Most Europeans enjoy what I would call a sweetened capitalism, a combination of capitalism an economic system based upon private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profit” and a welfare state in which the state plays a key role in the protection and promotion of the social and economic well-being of […]

the new normal

Can you believe that I still hear people sometimes referring to the crisis in the present tense? Yes, they mean the Global Financial Crisis that swept the economies of the developed countries in 2007-08. That crisis. While it is true that what started with Lehman Brothers in the US in September 2007 did not resonate in other […]

no WiFi

In his 1964 hit The Times They Are A-Changin’, Bob Dylan already warned us about the shifting nature of things, and how the present now will later be past.” Quite true: Just a few years ago, the first thing most of us did when entering a coffee shop, hotel, restaurant, bookshop -or any other public venue- […]


So you jump into your car and there is no steering wheel, no gear stick and no pedals. You tell your car where it is that you want to go to (just like you would talk to Siri), sit back and enjoy the ride: You read a newspaper, make a few phone calls or just […]


Sometimes going on a diet is simply not enough. No, I am not referring to a weight loss program, since I do not happen to be affected by the obesity epidemic that is ravaging not just the so-called developed world: obesity rates in sub-Saharan Africa are shooting up faster than in just about anywhere else […]


Our lives revolve around money: We need it to get shelter, buy food, get clothes to keep us warm (or stylish, for those of us a little bit more fashion-conscious), pay the bills… or splurge a little and get the latest gadget out there or go on vacation. After all, the world is a beautiful […]


Steve Jobs was right: Jobs was the opening act at the D: All Things Digital conference on June 1 2010 in Southern California when in a 90-minute interview with The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, he proclaimed that the post-PC era had arrived, while acknowledging that PCs have “taken us a long way” and […]

me too

“Me Too” (or “#MeToo“) spread virally in October 2017 as a two-word hashtag used on social media to help demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace. It followed soon after the public revelations of sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The phrase, used to help survivors realize they are […]

out of love

The U.S. Census Bureau found that divorce rates for most age groups have been dropping since 1996 and yet around 50 percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce: 41 percent in the case of first marriages, 60 percent of second marriages and 73 percent of third marriages, to be precise. These facts are well known, so […]