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Current Columns and Articles

2022-05-25
Feature Article
A Defense of 1950s Housewives  
   I believe that women are inherently as valuable as men and that impositions put upon them because of their sex are crimes. But I don't believe this because of politics, I believe it because of experience.
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2022-05-23
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For Important Decisions, Turn Off The Story 
   When making a hard decision, make sure that there's not a story playing in the background and affecting your choice. Notice the story that's running and turn it off. Make the decision clearly. I'm convinced that this can save you piles of troub
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2022-05-17
Feature Article
How Conservatives Are Neutralized 
   Conservatives tend to be decent human beings and good neighbors. There are exceptions, of course, but those cluster around people who use conservatism as a cover for their sins. I'll ignore those people for the rest of this post.
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2022-05-16
Feature Article
The News Is Designed To Break Your Will 
   More or less every adult knows there are serious problems with "the news," by which I refer to the alphabet soup of news organizations plus fact-checked social media. Most of them, however, are smallish things; legitimately bad, but not the centr
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2022-05-09
Feature Article
The Beauty And Simplicity of Moral Clarity 
   So, a constantly healthy body and an exceptional mind were tremendous gifts - for which I am deeply grateful - but they were second to the blessing of clarity.
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2022-05-02
Feature Article
Forgiving Ourselves 
   I think we've all heard people say that in order to repair a relationship, it's necessary to forgive the other person first… to accept that they, like you, have their flaws, and that you will no longer hold them to account for what they did.
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2022-04-26
Feature Article
Woke Is Our Problem To Fix  
   Woke is most certainly a problem, especially because it has overtaken the institutions of the West. Fundamentally, however, Woke is a problem residing in individual humans. And because those humans are our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and
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2022-04-25
Feature Article
Children Must Be Made To Work 
   Children are ignorant, but not stupid; small, but not insignificant. And while the role they are able to play in the world is necessarily limited, it need not and should not be zero.
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2022-04-12
Feature Article
A Third of A Century Into Global Warming 
   It was in 1988 that I first heard of global warming. Seeing that we had recently emerged from a decade-long cold spell, it came as something of a surprise. But I didn't think much of it one way or another, as I had, by that time, learned to ignore
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2022-04-06
Feature Article
Return Engagements: Book Three (Part Two) 
   At 4:21 AM I was dressed in two pairs of socks, work boots, an old-style war surplus coat, gloves and a hat. I also found a fairly large duffel bag and filled it with my money satchel, two small, dirty blankets, and my little friend, who, upon furthe
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2022-04-05
Feature Article
Manners: Why? 
   Manners begin with an acknowledgement that we live in a tough world, and sometimes a tragic world. We teach and display manners to help each other through it. There have been many mis-uses of manners, and we'll deal with those in a moment, but this
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2022-04-02
Feature Article
A Twitter Mob Is A Religious Experience  
   I'll be brief, but I want to explain how social media mobs provide people with a religious experience. Without this bit of understanding, I don't think we can make proper sense of the new phenomenon.
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2022-03-28
Feature Article
At The Edge of The Abyss, Again  
   Here we stand at the edge of an abyss, gazing down at world war. Again. And almost no one grasps the reality of it: it's all images flying across screens and propagandists seizing emotions. Thinking, world wide, has constricted to the application o
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2022-03-21
Feature Article
Fuel For Healthy Souls 
   We all need certain inputs if we're to be deeply healthy… if we're to have healthy souls. But for children this is even more important. If they get the right fuel for their souls, they'll build not just better hearts and minds, but better exp
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2022-03-17
Feature Article
Social Media Hijacks The Subconscious Mind 
   Anything that affects the subconscious minds of billions of people, on a daily basis, is a very serious thing, and that is precisely what has happened over the past decade, as social media captured a large percentage of human cognition
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2022-03-14
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The Habit of Excellence 
   All healthy humans are capable of enjoying excellence. More than that, they can enjoy sustained and repeated excellence. And it does feel good to excel… to know that you worked hard and accomplished something. It proves to us that we can improve, t
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2022-03-08
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I Stand With The Russian People (And The Ukranian People)… And Against Mania 
   As I write this, the West has fallen into another spiral: where millions of people plug in to a harmonized set of sources, and where the whole complex feeds back upon itself, generating devil figures and blind, collective disgust.
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2022-03-07
Feature Article
The Theology of Jesus 
   When the subject of Christian theology comes up, nearly everyone, nearly all the time, goes directly to theologies about Jesus. What is flatly bypassed is the theology that Jesus held personally, before anyone formulated a theology about him.
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2022-03-07
Feature Article
Covid Science  
   We all know what Covid science is: It's the science of the Presidential podium. It's the science of the impressively televised. It's the science of social enforcement, the science of status, and the science of the censor.
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2022-02-28
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Breaking The Cycle of Dominance  
   ...we all know that the dominance hierarchies of the world are sources of pain and frustration, even of destruction, yet we don't look for alternatives. Clearly there is something wrong here.
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2022-02-25
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Names And Things, Understanding And Remembering 
   Humans, if they are to function as intelligent beings, must trust their abilities to comprehend and judge. And their ability to do that rests upon their cognition " their reasoning " operating in ways that don't overburden and misdirect them. W
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2022-02-18
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Pre-Wired For Justice = Pre-Wired For Tyranny 
   I'm borrowing just a bit from our March newsletter, but I think this point should be made now.
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2022-02-14
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Habits Are A Superpower 
   Habits can help us immensely or hurt us immensely, and if we don't pay attention to them, they will be formed in us by accidental processes. And over time they make such a tremendous difference in our happiness and effectiveness that they really ar
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2022-02-08
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Rooting In Reality 
   One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is to root them in reality. That's an odd statement, I know, and I'll explain it momentarily, but after many years spent trying to figure out what makes a positive difference in a life… and esp
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2022-01-31
Feature Article
Teaching Children How To Love 
   To my surprise and disappointment, I recently realized that I've never seen anything written on teaching children how to love. Showing by example, yes. Telling them they should, yes. But the direct, nuts and bolts of how to love, no.
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2022-01-26
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Teaching Children About Vulnerabilities 
   Humans have weaknesses and vulnerabilities. That's unfortunate, of course, but by itself it's not deeply problematic. What's problematic is failing to identify and address them.
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2022-01-21
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A Crucial Note To Everyone In IT  
   Central Bank Digital Currencies are the most direct threat to human liberty - and to the human mind - that has ever come along. Consider, please, that they directly correspond to the "mark of the beast" in the Bible.
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2022-01-17
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Science: What it Is, What It Isn't 
   Science, since it was monopolized by institutions and especially over the past two years, has become something quite other than what it was found to be during the early Enlightenment. That is, what is called science by the mouthpieces of the status q
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2022-01-17
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Science: What it Is, What It Isn't 
   Science, since it was monopolized by institutions and especially over the past two years, has become something quite other than what it was found to be during the early Enlightenment. That is, what is called science by the mouthpieces of the status q
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2022-01-14
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Why The West Has No Backbone 
   The West lost its backbone for a very simple reason: It lost its meta-narrative: its overarching story for what we believe and do.
