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December 2008 Entries:

Trends for 2009: The Web Dismantles Old Media
(December 31, 2008)

Trends for 2009: The Rise of Informal Work
(December 30, 2008)

The Death-Spiral of Local Government and Small Business
(December 29, 2008)

Productive and Unproductive Capital
(December 27, 2008)

What's Up/Down with Oil?
(December 26, 2008)

The Last (Consumerist) Christmas in America
(December 24, 2008)

U.S. Schizophrenia on China
(December 23, 2008)

Infrastructure and War
(December 22, 2008)

Two Comments
(December 20, 2008)

Has Capitalism Failed?
(December 19, 2008)

Asymmetric Risk, Bicycles and SUVs
(December 18, 2008)

A Look at U.S. Bonds
(December 17, 2008)

First Step: Triage
(December 16, 2008)

Risk, False Productivity and the Ecology of Starvation
(December 15, 2008)

The End of Leverage
(December 13, 2008)

End of Work, End of Affluence V: Government--Reinvention or Insolvency
(December 12, 2008)

End of Work, End of Affluence IV: Crime and Prohibition
(December 11, 2008)

End of Work, End of Affluence III: The Rise of Informal Businesses
(December 10, 2008)

End of Work, End of Affluence II: 3 Ways to Lower the Cost of Housing
(December 9, 2008)

End of Work, End of Affluence I: Cascading Job Losses
(December 8, 2008)

Two Poems
(December 6, 2008)

End of Work, End of Affluence
(December 5, 2008)

An Adversarial Culture: Auto Industry Bailouts
(December 4, 2008)

Starvation and a Quiet Revolution
(December 3, 2008)

Real Estate: Back to 1981?
(December 2, 2008)

Coming Soon to a Market Near You: A Huge "Obama Spring" Rally
(December 1, 2008)

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