Dazed and Confused No More: Dutch to Consider Closing “Coffee Shops”

The incoming Dutch government is considering strict new regulation of Amsterdam’s cannabis cafes and red light district. The moves would significantly shrink the red light district and could end up putting the cannabis cafes out of business altogether.

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The Laws of Disruption

“The Law of Disruption,” writes Larry Downes in his new book of the same name, “is a simple but unavoidable principle of modern life: technology changes exponentially, but social, economic, and legal systems change incrementally.”

Today, we’re going to […] Continue Reading…

The Cult of Equity Is Dead. Long Live Equities.

In pre-republican France, upon the passing of a sitting monarch the Duc d’Uzès would proclaim “The King is dead. Long live the King!”

The idea, of course, was that a new king was rising up to take the place of […] Continue Reading…

The Graying of the Great Powers

Neil Howe, who previously co-wrote several groundbreaking books on demographic trends with William Strauss (Generations, The Fourth Turning, Millennials Rising), published a new book in 2008 with Richard Jackson: The Graying of the Great Powers: Demography and Geopolitics in […] Continue Reading…

Death Elasticity and Taxes

The following is an excerpt from an article I originally wrote in June 2008.  Today, with the Bush tax cuts set to expire, the insights of this article are more important than ever.

Moving on to a different area in […] Continue Reading…