Amazon has been experimenting with putting Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled video cameras inside of its delivery vehicles to watch the drivers and provide them with feedback on their driving. In fulfillment centers, employees’ activities are closely monitored. They’re only allowed a certain number of bathroom breaks (so workers sometimes resort to peeing into a bottle). Further, Amazon has patented a wrist device to more closely monitor fulfillment center workers, and the system uses AI to provide those workers with helpful haptic feedback — to make them more productive. This trend is beginning to extend to white collar jobs, where senior…
These are Tudor-era lessons. Richard Rich sold out for wealth and status, Thomas More was principled and beheaded, and dissing Trump gets you shunned.
U.S. Marine veteran, Yale Law graduate, best selling author, and venture capitalist J.D. Vance’s latest political reincarnation brings to mind the contrasting careers of Richard Rich, a successful politician in Tudor England, and Saint Thomas More, a more principled but in the end less successful Tudor leader, at least in material terms.
With Senate control on the line in two Georgia runoff elections next month, Republicans are claiming that President-elect Joe Biden and the Democrats are “socialists.” That’s their shorthand for government interference in the economy, corruption, failure to enforce the law, incompetence, and subsidizing people who should support themselves.
Let me suggest four areas where the incoming Biden administration, allied with serious conservatives, can fight “socialism” while upholding progressive values.
► Eliminate farm subsidies and farm support programs (which will cost $46 billion this year — up from $22 billion last year — and will account for about 40% of this…
More Americans have been killed by the COVID-19 pandemic than in the Korean, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined, and the carnage hasn’t ended. Corporate bankruptcies are increasing, the second quarter Gross Domestic Product just plunged a record 32.9% from the previous quarter, and resumption of normal activities is not on the immediate horizon for most people. So the recession will be with us until we have a vaccine and the pandemic ends — likely another year.
What will the economy look like on the other side of this veritable valley of death?
President Donald Trump wants to restart the economy by ending the lockdowns and getting people back to work. However, based on U.S. spending, employment and consumption data, the economy started crashing well before lockdowns began in mid-March. Demand for transportation and other services began to collapse in mid-February and early March due to COVID-19’s dangers, and isn’t likely to naturally return to pre-crash levels until the risk of the virus recedes.
In late February through early March, COVID-19 deaths in the United States were about 20 to 30 per day. The daily U.S. death toll is now 1,000 to to…
President Donald Trump was celebrating his recent deal (with Saudi Arabia, Russia and other oil-producing nations) to prop up oil prices — by reducing oil production — though so far his attempt at rigging the oil markets has been a spectacular failure. One of the few bits of good news from the coronavirus recession is the large drop in U.S. gasoline prices — due to falling oil prices, as demand for oil has collapsed. So why is Trump trying to reverse this trend?
The United States is now largely self-sufficient in oil production. If Trump’s deal finally does raise gasoline…
The party of limited government and fiscal prudence is suddenly in favor of a big bailout and stimulus package for the economy — now, immediately, no time to debate! But when Barack Obama was president and the economy was in free fall, when the unemployment rate was surging towards 10% (instead of today’s 3.5%, though it’s expected to rise rapidly), Republicans were in no hurry to pass a stimulus package.
Growth in per capita income typically is a result of increases in productivity, which are often attributable to improvements in our workforce and technology. With that in mind, here are three proposals to make American society more productive and more equitable:
“There’s been class warfare going on for the last 20 years, and my class has won. We’re the ones that have gotten our tax rates reduced dramatically.” — Billionaire Warren Buffett, CNN, Sept. 30, 2011.
Former presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg’s proposals for increasing tax revenues — by getting the rich to pay more — are admirably straightforward, clear and practical.
This isn’t a column on why Mike Bloomberg is the perfect candidate. I was a critic of Bloomberg’s stop-and-frisk policy, pointing out that we didn’t treat bank CEOs (involved in the 2008 financial crisis) as harshly as innocent young black men on the streets of New York City. I was glad when Bloomberg admitted he was wrong and said he was sorry. I worked in the Bloomberg administration on economic development, and I never doubted for a minute Bloomberg’s intentions on stop-and-frisk were good, because he wanted to save lives — especially black lives — from shooting deaths.