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  • [Article] Glenn Beck’s Goodbye

    [Article] Glenn Beck’s Goodbye

    Glenn Beck had a meteoric rise to the top of cable news. He doubled his audience in 2008, and by early 2009 had more viewers for his 5 p.m. show than all his competitors combined. His popularity extended beyond the tube — with six straight number-one bestsellers and a massive “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington, D.C. Now — all of a sudden — Glenn Beck can’t buy a break. Glenn Beck’s sponsors started to pull out in mid-2009, his past two books failed to hit number one, his ratings endured the steepest drop of any cable news show during the period, and his “Restoring Honor” rally became the brunt of jokes and parodies. How did Glenn Beck go from accolades to insignificance in such a short period of time?

     
  • [Article] Post-Crash Reality: From Houses as Assets to Houses as Utilitarian Goods

    [Article] Post-Crash Reality: From Houses as Assets to Houses as Utilitarian Goods

    Much has changed in America’s housing recently. Yet the most dramatic shift may be the market’s move away from the realm of speculative investment, and back to a place to call home. It’s likely that you (or someone you know) understand this from first-hand experience. No surprise there; EWI has been predicting the shift for over a decade. Now, friend of the Institute Peter Atwater takes a fresh look at these connections. One of the most practical reasons to look at any market through the eyes of its participants is to envision the surprising possibilities for the future.

     
  • [Article] A Muscle Car Resurrection? Big Social Mood Move Leads to Burning Rubber

    [Article] A Muscle Car Resurrection? Big Social Mood Move Leads to Burning Rubber

    Why have American automakers recently produced a new generation of ultra “muscle cars”? Learn the answer in this latest update on social mood and the cars we drive.

     
  • [Article] How Sweet It Was

    [Article] How Sweet It Was

    By Alan Hall & Euan Wilson | Excerpted from the March 2011 Socionomist   In this fascinating short article, socionomists Alan Hall and Euan Wilson explain how social mood affects U.S. sugar consumption. Here is a very brief excerpt of the March 2011 piece. In the September 2004 issue of […]

     
  • [Article] A Socionomic View of the News

    [Article] A Socionomic View of the News

    Learn what drug runners’ wanting to be paid in gold bars can tell you about trend extrapolation.

     
  • [Article] Growing Polarization: Pension Envy and Hate Groups

    [Article] Growing Polarization: Pension Envy and Hate Groups

    The year 2010 saw a new record number of hate groups and growing tensions between the public and private sector. Is this increasing polarization ending — or just beginning?

     
  • [Article] The Education Industry Shows Signs of Collapse

    [Article] The Education Industry Shows Signs of Collapse

    Guess what economic measure rose 800% since 1997? Not home prices. Not medical costs. Student loans! In fact, education debt now almost equals U.S. defense spending.

     
  • [Article] A Socionomic View of War, Stocks and Commodities

    [Article] A Socionomic View of War, Stocks and Commodities

    Instead of asking how war affects the economy, stocks or commodities, the socionomist asks, “How do fluctuations in social mood affect the prices of stocks and commodities, the strength of the economy and the likelihood of war?” This non-conventional approach to causality eliminates conflicting assumptions and rationalizations, and provides the simplest explanation of the available data.

     
  • [Article] Anti-Authoritarian Conflict

    [Article] Anti-Authoritarian Conflict

    In Tunisia, Libya, Lebanon, Yemen, Algeria, Jordan and Egypt, thousands of Islamist and secular protesters thronged the streets demanding the removal of their corrupt authoritarian leaders. Our authoritarianism study in the April 2010 issue of The Socionomist anticipated such conflict

     
  • [Article] 2010: The Deadliest Drug War Year in Mexico So Far

    [Article] 2010: The Deadliest Drug War Year in Mexico So Far

    The statistics are sobering: 15,000 dead in 2010 (30,000 in four years); 230,000 Juarez Drug War refugees; 6,000 Juarez businesses closed. Find out what the Institute sees next for Mexico’s drug war — and what this portends for marijuana legalization.