Category Archives: Inspiration

When in the Course of human events…

In the wake of the latest election, several states have petitioned the White House to peacefully secede from the United States. Sometimes, that is all that seems to be left in a system that is overgrown and overbearing. The US … Continue reading

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Charter cities set for development

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Investors can begin construction in six months on three privately run cities in Honduras that will have their own police, laws, government and tax systems now that the government has signed a memorandum of agreement approving … 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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On-demand fashion

(Continuum Fashion : N12) The N12 bikini is the world’s first ready-to-wear, completely 3D-printed article of clothing. All of the pieces, closures included, are made directly by 3D printing and snap together without any sewing. N12 represents the beginning of what … Continue reading

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Curiosity lands tonight

Science enthusiasts and space geeks around the world are eagerly awaiting the landing of NASA’s rover Curiosity on Mars, planned for Monday morning at 1:31 am Eastern time. The Mars Science Laboratory, set to replace Opportunity and Spirit, is our … 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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Our attachment to no nation on earth should supplant our attachment to liberty.

Thomas Jefferson, July 4, 1776.

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Why cavemen don’t live past 30

Touché, Alex Gregory of The New Yorker.

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Fortnight for Freedom challenges government mandates

(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) The fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this “fortnight for freedom”—a great hymn of prayer for … 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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Space for the free market

(Space.com) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A private space capsule called Dragon soared into the predawn sky Tuesday, riding a pillar of flame like its beastly namesake on a history-making trip to the International Space Station. The unmanned capsule, built by … 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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The Prisoner’s Dilemma redux

(Freakonomics) Several years ago, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, Joel Waldfogel and Matthew W. White, published a fascinating empirical article about the prisoner’s dilemma game embedded in the short-lived U.S. game show “Friend or Foe.” Their core findings: Using data from two seasons … Continue reading

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The world is big, but the imagination is bigger

Our first launch of Space Balloon 1 on April 15, 2012 reached 90,000 feet in altitude. https://www.facebook.com/ProjectDontHitAJet

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Author interview with Jeff Cunningham of Directorship Magazine

This spring, the author of Juggernaut was interviewed by one of the leading figures in high-level business communications today, Jeff Cunningham, founder and editor of Directorship Magazine. The introduction from the interview: The closing of the frontier in the 1890s … Continue reading

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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

On this day in 1775, Patrick Henry is said to have proclaimed “Give me liberty, or give me death!” while delivering an address to the Virginia Provincial Convention calling for independence from Britain. The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Give … Continue reading

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Pushing things forward

(Paul Graham) One of the more surprising things I’ve noticed while working on Y Combinator is how frightening the most ambitious startup ideas are. In this essay I’m going to demonstrate this phenomenon by describing some. Any one of them … 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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