starseconomics

An Economic Lesson From Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

– November 14, 2018

Power couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West are not just leading by example by getting involved with criminal justice reform; they are also teaching the world a valuable lesson on the importance of free market mechanisms and how to save properties and lives.

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Voting Is Not Self-Expression

– October 24, 2018

Voting may be many things, but the least of them is self-expression. Conceding the sufficiency of multi-billion dollar political contests among highly vetted, meticulously-coached candidates is a guaranteed road to self-negation.

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frankenstein

What Our Frankensteins Have Wrought

– October 22, 2018

Two hundred years later, Mary Shelley’s horrifying tale of the unconstrained vision continues to speak to us. It should also serve as a permanent warning.

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orange6

The Jailers Play Fantasy Inmate, Just Like Politicians

– August 25, 2018

The allegorical lesson here is that we are all captive of an elaborate game of Fantasy Citizen. In this game, the political parties pick their teams, foment conflict, reward points for infractions and altercations, and walk away with the spoils. What if instead we suddenly realized that sociology of conflict has all been orchestrated by our overlords? 

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airdropmoney

$1 Trillion Deficits and the Crisis of the Entitlement State

– August 6, 2018

Serious fiscal crises are coming in the years ahead for the “entitlement” state. The long-run consequences of a host of short-run policies that have accumulated over the many decades are finally facing the American people just over the political horizon.

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sovietjustice

Socialism and the Battle Cry of Social Justice

– July 19, 2018

The modern social justice movement works towards the disintegration of society. It is not a movement to achieve its declared aims, which is impossible, but to destroy.

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alternative-learning

Educators Need the Right to Try

– July 3, 2018

We owe the next generation an educational environment with legal certainty and limited governmental interference that spurs a variety of educational options tailored to the different needs of parents and students. 

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Walmart a Boon for the Hungry

– July 2, 2018

Walmart critics should take a hard look and assess whether they are really for the well-being of the poor or just virtue-signaling the fashionable dislike of “obscene” profits.

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How the Sharing Economy Allows Me to Travel the World

– June 27, 2018

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a career that doesn’t limit me to an office. I work from wherever I have internet access, which means I try to travel as much as my bank account lets me. From Fresno to France, Canada to Costa Rica, and soon Indiana to Iceland, I’ve been able to experience different cultures, languages, and, of course, meals that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to enjoy without the help of the sharing economy.

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Apps, Deliveries Lay Waste to Free-Parking Dream

– June 6, 2018

When left to the commons, road space gets misused and wasted. Underpriced street parking has made road space scarce.

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Where Pinker Goes Wrong on the “Great Peace”

– June 5, 2018

We do not need human beings to be “angels” to achieve progress. We need institutions that are robust to “demons.” 

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deathofstalin

A Hilarious Comedy about Ghastly Evil

– May 29, 2018

The film brilliantly shows the wild jockeying for power that follows Stalin’s death, with fantastic portrayals of all the important figures from this period: Nikita Khrushchev, Lavrently Beria, Vyacheslav Molotov, Andrey Andreyev, Georgy Zhukov. It also serves as an excellent guide to what actually happened in those strange months that led to Beria’s execution and the rise of Khrushchev to become General Secretary.

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