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Farnham’s Freehold by Robert A. Heinlein

Farnham's Freehold by Robert A. Heinlein
This book touches on topics of racism, government, slavery and more. In true Heinlein fashion it pushes the boundaries of comfortable discourse. What would you do if you found yourself and a few family members alive after a nuclear war? What kind of organization would you come up with to govern the survivors? What would you do if your own son decided to question your authority? Would you kill him?...
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Blacks, Guns, and the 2nd Amendment’s Necessity

Man with a gun among books
"As much as America loves her guns, she has never liked the idea of seeing them in black hands." I do not think it was the author's intention, but this article makes an excellent example for the 2nd Amendment in a fully intact form. The idea is that white people don't want black people to own guns. To demonstrate this the article goes through a list of laws specifically designed to keep guns ou...
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The News Business is a Business but it isn’t About the News

Articles like this remind me that there are those in the news business that care about the news business. That have the old romantic notions of what it means to be a journalist. They are few and they aren't perfect examples of that either. There is often to be seen a leftist bias that they aren't perhaps aware is there. In this article they discuss how the New York Times is going to lay off a larg...
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To Leftists You Are A Baby that Needs Cared For

smoking hand
The answer to this author's question, "Why don't Americans realize how poor their lives are?" is quite a simple answer. They don't realize it, because it's not true. There are cultural differences at play as well as individual choice. We don't all want what the author of this piece wants. He starts the article with his idea of the blissful day, "In London, Paris, Berlin, I hop on the train, head ...
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Is it time for a transgender military experiment? 

Ty Wright for BuzzFeed News
When we say man, we mean man, when we say woman, we mean woman. But when we say transgender man, we mean a woman and likewise the other. It's required to speak about it this way because it represents a change from the natural (original if you prefer) state of the being into something else. What motivates this change is psychological. Even if it were discovered that there was a hormonal imbalance a...
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Is Paying to Bus Out the Homeless a Good Use Of Taxes?

Homeless man on bus
I found the entire premise of this article to be very interesting. That they took such care in their research is laudable. There is a great deal of money spent on such programs. Millions and millions each year in taxpayer money. Is this a good use of such money? Who benefits? What do you think, if anything, should be done about the homeless when it comes to government? This is how it begins...
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Tort Law: Required for Liberty

Corvair Crashed
I am sure not many people spend much time thinking about Tort Law but most have heard it mentioned in the phrase "Tort Reform" and have somehow gotten this notion that it's a terrible thing. Of course it can be abused, that's true. But it really is an important judicial tool for regular citizens like you and I. Tort Law is really the thing that would replace government regulations in a true free m...
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Racism within Racism and the Danger of Frustration

There's so much wrong with the below article to me. First off is the notion of a "black freedom struggle". What's wrong with that? These aren't blacks in some other country, it's Americans. They are free. They can move about the country, work, play, get jobs, be on TV, become president. If that doesn't suit you, if that level of freedom doesn't suit you, I'm telling you now to wake up, it's all th...
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Economics is the science of complex and organic systems

Ants and Cars in traffic, complex and organic
The below linked article is a fine piece from Being Libertarian. It describes the science of economics. "When we look at the science of economics, the heat we measure is undoubtedly prosperity. Just like how cold is the absence of heat, poverty is simply the natural state of things in the absence of prosperity. If we take a group of individuals and place them on an island, their starting point wou...
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Stone, Robots, Bronze

Man on a Wagon
I know that it's tough to end up unemployed because the boss installed a machine at the toothpaste factory to do your job of screwing the lids on. It has to be tough and a surprise. And I suppose it's no consolation to the people who find themselves in that position that it has been going on since the dawn of man. We can trace many jobs that have been lost to mechanization. People used to need ...
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The Agreed Upon Tax Bill is Here

Capital Building
"Tax cut bill goes public as GOP slashes rates for the wealthy, nixes Obamacare penalty, expands child tax credits, dramatically lowers corporate taxes and opens up new Alaska oil drilling" I get the gut feeling that the above headline was meant to make the tax bill sound like a bad thing, a terrible thing. But to me it makes it sound just about right. I would like to see property tax and inco...
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Terrorism, Immigration, Walls, Oh My!

That terrorist guy
Immigration, terrorism, walls, oh my! No one seems to want to talk frankly about these issues. They get tied up in politics, culture, and bias. If we listen though, there are some really good arguments to be had. Arguments that should inform policy but probably won't. It's not an either/or game. You can remain intellectually honest and be for a wall, for immigration reform, and not against immigra...
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Do we need protection from Algorithms?

algomachine
This is an interesting think piece. It's about what should or should not be done about "algorithmic harms" an interesting term I've not heard before so perhaps the author of this article has coined it. He writes, "Let’s compare two types of algorithmic harms. In the first case, a bank uses an algorithm designed to deny all loan applications from black women. Here, there’s an existing law being ...
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Black Lives Matter | Make this Christmas a Black Xmas

black woman in BLM tshirt
Have any of you ever doubted for one moment that black lives do matter? Did you have to be told? There are those who wonder why people are offended at the name "Black Lives Matter". Well, it's because it's insulting and racist. It insults the integrity of people and singles out one race. That it is racist is made clear by the efforts of the group. Take this latest, a "Black Xmas". The idea ...
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