Our collective delusion about success has harmful consequences

Lately, I have been reflecting on my place in America’s socioeconomic landscape. Specifically, I am pondering why it is that a college-educated tutor like me can earn more money than the average American worker while laboring fewer hours.

The undercurrent of human nature desires to believe that one’s success comes…

Internet companies are engaged in a fragile dance.

It’s no secret that the Internet has changed everything. Once considered a wonky fad among tech nerds, the worldwide web has quickly expanded its power over our economic and political life.

I experienced the Smartphone Revolution during my adolescence. In less than a decade, people went from watching television reports…

The economic divide is even worse than you think

Imagine you are walking through the suburbs in 1970.

The neighborhood includes the families of bankers, lawyers, and factory workers. The houses are sturdy, spaced apart, and affordable with only one income.

At the local public school, the CEO’s son and the union member’s son play football together. Their families…

I Read It So You Don’t Have To

A recent book explains how humans think about wealth, economics, and success

What did I read?

The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness published in September 2020.

So who is Morgan Housel?

Morgan Housel is a former financial columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He is now a partner at Collaborative Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm.

Give me the 30-second sell.

Unlike in the fields of medicine or engineering, expertise in…

We are re-defining labor in the 21st century

It has become a platitude to say that “nobody wants to work anymore”.

In American life, we’ve been led to believe that hard work is a pre-eminent virtue. After all, our Protestant culture of individualism and grit helped a nation of disgruntled rebels become a global superpower.

But as America…

The GOP has morphed into an unscrupulous monster

The first Black congressman, senator, and governor in U.S. history were all Republicans.

The Republican Party passed the constitutional amendments ending slavery and codifying equal protection under the law. Proudly carrying the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, Republicans sought to reconstruct the South into a land of racial equality.

For several…

Dean

Georgetown grad, avid educator, political junkie

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