Davos: Danger, and Devolution

As Davos is getting underway, we pause this morning to look at what may be the most-overlooked aspect of the concentration of power in the “hands of the few” namely massive changes in the traditional “span of control” concept in management.  It seems such an innocent thing on the surface, but then so did Lizzie Borden, I suppose. We’ll cut to the heart of things after a few headlines…

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Trending Out the Future

Two things to talk about this morning, since we’re way ahead of the California Drought which has become a big deal, as we expected it would:  One is how the Millennial mindset and new minimalism may work against Boomers trying to unload property for years to come.  And the second is an assessment of west coast port data.  But, before we look under those carpets, let’s pick up our drought discussion that we forecast would pop in last weekend’s report…

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Do We Really Need Government?

At least as we now know it…  In many of my recent UrbanSurvival and Peoplenomics columns, I have asked whether there isn’t a Terrible Vortex ahead, somewhere a year or two out, when misguided government policies all come home to roost at the same time? The question is particularly pertinent because of recent disclosures about governments spying on civilians (non-suspects) in an effort to do for the present day with computers, what the McCarthy Era did for rabid anti-communists one long-wave economic cycle ago.  As usual, we try not to ask questions we don’t already know the answers to, but not without coffee first…and then we’ll get down to whatever happened to Robin Hood and since when did robbing ‘hoods take become acceptable?  Time for a large helping of “Business Process Reengineering” directed toward government…

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