This week, as several more states went to the polls, the nomination contests were further clarified even as the results seem to bring us closer to chaos. A victorious Donald Trump warned that if he were ahead in delegates and yet denied the nomination "you would have riots" at the convention in Cleveland. An RNC spokesman later claimed Trump was "speaking figuratively," but given the violence we've already seen at Trump rallies, that seems unlikely. In fact, on Thursday a report by The Economist listed the possible election of Trump as one of 10 "global risks" ranking equal to "the rising threat of jihadi terrorism" and higher than "Chinese expansionism." Thankfully, Friday was a much needed World Sleep Day, celebrating the power of sleep. It's a cause that's even been embraced by the global management consulting company McKinsey, which has added a sleep specialist to its ranks -- no, that's not an Onion headline -- and recently issued a report entitled "There's A Proven Link Between Effective Leadership And Getting Enough Sleep." It's a good thing, because in this environment, we need all the leadership we can muster.
Over the years, many critics have attacked Taylor's theory. Today you're unlikely to meet one of his acolytes, but Taylor remains an influential if controversial figure a century after his death. Perhaps Taylorism's crowning achievement was that it represented the earliest known attempt to apply science to the field of management. Even now this is an open debate: Is management a true science?
In 2035, the youngest boomers will be 71. The oldest will be 89. What is it going to be like to look back from that vantage point? Hopefully, most of us will have figured out how to keep working as long as possible -- certainly to 70, when the maximum Social Security benefits kick in, but probably longer.
If instead, we treated obesity more like drowning, we would tell the truth about food. We would not market multicolored marshmallows to children as part of a complete breakfast. We would not willfully mislead about the perilous currents in the modern food supply. We would not look on passively as an entire population of non-swimmers started wading in over their heads.