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2022-01-10
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Dealing With Violence 
   I advocate keeping children as far as possible from violence… even from the concept of violence… and for as long as possible; it's simply not good for them. Unfortunately, our world, while it certainly has beautiful parts, also contains violenc
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2022-01-03
Feature Article
How To Build Confidence And Courage 
   Confidence and courage are not magic. They are built, just as other aspects of human character are built. If we want them (and I think we should) we'll have to develop them the old-fashioned way: with work.
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2022-01-01
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A New Year's Meditation (2022) 
   If you could go back in time a thousand years, you'd find people who were shockingly similar to those you presently love. The same is true for people who will live a thousand years from now.
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2021-12-29
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Podcast: The Futility And Disaster of The Magic Fix 
   Humanity is afflicted with a desire for a magic fix to its problems. And that desire, if it's allowed to fester, soon enough becomes a demand for a magic fix for their problems… and particularly to problems they fixate upon.
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2021-12-27
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Fixed Traits And Fate 
   Winning Is A Fun Thing, But It Isn't A Big Thing
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2021-12-23
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Children Must Be Told: This Is Not Normal 
   The moral education of children revolves mainly around timeless concepts. But in certain situations (like now), they must be taught contemporary lessons. Recently I've found it necessary to tell 8-10 year-olds that the things they see around them a
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2021-12-20
Feature Article
Teaching Jesus  
   What I recommend, then, is to teach what Jesus actually taught, rather than what other people said about him
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2021-12-20
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7 Simple Things You Can Do, To Cut Through The Fear 
   The well-meaning women and men of the West have been slapped with fear, almost daily, and for almost two years running. They know things have gone too far, but they don't know how to get back to where they were.
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2021-12-20
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Now Available: How To Think Clearly 
   The series on critical thinking that we ran from 2020 to 2021 is now available in book form. It's called How To Think Clearly and comes with a complete lesson plan as well as teaching notes.
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2021-12-13
Feature Article
The Lovely And The Unlovely 
   If we wish to have a strong, healthy, happy race of men, we should lay a good foundation in the education of early childhood. We should avoid all means of brutal, slavish training which cripple man's individuality, freedom, and happiness. We should
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2021-12-10
Feature Article
Justice & Protection in Limon 
   Nearly twenty years ago I was asked to help create an independent justice system for a province of Costa Rica that hoped to become autonomous. And so I put together a plan, working at least a little with the modern pioneers in this field, Bruce Benso
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2021-11-28
Feature Article
A Fearstorm Is Upon Us 
   I just sat down at my computer and saw that a new fearstorm is upon us. I saw signs of it earlier in the week, and now it has arrived. And so, briefly, I'd like everyone to understand how these things operate.
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2021-11-28
Feature Article
The Illusion of Democracy 
   The events of the past two years have come in so fast and hot that I think most people haven't yet digested them
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2021-11-18
Feature Article
The Omega Ambulance Service, Part 4 
   "The Feds have a giant outrage machine, but an army of loudmouths isn't a direct threat. A frightened cop carrying a mountain of debt is a threat."
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2021-11-08
Feature Article
The Omega Ambulance Service, Part 2  
   As I mentioned last time, my second meeting was with the kids of the older men… their sons, actually. And I found them an odd mix of styles.
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2021-11-03
Feature Article
The Art of Telling Bedtime Stories, Part 3  
   In my youth, we had a weekly television show called Family Classics. It showed films suitable for the whole family, even editing out scenes that might not be. And I've found this model to be useful for bedtime stories.
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2021-10-31
Feature Article
The Kinship of Producers 
   There is a kinship between productive human beings; one that spreads all across this planet. It may be invisible to power and hierarchy, but we productive people recognize it.
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2021-10-31
Feature Article
Podcast: The Unmentionable Freedom 
   Back when Western civilization still had a foothold in the public square, people paid attention to the freedom of belief, the freedom to choose a career, and the freedom to speak one's mind.
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2021-10-31
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The Art of Telling Bedtime Stories, Part 2  
   When telling bedtime stories, it's crucial to tune in to the desires of the child, in addition to the lessons you feel he or she needs. That is, you want to give the child what they want too. Story time needs to be fun, if it's to be effective.
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2021-10-31
Feature Article
You Are A Demi-God 
   Yes, you. All reasonably healthy humans are demi-gods.
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2021-10-13
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If You Don't Stand Up For The Unvaxxed Now, You Wouldn't Have Stood Up For The Jews Then 
   I'm not telling you whether I've had the jab or not, because it doesn't matter. What I am telling you is that a woman in Denver is about to die because the medical establishment won't let her have a surgery, simply and only because she hasn
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2021-10-13
Feature Article
Rules Versus Righteousness 
   Today my point is that rules by themselves - rules by their essence - are the opponents of righteousness. I know this strikes most people as impossible, but I'm convinced that it's correct and important.
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2021-10-11
Feature Article
Kittener And The Cat 
   It's hard to argue with success, and this story gets rapt attention, and productive attention, from children in the five year-old range.
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2021-10-09
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Podcast: The Neutering of Our Passions And The Reclaiming of Our Passions 
   Passion, in our time, is badly misunderstood. And so I suppose I should start by saying that I'm not talking about the human sex drive, though the truth is that as you choke passion proper, sexual passion tends to be choked along with it. We expres
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2021-10-11
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The Watchman Privacy Podcast  
   This is an interview on privacy I did recently with Gabriel of the Watchman Privacy Podcast. I thought it turned out very well.
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2021-09-20
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Dreaming of Ruby Tuesday, Part 2 
   One day, soon after her first dream, she was talking to her dad at bedtime, and got sad.
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2021-09-20
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Dreaming of Ruby Tuesday, Part 1 
   Aria was girl of eight years, and she had a dog that she loved, named Ruby. For some reason her dad called the dog Ruby Tuesday, but that wasn't her real name, which was just Ruby.
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2021-08-30
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The Valley, Part 5 
   The next day, the boy went back to his usual problems and activities, but soon he noticed that things had changed. PeopleContinued from Part 4 were looking at him oddly: some with respect, and some, quite surprisingly, with hate in their eyes. He sto
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2021-08-25
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The Weaponization of Medicine 
   All science is, really, is a process of testing ideas; it is not an organization, it is not based upon authority (it's inherently anti-authority), and it is very certainly not allied with power. All that matters in science are verifiable results.
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2021-08-23
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The Valley, Part 4 
   It wasn't long before the boy snuck out to the place where his magic box was buried. He went in the middle of a dark, cold, rainy night, so that no one would see what he was doing.
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2021-08-16
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The Valley, Part 3 
   Over time, the boy grew and became busy with a great many problems and activities, as boys tend to do. He had forgotten about his magic box, until one evening, when he walked past the house of a boy he had known all his life.
