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Leading Thoughts for February 13, 2020

IDEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I.Rachel Botsman discussing trust issues that revolve not just around trust and technology, but trust issues around size: “I think so much of what we need in our lives are smaller systems, where you can really serve people’s best interests. I am a huge supporter of local news, I’m a huge supporter of community practices, all these things are very important...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, John Kenneth Galbraith, Rachel Botsman, Leading Thoughts


Young People Ignorant of History

Opinion A recent Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation survey found that 51 percent of American millennials would rather live in a socialist or communist country than in a capitalist country. USA – -(Ammoland.com)- A recent survey conducted by the Victims of Communism and polled by YouGov, a research and data firm, found that 70% of millennials are likely to vote socialist and that one in three millennials saw communism as “favorable.” Let examine this tragic vision in light of the Fraser...
Tags: Hong Kong, Japan, Guns, Mexico, France, China, Germany, Russia, Singapore, India, US, America, South Africa, Italy, Jimmy Carter, Brazil


citizen-learners

Crooked Broker Capitalists Dave Pollard (2007) showed that in a ‘crooked broker society’, an Exploiter oppresses a Desperate Supplier. This unbalanced relationship is reinforced by a Procurer who in turn gouges an Addicted Buyer. It’s the underlying nature of unregulated capitalism that drives us toward such a society. For example, Peter Thiel, a platform capitalist, wrote that, “If you want to create and capture lasting value, look to build a monopoly.” In platform capitalism, workers (labour)...
Tags: Work, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, eLearning, Rockefeller, John Kenneth Galbraith, Dave Pollard, Über Amazon Google AirBNB, Henry Demarest Lloyd


Miseducated or Stupid?

A recent Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation survey found that 51 percent of American millennials would rather live in a socialist or communist country than in a capitalist country. U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- A recent Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation survey found that 51 percent of American millennials would rather live in a socialist or communist country than in a capitalist country. Only 42 percent prefer the latter. Twenty-five percent of millennials who know who Vladimir Lenin w...
Tags: Sweden, Guns, China, America, South Africa, Harvard University, Socialism, Communism, Venezuela, Hitler, George W Bush, George Bernard Shaw, Adolf Hitler, Mussolini, Vladimir Lenin, Stalin


Weekend reading: Budget 2018

What caught my eye this week. O ne way to tell when someone is bluffing is when they rabbit on and on. I got that sense watching Philip Hammond’s Budget on Monday. Oh, I don’t think he was being deceitful as such – although he did do the standard Chancellor sleight-of-hand trick by not revealing a National Insurance hike (see below) while boasting he was cutting taxes. I also recognise his need to pepper his speech with dad jokes. Nobody wants to be known as Spreadsheet Phil, and Hammond has s...
Tags: Google, UK, London, Budget, Marketing, US, George Osborne, Bbc, Boe, Philip Hammond, Northern England, Brexit, Hammond, Morningstar, Vanguard, MMM


Conway’s Law [Framework of the Day]

Thanks again for reading and for all the positive feedback. Please keep it coming. If you haven’t read any of these yet, the gist is that I’m writing a book about mental models and writing these notes up as I go. You can find links at the bottom to the other frameworks I’ve written. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to the email and share these posts with anyone you think might enjoy them. I really appreciate it. Credit: Organizational Charts by Manu CornetI first ran into Conway’s Law w...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Seo, Tesla, Complexity, Innovation, Ibm, Lenovo, Financial Times, Michael, Benedict Evans, Henderson, Lee, Brooks, Conway, Clark


30 Photos Of Jackie O. From The Early Days Of American Street Style

If ever there were a more iconic and stylish first lady than Michelle Obama, it was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Always one to dissociate the politics from her fashion, she was legendary for her approach to dressing under an entire nation's magnifying glass. Simply: If she liked it, she had to have it. And so it'd go that, despite being scrutinized for her spending habits, Onassis and her style were emulated in retailers and magazines across the country.While Onassis was given a budget of $50,00...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Florida, New York, France, White House, Massachusetts, India, America, Michelle Obama, Dallas, John F Kennedy, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Jackie, Christian Dior


