The Tax Army Is Three Times Larger than the US Army

America spends 8.9 billion hours a year on federal tax paperwork — the equivalent of 4.3 million people working full-time and year-round.

Would Ayn Rand Approve of Rule by a Rich and Powerful Capitalist?

As we get closer to the full swing of the general election cycle, those sympathetic to Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism will face this question: “Shouldn’t an Objectivist be in favor of someone like Donald Trump? He’s selfish and a powerful businessman, right?”

How to Map an Interconnected, Antifragile World

The new book Connectography does a much better job than standard classroom maps at depicting human civilization.

Lessons from Vietnam for a Divided America

Witnessing the increasingly extreme divide between the two parties and among the people reminds me of the same pattern that once happened to Vietnam. Had you grown up in a country where wounds of the war are still apparent in everyday life, you would understand me.

- July 22, 2016

Are Pokémon Impoverishing America?

A new article claims Pokémon Go (and, and Google, and Amazon) are enriching a few at the expense of many.

- July 22, 2016

Must Our Generation Be Narcissists for the Nanny State?

But if these findings are correct and millennials are in fact a narcissistic generation, then why are we so intent on expanding government welfare to take care of us? The typical answer is this: narcissists feel that they are entitled to more than they actually are; therefore, they demand more free stuff. It’s a persuasive argument, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. After all, if people have an inflated sense of their own self-worth, would it not also be plausible for them to be more independent? To take fewer hand-outs and trust themselves to make their own way?

- July 22, 2016

Tolerance, Criticism, and Humility are Core Principles of Freedom

One lesson that I draw from the pervasiveness of ignorance and uncertainty is that the civility and robustness of a community depends on the extent to which each of us acknowledges that at least some part of everything we think we know isn’t actually true.

- July 22, 2016

The State is the Religion of the Hidden Corpse

The state – our old-time religion – will perish under the weight of its own lies. It's up to us to form a new world order based on nonviolent cooperation and forbearance.

- July 21, 2016

How I'm Voting for Both Hillary and Trump

For many years I thought not voting for the presidency was just that – not voting. Yet, after consulting with my partisan brain trusts on the right and the left, I have been duly corrected. I will be voting for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton this November by not voting at all.

- July 21, 2016

Elizabeth Warren's Coming War on Apple, Google, and Amazon

Sen. Warren's plan to attack "monopolies," ironically, threatens consumer choice and competition.

- July 21, 2016

How We Could Easily Save Refugees with American Families

They are coming either way — let’s just make sure that it’s not in a body bag.

- July 21, 2016

Ma Bell Suppressed Innovation for Thirty Grueling Years

Mercifully forgotten is Ma Bell’s meticulously planned—and quite different—vision for the digital future. It wasn’t pretty. The data successor to the public switched telephone network was going to be something called X.25, and it would deliver videotex, the project I worked on while I was there. Go dig up those papers and laugh. It is exactly what you would expect if you turned over the Internet to a bunch of central planners controlling a massive hierarchy of cloistered engineers.

- July 21, 2016

Virtue Signaling: Why Political Debates on the Internet Are So Often Pointless

Thanks to this conditioning, we have all become approval-junkies, always on the lookout for our next fix of external validation: for the next little rush of dopamine we get whenever we are patted on the head by others for being a “good boy” or a “good girl,” for exhibiting the right behavior, for giving the right answer, for expressing the right opinion.

- July 21, 2016

3 Simple Points for Those Who Insist We Are Hopeless Pawns

Instead of wasting your time bemoaning the fact that we can’t always get everything we want, start trying to figure out how you can reclaim just a tiny fraction of your creative power. You don’t need to be omnipotent. You just need to get up and be productive.

- July 21, 2016

Why You Should Watch this Nazi Propaganda Film

When you watch these rallies in “Triumph of the Will,” and you see all the frenzy, the shouting, the multitudes lining up, people swearing fealty to this ridiculous man and cause, you do wonder what all the fuss is about. What could possibly be the point of all this mania? It only makes sense once you realize that it’s all about blood identity and the celebration of a superior race, a race untainted by the blood-poison of the non-Aryan, and the ambition to make this principle central to life itself.

- July 20, 2016

The MTA Loses Six Billion Dollars a Year and Nobody Cares

Hiding under the skyscrapers of New York City is an organization that defies the free market forces – the Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA). If the MTA were a company in a functioning free market, it would have filed bankruptcy and restructured a decade ago. Instead, the city and state just keep increasing taxpayer subsidies and debt.

- July 20, 2016

Is It Ever Right to Overthrow a Democratic Government?

Democracy is not the only liberal value, and it is not always the most important one.

- July 20, 2016

Contra Trump, Steel Jobs Were Lost to Robots, not Mexico or China

Even if the US made all of its own steel again, steel jobs are never, ever coming back.

- July 20, 2016

The Human Achievement that is Las Vegas

That Las Vegas exists is tribute to two human achievements: the wealth that market capitalism has made possible and the toleration that is at the core of the liberal values that underlie markets.

- July 20, 2016

“Buy Local” Would Even Spoil Farmers Markets

Like the county line, the national boundary is completely arbitrary from an economic perspective. National protectionism is simply “buy local” on a larger scale.

- July 20, 2016

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