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How Keith Flint Demonstrated that There are No Limits to Progress

– March 5, 2019

Just as we come up with ever-newer ways to combine materials into new goods and services, people are constantly coming up with new ways to combine sounds into music.

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The Strange Economics of Mechanical-Clock Repair

– March 4, 2019

You are not in it for the money? That might be the source of the problem. 

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How To Become Talented

– March 1, 2019

By the time the talent reaches our eyes and ears, the hard work is done. We see only the finished product. In our attempt to discern the difference between their level of awesome and ourselves, we reach for the easiest answer: the person must have been born this way. It just comes naturally.

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Don’t Blame Technology, Blame Yourself

– February 27, 2019

Every new technology comes with an awkward stage of adoption, during which time people get manipulated and break every kind of rule of propriety until they figure out a better way.

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The Death of Karl Lagerfeld, and Clothing Too

– February 20, 2019

The death of Lagerfeld does not mean the certain and forever death of elegance. His death might shock us all into a new sensibility that helps us all see what he saw: if we want the world to be beautiful, we have to make it so.

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Are Republicans Turning Against Markets?

– February 7, 2019

No, we do not exist to serve markets; markets exist to serve all people through the freedom to create, trade, and live a better life.

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The Game was Fine but the Ads Were Wonderful

– February 4, 2019

Advertising, an extension of the freedom of speech, is ultimately about celebrating that of which Gladys Knight sang: “the land of the free.”

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What It Really Means to Want Something

– February 4, 2019

This ambiguity of the verb “to want” means that we must beware of political polls.

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It’s the Small Things, Like Hershey’s Kisses, that Matter

– February 3, 2019

Want to become a champion of liberty? Eschew historicism. Be suspicious of grand millenarian eschatologies. Learn to love the little things in life. Celebrate every individual’s right to choose how they live their lives. Smile when you think of every box of chocolate given and received this February 14th.

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The Mystical Magic of the Mechanical Clock

– January 29, 2019

And so what do we do with this thing we call time? We make the best of it. We make it matter. How much? As much as we can comprehend. The mechanical clock, by dividing the thing we call the second into two parts, tick and tock, allows us to discern that our life is limited, that we cannot waste it, that the clock will go on long after we too pass from this world.

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What a Dictator Does to an Economy

– January 24, 2019

The modern idea of freedom was born with the rise of the commercial economy and the independence of its business sector. That independence should be sacrosanct.

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Free Enterprise Combines Self-Interest and Love

– January 21, 2019

Material acquisition and love of one’s neighbor are harmonious. It’s the combination of the two that makes up the driving force of economic progress.

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