The Dark Side of Startup Culture

Americans have been slow to recognize the threat of Big Tech, leaving us to hope that it’s not too late. In The Coming of Neo-Feudalism, urban futurist Joel Kotkin warns the global 99 percent of looming dangers ahead. Led by affluent tech giants, the new hierarchs of society are exerting a growing control over our lives […]

Who Runs The World?

The shifting balance of geopolitical power among nations depends on, well, power—the flow and supply of the energy sector, the role of renewables, and trends in climate-related politics.  You can trace tensions and alliances among countries all over the world with a close look at how energy flows. But be careful, because this “power map” […]

Can Humanity Save Itself?!

Happy New Year. Are you ready to save humanity? From nuclear annihilation to giant asteroids, there are so many threats in the world that it’s easy to lose track. In the coming centuries, humankind will be put to the test. Either we’ll take bold action to save the future of our species, or lose and […]

Is Progressive Education a Problem?

About 16,000 hours. That’s how long kids spend in elementary, middle, and high school in the United States.  In Battle for the American Mind, Fox News host Pete Hegseth argues that every aspect of the American high school experience is a product of so-called progressive education. In the U.S., ideas about white privilege and systemic racism […]

The Two Faces of Genghis Khan

Violence. Rape. Pillaging. The Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan is often thought of as one of history’s worst villains. But Genghis Khan also had an outsized influence on polite society, building a great empire that thrived on culture, trade, technology, and tolerance. In fact, many of our modern traditions and laws were influenced by his rule. Genghis […]

How to Plot and Scheme

Common sense is like oxygen; the higher people rise, the less likely they are to find it. Put another way, powerful people have, historically, had a hard time keeping their aspirations in check.  You’ve heard the saying, “With great power comes great responsibility.” But with great power also comes the distinct possibility of making bad […]

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