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2021-08-12
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Why I No Longer Invest In Stocks And Bonds 
   I've touched upon this subject in my subscription newsletter, but I had no plans to write anything more until I got a note from a friend, mentioning a particular investment analyst and his views on investing over the next few years.
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2021-08-03
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The Mania of 2021 
   There are times that not only try men's souls, but warp them.
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2021-08-02
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The Valley, Part 1 
   This is another of those pieces that "wanted to be written," rather than me planning it… but this one some years ago. I've been meaning to make it a stand-alone children's book, but I'll also include it in this collection of lessons in mo
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2021-07-26
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Lesson 3: Was There Really A Creator?  
   In Lesson 2 we examined the problem with the word "God." This time we'll look at the reasons for believing in a creator… simple and compelling reasons. This story is probably a bit complex for very young children, but for the older children i
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2021-07-18
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Lesson 2: Who Is God? 
   Very few words in the English language, and probably none, have more interpretations than God. This is a large impediment to not only theology, but to human communication in general. After all, nearly all of us, even atheists, use "God" as an ult
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2021-07-12
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Lesson 1: Creation 
   It would be hard to start a series like this (eventually it will be a book) with anything less than the creation. Passing it by would leave a gap that we'd be dancing around for the remainder of the study.
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2021-07-07
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A Primer On Moral Education 
   is moral education. Like critical thinking, this important field of study has been removed from Western education over the past century, and its restoration is, in my opinion, sorely needed. I aim to fill the gap.
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2021-06-08
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What Are The Judeo-Christian Principles? 
   It has become common to speak of Judeo-Christian principles, but that also begs the question of precisely what those principles are. And so, not long ago, I searched for a clear set of them and came up dry.
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2021-05-31
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Conclusion: Two Underlying Fundamentals 
   To close this study, I want to explain two things that lie beneath everything we've covered thus far. These, really, are the foundation upon which everything else stands. And so I think that our coverage would be incomplete without describing them.
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2021-05-24
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Other Pieces  
   By now we've gone through 17 major fallacies of logic or groups of fallacies, a significant number of lesser fallacies and additional word-borne attacks. But I still have a few topics remaining… topics that I feel are crucial to clear thinking. A
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2021-05-22
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Academia And The Tragedy of The Smart Kids 
   There are a lot of very bright people ensconced in academia, and that's a tragic thing, for them and for us all. Academia, you see, abuses and limits their talents.
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2021-05-11
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My Adventures At Climate Change Central 
   I haven't written about this in seven years, and so I think it's time to re-post about two significant experiences I had. With long-range weather forecasts being used to terrify people, I think these stories have some value.
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2021-05-05
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Fallacies In Brief, Part 1  
   Today we'll start covering fallacies in brief. I think we've covered all the crucial ones at this point, but fallacies tend to come and go over time, and so even those which aren't often used now may come back in a decade or two.
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2021-04-26
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Fallacy #17: False Equivalence 
   The fallacy of false equivalence (also referred to as a fallacy of inconsistency) is an equivalence drawn between two subjects, using flawed or false reasoning. The user of this fallacy makes two things sound alike " usually like they're both the
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2021-04-25
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The Antidote To Tyranny 
   What I'll give you in this post is a solution to the present tyranny. This solution involves no violence, costs nothing, and is available to all of us. It's even simple. But it does have one drawback: It requires you to make decisions and to act
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2021-04-13
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The West That Was, Part 5 
   When law was sovereign
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2021-04-08
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Other Attacks, Part 4 
   Now we can turn to more overt tricks. It's odd that I remember encountering these during my youth and very little during mature adulthood. (Save for the last of them.) And I think that's because abusers have far better success when using them on
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2021-01-29
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As The Oligarchy Creates A New Group of Revolutionaries 
   As I write this, the Wall Street complex is creating a new group of radicals… a potent new group of radicals. By now, you probably know the outline of the story
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2021-01-25
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The West That Was, Part 4 
   But more important than the words of the most eloquent Americans were the words and deeds of working people.
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2021-01-12
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The West That Was, Part 3 
   If we wish to grasp American life in the 19th century, it's probably best to start by understanding that when America was young, it had no myth. Once we really understand that, the rest falls into place fairly easily.
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2021-01-12
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Cryptocurrency & Cybersecurity Webinar - January 12, 2021 at 5:00PM ET/Zoom Webinar  
   The key points will be: What is cryptocurrency & why cybersecurity is critically important; How to make secure investments with your crypto & what to look out for from hackers; wnership & investment opportunities available now with cryptocurrency.
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2021-01-04
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Fallacy #11: Gaslighting 
   Gaslighting may or may not be a proper fallacy of logic, depending upon how you look at it, but it is clearly a tool used to win arguments. And among the fallacies we've covered, this is clearly the worst psychological trick. It is, in fact, a very
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2020-12-28
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The West That Was, Part 2 
   America, 1910 - 1910 was well before my own time, of course, but I knew at least ten people who lived through it as adults, and discussed the era at some length with one of them, my great uncle Dave. And so this is an era I feel I can still reach out
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2020-12-14
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The West That Was, Part 1 
   America, 1960 -- A great tragedy of our era is that young people have no feeling of what Western civilization was like. In the government owned and operated schools where they sat for years, they were presented with a litany of the West's failures,
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2020-12-07
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Reclaiming Our Western Civilization 
   The dismantling of Western civilization ran from the middle of the Enlightenment to about 1967. Since then, it has been aggressively uprooted and burnt. (See FMP #90 and here for details.) Western civilization still continues in the hearts and minds
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2020-11-16
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Fallacy #4: Appeal To Authority 
   The appeal to authority fallacy (also called argument from authority) is a very simple one, but it can be tricky to deal with. This fallacy says that we should not believe things just because people with authority say they're right.
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2020-11-09
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The War Against Will 
   The modern world will allow you to join any of a thousand collectives, but it will punish you for standing on your own, as a self-willed entity. People who commit this crime understand that they are outlaws in the present world. And if at first they
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2020-10-28
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The PW24 Asset Protection Conference In Las Vegas 
   ...there's an actual, real-life conference you can attend, featuring even more of the original team. It will be held in Las Vegas, from November 14th to November 18th.
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2020-10-26
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Why Ross Ulbricht Must Be Pardoned 
   I haven't written about Ross Ulbricht for a few years, and so I'd like to remind as many people as possible of this horrible miscarriage of justice.
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2020-10-24
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Fallacy #1: Either-Or 
   Before we begin covering fallacies, we should be clear on what the word means. A fallacy is a deceptive statement. It is something that is false, but is made to appear true. In other words, it is a trick of words and emotions, used to make people bel
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2020-10-19
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Why Americans Shouldn't Respect Offices or Laws 
   It has become a common belief among Americans that they should "respect the office" of an official, even if they don't respect the person holding that office. The same, of course, goes for "the law." And while I understand that people sayin
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2020-10-19
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Introduction To Critical Thinking 
   Critical thinking is an essential human skill, but it is little-taught. Once upon a time critical thinking courses were held to be essential, but they have since vanished from schoolrooms, either rolled into optional Logic courses (which are deathly
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2020-10-12
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We Must Stop Trying To Be Unassailable 
   Guilt, as I've noted before, is the great vulnerability of the Western world. I'll pass up an explanation of why for today, but the validity of this statement is made ever so clear by the fact that political types rise to power by championing one
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2020-10-05
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What Geniuses Believe 
   It struck me some time ago that the people we think of as "geniuses" tend to arrive, over time, at surprisingly similar sets of conclusions. It further strikes me that a simple list of such thoughts might be of value.
