Author Archive

Derek Thompson

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.

Management

American Housing Is Insane

COMMENTARY | Approximately half of the Manhattan luxury-condo units that have come onto the market in the past five years are still unsold.

Management

Three Theories for Why You Have No Time

COMMENTARY | Better technology means higher expectations, and higher expectations create more work.

Management

Why the 21st-Century Economy Prizes Overwork

The digital age has liberated the tools of productivity from the office, and chained workers to their computers.

Management

The American System of Tipping Makes No Sense

COMMENTARY | If you want to understand how meritocracy acts as a cover for inequality, look no further than our broken understanding of gratuity.

Tech & Data

The Millennial Urban Lifestyle Is About to Get More Expensive

COMMENTARY | As WeWork crashes and Uber bleeds cash, the consumer-tech gold rush may be coming to an end.