Category Archives: Division of Labor

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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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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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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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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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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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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The parasite economy

From a recent Heritage release: This annual study by The Heritage Foundation analyzes federal assistance programs for everything from housing, health care, and food stamps to college tuition and retirement assistance. And there are some alarming numbers indeed. An estimated … 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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From Google to googolplex

“Right now the US visa immigration system does not allow for entrepreneurs [from overseas] to come here and test out their ideas and create the new jobs and create the new companies of tomorrow,” says Blueseed co-founder Max Marty, “its … Continue reading

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In praise of misers

Here’s what I like about Ebenezer Scrooge: His meager lodgings were dark because darkness is cheap, and barely heated because coal is not free. His dinner was gruel, which he prepared himself. Scrooge paid no man to wait on him. … Continue reading

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Currents in currency

Away with the past: (Death to Pennies) The story of the penny starts in the first US Mint founded in 1792 which produced these one-cent pieces along with other coins including the Quarter, Dime, Half Dime and a mystery coin … 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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Zero-sum economics: the core issue of the great debate

Is the economy a zero-sum game? John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market says that it isn’t a zero-sum game. (WSJ.com) Business is not a zero-sum game struggling over a fixed pie. Instead it grows and makes the … Continue reading

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An insoluble problem

Excedrin’s funny and insightful campaign reveals a lot about the unnecessary complexity of modern trade.

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Population 7 Billion

There will soon be seven billion people on the planet. By 2045 global population is projected to reach nine billion. Can the planet take the strain? via Population 7 Billion – Pictures, More From National Geographic magazine. And there’s an … Continue reading

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The social contract question

Granted we are social animals and engaged in a social contract, why does Warren assume that the factory owner isn’t putting forth his part of the bargain? Is it assumed that the factory owner is somehow not giving back to … Continue reading

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Kon-Tiki–a reminder of possible

(Janson Media) Kon-Tiki is the Academy Award-winning film of an astonishing adventure, a journey spanning 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, Norwegian biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been … Continue reading

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