Monthly Archives: October 2011

7 Billion Today, 10 Billion by 2010

Note: This Post appeared on The Daily Beast on October 28th 10 Billion – Human Potential or Humanitarian Disaster? Today, according to UN projections, the world will pass 7 billion in population, and by the end of this century is … Continue reading

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Dividing the Proverbial Pie

“Globalization has grown the proverbial pie, but it is a rich minority that gorges on most of it.  It may even be argued that the layman’s portion is shrinking every day.  The working class, the impoverished, the young, and now, … Continue reading

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Back to the Posting Board

My apologies for my absence from the blog.  I am now back from my trip to Asia — were in good Asian worker fashion, we were kept busy from 8 am to 10 pm with formal activities every day — … Continue reading

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The Second Great Divergence

Ken Pomeranz did a wonderful book a few years ago called “The Great Divergence.”  It was about how, contrary to conventional wisdom that saw the West (e.g. Western Europe) surging ahead of the rest of humanity beginning in the Middle … Continue reading

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Iran — Crazy like a Fox

Iran tried to hire a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi Ambassador to the United States and one of the closest confidantes of Saudi Arabia’s ruler, in Washington D.C.  It sounds crazy, and indeed commentators have had … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street Grows

Todd Gitlin had a nice essay on the OWS movement in the Sunday NY Times; ditto for David Meyer in the Sunday Washington Post.  Gitlin agrees with me that many of those now being drawn to the protests are disillusioned … Continue reading

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Wall Street Protests and Millionaires

All you really need to know about the Wall Street protests is that when I was growing up, a “millionaire” was someone with a net worth of one million dollars.  Today, a “millionaire” is someone with an annual income of … Continue reading

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