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2020-09-28
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2020: The Year The System Showed Its Real Face 
   The Blues or the Greens or the Red are the problem; it could not, must not, be that the system itself is the problem.
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2020-09-10
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The Conversation We're Not Having 
   Given the danger, fear and barbarism that are presently engulfing the West, I find it necessary to point out that we've lost something very important: We're no longer having serious public conversations.
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2020-08-25
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Why Idealism Leads to Death 
   With violent idealists roaming streets, burning things, enjoying the fact that they can scare people and so on, I think a brief explanation of how idealism leads to death (and frequently to mass death) is in order.
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2020-08-17
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Why Homeschooling Is Easier Than You Think 
   I homeschooled several children all the way into college, back when people thought you were seriously crazy for doing it. So, I have some background for what I'm writing today. And I want to get this out now, because millions of parents are present
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2020-08-11
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"You Guys Are Gonna Win" 
   I got back from my bathroom-and-bar escape, determined to move the conversation in a less unpleasant direction. And I had noted that Alex wasn't wearing a mask, even though the bar - at the governor's demand - had a sign up. "You're not w
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2020-08-06
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The New Age of Intelligence 
   Being involved in online privacy on a daily basis at cryptohippie.com, we saw where things were headed and decided that we had to warn people. Still, I had hopes that the progress of evil would be somehow derailed, at least partially. Sadly, that has
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2020-07-22
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To Be Young and Headed to the Stars 
   I would pay dearly for young people to feel what it was like to be a scientifically minded child in the 1960s. It was a special and beautiful moment. Each week there was a new step toward the stars. And this was not science fiction, this was real.
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2020-07-22
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The Barbarians Have Taken The Institutions 
   Let's be honest about something: We in the West have been overrun by a tidal wave of racial hatred, and it erupted from institutions "of higher learning." Whatever exceptions may exist, this central fact is clear. We are free to close our eyes,
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2020-07-13
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How Science Lost Its Respectability 
   Science, in the pure sense, is simply a process. But since this process is so incredibly productive, lots of people and groups have grafted the name onto themselves.
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2020-07-06
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The Ultimate Crime 
   The biggest crimes stand in the open; what prevents people from seeing them is simply their size and the fact that they are crimes. We can't believe that such large evils are possible.
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2020-06-30
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Podcast: Why Dropping Out And Running Away Are Virtuous 
   The idea that running away is a virtue bothers a lot of people, but when you find that the greatest men and women of history have done precisely this, it's time to re-evaluate, no matter how it makes you feel.
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2020-06-18
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The Lost Art of Political And Religious Tracts… And Two Questions 
   Once upon a time, tracts were a crucial way to spread new ideas, and a surprisingly effective one. Tract writing was an art mainly practiced by radicals, non-conformists and other outsiders, and the tracts usually manifested an overflow of passionate
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2020-06-15
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How Cryptography Has Revolutionized Revolution 
   I am no fan of violent revolution, yet I have to admit that John Kennedy had a point when he said, "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
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2020-06-08
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4 Good Things Coming Out of This Mess 
   I thought 2019 was about as low as the culture of the West could go. Between drag queens in kindergartens, an angry autistic girl hailed as a saint and screaming at the UN, and semi-sane Wokesters openly promoting racial hatred (this time against whi
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2020-06-03
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The Big Entrepreneurial Fix 
   Millions of eager and productive people have been kept out of businesses that were natural to them, because of government regulations and second-order effects like unattainable insurance policies.
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2020-06-01
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The Crypto Apostles 
   Almost no one in the broader world knows about the crypto apostles. (My term, not one they apply to themselves.) Even rather few in the larger crypto community know much about them. So I'm not talking about famous names, but…
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2020-05-11
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Nothing Changes As Long As You Obey 
   I hear the same complaints about politicians that you do. And while I understand them, the fact is that complaining accomplishes almost nothing. And there is a very simple reason why complaining has no real effect: Because the complainers keep right
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2020-05-05
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The Dignity of Work 
   There is real beauty in doing a job well, even a simple job. It is our great loss that this form of beauty is never mentioned in public these days " double-sad, because at one time, such beauty was acknowledged.
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2020-04-20
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The Immortal Hymn of Mankind 
   If you could go back in time a thousand years, you'd find people who were eerily similar to your present companions. The same is true for people who will live a thousand years from now. Some of them will be nearly identical to the people you now lo
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2020-03-26
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Free Money Doesn't Fix Broken Processes 
   So, you're printing up six trillion dollars, giving 7/8ths to banks and corporations and 1/8th back to us… which we'll be taxed on… plus, all that money creates a monster deficit that our children be expected to pay back anyway?
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2020-03-24
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14 Words 
   Imagine a pretty spring day. You're standing on your front porch or some other pleasant vantage point and looking out at a sunlit landscape: trees, grass, and singing birds. Then your five-year-old child or grandchild walks up to you and tugs on yo
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2020-03-22
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The Blind Destruction of The Economy 
   "If all you have is a hammer," says the old proverb, "everything looks like a nail." And I'm hard pressed to think of a better way to describe the destruction of the US economy (and many others) over the past few weeks.
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2020-03-18
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Control Is An Addiction 
   Lord Acton wrote that power tends to corrupt, but I'm going to say flat out that it does corrupt. I'll go further and say that it's an addiction (probably every bit as bad as cocaine), and that the lust for control is one of its primary drivers
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2020-03-17
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Fear Is A Mind Hack 
   Humans are not naturally stupid. They are not naturally bad. Fear, however, distorts them, weakens them, and makes them far less effective than they'd naturally be. Fear, in its many guises, is the great enemy of mankind, and it's time that we ad
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2020-03-13
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Why Can't We Party Like It's 1905? 
   When writing historical things, I try to include perspective from people who actually lived through the events. And for money issues in the US, I'm able to do that back to about 1905.
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2020-03-12
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Financial Pain Is Coming 
   Consider, please, the insanity of this: In the richest and most prosperous times of all human history - by far - millions of working people have literally no money saved, and/or are deeply in debt. And with paychecks about to stop for many people
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2020-03-12
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"You're Already Rich" 
   I got an email from my old friend Dick not too long ago - maybe the smartest guy I ever met, and I've known a lot of smart guys. He was coming through town and we decided to meet at our old hangout, Jay's Bar.
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2020-03-03
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The Gospel of Ignorance 
   The good news about ignorance? Yes, and emphatically yes...The good news about ignorance is that it sets us free from mental chains.
