An Attempted Media Sandbag: My Experience

– October 10, 2020

I’ve got a day job but try to fit in podcasts and television when possible. I don’t always pay super close attention to what’s coming up on the agenda. So the day I sat down for a quick interview on a Turkish TV show, which turned out to be partisan st …

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TikTok Is Creepy but Consumers Should Be Free to Decide (Video)

– September 28, 2020

“As the US-CHINA battle wages on, TikTok and it’s software shareholders are faced with the decision to sell ownership to the US or be banned from operating. I joined BBC World News to discuss the latest.” ~ Edward Stringham

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Edward Snowden Deserves a Pardon

– September 20, 2020

“If President Trump has an ounce of decency, he should promptly pardon Edward Snowden, who at a very young age, with a promising career and his whole life ahead of him, put everything on the line to protect us from the very people who are supposed to be protecting us. Let’s hope that Trump does the right thing.” ~ David S. D’Amato

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NASA is Paying for Moon Rocks. The Implications for Space Commerce are Huge

– September 16, 2020

“In ancient times, mankind extended the division of labor across tribes, turning enemies into friends. Later came trade across national boundaries, with similar largely peaceful effects. Now, humans are prepared to extend it still further: into the final frontier. Doux commerce is coming to the stars. NASA just made a ‘giant leap for mankind.’ Everyone who cares about human wealth and welfare should heartily thank them.” ~ Alexander W. Salter & David R. Henderson

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The Pilfering of TikTok

– September 9, 2020

“History is clear that when governments take things from private hands by force, what’s taken usually loses its value. What applies to the rest of the world also applies to us.” ~ John Tamny

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Tech Giants: Friends or Enemies? (Video)

– July 31, 2020

“The trouble with the tech giants is not their size, I argued in this appearance, on BBC World News, but their treatment of customer privacy and collusion with political forces for their own gain. A free market needs big business, but those businesses need not be evil.” ~ Edward Peter Stringham

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Can They Really Get Away with Banning TikTok?

– July 8, 2020

“It’s all about bringing the poison of politics to a realm of innovation that has thus far been mostly and mercifully free of it. Once we have to ask politicians’ permission to download a playful app, we are going further down the road that we’ve been on for the last several months: a new frontier of political control at the expense of individual choice.” ~ Jeffrey A. Tucker

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Burner Cards and Financial Privacy

– March 26, 2020

The growing demand for virtual cards also serves as a good reminder that the ability to exert control over one’s personal information when making transactions isn’t just a feature that drug dealers want. Regular folks operating in the above-ground economy demand a degree of privacy, as well.

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Why We Must Keep Section 230 and Pay the High Cost of Free Speech Online

– February 20, 2020

One can’t pretend the internet hasn’t made the dark side of free speech more dangerous. But rather than a censor, it’s time for a gut check.

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What Brilliant TikTok Reveals about Human Creativity

– February 17, 2020

I used to make it a habit to try out all the latest social technology, if only to observe its function, rules, and contribution to the culture. That habit stopped last year during the “techlash:” I too found myself convinced that we’ve probably overind …

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Search Engines are Better Than Hogwarts

– February 13, 2020

We live better lives today than the aristocracy and the richest of our forefathers did in the past. But in some ways, we also live better lives than the wizards and witches of J. K. Rowlings’ wonderful world.

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It’s Legal for Politicians To Text You Spam

– January 30, 2020

Here’s the great irony: the law purporting to ban spam texts actually ends up permissioning the political class to break the terms of the law for themselves. Otherwise, technological innovation alone would likely have fixed this problem already.

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