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Past articles by Derek:

Why Urban Life Suddenly Got Way More Expensive

It’s not just inflation. It’s the end of the Millennial Consumer Subsidy. → Read More

Why Do Americans Think the Economy Is So Terrible?

A mentality that explains a lot about the economy, electoral politics, and human nature → Read More

Nine Worrying Signs About the Economy

Is the U.S. destined to have a recession in 2022? → Read More

What’s Behind America’s Shocking Baby-Formula Shortage?

America’s baby-formula shortage has gone from curious inconvenience to full-blown national crisis. In many states, including Texas and Tennessee, more than half of formula is sold out in stores. Nationwide, 40 percent of formula is out of stock—a twentyfold increase since the first half of 2021. As parents have started to stockpile formula, retailers such as Walgreens, CVS, and Target have all… → Read More

Work in Progress

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The Forgotten Stage of Human Progress

Invention is easily overrated, and implementation is often underrated. → Read More

Disney vs. DeSantis Is the Future of Politics

This is how a culture war death spirals. → Read More

Are America’s Biggest Cities Shrinking or Booming?

Pop quiz: What do the metros of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, Minneapolis–St. Paul, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., have in common? They are all among the 20 largest metropolitan areas in the country. All of their populations were growing in 2011. And then, in 2021, they all shrank by a combined 900,000 people, according to an analysis… → Read More

A Stanford Psychologist Says He’s Cracked the Code of One-Hit Wonders

What separates Blind Melon from Shania Twain? → Read More

Why American Teens Are So Sad

Four forces are propelling the rising rates of depression among young people. → Read More

Why U.S. Population Growth Is in the Danger Zone

A country grows or shrinks in three ways. → Read More

The Myth That Most Americans Hate Their Job

Resignations are rising because people are seeing more job listings, not because they’re feeling more Marxist. → Read More

The Most Amazing Statistical Achievement in U.S. Sports History

Wilt Chamberlain. Joe DiMaggio. Simone Biles. Which of their athletic achievements is most impressive? → Read More

Why More Americans Are Saying They’re ‘Vaxxed and Done’

COVID has always divided Americans. The Omicron wave is even dividing the vaccinated. → Read More

Is America Really Running Out of Original Ideas?

The nation’s crisis of originality isn’t in our minds, but in our markets. → Read More

We Know a Lot More About Omicron Now

Here's how to think about all the emerging data. → Read More

America Is Running Out of New Ideas

In film, science, and the economy, the U.S. has fallen out of love with the hard work of invention. → Read More

Why Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky Thinks the Home Is the Future of Travel

The CEO of Airbnb thinks the lines separating life, work, and vacations will keep getting blurrier. → Read More

Democrats Are Getting Crushed in the ‘Vibes War’

But in 2022, the economy’s statistical recovery could become a bona fide vibes recovery. → Read More

The Great Resignation Is Accelerating

A lasting effect of this pandemic will be a revolution in worker expectations. → Read More