The Best Picture for What America Needs Right Now
Bloomberg View, February 03, 2017"Hidden Figures," a drama about three black women, is a movie for anxious times, offering patriotic balm for the fractured body politic and even throwing in a tale of career resilience in the face of automation.
Now's the Time for Big-Box Stores to Embrace the 19th Century
Bloomberg View, January 18, 2017Today’s turn toward experiences doesn’t just pose a challenge to brick-and-mortar stores. It offers them an opportunity
Why Americans Long to Live in an HGTV Home
Bloomberg View, January 05, 2017On HGTV, optimism and love abound. Those qualities reflect the fundamental appeal of the network’s formula: It reverses entropy and celebrates home.
A New Year's Eve App to Fight Drowsy Driving
Bloomberg View, December 30, 2016Driving drowsy can be as dangerous as driving sleepy. But thanks to demand from the trucking business, wearable technologies are already monitoring driver alertness. It won’t be long before conscientious consumers can buy them as well.
Merry Christmas. Don't Be Stupid.
Bloomberg View, December 23, 2016The annual “Merry Christmas” dispute is one of the weirdest things about contemporary America.
Pokemon Go Just Can't Catch a Break
Bloomberg View, December 18, 2016Novelty and a sense of accomplishment are what make Pokemon Go, or any other game, interesting. To hold players' attention, Niantic Inc.'s mobile game needs to work on both.
Love Your Homemade Quilt? Thank Capitalism.
Reason, January 2017Patchwork quilts wouldn't exist without trade, industrialization, and material abundance. They are the physical embodiment of what economist Deirdre McCloskey calls the Great Enrichment: a bourgeois art par excellence.
How Trump Can Build the Best Airports and Roads
Bloomberg View, December 16, 2016How can Donald Trump live up to his infrastructure promises without just wasting a lot of money?
Innovators Succeed Outside of Regulators' Boxes
Bloomberg View, December 12, 2016Airbnb and Blue Apron are but two examples of the “permissionless innovation” that is so important to economic growth. Entrepreneurs need the freedom to test ideas that don’t conform to existing categories. New value often comes from trade-offs and combinations that regulatory definitions never envisioned and might not approve. A better name for these businesses might be “category-free” or “uncorseted” innovation.
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.