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In Depressing Campaign Season, Millennials Offer Hope
As I've watched the 2016 campaign unfold, I've come to realize that the Millennial Generation has a better grasp on reality than the nation's top political journalists. The younger voters recognize that we live in a world where the culture leads and politics lags behind. Journalists, on the other hand, mistakenly cover political campaigns as if ...
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Will Trump and Cruz Ever Work Together?
Despite the fact that they are currently bitter opponents, there are a lot of reasons to believe Donald Trump and Ted Cruz could end up working together in the fall campaign. The basic reason is simple, it's in each of their best interests to do so. In fact, we already see examples of pragmatism drawing them together. Both Trump and Cruz ar...
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Turn Ferguson Tragedy Into Change
"Creativity, Inc.," a book by Pixar and Disney Animation President Ed Catmull, is aimed at teaching leaders how to foster collective creativity. Perhaps more precisely, it's about how to remove the structural blockages preventing creativity from expressing itself.Reading that book amidst news from Ferguson, Missouri, I was struck by how many of ...
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Things Will Get Worse Before They Get Better
In 1913, an entrepreneur "said in many newspapers and over his signature that it would be possible to transmit the human voice across the Atlantic before many years."; For that accurate assessment of reality, he was prosecuted for stock fraud. A U.S. District Attorney claimed that, "based on these absurd and deliberately misleading statements, t...
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The Ability to Walk Away is Key to Empowerment
Politicians like to talk about empowering the middle class or other segments of the voting population, but they're typically a little fuzzy on what empowerment really means. That makes sense when you consider that elections are essentially about politicians asking to get power? rather than share it. The truth is that we all have more power as c...
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Tech Entrepreneurs Have Greater Impact on Nation Than Presidents
The tech industry will have a more lasting impact on America's future than Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama combined. That's not the sense you get from reading the news these days, but journalists and historians always overstate the impact of politicians while underestimating the impact of entrepreneurs. That was true at the founding ...
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Tech Industry Looks Forward, Politicians Look Back
Silicon Valley and the tech industry exude so much optimism it's contagious. There is a desire to solve the planet's most difficult problems and a belief they can do it. On the other coast, official Washington and the political industry are mired in pessimism. Rather than a sense that problems can be solved, the political discussion focuses on ...
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College Education for Everyone is Not The Answer
A recent study estimated that getting a college degree is worth about a half-million dollars over the course of a graduate's lifetime. On the surface, that presents an open-and-shut case that college is worth the time and money involved. That's the conclusion reached in a New York Times column by Dave Leonhardt, who wrote, "Yes, college is worth...
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Let the Market Drive Progress: A Case for Uber Taxi Service
For people who've ever struggled to find a taxi, Uber is great news. If you're in a decent-sized city, download its app, register, and you'll never wait for a taxi again. When you need a ride, all you have to do is pull out your phone, enter your request, and a car will be waiting. The reasonable payments are handled automatically, and the lack...
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Doctors Must Serve Patients, Not Society
When we go to the doctor, most of us expect to receive the best possible advice on whatever ails us. Unfortunately, some medical groups see that as a quaintly archaic notion. Associations are recommending that the doctors should consider more than the patient they are treating. According to The New York Times, these groups want doctors to shift...
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