Pro Commerce

Blog URL:http://phillips.blogs.com/
Blog Tags:commerce, business, history, productivity, marketing, finance, data, empiricism
Country:United States
State/Province:California
Location:San Francisco

A look at the direction and meaning of commerce. Commerce is the source of the modern world. It has direction. It favors human diversity, open systems, markets, technology and honesty. Pro commerce is an optimistic daily view.



Latest Blog Posts



Zen and enlightenment

on Jun 23, 2017

I am enlightened and disappointed with enlightenment. For nearly 40 years I have sat zazen, which is the Zen Buddhist practice of sitting on a pillow (zafu) cross legged, without moving, for 40 minutes every morning with eyes slightly open. There are...

Taking dope

on May 27, 2017

I went to a panel discussion of ‘5 powerful women’ who shaped the hippie era. It wasn’t true. The panel was put together by an academic who laid her Marxist nonsense on a great historical event. Only my co-author, Salli Rasberry who was one of...

American smile

on May 25, 2017

The probability that you have heard of this is effectively close to zero. I couldn’t believe it when I heard it myself. There is such a thing as an ‘American smile’. I learned this on my most recent trip to Tokyo. I was sitting, in the early ev...

In 1961, astronomer Frank Drake put together an equation to estimate the possibility of alien life in the universe. Here is his famous equation. Most people assume the solution to the equation is non-zero. They assume there is intelligent life somewh...

Starbucks premium

on May 12, 2017

The photo on the right is the outside of a Starbucks Premium store in the Hatsudai part of Tokyo. It is the first anniversary of the store. I was at the opening a year ago. This store is the 8th in the new category which has a leisure interior, high...

I get to write this on the way back to the U.S. before jet lag sets in. After a month in Japan talking to more than a dozen close friends in many levels of Japanese life, there is much to report. My first experience was explaining the Trump victory t...

Berkeley free speech

on Apr 28, 2017

I have a connection to the current rioting at U.C Berkeley. A strong connection. There is nothing new going on here. Berkeley has been a haven for the communist Left my entire life, which began before WWII. When I was a graduate student in economics...