Are we to blame? Academics and the rise of populism

One of the great things about being on sabbatical is that you actually get a little time to hide away and do something that professors generally have very little opportunity to do – read books. As a result I have spent the last couple of months gorging myself on the scholarly fruits that have been piling-up on my desk for some time, in some cases years. I’ve read books on ‘slow scholarship’ (Berg and Seeber, 2016) and ‘How to be an academic super-hero’ (Hay, 2017); books on ‘radical approaches t...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, Democracy, Wikipedia, Sociology, Slavoj Zizek, Social Sciences, Academics, American Democracy, Friedrich Nietzsche, John Gray, Nietzsche, Berg, John Kenneth Galbraith, Pinker


Republicans Bet the Farm

Why Republican Politicians Ignore Gun Owners U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- President Trump, every Republican senator, and the GOP majority in Speaker Paul Ryan's House just put the future of their party on the line.By enacting the largest tax cut since the Reagan administration, the heart of which is cutting the corporate rate from 35 to 21 percent, Republicans have boldly bet the farm.They have rewritten America's tax code to reflect their belief that cutting taxes on the private sector will produ...
Tags: Florida, New York, Guns, Supreme Court, Vladimir Putin, Obama, Republicans, Congress, California, Senate, America, San Francisco, Reagan, Gop, Alaska, House


Fascism and Communism

The reason leftists give communists, the world's most horrible murderers, a pass is that they sympathize with the chief goal of communism: restricting personal liberty. U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Before the question, how about a few statistics? The 20th century was mankind's most brutal century. Roughly 16 million people lost their lives during World War I; about 60 million died during World War II. Wars during the 20th century cost an estimated 71 million to 116 million lives.The number of war ...
Tags: Japan, Guns, Mexico, China, America, Barack Obama, South Africa, Communism, Jimmy Carter, Hitler, George Bernard Shaw, Adolf Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Mao


From One Reader to Another: Books to End a Year’s Reading, or to Bring in a New Year

Columnist Dave Barry got this one just right: “The problem with winter sports is that — follow me closely here — they generally take place in winter.” On the other hand, winter is a great season for reading. Herewith I offer some books I think are well worth your reading, whether warm or cold. 1. Candice Millard, Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill (Doubleday, 2016). Winston Churchill’s exploits in the Boer War — and most crucially his courageou...
Tags: Europe, Texas, London, Washington Post, China, Germany, Berlin, India, Time, Articles, America, Blog, Blogging, Earth, Harvard, Britain


30 Photos Of Jackie O. From The Early Days Of American Street Style

If ever there were a more iconic and stylish first lady than Michelle Obama, it was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Always one to dissociate the politics from her fashion, she was legendary for her approach to dressing under an entire nation's magnifying glass. Simply: If she liked it, she had to have it. And so it'd go that, despite being scrutinized for her spending habits, Onassis and her style were emulated in retailers and magazines across the country.While Onassis was given a budget of $50,00...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Florida, New York, France, White House, Massachusetts, India, America, Michelle Obama, Dallas, John F Kennedy, Ralph Lauren, Kylie Jenner, Chanel, Bobby Brown


This is a true age of uncertainty for the world economy

Donald Trump and the EU crisis make the instability described by JK Galbraith nearly 40 years ago seem enviableThe year 2017 will mark the 40th anniversary of the publication of John Kenneth Galbraith’s The Age of Uncertainty. Forty years is a long time, but it is worth looking back and reminding ourselves of how much Galbraith and his readers had to be uncertain about.In 1977, as Galbraith was writing, the world was still reeling from the effects of the first Opec oil-price shock and wondering ...
Tags: Business, Politics, US, Economics, Eu, UK News, World news, US news, Economic policy, Donald Trump, Galbraith, Bretton Woods, John Kenneth Galbraith


taking back our society

Monopolies & the Human Condition “When monopolies succeed, the people fail …”, Henry Demarist Lloyd wrote in March 1881, denouncing the practices of Rockefeller’s Standard Oil. Almost a century later, John Kenneth Galbraith warned of the dangers of blindly having faith in our capital market system and the organizations and institutions that support it. “The greater... Read more »
Tags: Work, Democracy, Communities, eLearning, Rockefeller, Human Condition, John Kenneth Galbraith


Bannon's Faux Economic Populism: Where's the Beef?

