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Ron Davis is the CEO of Tenacity, a health technology startup using cutting-edge behavioral science to improve people’s health choices. He holds degrees from Harvard Law School, The University of Oregon and George Fox University. As an employee of Fidelity National Financial, he drove several successful strategic initiatives, was widely known for his consulting and coaching program, and broke all local sales records. He was repeatedly nationally recognized as one of $8 billion company’s top salespeople. Ron and his wife spent a year traveling around the world and have written a forthcoming memoir about their journey. Ron taught political philosophy under Michael Sandel at Harvard and enjoys following politics, exercising, playing the piano and singing in the church choir, eating great food, taking long walks with his wife, and playing with his toddler.

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Redistribution: The 'R' Word

(18) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 2:51 PM

The President has announced that he wants to tackle inequality and the lack of upward mobility for poor Americans. He has many ideas for doing so, and many involve redistribution. But he smartly avoids mentioning the "R" word. Redistribution gets a bad rap, even though all policies redistribute. Even Democrats...

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Morozov Is Wrong: Smart Technology Enhances Choice

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 5:55 PM

BinCam's users buy garbage cans that photograph their trash, analyze it, and inform Facebook friends of their habits. Its creators and customers hope to tap into the power of peer pressure to improve behavior. Technology skeptic Evgeny Morozov wrote in the Wall Street Journal that BinCam's smart technology falls somewhere...

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We Built That

(6) Comments | Posted November 4, 2012 | 1:27 PM

President Obama's "You didn't build that" comment inspired much bluster from the talking heads. We almost had a substantive discussion, but the red meat was too delicious for the commentators to resist. Still, before this important election, we should pause and ask a hard question:

Who built what? Who...

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A Grand Bargain for Roads

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 6:42 PM

Few indignities infuriate people so much as stop-and-go traffic. Although twice-daily choked with horrific congestion, our vast expensive roads sit empty much of the time even in large cities. But this preventable problem is our own fault. Having decoupled the real cost of driving from the price consumers pay to...

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Why Equality Matters: Michael Jordan and the 1%

(30) Comments | Posted July 29, 2012 | 4:56 PM

Michael Jordan joined the Chicago Bulls and dramatically raised salary inequality on the team. But because Jordan's presence more than tripled the lowest paid player's salary, that player had nothing to complain about. Matt Schoenfeld recently argued in the Wall Street Journal that this shows that "equality is...

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An American Hero

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 5:54 PM

What do you call him?

What do you call a boy born into a working class Irish immigrant family, the fifth of five children -- Mary, Joe, Pat, Ann and he?

You call him beloved, and you call him Billy.

What do you call a little boy...

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To the Harvard Law Class of 2012 and Overachieving Graduates Everywhere

(4) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 5:35 PM

My Harvard Law classmate quietly raised his hand. In a discussion about how our personal histories affect our political perspectives, he asked our professor, a renowned civil rights lawyer, which moment was her proudest. The professor smiled and said, "the birth of my son."

The class quickly moved on to...

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Evangelical Universities, Gay Students and Faculty Freedom

(46) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 2:02 PM

Alumni protest has embroiled my alma mater, George Fox University, in controversy. George Fox is a rare and rich combination of America's famously conservative and spirited Evangelical Christianity and its more progressive and contemplative Anabaptist cousin, Quakerism. That paradoxical DNA spun out a storm in recent weeks when LGBTQ alumni...

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The Republican Nanny State

(36) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 4:22 PM

Republicans who support subsidies should stop their mass-manipulation. Rather than hiding behind hypocritical pro-market rhetoric, it is time to admit they have embraced their very own entitlement-boom that rivals the dreams of any European welfarist. Matt Kibbe recently wailed in Forbes about a "tort litigation nightmare" because a...

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George Will vs. Elizabeth Warren

(36) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 11:10 AM

George's Will's saucy pen turned shrill last week when he erroneously accused Elizabeth Warren of attacking a straw man, and then hypocritically pivoted to critiquing a viewpoint Warren didn't advocate.

The now famous Warren quote:

There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own....
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