Gary Shapiro

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Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer electronics companies, and author of the New York Times best-selling books, Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses and The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream. His views are his own. Connect with him on Twitter: @GaryShapiro.

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An Alternative to ‘Picking your Poison’ for President

 

Not in recent memory have both major-party presidential candidates been so roundly disliked. In a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump drew a staggering 70 percent disapproval rating. Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ choice, didn’t fare much better with a 55 percent unfavorable rating. It’s hard to believe that a country of more than […]

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Why Brexit Is a Win for Brits and the U.S.

 

Thursday’s Brexit vote was about far more than immigration. For a millennium, Britain has been a proudly sovereign nation. But in the four decades since joining the European Union, Britain’s sovereignty has been increasingly threatened by European integration. At the core of Britain’s decision to exit the EU is this: People do not like being […]

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Why Trump Is Wrong on Free Speech

 

From petty name-calling to louder-than-dog-whistle instances of racism, the level of discourse in this year’s presidential election has sunk to new lows. And the tone is being set by Donald Trump, the front-runner for bully-in-chief. As primary voting continues, and we brace ourselves for a contentious Republican National Convention in July, voters are faced with a clear […]

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Republicans Can Be the Party of Choice

 

Regardless of who wins the Republican presidential nomination, the GOP is uniquely positioned to present a compelling message guaranteed to attract millions of American voters come November. That message is that each of us has the power to choose what’s best for ourselves and for our families. That message embodies the essence of freedom itself […]

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Fill the Opening Now? A Long-Shot Proposal

 

In many ways, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reflected the best of America: a clarity of vision, guided by integrity and a commitment to principles. Immediately following his unexpected death, judicial colleagues and political partisans — conservative and liberal — praised Justice Scalia’s contributions as a principled and colorful jurist. But long before the clock […]

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Why We Need a National Internet Strategy

 

We love the Internet! The average American goes online more than 30 times a day and spends at least 30 hours a week online. And why shouldn’t we? The Internet is our on-ramp to worlds of sports, history, culture, banking, entertainment, gaming, and connectivity with others. In just a generation, it has become the oxygen […]

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Uber and the Democrats’ Old Ways

 

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton doesn’t get it. Obama administration Labor Secretary Thomas Perez doesn’t get it. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio doesn’t seem to get it, either, as he only reluctantly reversed a bad decision on the matter. In fact, generally, in a somewhat surprising reversal, many so-called Democratic “progressives” want to protect the […]

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Should SCOTUS Limit the Power of Public-Sector Unions?

 

My father was a sixth-grade teacher active in his teacher union’s leadership. He instilled in me the value of unions. They helped our nation lead and prosper. Unions got laws passed limiting child labor, ensuring safe working conditions and compensating workers with a defined workweek and overtime pay.  The strong, positive legacy of unions, runs […]

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Why Crony Capitalism Gives the Free Market a Black Eye

 

I’m torn about the growing divide between the “Haves” and “Have Nots.” On one hand, our free-market system of rewarding entrepreneurs who create and sell new products and services has helped make us the world’s most innovative country. The U.S. tech economy is strong and healthy. On the other hand, too much of our national […]

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Conservatives and Patent Reform

 

Our country’s current patent system rewards confusion, rather than transparency. It is riddled with bad record keeping, and plagued by shady businesses practices that transfer patent ownership to shell companies that launch baseless lawsuits and kill innovation. So why is one-time presidential candidate Rick Santorum backing patent trolls under the cover of the U.S. Constitution? […]

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