Income equality is getting worse. Can the co-op model solve this problem?

Co-ops are more pervasive than you think. They just suffer from a marketing problem.

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  • The cooperative model accounts for $154B every year in America.
  • America leads the world with cooperatives, with over 30,000 businesses operating under this model.
  • Co-op advocate Nathan Schneider believes this model can help level the economic playing field.
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Jeff Bezos defends spending billions on rockets over, say, poverty

At what point does spending billions on rocket technology seem irresponsible to those suffering on Earth?

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 15: Jeff Bezos speaks onstage at WIRED25 Summit: WIRED Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Tech Icons Of The Past & Future on October 15, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for WIRED25 )
  • The private space enterprise he founded will be testing even more in the near future, with $1 billion investment by Bezos each year
  • He wants to be seen as "risk taking" and a "needle mover"
  • Watch Blue Horizon's escape module test
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Can this money ethos help you retire in your 30s?

The FIRE movement believes frugality is key to retiring in your 30s; others think the movement is about privilege more than prudence.

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  • An online culture of millennials is looking to min-max their finances to achieve financial independence and retire early.
  • Called the FIRE movement, members aim to live lean and control their spending, an ethos catalyzed by Vicki Robin's work in the early '90s.
  • Some are doubtful of the movement, arguing their strategies aren't exacting enough to be future proof or are a means for wealthy individuals to capitalize further on their privilege.
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Will asteroid mining be an outer-space gold rush?

Break out your prospecting gear and space suit.

  • There are enough resources in asteroids that some are valued in the quadrillions.
  • Mining these asteroids will soon be technically feasible, resulting in what some consider to be a space-age gold rush.
  • It's unclear what impact this sudden influx of wealth from outer space will have on our lives, but its certain to be profound.
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