The Danger of Impending Tech Monopolies & What We Can Do

Earlier this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of Congress following the Cambridge Analytics investigation. At one point, Senator Lindsey Graham asked if there was an alternative to Facebook. Zuckerberg dodged the question until Graham bluntly asked, "You don't think you have a monopoly?" Tech companies, such as Facebook, don't necessarily drive up prices for... Continue Reading →

Savings, Inflation, and Debt Serfdom

I always cringe when I hear my friends say that they will start saving for retirement when they make more money. I don't know about you, but my expenses seem to continually increase in proportion to my income. There will always be car repairs, wedding gifts, expensive medical tests, flooded toilets, and nifty gadgets. We... Continue Reading →

Self-Reliance and Financial Freedom

When I was four years old, my parents bought me a clear plastic, house-shaped box. The box was divided into three parts and adorned with various stickers, including some words I couldn't yet read. The long, skinny box was my childhood piggy bank. When I found a penny on the ground at my preschool, I... Continue Reading →

The Distraction Drug

My parents limited my media diet as a child. I was allowed one hour of PBS on weekdays, an hour of cartoons on the weekends, and Disney VHS tapes on occasion. I never had a game console and the only computer games I played were educational in nature—math, science, geography, and art. For the most... Continue Reading →

A Case for Modern Day Renaissance Men

The world is rapidly evolving. New technologies become obsolete within a matter of years and the long-standing career options are gradually being replaced by positions that did not exist ten years prior. “Don’t worry about what your job is going to be—the interesting jobs are the ones you make up.” --Chris Young, Tools of Titans... Continue Reading →

Privacy Fatigue & Ditching Facebook

Five years ago, I deleted Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. Last year, I deleted all content from my Facebook—every status, picture, like, and interaction. This week, now that—hopefully—the backup archive of my life has been reduced to a null, I plan to permanently delete Facebook. It was easy to delete the feed of news blips and... Continue Reading →

Technological Advancement and Future Job Markets

You walk into a brightly-lit office, smile broadly and shake hands with the suited woman before you. She asks about your previous job experience, skills and perceived strengths. You, of course, response “productivity” because your get work done, and efficiently at that. Fifty years from now, if not sooner, “productivity” will no longer be a... Continue Reading →

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