Weekly Tip 11: Tribalism vs. Self-Interest Rightly Understood

I’m a moral philosopher, cut from similar cloth with First Economist Adam Smith, to use a maxim from long ago.  Smith might have saluted French President Emmanuel Macron at the 100th commemoration of the armistice ending World War I. Nationalism is betrayal of patriotism, said Macron in stern rebuke to the tribalism of President Donald […]

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Weekly Tip 10: Let’s Stop Gaming America!

Donald Trump, gamer extraordinaire, uses fear, resentment, even hatred to stoke his political base.  Exaggerations and lies are prolific.  In the seven weeks before midterm elections, Trump made 30 false or misleading claims per day, observes the Washington Post. Although unique, President Trump is far from alone.  Fraudulent political strategy mimics fraudulent business strategy, well […]

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09 Stop the Gaming of America!

Ever been gamed?  How does it feel? Have you been in the complex muddle of an airline ticket purchase online?  You’re about to press the “buy” button for the flight you need, then suddenly and without warning, the computer playing against you raises the price $100?  Or how about waiting patiently in line for a […]

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Weekly Tip 08: The Gaming of America

Americans are being gamed.  We are gaming one another.  Hyper-partisanship will not stop, cannot be ended unless gaming ends. MBA’s are trained to game.  There are win-win games in which participants collaborate to expand payouts available to all players.  American politics has become something quite different from a game of win-win, however.  Our entrenched tribalism […]

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Weekly Tip 07: Americans: Let’s Get Our Mojo Back

America needs to get its MOJO back. It needs to get its plow horse, too-long sidelined as a hobby horse, back into the field. Quite simply, this is the only viable route to making American capitalism great again. Forget high finance, computerized stock trading, casinos, high profile luxury hotel deals, and the like. You know: The sorts […]

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Weekly Tip 06: Liberals – Message to the Left, Then Compromise Toward the Center, October 14, 2018

Opinion columnist Thomas Friedman laments a recent comment from a friend.  What’s going on in America today, observes the retired Marine colonel, is far more grave than any external threat, including the Soviet Union.  And this, says the friend, is because the threat we face is here and now, right at home, and coming from […]

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