Economics

CORONANOMICS 3: Pass or Fail?

Did we do it? Is it cured? How do we know if our leaders did well? What’s a “good” outcome? Here are three measures of “success” for handling the coronavirus pandemic. This 9-part Quarantine Edition of The McFuture podcast explores the economics of the deadly Coronavirus – and how we can avoid the possibly deadlier …

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Coronanomics 2: Forbidden Math

In this episode, I calculate the coronavirus death toll and DARE to put a $-value on human life. Dark and forbidden.   This 9-part Quarantine Edition of The McFuture podcast explores the economics of the deadly Coronavirus – and how we can avoid the possibly deadlier consequences of its cure – a deep recession, or worse. …

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Coronanomics 1: Opportunity

This 9-part Quarantine Edition of The McFuture podcast explores the economics of the deadly Coronavirus – and how we can avoid the possibly deadlier consequences of its cure – a deep recession, or worse.  Here, I explain my inspiration for this series – our last recession. And why I’m optimistic we can make something positive …

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Schooled By Stiglitz – Nobel Economist’s 40-Minute Crash Course on EVERYTHING

Ever get the urge to run all your wild theories by a Nobel Prize-winning economist? Well, I got to do just that with the former Chief Economist of the World Bank, Columbia University Professor, and author of:  People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens …

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Oh, H-1Behave Yourself!

Who doesn’t love immigrants? Nobody. That’s who. OK, maybe a few people…  But I can tell you who loves them dearly – American corporations. Especially, the 6-year H-1B employee visa for Indian and Chinese tech workers. And shockingly, it’s not because of heartwarming tales of diversity and inclusion. Skilled immigrants deliver – more work for …

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Obligations

For weeks, the people of Hong Kong have been protesting China’s demand for extradition to the mainland. This would signal an end to the city’s independence. As the conflict rages on – and escalates, many want to help but are powerless. The best they can do is express solidarity online. That’s exactly what Houston Rockets …

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Our Amoral Compass

Open Twitter or Facebook and immediately, hordes of iPreachers instruct you how to live: “Eat organic!” “Go green!” “Do yoga and meditate daily!” Then their enlightened, bourgeois friends chime in: “YAAAASSSSS, QUEEEEENNNN!!!!” COME TO MY BIKRAM RETREAT SUNDAY!! I JUST ATE HALF AN ALMOND! #SOGUILTY Back in reality, principle is a luxury good. Even if …

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Why It’s Time for Cannibalism

“Swedish scientist advocates eating humans to combat climate change” Yes, that’s a real headline about a real scientist. OK, let’s not get crazy… He’s a “behavioral scientist and marketing strategist”. People love Catastrophe Porn. Yes, climate change is a problem. No, we won’t have to eat our dead neighbors to deal with it. No matter …

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