For three decades we’ve been living through a paradigm shift. Our world is moving from the fading Fordist age to the ever-strengthening digital age. This shift is as unstoppable as the one that once brought us from railroads and steel mills to Fordist factories. And its impact on our lives is just as radical.

In this context, the lessons from history are clear: Providing economic security for the many generates prosperity for all. But this can only be done with the right safety net supporting both households and businesses against the risks brought about by the digital age.

There are those who long to re-establish the standards and regulations that marked the post-war boom. Others, especially in tech, realize that the institutions we know are anachronistic and no longer fit for today’s challenges.

Alas, neither group is considering the real solution: A complete redesign of our safety net that will let it do its critically important job without getting in the way of progress. Moving toward that new design is what Hedge is all about.


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Government, Technology, and The New Social Safety Net

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Where Are Liberals When We Most Need Them?

How neoliberalism replaced the embedded liberalism of the past The term “liberalism” is somewhat confusing as it refers to “progressivism” in the US and the market-based laissez-faire ideology in Europe. But it should not be abandoned, as it stresses the historical…

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The Economics of the New Age

Why tech companies can’t stop growing In the age of the automobile and mass production, companies were obsessed with economies of scale. At some point they had to stop growing because the marginal cost of production…

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How Technology Drives Institutional Change

Why modern history is a succession of paradigm shifts Carlota Perez devised a model that effectively explains the last 250 years as a series of five consecutive technological revolutions. Each revolution spawns its own “techno-economic paradigm” through two…

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The Lost Art of State Intervention

How the consensus around state intervention eroded over time It took the crisis of the 1930s for business, academic and political elites to come together in favor of a more active government in social and economic…

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A Liberal History of the Middle Class

How liberalism created nations and strengthened capitalism Liberalism’s first achievements — the Magna Carta, the French Revolution, the US Declaration of Independence — were about empowering individuals against governments. Indeed before the emergence of modern states, the vast majority…

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