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Are There Other Silicon Valleys?
The phrase "Silicon Valley" conjures images of a crowded mini-metropolis in California, and a barrage of familiar Western brands. That's about to change.
What the U.S. Owes Puerto Rico
As historian Déborah Berman Santana writes, the U.S. is very much responsible for molding Puerto Rico’s economy to begin with.
The New Censorship
Americans will rail against the government at First Amendment infringements. But the government isn't the only entity that can censor speech or ideas.
How Credit Reporting Agencies Got Their Power
Early credit reporting companies urged people to “Treat their credit as a sacred trust” and argued that keeping a good credit record was a moral concern.
The Most Important Rule for Startup Success
Startups often don't play by the rules. But a wifi-enabled juicer may have been "trying to solve a problem that didn't exist."
Luxury: Enemy of Virtue, or Economic Engine?
Today, economists tend to see anything that boosts consumption and production as a good thing. But that was decidedly not the case in earlier centuries.
How Typewriters Changed Everything
Voice recognition technology is beginning to compete with typing. Would the end of typing change the business world forever?
Is it Smart To Cut Foreign Aid Because of Human Rights Abuses?
Recently, the US denied Egypt nearly $96 million in international aid, as chastisement for the country's abysmal human rights record.
The Case for Open Borders
Is a world without borders an idea so crazy it just might work? Scholars weigh in on how open borders might solve the world's immigration problem.
How Marketing Made L.A.
In the early 20th century, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce started marketing L.A as an earthquake-free alternative to San Francisco.