Category Archives: Simplicity

The foibles of traffic regulation

On Jan. 1, 2015, San Antonio will begin enforcing a new cell phone ban for drivers. The ban is, by many accounts, common sense and will catch the city up with progressive California and New York bans. It also happens … Continue reading

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Homeschooling a fresh alternative to Statist schooling

Source: TopMastersInEducation.com

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On the fall of the nation-state and the return of the city-state

(TED) It often seems like federal-level politicians care more about creating gridlock than solving the world’s problems. So who’s actually getting bold things done? City mayors. So, political theorist Benjamin Barber suggests: Let’s give them more control over global policy. … Continue reading

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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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Pushing things forward in medical research

(Reason) Jack Andraka is not your typical cancer researcher. His first research project resulted in a non-invasive, simple, sensitive, and effective test for detecting pancreatic cancer. His test is 168 times faster than any currently available test; 26,000 times less … Continue reading

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Good reads–One World Schoolhouse

Salman Khan’s One World Schoolhouse is a brief summary of mass education, where it’s been, and where it ought to go. It would be difficult to find a more comprehensive, big-picture, and revolutionary argument on the subject. Luckily, Khan is … Continue reading

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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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Why cavemen don’t live past 30

Touché, Alex Gregory of The New Yorker.

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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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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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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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The end of the credit card?

It’s an app called Card Case, and it’s made by Square, the brilliant payments company founded by Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey. Because Card Case runs on your phone, it may sound at first like the same clunky, phone-and-pay-pad systems being … Continue reading

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Thermostats? Yes, Thermostats.

What’s it like for a guy who worked at Apple to start making thermostats? A lot like this: “So what are you working on lately?” a friend asks over lunch. “I started a new company. We make thermostats.” They chuckle, … Continue reading

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Bank Transfer Day is November 5

A group on Facebook has announced that Nov. 5th is Bank Transfer Day. The idea is simple: take your money out of the sprawling, corporate monstrosities called banks and move it to localized, community oriented credit unions or small banks. … Continue reading

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Why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do?

Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist.

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Farms cropping up in the Bronx

(WSJ) The slice of land in the Bronx at first appears no different than many of the borough’s derelict empty lots, where any glimpse of green often resolves into a tangle of weeds. But those who peered closer on a … Continue reading

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