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Surprising Findings in China

Judah Freed | Posted 08.11.2016 | Business
Judah Freed

Steve Hoffman at Founders Space recently returned from a "marathon business trip" to China. He returned with some unexpected findings that defy many of our staid stereotypes in the West. With Steve's permission, I am quoting his findings below.

Conservatives Blame the Wrong People for Economic Problems

Fred Lundgren | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

Too often, hard working and well meaning conservatives fall into the "blame trap" set by their rich and powerful brethren, who blame the powerless, instead of themselves for the economic woes of society.

Outsourcing and Me: Adventures in Manufacturing

Ron Barth | Posted 02.22.2014 | Business
Ron Barth

A company is a shared responsibility and a contract between employees and owners -- it is not diminishing people to simply "capital" to be spent.

The Psychology of Sweatshop Labor

Neeru Paharia | Posted 09.09.2013 | Business
Neeru Paharia

It seems if consumers really cared, there would be more demand for sweatshop-free products and more opportunities for companies to profit from such products.

Mars and Venus Don't Matter in International Trade

Daniel Caspary | Posted 04.08.2013 | World
Daniel Caspary

For sure, these talks won't be easy, as past spats over airplanes, hormone beef or chlorine chicken illustrated. But they will be a hell of a lot easier than any serious free trade talks with China or other Pacific nations.

Fictional Davos Discussion Between Tim Geithner and China's He Yafei

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 04.03.2012 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

The following conversation did not take place... but wouldn't it have been interesting if it did? Geithner: Glad I found you. We really need to talk...

Foreign Company Uses Cheap U.S. Labor As Reason To Lower Wages

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.06.2012 | Business

The near-standstill in wage growth for American workers hasn't just been good for their employers. It's turning out to be a potential bargaining chip ...

A New Approach to Immigration: It's Time to Stop Blaming Immigrants

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 12.21.2011 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

It is hypocritical to keep blaming immigrants for complex problems while we consume produce harvested by immigrants, occupy buildings and homes erected by them, and drive on roads made possible by their labor.

The Ugly Side of Our Globalised World

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christina Patterson

Sometimes, it takes art to bring an issue alive. Sometimes, what it takes, in fact, is a play. Two weeks ago, I saw a play that was so beautiful, and ...

Restoring the Middle Class Will Restore American Exceptionalism

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

What made this country exceptional in the twentieth century was the emergence of a vibrant and expansive middle class. Ignoring such a reality is exceptionally unproductive.

GM, Ford Ramp Up Production At Mexico Plants Where Workers Earn $26 Per Day

Bloomberg | [Bn:PRSN=1] Thomas Black [] | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

June 9 (Bloomberg) -- Mexico's share of North American auto production may rise at a quicker pace as General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler G...

Mexican Exceptionalism

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vanessa Carmichael

To fix illegal immigration, we need to concern ourselves with Mexico's domestic policies and U.S. foreign policy. No fence can stop a flood of people risking their lives to feed their families.