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In Praise of Piecemeal Budgeting

How the government shutdown could do some good

OCTOBER 03, 2013 by ANDREW HEATON

The shutdown doesn't mean the Capitol is now on Airbnb or that your congressman is filling out applications down at the mall. But it might yield up a way to actually get budgets passed and bring federal spending under closer scrutiny.

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Matt Damon vs. The Space Republicans

Science fiction with technology that's more realistic than its politics

SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 by ANDREW HEATON

Elysium's cyborgs and floating space colonies are plenty of fun. They're also a lot more realistic than the straw men peopling the film or the economic theory underlying its plot.

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Turns Out I’m Not Crazy

Area 51 Exists

SEPTEMBER 09, 2013 by ANDREW HEATON

The government finally admitted that Area 51 exists, but said nothing about little green men. But that conspiracy theory, like the one about the faked moon landing, was always unlikely, given the government's track record when it comes to confidence.

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Rent My Flat (Black Market Edition)

New York’s Swipe Against the Sharing Economy is Crony Motivated

AUGUST 13, 2013 by ANDREW HEATON

A New York law punishes Airbnb users for finding their own ways around one of the city's biggest problems.

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Guitars, Eccentric Billionaires, and Space Travel

MAY 22, 2013 by ANDREW HEATON

Space travel, once the domain of Russian dogs and astronaut golfers, is being taken over by private enterprise and entertainment moguls. And it's fabulous news.

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It's been 40 years since F. A. Hayek received his Nobel Prize. His insights, particularly on the distribution of knowledge and the impossibility of economic planning, remain hugely important today. In this issue, we look back on the influence of his work. Max Borders and Craig Biddle debate whether liberty must be defended from one absolute foundation, further reflections on Scottish secession, and how technology is already changing our world for the better--including how robots, despite the unease they cause, will only accelerate this process.
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