Category Archives: Complexity

Food waste a growing concern

(TED) Western countries waste up to half of their food. This is an injustice Tristram Stuart has dedicated his career to fixing. In his newest book, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, Tristram shows how changing the systems that result … Continue reading

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Just how far does choice go?

The official Democratic Party platform “strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.” Reason TV talked with Democratic delegates and … Continue reading

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American exceptionalism pronounced at Republican National Convention

Transcript: When the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, the first words out of my mouth were: I still think it is unconstitutional! The leftwing blogs were merciless. Even my wife said — can’t you pleeeease count to ten before you speak? … Continue reading

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When the law contradicts what most people regard as moral and proper, they will break the law whether the law is enacted in the name of a noble ideal such as equality or in the naked interest of one group at the expense of another.

Milton Friedman, Free to Choose.

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Downsizing the Federal Government

(Cato) The federal government is running massive budget deficits, spending too much, and heading toward a financial crisis. Without a change of direction in Washington, average working families will be faced with huge tax increases and a lower standard of … Continue reading

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Are we advancing technologically? Economically?

PETER THIEL: But I think that when you look at this question of how much technological progress has been happening, we get into all these complicated measurement issues.  The one that I cite as the big data point is that … Continue reading

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HHS cometh

(AP) The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold most of President Barack Obama’s health care law will come home to roost for most taxpayers in about 2 1/2 years, when they’ll have to start providing proof on their tax returns that … Continue reading

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The war on health

While some bits look a little sensational, there are some really good points here:

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Why cavemen don’t live past 30

Touché, Alex Gregory of The New Yorker.

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Sociality and coolness in modern times

One of the great motifs of modern times is coolness. In the early part of the 20th century, it began as a term of insouciance or what might be characterized as a social chill. Witness Miles Davis and James Dean … Continue reading

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Juggernaut cometh

Jurist Richard Posner sums things up pretty well: (Becker-Posner) The institutional structure of the United States is under stress. We might be in dangerous economic straits if the dollar were not the principal international reserve currency and the eurozone in … Continue reading

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Artistry, specialism, and the division of labor

The Art of Making, Alma Flamenca from Dimitris Ladopoulos on Vimeo.

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What labor statistics say about our economy

Most attuned to the mumbo jumbo disseminated from Washington will recognize the patent unreliability of statistics. And most will not take at face value reports on inflation, employment, or other political economic issues. Still, the government keeps churning them out … Continue reading

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Consumerism and consolidation

Recently, this image has been presented by a Facebook group called Exposing the Truth with the title “The Illusion of Choice”. The assumption is that these companies have conspired to give consumers an illusion that they have choices in the … Continue reading

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Man’s imperfection and government

There is current in modern political science that sees the concept of perfection as central to social structures. The idea is that man is imperfect and is incapable of perfecting his nature. As such, any attempt at perfection is necessarily … Continue reading

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Is the modern political economy a zero-sum game?

In Part III of Juggernaut, I show how the use of government as a wealth-transferring system necessarily exasperates competition in the economy and creates what can best be described as a zero-sum game. The zero-sum game is, as it would … Continue reading

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Are law and order possible without government?

Part One of a series of films exploring a society where there is law and order, but no government. This part introduces the definitions of law and government, illustrating the concepts using a simple desert-island scenario.

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Government-first health care a risk to well-being

(Reason) For the past several years, the medical profession has been undergoing a disturbing transformation. The process was begun by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in an effort to control exploding Medicare costs, and was accelerated by … Continue reading

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The boundlessness of modern technology

(Rochester University) A group of scientists led by researchers from the University of Rochester and North Carolina State University have for the first time sent a message using a beam of neutrinos – nearly massless particles that travel at almost … Continue reading

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IRS to institute licensing for tax preparation?

For more visit http://www.ij.org/IRS Congress never gave the IRS the authority to license tax preparers, and the IRS can’t give itself that power. But last year the IRS imposed a sweeping new licensing scheme that forces tax preparers to get … Continue reading

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