Despite being free to users, Facebook seems to have a monopoly on our speech, our data, and our lives.
- Experts, among them Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, argue the company has become a monopoly and should be broken up.
- Others argue Hughes and his supports have misread Facebook's position in the market.
- Despite these disagreements, a consensus agrees that Facebook and other Silicon Valley titans need to be better regulated.
The two concepts might seem contradictory, but anarcho-capitalists exist.
- Seemingly diametrically opposed, some peopel call themselves anarcho-capitalists.
- Anarcho-capitalism argues that there ought to be no state whatsoever; the free market can sort everything out, and if left alone, will ensure everybody's liberty.
- The philosophy attracts considerable criticism, both from anarchists and people with more traditional politics.
- The best technology fades into the background of our lives.
- Cryptocurries will do the same, becoming a new asset class for investors like stocks and bonds.
- Soon people will ask: "Do you have cryptocurrency in your investment porfolio?"
A new book about life under communism reveals an unexpected benefit.
- A new book by Kristen Ghodsee argues that women had much better sex in communist Eastern Europe than in the West.
- She attributes this to steps those states took to empower women and their resulting economic independence.
- While rebuilding the Iron Curtain isn't called for, the author suggests we can learn ways to empower women from these communist regimes.
China's export growth model hit a wall. So it reinvented itself.
- China is no longer an impoverished manufacturer of the world's products; it is a major consumer market of 1.4 billion people.
- When its manufacturing boom hit a wall, China changed tactics and invested heavily in consumerism at home – a second boom that will make China king.
- Global brands are desperate for a piece of China's $5 trillion private consumer market.
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