Author Archives: Jon Taplin

Distraction Inc.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar wrote a very good op-ed in Time this week about Ferguson. This seemed to me to be the key paragraph. The U.S. Census Report finds that 50 million Americans are poor. Fifty million voters is a powerful … Continue reading

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Against The Monoculture

As most of you know, I worry a lot about the American Monoculture: where 80% of the music downloads got to 1% of the musicians. Where 80% of the people buy from H & M or Forever 21, taking advantage … Continue reading

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The Agent Problem

It occurred to me this morning as I scanned the headlines that three of the big stories in the paper this morning all had the same root cause. The flood of child migrants on our Southern border, the flood of … Continue reading

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The Sharing Economy-A Dissent

I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of the University in creating a humanistic framework for this technological disruption that is affecting all of our lives. Then I came across a column from A.O.Scott this morning. Universities and colleges, … Continue reading

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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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