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As music royalty rates drop, artists turn to merchandise for answers

A few days ago, I stumbled upon this post on Reddit. It generated lots of chatter online (even T-Pain chimed in), with many people pointing out how abysmally low the music royalty rates are. I wanted more clarity regarding where these figures were coming from, so I did some research…

The labor shortage is forcing employers to make concessions and difficult choices as they struggle to find workers.

Even as the U.S. returns to shades of normalcy and the economic growth under President Joe Biden continues to rise, new financial concerns abound in many circles. The labor shortage is affecting both large and small businesses, forcing employers to make concessions and difficult choices as they struggle to find…

The price that matters is how long you have to work to drive your car 100 miles

“Gas prices are the highest they’ve ever been!” screamed a recent headline in the Los Angeles Times. “Pain at the pump drives Biden’s suffering in the polls!” trumpeted Politico. Really? About time to remind folks that by historical standards, it’s still pretty cheap to drive your car.

How could that…

The self-proclaimed “Nike of sleep” proves there’s no such thing as a $1 billion mattress company

Casper — the original DTC darling and self-proclaimed “Nike of sleep” — is now proof that there’s no such thing as a $1 billion mattress company.

In a whirlwind two years, the mattress-in-a-box company has gone from being the lead disrupter in the ‘sleep economy’ with a value of $1.1…

A brief history of Germany’s economic miracle

“Transportation and communication services had ceased to function. Agriculture and industry were largely at a standstill. Food was scarce and there was a serious risk of famine and disease during the coming months. And to crown it all there was no central government in being, and the machinery whereby a…

I Read It So You Don’t Have To

A new book documents how monopoly has become the defining economic problem of our era

What did I read?

Liberty from All Masters: The New American Autocracy vs. the Will of the People by Barry Lynn

So who is this Barry Lynn?

Lynn is the founder and CEO of the Open Markets Institute and the author of two previous books — End of the Line and Cornered — that analyzed the concentration of private power…

DTC companies are turning to physical retail in an attempt to prove they are more than just hype

“They make your forehead look big,” my straight-shooting wife belted out with a chuckle. “Okay…” I said, slightly offended. “How about these glasses?” hoping for a more confidence-building response. “Now you look like that televangelist preacher from the 90s, Jim Baker,” she replied.

“I think we’re done here,” I said…

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