Stephen Bannon, President-elect Donald Trump's chief adviser and strategist-in-waiting, has received much scrutiny for his blatant trafficking in racism, xenophobia, sexism and extreme hostility towards Muslims. His alleged populist economic ideology, by contrast, has not been examined nearly as closely. In recent days, however, Bannon's remarks at a 2014 conference of right-wing Catholics held in the Vatican have become available and are revelatory when it comes to his thoughts regarding conte...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Gop, Judaism, Pope Francis, Christianity, Vatican, Paul ryan, Christian, Smith, Donald Trump, Catholics, Huffington Post, Adam Smith


How To Sound Intelligent In Every Conversation

By Imogen Lloyd Webber Whether we admit it or not, all of us, at all times, prefer to be never knowingly short of an intelligent opinion. We can also all relate to sometimes being stuck in a conversation about which we wish we knew more. However, there are a few tricks you can employ so that you never look or feel like an outsider. The key is mild preparation. Know your audience. If you're about to have dinner with someone who will inevitably bring up politics, perhaps take a quick look at H...
Tags: Google, News, Congress, US, Czech Republic, Canada, Hillary Clinton, Middle East, Capitol Hill, Harold Wilson, Donald Trump, Chechnya, Huffington Post, Financial Times, Brexit, Churchill


Don't Trust the Conventional Wisdom in Health Care -- Part 1

While he may not have been the first to say it, Steven D. Levitt, co-author of Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (2005) is credited with the quotation: "The conventional wisdom is often wrong." Levitt bundles this concept with a distinction between positive and normative analysis. In the purest sense, positive economics is objective and fact based, while normative economics is subjective and value based. However, this clear distinction can become muddied....
Tags: New York, Virginia, Huffington Post, Johns Hopkins, Jamie, George Washington, Don, Martha, Levitt, Patty Murray, Steven D Levitt, AER, John Kenneth Galbraith, Michael D Shaw, Jamie Dreyer


How dark epistemology explains the rise of Donald Trump

We are living in what is likely the golden age of deception. It would be difficult enough were we merely threatened with drowning in what James Gleick has called the flood of information, or were we doomed to roam blind through the corridors of Borges’ library of Babel, but the problem is actually much worse than that. Our dilemma is that the very instruments that once promised liberation via the power of universal access to all the world’s knowledge seem just as likely are being used to sow the...
Tags: Russia, US, Reagan, Ukraine, Britain, United States, Epa, Donald Trump, Clinton, Trump, Thatcher, Nixon, Soviet Union, James Gleick, Hayek, Shiller


J. Dan Hull, II (March 11, 1900 - October 13, 1987)

J. Dan Hull, II, 1933. Above is his Yale Ph.D picture. Class act. American dream overachiever and gentlemen's gentlemen. Authentic and honest--and never went out of his way to trumpet either trait. My Grandpop. First Hull in Virginia-Missouri line to even go to college. His dad self-educated John Hull (JDH I) made his first stake as a laborer building railroads out West and ended up owning a drug store in Mountain Grove, Missouri. Grandpop, who fought with his own dad a lot (as I did with mine...
Tags: Washington, Germany, Virginia, Massachusetts, America, Walmart, West, Missouri, Yale, University Of Chicago, Bill, Kennedy, Holden, University of Missouri, Dan, Springfield MO


50 Inspirational Leadership Quotes

50 Inspirational Leadership Quotes Every time you stand in front of an audience to deliver a presentation, you are a leader. The ideas, stories, and actions you share with the audience during your presentation will potentially alter the life of every audience member in a significant way. The leadership aspect of presentations is gift that is given to you as a public speaker, however how you use your position of power is up to you. Just because you are seen as a leader when you walk on the stage...
Tags: Steve Jobs, Stephen King, Nelson Mandela, Amelia Earhart, Michael Jordan, Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Martin Luther King Jr, Henry Ford, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mother Teresa, Bill Bradley, Thomas Jefferson, Don, Carlos Ghosn


Could China's Political Fissures Presage A Global Earthquake?

A former editor for Forbes and the Financial Times, Eamonn Fingleton spent 27 years monitoring East Asian economics from a base in Tokyo. In September 1987 he issued the first of several predictions of the Tokyo banking crash and went on in "Blindside," a controversial 1995 analysis that was praised by John Kenneth Galbraith and Bill Clinton, to show that a heedless America was fast losing its formerly vaunted leadership in advanced manufacturing -- and particularly in so-called producers' goods...
Tags: Japan, China, America, Bill Clinton, Tokyo, Financial Times, Forbes, John Kenneth Galbraith, Eamonn Fingleton