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2020-02-24
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Bitcoin Is Premium Collateral And Perhaps The Salvation of Hedge Funds 
   Bitcoin works exceptionally well as collateral; far better than anything else I can think of. And I have a feeling that's about to matter.
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2020-02-18
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Wellness Consciousness 
   I don't often write about health, but today I have something to add to the conversation. What I'd like you to understand is that being free of sickness is not some distant dream. It is, in fact, something that real human beings are presently enjo
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2020-01-14
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The Serfdom State of Mind 
   The Serfdom State of Mind focuses on the desire for safety and security… of remaining clear of blame… to the detriment of self-reliance and living as a free and independent moral agent.
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2019-12-31
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Social Media Is A Polarization Machine 
   Sure, we've all seen this in practice and people have developed catchy terms for it, like echo chamber, but the polarization effect of social media has been demonstrated scientifically.
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2019-12-31
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Social Media Is A Polarization Machine 
   Sure, we've all seen this in practice and people have developed catchy terms for it, like echo chamber, but the polarization effect of social media has been demonstrated scientifically.
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2019-12-26
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The Mos Maioram And The Barbarians 
   I won't go through a history lesson, but Rome, which had no written constitution, began to degrade as the mos maioram, the ancient ways, were abandoned piece by piece. That's what was involved in the breakdown of the republic, and it increased un
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2019-12-17
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Consumption Doesn't Make Us Happy 
   What keeps people eternally seeking more consumption is not the feeling they'll get from the good beer and sleeping with the hot girl/guy, but the hope of claiming the prize…
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2019-12-03
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Be The Outsider 
   Please believe me that the coolest things happen outside, and not within the hierarchies of the status quo. Trudging along in the middle of the crowd is a recipe for a boring life.
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2019-11-19
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The World Is Wrong 
   Here is something that was thrown in my face at a relatively early age, as I began to think seriously and independently: So, the world is wrong and you're right!?
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2019-11-12
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The Replacement Religions Of The West 
   Western civilization formed in the wake of Rome, based mainly upon Christian ideals. And because of those ideals, Europe became vastly different from Rome.
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2019-10-29
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Farber's Second Essay 
   The second and final Farber essay, composed while both character and author were involved in dangerous cypherpunk projects, some twenty years ago.
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2019-10-22
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How The Google Model Leads To Socialism 
   There has been a lot of concern about a resurgence of socialism lately, and understandably so. But there is one aspect of it, and perhaps an important one, that I haven't seen elsewhere. Here it is.
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2019-10-08
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The Economy of Bandages, Splints and Duct Tape 
   I've written an unusual amount about the financial systems of the world over the past month. Honestly, I've felt that I'd be derelict not to.
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2019-09-24
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Men Are Idolaters 
   "Men," wrote Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., "are idolaters, and want something to look at and kiss and hug, or throw themselves down before; they always did, they always will; and if you don't make it of wood, you must make it of words."
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2019-09-17
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Fear, Shame And Intimidation Are Chemical Weapons 
   Imagine that some combination of circumstances end with you walking into a so-so bar, then accidentally causing some gigantic brute to spill his drink. Imagine also that this brute just learned that his girlfriend moved out, taking his bank account w
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2019-09-15
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The Kingdom of God PART 3: The New Model 
   But if this was the good news - if what Jesus did was to open up a way to live as they do in the higher realms - then we'd expect to see some teachings on this subject.
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2019-09-10
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The Fallacy of The Diversified Portfolio 
   Given the current state of affairs in the investment markets - particularly that fundamentals have long ceased mattering and tweets move the markets instead - I think a frank discussion is called for.
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2019-09-08
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The Kingdom of God PART 2: The Good News 
   The very first thing Jesus says in our earliest gospel is that he has wonderful news, that "the kingdom of God" has arrived. Jesus chose these words with intent. Nowadays people hear them and think "Yeah, yeah, Bible stuff." Even when they he
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2019-09-03
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Without Apology 
   It's up to us to improve the world. If obediently waiting for someone or something else could work, the dominating structures of the world would have improved long, long ago. But they haven't, leaving the job to us.
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2019-08-29
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Epstein: Too Much For People To Take? 
   It's profoundly dangerous to teach people things they're not ready to learn. That's why people who see pedophilia in high places keep their mouths shut. If they speak up, they're likely to be chopped up by the friends of the pedophiles, and t
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2019-08-29
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A Full Confession, Part Two 
   Martin continued talking for a while, but mainly about his childhood and early career. Then, he moved back to the problem that America posed to elite rulers.
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2019-08-25
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Anyone Who Goes To Work For A Central Bank Coin Is A Traitor 
   There's a time and place for just about everything, and this is a time to be blunt: Anyone who takes a job for a central bank or any similar entity, building a cryptocurrency, quasi-cryptocurrency or kind-of-blockchain-thing, is a traitor.
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2019-08-20
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A Full Confession, Part One 
   You can't write about this till I'm gone," he said, "but that won't be long."
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2019-08-13
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Structured For Magnificence 
   This episode of the Parallel Society podcast explains something that's tremendously simple and is great news for us, but is at the same time deeply radical, going against the structure of the world we live in. And that's a simple phrase: We are s
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2019-07-30
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The Making of Production Versus Plunder 
   Production Versus Plunder, Paul's highly regarded history book, came together in a fascinating and almost amazing way. He's never told the story before, but in this podcast, he does.
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2019-07-23
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The Religion of Jesus PART 4: So, What Did He Believe? 
   So, now we come now to the question of what Jesus himself believed. What was his religion? Or, more properly stated, what were the convictions that Jesus put into action?
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2019-07-09
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The Religion of Jesus PART 3: Are People Ready for This? 
   The separation between the religion of Jesus and the religion about Jesus is not only huge, but has continued over many centuries. And that means that there are reasons for this separation.
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2019-07-02
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Sapolski's Baboons 
   Sapolski's findings show that the kind of progress we dream about is unquestionably possible. That puts the burden back on us, of course… and that scares a lot of people… but let there be no more question, we CAN step into a better age.
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2019-06-25
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The Religion of Jesus PART 2: The Big Issue 
   I've already said "it would be hard to over-state this," or words to that effect, several times in these discourses. Now I'm going to say it again, because its importance in this case is truly immense. In fact, what I'm about to write is su
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2019-06-18
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"It's Only For Special People" 
   One objection to the cryptosphere… to free cyberspace… is that it's only for super-smart people, and not for average people. And that's flatly false
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2019-06-11
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The Religion of Jesus PART 1: Introduction 
   I've recently completed a book I never particularly expected to write. It covers subjects we've touched upon in some of the columns, but my guess was that the book would wait for quite some time. It's called Discourses on Judaism, Jesus & Chris
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2019-06-04
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We Can Succeed & We Will Succeed 
   It seems that right on the heels of a beautiful new vision, old fears come charging back to our minds, defending their positions. And so this episode explains why and how we will succeed. There's really no doubt about the general outcome. The only
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2019-05-28
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Social Attacks On Bitcoin 
   It's no secret that Bitcoin has enemies. There are those who'd like to kill it outright and there are those who'd like to subvert it. And, of course, Bitcoin has its fair share of the usual human problems.
