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Economic Topics




Africa’s 2040 Employment Problem

by Lee-Roy Chetty

Over the last decade, six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies were in sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, there are troubling indicators that this exponential growth has not resulted in robust growth of “good” jobs.

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Investment Flows Back into Africa

by Lee-Roy Chetty

Over the past 10 years, foreign direct investment (FDI) has helped boost sustainable economic growth in many African countries.

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The Children Of Columbus: The Multinationals And Their Courtiers

by Richard Eskow

Columbus is honored as an adventurer In the European-created nations of the New World. He’s seen a little differently by those whose ancestors were enslaved by Europeans, or who arrived in chain.

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Ushahidi - Crowdsourcing Democracy, from Kenya to the World

by Jonathan Lin

Platform that promotes humanitarianism and citizen journalism emerges from Kenyan civil strife; now it instigates economic change and social activism internationally.

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Serious plus Correct—a Rwandan Formula for Hope

by Valerie Tarico

My husband Brian is driving in Maputo, Mozambique, I’m navigating, and our daughters Brynn and Marley are in the back seat.  We turn the corner, and Brian groans.  Ahead, stands a police officer waving us over. 

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Should California Secede from the United States?

by Hank Pellissier

“Yes (sort of),” says Chris Hables Gray, a “pragmatic anarchist feminist revolutionary” who works as a lecturer of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Cal State Monterey. He believes “devolution” of large nations into smaller regions will improve democratic decision-making.

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The “Tytler” Insult—Is Democracy Hopeless?

by David Brin

Well… it’s back.  One of the best examples of a mass-hypnotic pseudo-wisdom that helps to lobotomize politics in American life.

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Don’t Lower Taxes For Billionaires. Double Them.

by Richard Eskow

Forget the “Buffett rule.” It’s not enough. What’s more, “letting the Bush tax cuts expire for the rich” isn’t enough either - although it might get us halfway there.

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There Are Big Differences Between 3d Printing & VR

by Valkyrie McGill

Christoper Mims over at Technology Review wrote a piece and noted that he used the opening graphic from my H+ article (Adding Our Way to Abundance)…

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The Future of Money: Totalitarian, Libertarian, Community

by Rüdiger Koch

The cashless society is approaching: Money is starting a life of it’s own. It may act as it’s own escrow, means of surveillance and control, substrate of reputation and in many other functions not yet discovered.

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Why Isn’t Being a Soldier More Like Being a Mother?

by P. Tittle

Why should we pay men to actualize their hormonal impulse when we don’t pay women to actualize theirs?

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Future of Work: Custom Printed Bodies and the End of the 9-to-5 Job

by Valkyrie McGill

Need blue skin, four arms, or a tail? Want to augment and extend what you already have? I am here to help you become your own avatar. Does this idea sound too weird or far fetched? The basic technology already exists to print out custom organs, augment the body with its own cells, and much more.

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Unusual Topics To Raise at the USA Presidential Debate

by David Brin

Who among us doesn’t yearn to ask questions at the presidential fora?  Poking at both candidates, shaking the routine of canned talking points and practiced answers?  

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The Bellow of the Eurasian Brown Bear: Russia in the 21st Century

by Michael Lee

Although Russia’s population has peaked and is now decreasing, this resource-rich Eurasian giant will not go gently into the good night of decline.

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Polygamous Future? - Now that Gay Marriage is Inevitable, will Plural Unions next be Legalized?

by Hank Pellissier

How Big is Our Love? Can humans truly romantically love more than one person? Will there soon be group weddings with three, four, or five brides and/or grooms? What about ‘Jealousy’?! Or ‘The Family’?!  Is polyamory / polygamy a transhumanist issue?

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What the Law Requires: A Reply to P. Tittle’s essay on Business Ethics

by John Alexander

P. Tittle recently argued that those who teach and/or consult in business ethics ought to have degrees in philosophy.  Her thesis is that “business ethics taught by business faculty, ethics programs run by managers, and so on – any applied ethics course taught by non-philosophers – is superficial at best.”

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Crowd-Sourcing “Citizen Science,” New Products and Ideas

by David Brin

Crowd-sourced inventiveness and science is essential to our fast-changing civilization - and it’s booming.

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Bitcoin - a Means for Redistribution of Wealth

by Rüdiger Koch

Amazing things would happen if a large percentage of transhumanists were financially independent. How can this be done?

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Demographic Sunset in the Land of the Rising Sun: Japan in the 21st Century

by Michael Lee

Everyone has a favourite iconic Japanese consumer product – the Sony Walkman, a Panasonic DVD recorder, Blu-ray disc player, a Canon, Nikon, Minolta or Pentax camera or even a Toyota Prius. But this century will witness the long, slow sunset of Japan’s power.

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Lemur Steaks & Pigeon Pickings - The Malagasy Bushmeat Conundrum

by Dustin Eirdosh

Last night I had the fortune of sitting down with the leading researcher in Madagascar focused on the intersection of wildlife conservation and human health, Dr. Chris Golden from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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How Networking is Transforming Politics

by Lee-Roy Chetty

In the last 20 years the world has moved from bi-polar Cold War to multi-polar globalisation, with widening, deepening and speeding up of global interconnectedness.

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iPhone is Not Your Saviour

by Doug Rushkoff

(CNN) —Last time around, humanity’s savior came in the form of a human messiah. This time, if technology analysts, bankers and venture capitalists are to be believed, it will take the form of a handheld computer otherwise known as a smartphone.

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The Importance of Private Sector Growth and Development in Africa

by Lee-Roy Chetty

The private sector is Africa’s primary engine of growth. It generates an estimated 70 percent of Africa’s output, approximately two-thirds of its investment and 90 percent of employment on the continent.

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Call of the Wild: Decoding Australia’s Long-Term Future

by Michael Lee

A generation of far-reaching social change lies ahead for Australia.  There will be a serious struggle to adapt to climate change as water security becomes a critical issue for many coastal cities and for agriculture.

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India to Africa: Living in Hand-Me-Downs

by Valerie Tarico

Some years back, a group of anti-poverty advocates cast their lot in with Chevy and Ford to oppose higher gas taxes. “That’s just stupid,” said my ever-blunt brother Dan.

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Transhumanists: Who Are They? What Do They Want, Believe, and Predict? (Terasem Survey, Part 5)

by Hank Pellissier

You want increased intelligence, transparency, life expectancy and personal freedom? Curiosity is your primary motivation and you want to reduce or eliminate sleep? Welcome, you’re H+.

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Traditional Values and Human Rights in Africa

by Leo Igwe

On March 24 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution titled, Promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms through a better understanding of traditional values of humankind in conformity with international human rights laws.’

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Beyond the Gold: creating alternative ways to measure Olympic success and failure

by Sohail Inayatullah

We love watching the Olympics, and are inspired by athletic and organisational excellence. However, the Olympics are not a neutral venue. Every medal is based on a stream of money, power, genes and deep culture. In this essay [1] we unpack the political-economy of the Olympics.

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Will the World’s Middle Class Rise Up to Reclaim $21 Trillion Hoard Hidden Offshore by Global Elite?

by David Brin

Consider this headline. $21 Trillion hoard hidden offshore by global elite. Consider that number and consider my prediction that the world’s middle classes will become radicalized, perhaps in the 2020s, or even sooner.

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Lab Rats in the Social Experiment of Personalized Advertising

by Evan Selinger

Advances in biotechnology, nanotechnology, and nuclear energy have turned society into what Dutch ethicist Ibo van de Poel calls a large-scale laboratory for experimenting with the unforeseen consequences of new technologies.

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