Category Archives: Society

Trump Country: Where the Immigrants Aren’t

Trump did best in the states with the lowest percentages of foreign-born residents. “I love the poorly-educated”, gushed Donald Trump after winning the Nevada primary in February. But in the end, what happened in the primary, stayed in the primary. Come … Continue reading

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Passive Funds Are Just Free-Riding Active Funds

If you and your neighbor have the same income and expenses except that he rides the bus for free every day while you pay a fare, he will be richer than you. Until recently, this was obvious: the neighbor is … Continue reading

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The Futility of Annual Top 10 Predictions

In every recent year, a black swan event has made top 10 lists appear quaintly naive and unimaginative. Our list is probably no better. This time of year, top 10 predictions are all the rage. These lists can be interesting and entertaining but how useful are … Continue reading

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Update on India’s Demonetization, with Ravi Srinivasan

Sami J. Karam speaks to Ravi Srinivasan about India’s demonetization, its short and long term impact. Srinivasan gives an update five weeks after the November 8th announcement. For background, read Srinivasan’s original post India’s Disruptive Gamble and other populyst posts on India. … Continue reading

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The Mainstream Media Will Rise Again

The news media was flattened on November 8th but its recovery has already started. One of the striking features in all the commentary on Facebook about Donald Trump’s victory is the number of times that the words I, me and my appeared in member posts. For example, … Continue reading

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India’s Disruptive Gamble

by Ravi Srinivasan (Ravi discussed this post at the BreakingBank$ podcast. His segment starts at 20:10.) Modi’s demonetization was the other November 8th global earthquake. A thorough historical record will show that not one but two man-made events shook the world on … Continue reading

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Should Children Vote?

The rising cost of entitlements will test inter-generational harmony. In the week following the Brexit vote, a recurrent complaint from the losing side was that a majority of older people voted to leave while a majority of younger people voted to remain. … Continue reading

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On White Collar Prosecutions, with Jesse Eisinger

“The government no longer has the will and ability to prosecute top corporate executives across a wide variety of major industries.”______ Jesse Eisinger Jesse Eisinger is a senior reporter at ProPublica and a former reporter at the Wall Street Journal. … Continue reading

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The Bridge from Laissez-Faire to Socialism

Cronyism remains unchecked in the world’s largest economy. We might object to the phrase crony capitalism for two reasons: First, because cronyism is in some ways the antithesis of capitalism. The freedom to compete and the freedom to fail that are central tenets of capitalism … Continue reading

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2016 populyst Index™ First Quartile Demographic Scores

In constructing the populyst Index™, we use multiple sources to arrive at a rating for two of the index’s three pillars: Innovation & Productivity and Society & Governance. However our Demographics rating is developed by populyst. The score ranges from -2 to +2. … Continue reading

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