The magical thinking about the stall of global oil production

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Gregor MacDonald has a new post up about the flattened curve of global oil production, and some interesting psychology behind how people are interpreting it. First, check this trend in oil production, which shows that despite oil prices going up, producers are not cranking up the production to take advantage of the new prices as they have in decades past. …

The future of jobs: stable positions, or shared value creation?

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The use of the term “job creator” is a fascinating political signpost here in America. It is an election year; it is something to talk about, ostensibly to measure up the candidates on their ability to improve the lives of the citizenry. If you remember back to years past, nobody ever used this term. Jobs were natural byproducts of the …

American security strategy: be everywhere, forever

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I don’t make all that big a deal of the fact that I have a master’s degree from the Elliott School of International Affairs, where I studied the role of technology and the future of international security. It was a fun experience, despite the fact that Washington, busy at work in Iraq and Afghanistan, was caught up in a mindset …

The Third Turning of Wealth in America

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If anything was significant about 2011 for the United States, it was the arrival of a third major shift in the narrative surrounding success and wealth, courtesy of the Occupy movement. Post-Columbian America, i.e. the America of Europeans dominating yet-to-be-squandered Indian land, has captured the imaginations of people around the world for more than five centuries, essentially with the same …