How I became a culture wonk

How I became a culture wonk

I’ve been mugged, robbed, and hustled in China.  I’ve survived sandstorms, hotel fires, coal mines, and state-sponsored industrial espionage.  I spent most of my time in places most foreigners have never even heard of, including three years in a town where I was the...
Why Capitalism Comes Before Democracy

Why Capitalism Comes Before Democracy

You only vote once every two years.  You serve on a jury less than that.  On the other hand, you go to work and the market every day.  For most people, who they work for and what they do is more important than who wins an election.  In a nutshell, this is why...
Rich vs. Poor Countries: The Great Cultural Divide

Rich vs. Poor Countries: The Great Cultural Divide

What if nothing in your life ever changed?  What if your life was just like your parent’s life and their parent’s and their parent’s as far back as time goes?  Everyone works on the farm, using their hands, no tractors, no reapers.  No one goes to college.  No one...
Why America is wrong about democracy

Why America is wrong about democracy

Americans are passionate about democracy.  We practice it.  We stand for it.  We have invested immeasurable blood, sweat, tears, and treasure into supporting it around the world.  Which makes the following question even more compelling:  What if America is wrong about...