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Did Technology Help Kill The Union?

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Graph: BoogaLouie/Wikimedia Commons If you’re a political animal, then you’d already know that the victory of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in beating [...]

How the Federal Government Killed a Perfectly Good Washing Machine

I’m for the environment and all, but why are front-loading washing machines so dang expensive? Sam Kazman of The Wall Street Journal investigated and came up with the (usual) culprit: the government! It might not have been the most stylish, but for decades the top-loading laundry machine was the most affordable and dependable. Now it’s ruined—and [...]

The rebirth of the book?

We’ve been hearing it for the last decade: technology is killing traditional publishing. And, indeed, if you ask my book agent, it’s getting harder and harder to sell a traditional print book because, well, people are buying fewer of them, the market is shrinking, imprints are folding, publishers are rethinking… and, of course, now purists [...]