Category Archives: Psychology

Trump is not the problem; the system that created Trump is the problem

As 2016 Super Tuesday results filed in, a sinking feeling could be felt across the country. Political pundits and lay voters alike realized that Donald J. Trump had a good chance of securing a majority of the states’ primaries, which … Continue reading

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The conundrum of rights–natural rights vs. civil rights and the disintegration of order

If the recent debate over RFRA laws and same-sex marriage teaches us anything, it is not that there are a bunch of bigots out there or that there are people being unjustly discriminated against. It is that, as a nation, … Continue reading

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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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The return of rational

Introducing the new book by Eric Robert Morse—Psychonomics: How Modern Science Aims to Conquer the Mind and How the Mind Prevails. An excerpt from the book: Franz Gall was no crank. We laugh at him now because his conclusions were … Continue reading

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Fighting corruption with corruption

How do a people protect themselves against a government when that government is the only way to protect them? (Ad-In) We heard recently that the Department of Justice will be investigating the unconstitutional actions of the IRS as they targeted and intimidated … 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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How to challenge the authorities when the authorities are in the wrong

A few videos have recently surfaced showing regular people resisting police and federal agent stops and searches. These videos will definitely get the blood pumping because of the clear examples of freedom struggling to survive in the modern world. More … Continue reading

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The Overview Effect–the psychology of looking back from space

(The Overview Effect) Who would have thought traveling to outer space could be such a profound experience? OK, probably everybody, but these former astronauts really articulate it in a way that was just a little mind-blowing.

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Tragedy and consequence

(Ad-In) According to these numbers, the availability of guns and the legality of firearms is not what makes for a sociopathic, violent country in which people go on horrific rampages. There must be another reason why this is happening. In … Continue reading

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Inconvenience as security

(Bloomberg) Out of the 150,000 murders in the U.S. between 9/11 and the end of 2010, Islamic extremism accounted for fewer than three dozen. In fact, extremist Islamic terrorism resulted in just 200 to 400 annual deaths worldwide, outside the … 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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Good sees–House of Cards

Netflix Original Series ‘House of Cards.’ All 13 episodes arrive February 1, only on Netflix. See more at http://nflx.it/HouseofCards Ruthless and cunning, Congressman Francis Underwood (Oscar® winner Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire (Robin Wright) stop at nothing to conquer … Continue reading

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Reflections on the election

In response to the election, many on the political Right have expressed dismay on the fate of liberty and the chances for a return to Constitution-based governance. Hopes for real autarchy have all but disappeared. It is clear that, in … Continue reading

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The rhyme of unreason

From my forthcoming book on Behavioral Economics: You may not realize it, but you are irrational. At least, that is what researchers in a growing new science are saying. That science is Behavioral Economics, and it is changing the way … Continue reading

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We the sheeple

(Freakonomics) Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “We the Sheeple.” (You can download/subscribe at iTunes, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.) The gist: politicians tell voters exactly what they want to hear, even when it makes … 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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Brand preference underscores culture divide

(LA Times) Democrats and Republicans can’t even agree on brands, preferring different restaurants, television channels and even gaming systems across the aisle, according to a new report. While Democrats say they most want a Jeep, Republicans would rather drive a BMW, according … Continue reading

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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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Forward to an Orwellian future

‘The Life of Julia’ is a slideshow produced and presented by the Obama administration to show the course of a woman’s life under Obama’s policies and contrasted by those proposed by Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. The piece is … 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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