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Mises, Marx, and the High Art of a Rap Video

– July 29, 2019

The proper framing of the terms of the debate is a remarkable achievement that fundamentally upsets the current political narrative. That’s what this video achieves.

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Trump’s Treasury Secretary Is Wrong About Amazon

– July 25, 2019

The reason why Amazon is beloved by consumers is because it puts the internet to work by making shopping a more pleasant and convenient experience.

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The Capitalist Achievement of Recorded Music

– July 17, 2019

Or in the musical context, the capitalist achievement consists not of softer seats at the opera for the king and queen but access to a practically infinite library for pennies a day.

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All Music Is Derivative, Gloriously So

– July 11, 2019

Entrepreneurs from around the world (including China) want to “steal” or imitate the clever doings of creative minds in the U.S because the U.S. is the most prosperous and creative nation in the world. Pundits view this as a threat, think we should empower the federal government to penalize the theft, but the much bigger worry would be if the creative found nothing worth emulating.

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Dear Taylor Swift: The Trouble with Copyright Is Deeper Than You Know

– July 9, 2019

Instead of worrying about the rights over her songs falling into the wrong hands, she should understand that unleashing her work from the tight grasp of IP’s claws would benefit her, as it would set her apart from other artists, and benefit all humankind, as others would be able to improve on what she’s done.

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Almost Everything People Say about Big Business Is Wrong 

– June 28, 2019

For all its imperfections, American business does a pretty good job — a much better job, Cowen argues, than most people think, and I, for one, agree.

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What Does “Voluntary” Actually Mean?

– June 25, 2019

If you shut down sweatshops because you think people shouldn’t have to work in such bad conditions, are you really helping the poor folks who work there?

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Elton John’s Soundtrack to Half a Century

– June 12, 2019

It’s a rare artist who elicits the kind of widespread emotional homage that Elton John is receiving right now, hopefully, many years before his career is really over.

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the Sisyphean Pursuit of Happiness

– June 11, 2019

Dissatisfaction is baked into the human experience, keeping us all forever on the move, on the hunt, looking for the next thing. As tragic as this is, it is here we find the source of progress in the world, the unending search for a better life. And it is always a search, one that requires a social template of freedom and experimentation, not with the goal of nirvana but the goal of experiencing hope and opportunity.

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Design Regulations Helped Ruin American Cars

– May 24, 2019

Designers did not somehow lose imagination over the last 25 years. The designs of new cars are boring because regulations forced this result.

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Treat Others the Way Chick-fil-A Treats You

– May 22, 2019

The difference is the other-oriented atmosphere that the company promotes at all levels—from the company’s corporate leadership, to franchise owners, to managers and employees.

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Yes, the System is “Rigged”—the Question is How

– May 8, 2019

Who knows? Maybe, just maybe, regulated capitalism will be replaced with free-market capitalism.

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