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Homeschooled kids are the future of liberty

(Forbes) The modern homeschool movement comes largely by Christians aghast over an academic establishment overrun by progressives. Schools long ago became laboratories for instilling statism and distilling politically correct groupthink. Values clarification anyone? With public education increasingly geared toward multicultural … Continue reading

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The future of education is now

(Forbes) The Khan Academy, which features 3,400 short instructional videos along with interactive quizzes and tools for teachers to chart student progress, is a nonprofit, boasting a mission of “a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.” There is no employee … Continue reading

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What if money didn’t matter?

How do you like to spend your life? What do you desire? what if money didn’t matter? What if money was no object? Alan Watts explores the possibilities. Put frankly as it is, it makes no sense that folks should … Continue reading

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The changing middle

(Cafe Hayek) This fascinating collection of charts from the Tax Foundation includes these two charts that show how much demographics have changed and how difficult it is to draw conclusions over time: The median “taxpayer”, the unit that is in the … Continue reading

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A medical system on life support

ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our badly broken healthcare system? American healthcare costs are rising so rapidly that they could reach $4.2 trillion … Continue reading

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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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The irony of choice

(Mark Steyn) So this is America’s best and brightest – or, at any rate, most expensively credentialed. Sandra Fluke has been blessed with a quarter-million dollars of elite education, and, on the evidence of Wednesday night, is entirely incapable of … Continue reading

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The (il)logic of political rhetoric

President Obama’s speech on Friday has caused a stir. In a way similar to Elizabeth Warren’s provocative speech, Obama announced that no man is an island. And, similar to the criticism of Warren’s remarks, the president’s words have been considered … 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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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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The future of education

TED-Ed’s mission is to capture and amplify the voices of great educators around the world. We do this by pairing extraordinary educators with talented animators to produce a new library of curiosity-igniting videos. You can nominate a teacher, nominate an … 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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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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Traditional as the new radical

Shannon Hayes writes and works with her family on Sap Bush Hollow Farm in upstate New York. She is the author of Radical Homemakers, The Farmer and the Grill and The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook. She is a feminist and, interestingly, … 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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Feds shut down Amish farm for selling fresh milk

(Washington Times) The FDA won its two-year fight to shut down an Amish farmer who was selling fresh raw milk to eager consumers in the Washington, D.C., region after a judge this month banned Daniel Allgyer from selling his milk … Continue reading

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Signs of a new de-urbanization?

After the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century, a great de-urbanization took place when city dwellers realized that the centralized system was unreliable and even dangerous. Smaller, local bands arose to meet the needs formerly promised by … Continue reading

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Do-it-yourself education

We think of homeschoolers as evangelicals or off-the-gridders who spend a lot of time at kitchen tables in the countryside. And it’s true that most homeschooling parents do so for moral or religious reasons. But education observers believe that is … Continue reading

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The inefficiency of home-grown food

Recently, two members of congress have introduced legislation which is aimed at lowering carbon output by encouraging local food production and distribution. There are a number of things wrong with this, not the least of which is highlighted by Steve … Continue reading

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The first step to reform

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