Author Archive

Derek Thompson

Health & Human Services

America Is Running Out of Everything

COMMENTARY | The global supply chain is slowing down at the very moment when Americans are demanding that it go into overdrive.

Health & Human Services

How America Dropped to No. 36

The U.S. has fallen far behind in distributing the vaccines that it pioneered.

Management

Hard Work Isn’t the Point of the Office

COMMENTARY | The pandemic disrupted soft work—the gossip, eavesdropping, and casual relationship-building that aren’t a formal part of your job.

Management

Winners and Losers of the Work-From-Home Revolution

COMMENTARY | High-income workers at highly profitable companies will benefit greatly. Downtown landlords won’t.

Management

Will the Housing Market Ever Be Normal Again?

COMMENTARY | What's going on with America's real-estate frenzy?

Health & Human Services

Millions Are Saying No to the Vaccines. What Are They Thinking?

COMMENTARY | Feelings about the vaccine are intertwined with feelings about the pandemic.

Health & Human Services

Deep Cleaning Isn’t a Victimless Crime

COMMENTARY | The CDC has finally said what scientist have been screaming for months: The coronavirus is overwhelmingly spread through the air, not via surfaces.

Public Safety

Why America's Great Crime Decline Is Over

COMMENTARY | Even before the recent mass shootings, violent crime was surging to its highest rate in 30 years. Patrick Sharkey illuminates what's happening.

Health & Human Services

The Curious Case of Florida’s Pandemic Response

COMMENTARY | Liberals predicted that Florida would get destroyed by its laissez-faire approach to COVID-19. Conservatives said the state was the future of the economy. What if they were both wrong?

Health & Human Services

The Pandemic Mistake America Can't Repeat

More, better, and faster testing might have averted the worst of what America faced in 2020.

Management

What Will Happen to Cities in 2021

COMMENTARY | Sifting through today’s clues to forecast the future.

Management

The Workforce Is About to Change Dramatically

COMMENTARY | Three predictions for what the future might look like.

Management

Hygiene Theater Is a Huge Waste of Time

COMMENTARY | People are power scrubbing their way to a false sense of security.

Public Safety

The Overlooked Role of Guns in the Police-Reform Debate

COMMENTARY | Something is weirdly absent from the general discussion about police violence in America: the weapon most commonly used to inflict it.

Finance

We Can Prevent a Great Depression. It’ll Take $10 Trillion.

COMMENTARY | Don’t think of that number as “big” or “bold.” Just think of it as the appropriate dosage for a once-in-a-century economic affliction.

Finance

The Economy Is Ruined. It Didn’t Have to Be This Way.

COMMENTARY | Almost 10 million Americans have already filed for unemployment benefits. Congress can still act to stem the tide.

Management

The Truth About the California Exodus

COMMENTARY | California is getting older, richer, and less politically powerful.

Management

How Capitalism Broke Young Adulthood

COMMENTARY | Boomers have socialism. Why not Millennials?

Management

America Is Overrun With Bathrooms

COMMENTARY | In the past half century, the number of bathrooms per American has doubled.