Organizations now overlap and conflict over global communities like the medieval church & feudal state

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While researching and writing about global politics in the digital age, I came to a realization. The world exists in a state of feudal anarchy. As globalism grows, organizations lay claim to the allegiances of people around the world and across traditional geographic borders. Local, national, and extra-national governments (EU and UN), religions, individual identities, and ideologies all lay claim to the loyalties of people.

And at times, the needs of these organizations can come into conflict. They compete for the loyalty and support of their overlapping people. …


Becoming a Sovereign Individual is a path to personal freedom.

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provides an incredibly accurate roadmap of the Information Age so far. Yet the book was written 20 years ago! Before the invention of the mobile internet, before remote work, and before communications platforms like Facebook. Despite being published so many years ago, the book still provides valuable insights.

But why should you care?

I read it and I’ve gotta say, the lessons are remarkably relevant in 2020. I found it a revealing backdrop for societal changes that are happening right now. And these changes are impacting your life whether you realize it or not. …


A job doesn’t have to be a life sentence. Here’s why.

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They say you either live to work or work to live. But why not a little bit of both?

There are many types of career paths a person can take. Some are well-established trajectories like the consulting industry that use a formulaic process for career advancement. While other careers such as starting a company are uncertain and require a figure it out as you go mindset.

At various points throughout life, it’s common to ask yourself - what do I want out of life? Do I want to follow the herd or set off on my own like a lone wolf?

But these are usually tough questions to answer. Especially given that the career choices we face come with unique tradeoffs. …


Zero-sum nationalism is created by historic economic events.

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The world is fragmenting and its fueled by zero-sum nationalism. State leaders adopt protectionist policies to benefit their countries and extract value from the global community. In this new political era, there is such a thing as a greatest nation status. And you achieve that status by beating out other nations to the “top”.

This shift from globalism to nationalism has taken place over the past 15 years.

In the backdrop of this policy shift, new integrative and digital technologies bring global communities closer together. These technologies create a melting pot of culture and mutually beneficial commerce, all while populist movements sweep the globe. And while technology brings people together, these movements advocate for policies that promote global disintegration. …


These programs and subsidies could attract remote workers and improve local commerce.

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Imagine this, your boss calls an all-hands meeting and lets the team know that the office will be closing permanently. All employees are being shifted to remote work.

You’re now free to move anywhere you like as long as it’s within plus or minus 3 hours of your current time zone. Any distance beyond that will require a salary renegotiation. It’s not unprecedented, this is the new world we live in.

Hurray! The world is now your oyster. You can re-evaluate all your wants and needs and move to a location that better suits those needs.

Maybe you want to pay fewer taxes, explore Europe, live in a place with better healthcare, or better schools. You are free to make choices that were previously restricted by location-based work. …


Financial protectionism harms the global economy and creates an opportunity for decentralized money.

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The global financial ecosystem is deceptively complex. As a global reserve currency, the US dollar plays an important role in the growing global digital economy. But in the face of a pandemic and economic depression, financial policy around the world is retreating from globalism and taking on more nationalistic tones. Because of this retreat and the global reserve status of the US dollar, the intensely partisan US elections represent a massive impact in the search for a global store of value.

As a simple example of the complexity of financial policy, most people would be surprised to discover that real interest rates are negative. ie: Savings accounts are losing money despite their positive interest rate. …


A story about the benefits of long term planning.

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Chamath Palihapitiya is one of my favorite investors. He’s young, successful, and willing to share his knowledge with the world. His recent tweet ( and others) on longterm-ism provides astute lessons and is valuable to those that pay attention. They remind me of the critical lessons I learned on taking the long term approach to my career.

Taking the long term approach helped me accumulate the value I needed to lead me into self-employment. This a story of how I got to where I am now and how I used a long term approach to get here. …


These are the can’t miss trends that are shaping up to dominate the decade.

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Over the past decade:

  • Netflix went from a $10 stock to $500. A 50x return. The Trend: subscription video on demand
  • Amazon went from a $150 stock to $3,100. A 20x return. The Trend: eCommerce and expedited delivery
  • Facebook went from a $38 stock to $270. A 9.5x return. The Trend: social media and increasing digital interaction
  • Shopify went from a $30 stock to nearly $1000. A 33x return. The Trend: eCommerce for the stay at home capitalist
  • Tesla went from a $4 stock to $440 stock. A 110x return. The Trend: electric-powered vehicles

Modest investments in any of these companies would have made you a lot of money. Of course, there were also plenty of losers over the past decade. It’s an obvious oversimplification to only focus on the winners. …


This world’s not big enough for the both of us

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History has a habit of repeating itself. We live in times with increasing global sectarian violence, rising nationalism, trade wars, and a generally overcrowded Earth. These are warning signs of what is coming.

A global conflict is on the horizon. But history also shows us that this conflict is avoidable.

We need a common sense of purpose, a sense of awe, and a way to believe that you can be anything or anyone you want to be in an infinitely large universe. We need a new frontier to explore and settle. …


Productive Technology Promotes Consumerism While Eliminating Jobs, Making UBI Inevitable

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Over the next 20 years, remote work and automated production technologies will cause societies’ labor markets to rapidly change. Welfare programs including Universal Basic Income (UBI) and Universal Healthcare will become necessary for the wellbeing of society. Without such programs, civil unrest will become rampant from a lack of work opportunities.

This essay focuses on the causes of this technological change, the impacts of it’s change, and how they lead to inevitable social welfare programs.

Technology-Enabled Productivity Eliminates Jobs

Machine learning, AI, robotics, and automated processes are advancing. As these technologies improve, they become more affordable and provide greater productivity. This gradual development forces companies to make a choice between human or robotic labor. …

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