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2019-05-21
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The Cryptography Revelation 
   Cryptography has changed the world over the past few decades. Without it there would be no Internet commerce, no VPNs, or Tor, or Bitcoin, or Wikileaks, or the Snowden revelations, or BitTorrent. But however impressive the results, it's the power o
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2019-05-14
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Status Revisited 
   The proximate cause of this return to status is a set of studies I've been doing on Jesus. One of the things I've become clear on while doing this work has been Jesus' strategy for getting his teachings to the people of Israel. And a major comp
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2019-05-06
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Return Engagements (Book One) PART 24… in which I become Gabriel Ruis 
   The next day I moved all my photos out of Mike's apartment and put them back in a safe deposit box. I also told young Mike that I'd be out of town for a few weeks.
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2019-04-30
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Cometh The Podcast 
   Beginning next week we'll be moving to podcasts. We'll be producing them every other week for the indefinite future. I think you'll like them and I'm enjoying working on them.
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2019-04-23
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Unity And Mystery 
   It seems that almost every political or religious philosophy holds to what I call the Unity Ideal. This is the idea that if we could all just be completely unified, every problem would wither away, all our needs would be met, untapped power would spr
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2019-04-16
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Culture Versus Conscience 
   Once we see ourselves as part of a larger entity - once we identify with it - we feel a necessity to conform to it. If we don't, we begin to lose the existential crutch that larger entities offer us.
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2019-04-15
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Return Engagements (Book One) PART 21… in which we prepare for Michael's death 
   Picking up from Part 20, in which I experienced segregation and agreed to stay with Michael.
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2019-04-09
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PJ's Q & A 
   This is a set of questions and answers that I included in A Lodging of Wayfaring Men and later removed because the book worked better without them. And even though I'd write it quite differently today (I wrote this 20 years ago), I still think it
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2019-04-02
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We Have No Idea How Good We Can Get 
   I can still remember the first time someone told me that they believed in the Calvinist doctrine of "the depravity of man." It shocked me. To complain about human behavior I very well understood; there's plenty of bad behavior in the world.
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2019-03-26
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We'll Be So Much Better Without Them 
   There are millions of people - a majority in many places - who believe in a liberty philosophy: That the golden rule is the right way for humans to interact, that centralization is a problem, that leaving markets alone is better than rigging them
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2019-03-20
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Fond Memories of Hitching 
   Hitchhiking is something that is simply not done these days, at least where I live, but back in the olden days of the 1970s, I used to hitch rides on a regular basis. Lots of us did, as a matter of fact[1]. And I'm not aware of anyone I knew, or th
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2019-03-05
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The Declaration of Independence… Minus Politics 
   I'll begin this post by admitting that I have an affinity for "declarations" and even for "manifestos." Whether they be particularly good or bad, the people writing such things have invested more passion in these documents than most people
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2019-02-28
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Greatest Crypto Project: Supplemental 
   After the first part of this series ran, I was surprised to find an archive of the Dodge City Times in my inbox. I had forgotten about the DC Times. It was our third newspaper, centered on Rex's Dodge City system. And it too was a gas.
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2019-02-26
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How Do You Describe Yourself? 
   This is a question that recently confronted me from several angles at the same time, and so I think it's probably a good thing to look at.
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2019-02-26
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Return Engagements (Book One) PART 14… in which I am again stranded in the past 
   As I walked out Mike's door, I knew the newspaper would be worthless (and it was: a coup, a ferry tragedy, and the ubiquitous political crap), but by the time I reached the elevator I realized that I could use it as a reference for further thoughts
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2019-02-22
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The Untold Story of the Greatest Crypto Project Ever - PART 6 
   By the time DMT was up and running, Dodge was winding down and closing, and the project was winding down. Soon enough (and especially because of Rex's irregular activity), an audit committee was formed, and we went through all the records. As it tu
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2019-02-19
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Science Has Won: Might Is Obsolete 
   Since the Bronze Age, human societies have been arranged around brute force. Even now, governments are monopolies of violence. More than that, the very structure of government serves one primary end: to deliver violence. All else is supplemental.
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2019-02-16
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Return Engagements (Book One) PART 13… in which I confront Michael 
   I decided right away that I couldn't tell him this was a virtual world. That would mean telling him that he was a temporary and essentially fake Michael Burroughs. And that, I was sure, was a step too far.
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2019-02-14
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The Untold Story of the Greatest Crypto Project Ever " PART 5 
   The big argument against decentralized systems is that there's no one to enforce conduct… that the powerful will be able to do what they want and get away with it.
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2019-02-12
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Why Cryptoanarchy Is Not a Revolutionary Movement 
   The Darknet is a fascinating topic for me, ever since it started to shape my life years ago. These days it seems that it is becoming a buzzword, along with "cryptoanarchy."
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2019-02-11
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Return Engagements (Book One) PART 12… in which I make friends and Michael closes in 
   We have multiple streams of thought… or at least something akin to thoughts… running through the back of our minds all the time. Some jump to the front only when they've ripened, some can be drawn forward by associations, as in this case, some
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2019-02-07
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The Untold Story of the Greatest Crypto Project Ever - PART 4 
   Rex Forces a Break...Surprisingly quickly, Rex's people put together a community forum called "Dodge City," complete with a full spectrum of "early Internet"-style graphics. And give them credit: Dodge City quickly became a hub of activity.
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2019-02-07
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Why I'd Rather Live Under a Monarchy than a Democracy 
   Regular readers will understand that I don't want to live under any dominance hierarchy. But the truth is that monarchy, overall, was a far less oppressive system than what now passes for democracy
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2019-02-04
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Return Engagements (Book One) PART 11… in which my pursuers confront me 
   Robert and James got to Mankato at around noon, took their driver's phone number for the return trip, checked into the hotel, cleaned up, and lay down on their beds. After a while, they took their prayer position and spoke quietly.
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2019-01-31
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The Untold Story of the Greatest Crypto Project Ever - PART 3 
   I am convinced that the reason Bitcoin survived isn't that it withstood the attacks of its enemies, but because it withstood the foolishness of its friends.
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2019-01-29
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How to Defend Yourself from Ugly Stereotypes 
   This bit of advice applies to absolutely anyone who is being judged for variables outside their control. It was inspired by the kerfuffle surrounding the Gillette commercial. Whatever your take on that video, it's clear that the debate around it is
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2019-01-29
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Return Engagements (Book One) PART 10… in which I recover 
   "Westward" brought Michael Burroughs to Rochester, Minnesota, and there to a stop. He exited the Interstate highway and meandered through the city, stopping at a grocery store to pick up some fruit, nuts, bread, and cheese.
