Category Archives: Four Forces Watch

Ray Dalio’s data points

The essay is on inequality, but there are interesting statistics scattered throughout. For example, While many of the major causes of death have been flat or falling over the last 15 years, deaths from drugs and alcohol more than offset … Continue reading

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Peter Zeihan’s world view

I am reading his book The Absent Superpower. You can get a lot of his ideas by watching this video. You can also see his intellectual style, which is certainly more confident than mine. He deals in strong pronouncements, and … Continue reading

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Richard Reeves says, What’s been driving the kind of economic separation has been a combination of two main factors: One, well-established earnings inequality and higher returns to higher education at the top. And then actually you see this stunningly unromantic … Continue reading

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Patrick Watson on grocery store divergence

He writes, The Protected class’s increasing separation from mainstream society is a trend that we increasingly see reflected in retailing. Stores that cater to either the top or bottom extremes – luxury retailers and dollar stores – are doing well. … Continue reading

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The New Economy in France

Christopher Caldwell writes, Guilluy doubts that anyplace exists in France’s new economy for working people as we’ve traditionally understood them. Paris offers the most striking case. As it has prospered, the City of Light has stratified, resembling, in this regard, … Continue reading

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Provocative Sentences

From Tucker Carlson, profiled by McKay Coppins. “Look, it’s really simple,” Carlson says. “The SAT 50 years ago pulled a lot of smart people out of every little town in America and funneled them into a small number of elite … Continue reading

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Laurie DeRose and W. Bradford Wilcox write, By showing that cohabiting families are more unstable, even among the highly educated in Europe and the United States, our research suggests family instability is not only about socioeconomic forces. As Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry … Continue reading

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Arthur Brooks on the Dignity Deficit

He writes, even though poverty has become less materially miserable, it is no less common. In Martin County, just 27 percent of adults are in the labor force. Welfare is more common than work. Caloric deficits have been replaced by … Continue reading

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My Thoughts on Cost Disease

Scott Alexander writes Any explanation of the form “administrative bloat” or “inefficiency” has to explain why non-bloated alternatives don’t pop up or become popular. I’m sure the CEO of Ford would love to just stop doing his job and approve … Continue reading

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James Pethokoukis and Joel Kotkin

No, it’s not a love match, just an interview. Kotkin says, the valley that I used to cover back in the 80s, and even 90s, was filled with people who had been boat people, who had started PC board companies. … Continue reading

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