Now that Globalization has ended

By Zachary Alexander on

Unlike Neoliberalism, Globalization passed it expiration date on July 26th, 2006. Although there are many factors that contributed to its demise, the two most important factors are the arrival of “peak oil” sometime in 2005 and the success of Neoliberalism. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, the challenge is how to manage this post-Globalization transition …

Dissecting the Twin Party Myth

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Commentators on cable news shows like to imply that there is no difference between the Democratic and Republican parties. They compare the spending spree that the GOPs went on during the Bush Administration and won’t acknowledge the differences (i.e., one was for fun, and the other to avoid 2nd Depression). For those tasked with supporting …

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 …

Are Sustainability Challenges Different in America?

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Given the importance that members of the World Economic Forum accorded to sustainability and free markets, you would think that a more sustainable future is right around the corner. However, you can’t visit news sites like the Huffington Post without seeing a story, which talks about the challenges associated with achieving sustainability. And most of …

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 …

Eco-labels as Strategic Uncertainty

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If you read Jon Entine’s story called “Ecolabels – The wild west of labeling,” you will see that eco-labeling is in the current state of chaos. There are far too many competing standards organizations with far too many agendas. And a lot of very serious people will say why worry. For those tasked with supporting …

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 …