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2019-01-24
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THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE GREATEST CRYPTO PROJECT EVER - PART 2 
   For someone who wanted to build a new world functioning privately and honestly, protected by cryptography, our base in San Jose, Costa Rica, was almost a dream… and more than any of us dreamed, probably.
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2019-01-22
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Why "Conspiracy Theory" Is Hate Speech 
   "Hate speech" of course is a fairly silly term, since intent doesn't necessarily follow the literal meaning of words. Let me give you an example...
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2019-01-22
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Return Engagements (Book One) PART 9… in which I burn out 
   The farther I drove, the more I relaxed, and that was proving to be problematic. For one thing, I was half-drunk and seriously worn out by the day's events. For another, I'd been pushing thoughts out of my head all day, a dozen sets of implicatio
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2019-01-17
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The Untold Story of the Greatest Crypto Project Ever - PART 1 
   While what we did wasn't entirely hidden, it was only partly public. And for reasons that will become clear as we go, no one on the inside has wanted to talk about it until now. While these people didn't do much that was actually illegal (at leas
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2019-01-15
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The Two Crypto Economies 
   Bitcoin has always been hard to understand. Even Satoshi, its author, complained about that. The problem isn't so much its complexity, but its newness " there's really almost nothing to compare it to.
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2019-01-14
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Achieving The Third Letter of Captain Marque 
   The Third Letter of Captain Marque begins by explaining that the Crown grabs "every scrap of intel," but then, very importantly, it goes on to note the fact that encryption alone isn't nearly enough to solve this problem
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2019-01-14
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Return Engagements (Book One) PART 8… in which I learn why I was pulled through time,  
   and in which my companion dies...
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2019-01-11
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The Untold Story of the Greatest Crypto Project Ever 
   I'm about to tell you the true story of the greatest of the crypto projects… a story you've never heard. It took place in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It was a massive experiment and one that had a serious impact on what came after. I almost
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2019-01-08
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Compulsory Sexual Ethics, In Reverse 
   Once upon a time gay people… homosexuals… were shunned, punished, and even beaten by the police. Horrible things to be sure, but they happened quite a lot.
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2019-01-06
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Return Engagements (Book One) PART 7… in which I learn how I've been pulled across time 
   Picking up from Part 6, in which we learned how Michael came to this moment..."I'm ready if you are."I turned to see her sitting up. I surveyed the road and all the pertinent conditions. I was satisfied that we were in excellent shape.
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2019-01-01
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Our Moment at the Crossroads 
   Earlier this year I wrote an email to several friends, describing my feelings upon arriving at a crossroads for myself and my work. Surprisingly, nearly all of them wrote back that they were feeling the same thing. And so I think a lot of us have arr
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2018-12-31
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Return Engagements (Book One) PART 6… in which my companion rouses herself 
   From 4:24 AM until sunup, Michael Burroughs lay in his bed, replaying the experience, slowly and repetitively. For a good portion of that time he was half asleep, but his examinations of the brief experience didn't stop.
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2018-12-26
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The Necessity of Being a Well-Rounded Person… and How to Pull It Off 
   I regularly go on about the necessity of forming your own opinions and making stands upon them. And while I'm quite certain about that, there's another side to such things. We are complicated creatures, after all.
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2018-12-18
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Call Me Pisher 
   "Call me pisher" is a Yiddish phrase from my youth, and it was used to instruct me in a very important lesson. (Though I hardly realized it at the time.) And since Yiddish speakers were often not particularly delicate persons, I'll have to be a
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2018-12-17
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Return Engagements (Book One) PART 4… in which my pursuers orient themselves 
   Picking up from Part 3, in which I was being hunted by two strange men who appeared in in Los Angeles...The lighter man at the diner had gone through five cups of Sanka, a Denver omelette, and a slice of pie while waiting for his friend, who still wa
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2018-12-11
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Why I'm Committed to Something that Doesn't Yet Exist 
   It's a strange thing that so many people unquestioningly doubt, even oppose, anything that they can't see, that they can't count on with absolute certainty, or especially, that lacks the approval of authority.
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2018-12-04
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It's Heretics Who Save the World 
   The people who have kept the world from a slide into darkness and pulled it forward have, to a shocking extent, been heretics of one form or another.
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2018-12-03
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Return Engagements (Book One) PART 2… in which my pursuers arrive 
   An hour later we were on Highway 50 in southern Wisconsin, heading west through farmland. It appeared that the Interstate Highway System was pretty well in place, and being away from people seemed to be helping my companion. She had fallen asleep bef
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2018-11-29
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An Interview on Crypto, Fiat, and the Mid-terms 
   Here's an interview Paul did with the Wealth Research Group last week on cryptocurrencies, government money, financial predictions, and the US mid-term elections.
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2018-11-27
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The ECB and the Feds Are Treating Bitcoin Very Differently 
   Having been involved with digital currencies for quite a long time, I get more information on the subject than most people, and that includes information on what regulators are doing. I've been seeing differing strategies among the central banks fo
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2018-12-03
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Return Engagements (Book One) PART 1… in which I arrive 
   It was mid-June of 2016, the night between the 19th and the 20th. It had been a very normal evening. My wife went to bed a little before 10, leaving me at the kitchen table playing with papers. I went through my pre-bed routine, slid between the shee
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2018-11-23
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An Interview on Technology and Choice 
   Here's an interview Paul did with John Ferguson of Technology & Choice last week, carried on the Let's Talk Bitcoin network.
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2018-11-20
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Are You Doers of the Word? 
   There's a memorable line in the New Testament that adjures the readers to be "doers of the word and not hearers only." And that's what I'm urging today. But this isn't about the Bible; this is about whatever you believe.
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2018-11-13
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Why We'll Win 
   A free, post-scarcity world will not be prevented by archaic systems scratching and clawing to retain their domination. We will evolve freely, unburdened by an unfortunate past. This will happen, and today I'm going to tell you why.
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2018-11-06
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Why You Can Do Anything You Want… And Why You Can't 
   People frequently tell children "You can do anything you want." And this causes a lot of confusion, because in the real world, they can't. And after their first clash with the aforesaid real world, the child is left wondering all sorts of unple
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2018-10-30
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How Stupidity Is Manufactured 
   Yes, manufactured. It's done all day, every day, and especially in the most advanced parts of the world. And I can prove it to you.
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2018-10-23
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Weaponized Politics 
   Politics is ugly by nature. It sows division at all times, and it's easy to see why: Democracy is the tyranny of the majority over the minority, restrained only by bills of rights, which matter less and less with each passing year.
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2018-10-23
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How Similar Are Judaism and Christianity? 
