When local business is more competitive than national

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Often, local business is hobbled with the pejorative of “Mom & Pop,” as if their size and local connections are a bad thing. Surely, there are many businesses that will only occur on a large scale; jet aircraft engines come to mind. But for other industries, small and local may mean nimble, smart and profitable. For more, I spoke with …

Death of the National Economy, Part 2

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Hit tip to Marc Arenstein (@traintalk) for sending me this piece of news about industrial classifications set to change in 2017. Here’s a piece of news that will delight that one uncle you have that gets drunk and tells you about how “Elites are pushing us to a One World Government, Glenn Beck warned us all.” Only it isn’t sounding …

Global economy, domestic poverty

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A must-read for today by Sean Starrs at Politico: America Didn’t Decline, It Went Global, in which the author discovers that the wiring of the global economy bypasses national interests, taking wealth from the entire globe and distributing through corporations to relatively few people. American firms particularly dominate the technological frontier, including a whopping 84 percent of the profit share …

We’re all in show business

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I frequently describe myself as “a professional bassist whose hobbies include competitive intelligence and strategic trend analysis.” That may sound unusually humble (or weird) if you read this blog much, but it’s probably accurate. I’ve been playing bass for money for 24 years, and it has been the most consistent factor in my income throughout my life. I’ve worked f0r …

Hamburg Germany hoping to be car free within 20 years

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Can you imagine what your city would look like without cars? I’m sitting in St. Louis – it would be pretty difficult to envision without some effort. But the people of Hamburg, Germany are going one step further: they are putting together a strategy and taking action. Hamburg City Council has disclosed ambitious plans to divert most cars away from …