It's Not Just About the Paycheck. Ask Workers.
Bloomberg View, November 29, 2016The Obama administration's new overtime mandate illustrates an all-too-common blindness to the diversity and nuances of employment arrangements. Not every workplace is, or aspires to be, the civil service. Not every worker longs to be on an assembly line. And not everybody is working entirely for money. One size does not fit all.
Trump Is the Change Voters Wanted
Bloomberg View, November 09, 2016No, Trump doesn't have a mandate to be deplorable. Liberals should stop saying he does.
Clinton Isn't Everywoman. She's a Politician.
Bloomberg View, October 18, 2016Making Hillary Clinton the representative of Every Woman Ever may seem like good politics, especially against a guy like Trump, but turning every criticism of Clinton into evidence of misogyny strains credulity and harms serious political discussion. In the likely case that Clinton is elected president, it will make running harder for other women in the future by tainting them with all of Clinton’s flaws. It reduces a real person, with individual strengths and weaknesses, to the one and only representative of Women in Public Life, obscuring the achievements of other women.
Don't Leave Your Kids Near Judgmental Strangers
Bloomberg View, September 12, 2016"No child left alone" has become the social and, increasingly, the legal norm in America. But it's based on moral judgments, not actual risks.
The Frayed Reputation of Egyptian Cotton
Bloomberg View, August 30, 2016“Egyptian cotton” means exactly what it says. Not better, not softer, not stronger. Just grown in Egypt.
What You Buy Is Who You Are
Bloomberg View, August 25, 2016The rise of the meaning economy is changing how we shop and where we work.
Democrats' Chance to Be More Dynamic
Bloomberg View, August 02, 2016Can Democrats make room for allies who apply decentralized dynamism to economic questions as well as to political self-governance and cultural institutions? Is there room in the convention’s upbeat talk of the future for progress without a central plan -- for unpredictable, open-ended, sometimes disconcerting innovation? For risk-taking and resilience rather than promises of certainty and security? Donald Trump has given them an opening.
I Played Pokemon Go. Here's What It Is and Isn't.
Bloomberg View, July 15, 2016At 56, I’m way too old to be playing Pokemon Go. After all, the smartphone game’s phenomenal success is built on millennial nostalgia, and I don’t even have any kids to blame. But what started out as research has turned into a mild addiction. It’s fun to wander the streets finding magic critters and the tools to capture them. Along the way I met some nice people and learned some things I didn’t expect (and got yet another confirmation of an unfortunate truth about new technology).
What to Wear to Work? Soon, a Tiny Computer
Bloomberg View, July 05, 2016As a business proposition, work-wearables offer advantages over the better-known consumer-oriented products. Think smart glasses displays for manufacturing workers following complex assembly directions; voice-activated clip-on computers that help store clerks check inventories; or caps with sensors that make sure long-distance truckers aren’t dozing off.
California Hits the Brakes on High-Speed Rail Fiasco
Bloomberg View, June 28, 2016California's high-speed rail project increasingly looks like an expensive social science experiment to test just how long interest groups can keep money flowing to a doomed endeavor before elected officials finally decide to cancel it. What combination of sweet-sounding scenarios, streamlined mockups, ever-changing and mind-numbing technical detail, and audacious spin will keep the dream alive?