When America Goes to Pot

In 2016, the legalization of cannabis, also known as marijuana, approached critical mass in the United States. What...

published on: Feb 25, 2017

Policing in the Twenty-First Century

For millennia, law enforcement was carried out by human police, enforcing a peace between the members of villages,...

published on: Jan 16, 2017

Marriage in the Twenty-First Century

Marriage is an institution dating back before the beginning of recorded history.  And until at least the...

published on: Dec 15, 2016

Science Seeks to Understand Human Con...

Every human being identifies with the terms “me, myself, and I.”  Until the middle of the nineteenth century,...

published on: Oct 15, 2016

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...

Regulation in the Age of the “Left Behind”...

published on: Aug 1, 2016

Before the era of slow growth, massive under-employment and global terrorism, no one rigorously evaluated the cost-benefit trade-offs associated with...

Let’s Get Americans Moving Again

published on: Aug 1, 2016

In theory, markets efficiently allocate resources to their highest and best uses.  Unfortunately, human capital tends to be very “sticky.” ...

The Americans We’ve Left Behind

published on: Aug 1, 2016

In March 2012, Trends analyzed America’s Growing Cultural Divide And Its Implications.  In the intervening years, the fracturing of America’s...

Open Source Artificial Intelligence

published on: Jul 15, 2016

Since 1998, stem cell therapies have captured the imagination of scientists and consumers worldwide.  Where does the technology stand?  What are...

The Insidious Economic Drag of Crony Capitali...

published on: Jun 15, 2016

A significant institutional impediment to realizing the full benefits of the Fifth Techno-Economic Revolution’s growth is crony capitalism. What is...

The Future of Religious Belief

published on: Apr 11, 2016

Our assumptions about economics and religion shape how we perceive and interact with the world around us. For generations, academics and pundits have...

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...

Happiness, Our Most Valued Attribute

published on: Jul 11, 2015

When all is said and done, the most important issue in our lives is whether we’re happy. So it’s not surprising that researchers devote a great...

The Trust Crisis

published on: Apr 11, 2015

Across nearly every geographic location, industry, and profession, trust in institutions is near historic lows. Why is it so low? What are the...

Turbocharging Photosynthesis

published on: Nov 17, 2014

Except for a few obscure “extremophiles,” life on Earth depends on photosynthesis. With worldwide food demand already increasing dramatically,...

The Geography of American Happiness

published on: Sep 16, 2014

Happiness is not just an individual attribute; it applies to populations and varies by location. In prior issues, we've demonstrated that the United...

The Great Immigration Job Grab

published on: Aug 10, 2014

At some point in their journeys, religious adherents generally fall victim to "confirmation bias." Twenty-five years after the collapse of communism,...

Work, Smarts, and Wealth

published on: Aug 10, 2014

One of the biggest problems with the arguments regarding the inequality of rewards is the failure to acknowledge the role played by both intelligence...

The Tragedy of "College for Everybody"

published on: Jul 14, 2014

A bachelor's degree has been sold as a "must-have" for all Americans. Despite the high cost, the evidence clearly shows that those who graduate with...

Generational Confrontation

published on: Jul 14, 2014

America's oldest Millennials are now 32 years old. As such, this generation is beginning to have an increasing impact on the workplace, marketplace,...

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