Author: Blaine Townsend

Big Tech And The Social Contract

The Age of Enlightenment gave us the notion of the “Social Contract” and governing mandates based on collective self-interest not divine right or brute force. With large tech companies now standing shoulder to shoulder with government in terms of influence and power, we need a new social contract – one that can reconcile how powerful […]

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Heed The Ancient Mariner: Stop Dumping Plastic in The Ocean

In the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, the killing of an albatross was believed to have turned the fates against a ship in open water. “With my crossbow, I shot the Albatross,” confessed the ancient Mariner. Ruin, guilt, and pain followed. As we look across the oceans today, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic poem looks prescient. […]

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The Economics of Pain: America’s Opioid Epidemic

Pain is one of nature’s strongest forces. Pain makes the hand recoil at the flame and provides the instinct to duck when a rock is heading your way. Pain is also one of the most bedeviling forces in nature. Ancient people understood pain when they could see a gash or crooked finger. If pain was […]

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