Why Universities need Affirmative Action

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As you can imagine, one of the hottest topics to be debated in the Supreme Court this year will once again be “affirmative action.” The reason is that the Freedom First Wing of the Republican Party views affirmative action as market tampering. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, you may want to consider the universities’ …

Does the Future Belong to the Mapmakers?

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Traditionally, mapmakers have been mythologized as pioneers and facilitators of international trade. This process continued until the 1890’s in the United States when the Census Bureau announced the “end of the frontier.” For those tasked with supporting sustainability, you and your peers may want to consider the words of Brian McClendon, Vice President for Engineering …

Is Neoliberalism the cause of America’s Long Decline?

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There are those in the Freedom First Wing of the Republican Party who like to point to the 1950’s as the best of times for the United States Economy. And many of them suggest that it is legislation like the Paycheck Fairness Act that has brought America to the brink of economic destruction. For those …

Bitcoin related Strategic Uncertainty

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Libertarians like Friedrich Hayek (Nobel Laureate)  have been claiming for years that central banks are the source of many of the problems facing world markets. Now some very serious people see Bitcoin as an opportunity to reduce the need for United States Dollars in international transactions and remove central banks from the equation. On the …

Why America needs a Post-Globalism Strategy

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You can always tell how bankrupt a given economic strategy is by how hard its proponents fight even minor course corrections. For example, you can hear this sentiment in the comments of Senator Rand Paul when they rail against the dangers of the Affordable Care Act. Even though millions of uninsured Americans will benefit from …

The Real Victims of Neoliberalism

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Few commentators on cable news talk about the role Neoliberalism has played in the global youth unemployment crisis.  A lot very serious people agree that youth unemployment is a ticking time bomb that will lead to crisis in upward mobility. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, solving youth unemployment represents a special opportunity to ensure …

Now that Globalization has ended

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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 …

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 …

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 …