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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Venmo, The Public Version

– January 19, 2020

As Vice reports, New York lawmakers want to create a “public Venmo.” Venmo, which is owned by PayPal, allows users to make person-to-person payments. Under the proposal, New York State would build and operate its own Venmo-like payments platform.  …

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Alternative Non-State Forms of Governance

– January 9, 2020

For many problems, though, non-profits have trumped governments and for-profits, including mutuals. People need to remember the non-profit option before turning to governments or for-profits for aid.

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Where are the Flying Cars?

– January 6, 2020

We have good planes, good helicopters, good drones, and good cars. In the end, maybe they just need to be different things, for a while longer.

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Financial Services and Hate Speech

– December 17, 2019

The battle over financial deplatforming isn’t going to go away. Before we act, let’s be sure we’ve thought things over.

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Manual Labor Will Be Revived

– December 11, 2019

In fact, one outcome of AI and automation may well be a revival of manual labor and of the traditional working class — maybe becoming more like an artisan class again.

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