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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Reason Once Tried to Predict The Future: How Did We Do?

By: Virginia Postrel

It was May 1993. Barely two years earlier, a failed coup attempt had marked the last gasp of Soviet Communism. The Cold War was over. Germany was reunified. The Baltic countries were independent. In the former Yugoslavia, Sarajevo was under siege.

Bill Clinton, a New Democrat who spoke the wonky language of neo-classical economics, was in his first months as president. Ross Perot's upstart candidacy had made the budget deficit a high-profile issue. A free trade treaty with Mexico and Canada was awaiting ratification. The European Union would be born in November.

Later that year, I'd visit Silicon Valley and ask computer whiz Mark S. Miller how Reason should "get on the internet," as our techie friends kept telling us to do. I had a Compu-Serve account. Should we start a Reason bulletin board? Wait, he counseled: "There's this thing called the World Wide Web, and it's going to be big."

The Art of Debate: Five Ways to Make Political Discussions More Useful (And Enjoyable)

Political debate online is all too often far too cancerous to be of any good to anybody, including most of all, the fully grown adults who are probably very nice, normal, intelligent, and rational people in their daily offline lives, but bring the online discussion down to the level of intellectual rigor and emotional effusion of a toddler.

Sociologists have studied the phenomenon of online debate and how the medium can incline us toward this nasty outcome, but the good news is it doesn't have to be this way. We can make online a very nice place if we want to. We can make it a lot of fun too.

Hillary Clinton’s Chief Strategist: She’s Running Again in 2020– But Not For The Good of The People!

Peter Thiel - Original Thinking

Peter Thiel is a libertarian who founded co-founded PayPal with Elon Musk and then Palantir Technologies. He was also one of the first investors in Facebook. And he's a Bitcoin maximalist.

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Average Stock Is Overvalued Somewhere Between Tremendously And Enormously

By: Vitaliy Katsenelson

Don’t Blame Libertarians Or Greens When Your Party Loses

By: Daniel McCarthy
The Spectator

Photo: Gage Skidmore

How You Can Help California Wildfire Victims

By: Shawn Griffiths
The Independent Voter Network

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Hillary Clinton’s Chief Strategist: She’s Running Again in 2020– But Not For The Good of The People

By: Wes Messamore
The Humble Libertarian

Photo: Gage Skidmore

In a Monday appearance on Fox and Friends, Hillary Clinton's former chief strategist said:

My Family Escaped Socialism in Cuba– Now My Fellow Democrats Want To Move in Its Direction

By: Giancarlo Sopo
USA Today

Democratic socialism is a lot like the system my family fled, except its proponents promise to be nicer when seizing your business.

Elon Musk On The Advantage of Putting in 100 Hour Work Weeks

You can accomplish in four months what it takes others an entire year to do. That's powerful.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

WSJ: Hillary Will Run Again

By: Wes Messamore
The Humble Libertarian

Photo: Gage Skidmore

Is The County Supervisor in Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s District “Blue Washing” The Vote?

Joe Rogan Experience #1197 - Michael Malice

This is a good one.

I first started hearing about Michael Malice earlier this year from different libertarians I follow on Twitter. Interesting guy. Smart. He's a self-described anarchist. So he no likey gobernment.

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Remembering Armistice Day

By: Jack Kenny

Those of us of a certain age may remember that Veterans Day used to be called Armistice Day – the day the guns fell silent in war-torn Europe at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. The Great War, the Global War that we now call World War I, had reached a ceasefire. In the months and years that followed, the victorious allies would rearrange the boundaries of much of the globe, uprooting peoples and nations in a fragile peace that set the stage for World War II.

"For Soldiers Serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, Coming Home Is More Lethal Than Being in Combat."

By: John G. Whitehead
The Rutherford Institute

A Badge of Shame: The Government’s War on America’s Military Veterans

Socialists and Fascists Have Always Been Kissing Cousins

By: Bradley J. Birzer
The American Conservative

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Video: Donald Trump's Acting A.G. Said States Can Nullify Federal Laws They Find Unconstitutional

Text version of this here.

Donald Trump's Acting A.G. Said States Can Nullify Federal Laws They Find Unconstitutional

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N.Y. Proposal: Social Media Checks Before Gun Purchases

Under a proposal by two New York lawmakers it's Second Amendment OR First Amendment for residents.

You only get to pick one:

Now I Know Why They Said I Lied

By: Michelle Fields
Trump supporters accused me of smearing his campaign manager. Today they’re smearing Jim Acosta.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Drink the Sea

Have you not heard of that madman who lit a lantern in the bright morning hours, ran to the market place, and cried incessantly:

"I seek God! I seek God!"