The Economics of the Wall

For the most part, any discussion of building a barrier along the entire U.S. border with Mexico has focused on all...

published on: May 22, 2017

Deconstructing the Administrative Sta...

As Trends subscribers know, the unprecedented rise in American affluence over the past 250 years was enabled by a...

published on: Apr 15, 2017

Getting Infrastructure Investment Rig...

Donald Trump has proposed to invest an average of $100 billion per year on infrastructure upgrades over the next ten...

published on: Jan 16, 2017

The Economic Spoils of War

After eight years of ambivalent commitment to national security and global leadership, the United States is poised to...

published on: Jan 16, 2017

Nationalism vs. Globalism, not Globalization ...

published on: Oct 15, 2016

Around the world, 2016 represents a political inflection point the likes of which we haven’t witnessed since 1968.  For the first time since World...

Robots at War

published on: Sep 15, 2016

Ever since World War II, defense spending has provided an extraordinary boost to technologies like advanced materials, aerospace, and information...

The Biggest Obstacles to Our Driverless Futur...

published on: Jul 15, 2016

We’ve spent over a decade debating the bureaucratic dimensions of healthcare with little to show for it.  Meanwhile, artificial intelligence and...

China’s Geopolitical Game Plan

published on: May 30, 2016

Today China faces unprecedented challenges as the world economy is transformed by technology, demography, and human behavior. Some expect China to...

The Burden of Regulatory Lawlessness

published on: May 30, 2016

Over the past half century, federal regulations created by unelected bureaucrats have grown explosively and, in the process, they have handicapped...

The Biggest Unaddressed Threat to Our Securit...

published on: Mar 16, 2016

While growing income inequality, climate change, and repeats of the terrorists attacks we’ve experienced from radical Islam have all been called...

The Geopolitical Imperatives that Shape China...

published on: Feb 17, 2016

The priorities of every nation-state are shaped by its geography and demography. In prior issues, we’ve examined how these factors have shaped...

The Economics of Illegal Immigration

published on: Feb 17, 2016

The Trends editors have examined America’s need to proactively recruit the best talent from around the world, particularly STEM graduates of...

The Climate-Industrial Complex Enters a New E...

published on: Jan 23, 2016

Low energy prices, a lack of technological game-changers, and a shift in the political climate are about to put the $15 trillion climate-industrial...

The Crusade Against U.S. Income Inequality

published on: Dec 19, 2015

In a December 2013 speech, President Obama described rising income inequality as the “defining challenge of our time” and promised that, for...

Americans Seek to Redefine the Role of Govern...

published on: Nov 14, 2015

Surveys show that the vast majority of Americans see the federal government as corrupt, and half perceive it as an immediate threat to their...

Moving from “Good Intentions” to “Great Resul...

published on: Oct 19, 2015

After spending $22 trillion on “The War on Poverty,” the United States has clearly lost. Why? Because there has never been a measurable causal...

Challenging the Green Tyranny

published on: Sep 20, 2015

Even as the global economy embraces the opportunities created by the Deployment Phase of the Digital Techno-Economic Revolution, growth is staggering...

The Battle Over the Minimum Wage

published on: Sep 20, 2015

A major institutional milestone of the Mass Production Revolution was nationwide wage and hour laws in the United States, which introduced concepts...

Fixing America's Corporate Tax System

published on: Dec 21, 2014

One of the most important challenges facing the United States is eliminating the competitive drag created by our corporate tax system. What are the...

The Real Costs of Regulation and Government I...

published on: Oct 11, 2014

"Never in the course of human events, have so many paid so much for so little." That is how Sir Winston Churchill might characterize the...

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