Author Archives: Jon Taplin

Fortress Americas

For a long time I’ve been citing Robert Kaplan’s thesis put forth in his prescient book The Coming Anarchy.As I wrote two years ago, Asia, Europe,the Middle East and Africa will fulfill Robert Kaplan’s prediction of The Coming Anarchy: Shattering the … Continue reading

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Fork in the Road

You know some big shifts are going on when the Washington conventional wisdom is so separated from the rest of the country. This morning the New York Times’ Peter Baker writes about Obama’s “management” of the multiple foreign policy crises, … Continue reading

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Talent Matters

Sometime between the popularization of You Tube and the birth of Amazon’s self publishing platform the notion has been bruited about that if you keep at writing books or making videos you will get really good at it. This notion … Continue reading

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Bizarro World 2016

Something truly odd is happening in the political run up to the 2016 presidential campaign. The signs are everywhere that the classical right -left political alignments are falling apart. First comes word that some of the key Neo Cons of … Continue reading

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World Cup Collective Consciousness

The French Sociologist Emile Durkheim created the concept of “Collective Consciousness” in the 1890’s. The University of Chicago Theories of Media states, “The phrase collective consciousness implies an internal knowing known by all, or a consciousness shared by a plurality … Continue reading

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Could a Revolution Happen in the U.S.?

Nick Hanauer, the only rich VC who was ever censored by Ted talks, just posted an essay on Politico, entitled The Pitchforks are Coming…for us Plutocrats. He raises the spector of a revolution in America unless the issue of income … Continue reading

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In Praise of the Beautiful Game

I’m not sure I know why the whole planet is transfixed by the World Cup, but I think its a good thing. Deep in the Amazon jungle, villages running their sole TV off of car batteries gather to celebrate athletic … Continue reading

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What is So Good About Disruption?

  Ever since the publication of Clayton Christensen’s 1997 book, “The Innovator’s Dilemma”,  the conventional wisdom in both business school classrooms and corporate boardrooms was that “disruptive innovation” from a new entrant selling a cheaper, lower quality product, would inevitably … Continue reading

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Do We Need War to Grow our Economy?

The economist Tyler Cowen wrote a piece in the New York Times today entitled “The Lack of Major Wars May be Hurting Economic Growth”. He raises a serious point that requires two questions to be answered. First, does modern capitalism … Continue reading

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Media and Polarization

The Pew Center released a new poll with some fascinating conclusions. Our country really is far more polarized than ever before. This no surprise but what was fascinating to me is this other chart, which demonstrates how much of the … Continue reading

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