Victor Tan Chen

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The Spiritual Crisis of the Modern Economy

December 21, 2016 What is happening to America’s white working class? The group’s important, and perhaps decisive, role in this year’s presidential election sparked a slew of commentary focused on, on the one hand, its nativism, racism, and sexism, and, on the other, its various economic woes. While there are no simple explanations...

Living in an Extreme Meritocracy Is Exhausting

November 15, 2016 A century ago, a man named Frederick Winslow Taylor changed the way workers work. In his book The Principles of Scientific Management, Taylor made the case that companies needed to be pragmatic and methodical in their efforts to boost productivity. By observing employees’ performance and whittling down the time and...