economic development organizations about the availability of Small Business Administration lending in their regions. However, you never hear anyone talk about the strength of the strategic networks. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, it is really about the strategic networks because money follows talent …

In praise of the Smithsonian Channel

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Recently, the Smithsonian Channel has started re-airing its program called Sky View, which joins its other high flying program called Aerial America. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, these two programs take an aerial view of regions of interest in both Europe and America. And more importantly, they represent the second rule for achieving post-Globalization …

Life in a Time of Sequestration

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You will hear a number of opposing viewpoints on how to improve the United States Economy in the short-term. However, you will not hear that the current budget battle over “sequestration” is one of them. Now, a lot of very serious people will say that sequestration is a sign of the times. For those tasked …

Unintended Consequences of Income Inequality

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Edmund Phelps attributes America’s competitive decline and subsequent income inequality to a lack of innovation. Mr. Phelps goes on to cite Robert Gordon’s article in the Wall Street as further evidence. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, you may want to consider how much amateurs contribute to American innovation and the downward pressure income inequality …