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The First Knowledge Economy State

March 26, 2019

The First Knowledge Economy State

One of my favorite lessons learned about U.S. democracy is the concept of states as methods of experimentation. We see it to a reasonable extent in the United States with different state’s approach to issues such as abortion, LGBTQ rights, education, and redistributive social programs. What we don’t see is any significant variation in structural […]

March 12, 2019

The Impact of High Trust

The nature of work is changing rapidly here in the United States and across the world.  A growing pool of technological resources, best practices, and a highly skilled and innovative workforce is shaping the way humanity can work into a new and exciting potential that will forever change our lives.  The transformation is already occurring […]

March 5, 2019

What is the Knowledge Economy?

Labor and productivity play a foundational role in the human experience.  Through so much of our shared past and present the work that we do becomes a defining part of who we are and how we interact with the world around us.  History teaches us that while the nature of productive efforts changes, there is […]

February 26, 2019

Building a Cooperation Nation

American culture is one that defines freedom as autonomy.  That is to say, the sovereignty to be self-governed and to self determine one’s path throughout life.   This central tenet of American ideology has been reinforced through our social, political, and economic arrangements solidifying the dogma of competition as the best method towards progress for centuries. […]

February 19, 2019

Finance, the Real Economy, and the Progressive

Improving the economy is a concept that most people are familiar with but likely have different understandings of depending on the circumstances that they find themselves in.  There seems to be no shortage of political pundits, candidates, leaders, and non-specialists provide visions of what’s wrong and how we’re going to fix it.    Strangely one topic […]

February 5, 2019

Proactive Taxation for Progressives

Wealth concentration is the central issue to many of the social, political, and economic problems facing the United States in the present day. It negatively impacts our health, happiness, [1] and our shared ability to transform the world. Popular ideas such as a wealth tax [2], a more progressive taxation system[3], and a Universal Basic […]

February 3, 2019

A Progressive Rejection of Universal Basic Income

Universal Basic Income (UBI) is gaining popularity in America as the next logical economic step in a post-automation world. Touted as a way to save America’s Capitalism, it ensures that people have enough money to keep consuming while raising the quality of life for our most impoverished. UBI boasts some attractive benefits for the majority […]

December 11, 2018

Neoliberalism Is Working Exactly As Intended

A common criticism of capitalism is that the neoliberal approach has failed to meet its intended goals.  We recognize this because we can observe that the United States is becoming increasingly more unequal every year.  Oxfam.org recently published a study stating that 82% of all the wealth created in 2017 went to the top 1% […]

November 29, 2018

Progressive Lessons from our Productive Past

Production is a transformative process, consistently and perpetually changing to solve new problems. All regimes of government are tied to their most advanced form of production. This bond fuels the growth and expansion of the government organization while at the same time defining the social, economic, and political arrangements of the society. By deepening our […]