   At their cores, Judaism and Christianity are more similar than you might expect. Their appearances of course are different. After all, it is very much in the interests of leaders on both sides to proclaim how very right they are, which means that all
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2018-10-16
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How to Crush the Gold Cartel 
   I have friends who are convinced that a cartel is manipulating the gold and silver markets. I have other friends who disagree, but today I'll hang with the former. And they plead a good case, with there being 100 times more paper gold than physical
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2018-10-09
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Celebrating Western Civilization, Part 1 
   I couldn't tell you how many times I've heard Western civilization disparaged, in everything from street talk to written screeds to intellectual circles. It would have to be thousands of times at least. In fact, it's something that people (incl
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2018-10-02
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The Cult of Rules 
   "The mark of an educated mind," taught Aristotle, is "to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." And that's what I'll be asking of you today. Because as certain as I am that I'm substantially right on this, I'm also sure
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2018-09-25
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The True Vision of Satoshi Nakamoto 
   I had planned to write about the philosophy of Satoshi Nakamoto, based upon his writings. Recently, however, I've heard about food fights in the Bitcoin Cash camp[1], centering on "Satoshi's Vision."
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2018-09-18
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The Plague of Superfluous Intellectuals 
   Recently I was drawn into the consideration of intellectuals by reading Eric Hoffer's The Ordeal of Change. I thought parts were dated (it was written almost 60 years ago), but many of his insights interest me. And then, over the past few days, I r
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2018-09-11
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Demolishing the Warren Report with two Images from CBS News 
   One of my entertainments, from time to time, has been the Kennedy assassination… John Kennedy's, that is. I'm not particularly a fan of mysteries, but occasionally one of them intrigues me, as this one did.
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2018-09-04
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ISRAEL, ZIONISM, AND THE (((JEWS))) 
   I didn't want to write about this. I don't want to write about this. But circumstances give me little choice. The ancient poison has been spreading, and the last major pogrom (this one industrialized) ended 73 years ago. The pogrom cycle is comin
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2018-08-28
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Perpetual Abuse in the Catholic Church 
   Before I get to details, let me be clear that I am not trying to destroy the Church, and I'm certainly not criticizing individual Catholics, most of whom are decent human beings and good neighbors. (And the victims in this as well.)
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2018-08-21
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Adolph and the Free Sh*t Model 
   I really don't like invoking Adolph, and I don't like "swear words," especially in headlines. But today I'm hard pressed to avoid either, and so I'll just go with it.
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2018-08-14
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The Separation of Righteousness and Politics 
   "Righteousness" is a seldom heard word in modern life, but the concept is still very much with us. In fact, political arguments all through the West focus on shows of righteousness.
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2018-08-08
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ALEX JONES, BIG TECH, AND THE DEEP STATE 
   They finally got to it. Alex Jones has been banned from Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, and I'm not sure what else… all within 24 hours or so, as I hear it. And he was not alone " others have been banned too.
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2018-08-07
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GOOD THINGS IN THE BIBLE 
   You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy." But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on t
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2018-08-04
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RIP Andrea Rich 
   I'm sorry to report that Andrea Millen Rich, proprietor of Laissez Faire books and many other things (see here) has died.
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2018-07-31
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THE MONOPOLIZATION OF HEROES BY THE STATE 
   Television and movies are full of heroes. Drama could hardly exist without them of course, but have you noticed that nearly every hero in modern dramas is associated with the state?
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2018-07-24
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THE WEST HAS LOST ITS SENSE OF MEANING 
   If and when you have a chance, I encourage you to attend a cocktail party or some such gathering and begin to talk about the beauty and genius of mankind. But I also suggest that you be prepared to be insulted, because such talk is heresy in modern c
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2018-07-18
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THE ERUPTION OF THE SHILLS 
   As much as I avoid the bullhorns from New York and DC, I couldn't escape them this time. Evidently Donald Trump had a summit with Vladimir Putin and uttered unspeakable words.
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2018-07-17
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HUMANITY CRUCIFIED ON A CROSS OF IRON 
   A few people remember President Dwight Eisenhower's Farewell Address, where he warned Americans about the rise of a military-industrial complex… a warning that was stunningly accurate and almost fully ignored.
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2018-07-12
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THE LOST ART OF LIVING WITH INTENT 
   It is currently accepted wisdom that non-conformists are psychologically troubled, driven to their strangeness by insecurities and inferiorities. That may be true in some cases, but in many fewer than it may first appear.
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2018-07-10
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WHY DOES THE LAW NOT WARN? 
   Everyone who has children, or even nieces and nephews, understands that you have to warn a child before punishing him or her. If not, you teach the child a rash of bad lessons...
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2018-07-03
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How Cryptoanarchy Saved the World 
   The things that actually change the world are very often kept out of view. The stronger the mainline culture, the more the things that will change it are portrayed as weird, stupid, naive, and even dangerous. And so it has certainly been with cryptoa
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2018-06-26
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A NEW DAY, A NEW CHANCE TO BE WONDERFUL 
   Most people fail to appreciate the fresh opportunity that each day brings them. Their programming requires them to snort derisively at concepts like the one above. After all, the systems of this world are built upon the assumption that mankind is wea
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2018-06-19
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THE FOOLISHNESS OF A CONSUMER SOCIETY 
   Sadly, much of the Western world, and America especially, has become addicted to status symbols. This has been going on for generations now. When I was a boy people joked about "keeping up with the Joneses," but the joke was funny only because it
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2018-06-12
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BITCOIN AND THE BEATLES 
   I've been involved with cryptography since the mid-1990s. That's when I had my "aha" moment and realized that cryptography creates a terra nova the lords of force can't penetrate. Progress, however, was disturbingly slow. We had great ideas
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2018-06-05
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9/11: THE GREATEST GIFT THE STATUS QUO EVER GOT 
   I'm not saying that 9/11 was anything but a sick, evil disaster. Nor am I placing blame for it on any person or group; I'm not interested in wasting time in that quagmire.
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2018-05-31
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BITCOIN AND THE POWER GRID 
   "Bitcoin is evil" articles exist in profusion, and these days I pretty much ignore them. But one of the recent types - raising awareness of Bitcoin's environmental unsustainability - has engaged me. As it turns out, I have an unusual backgr
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2018-05-29
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MORE REVOLUTIONARIES ARE COMING 
   The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. ~Princess Leia, Star Wars
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2018-05-22
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HOW SCIENCE BECAME AN IDOL 
   I do not oppose science. In fact I advocate for it. But it's also clear to me that science has been turned into a social weapon. More than that, it has been turned into an idol, and today I'm going to explain (briefly) how that happened.
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2018-05-21
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GOOGLE'S MENDACITY: THE SELFISH LEDGER DECYPHERED 
   So, I'm going to decipher this video. Please read this brief explanation and then watch the video yourself. They're admitting to precisely what Jonathan Logan and I wrote in The New Age of Intelligence, but the admission is wrapped in bullshit th
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2018-05-16
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SO, YOU WANNA GET INVOLVED WITH CRYPTO… HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 
   After several quiet months, I'm hearing of more and more people who want to get involved with cryptocurrencies, and not just buying and selling. I'm hearing about people who want to start crypto-related businesses, even things like crypto-themed
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2018-05-15
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JUSTICE CONDEMNED: THE ROSS ULBRICHT CASE 
   I've been in and around the US justice system for most of my life. I've always had relatives and friends who were lawyers, and I worked as an expert witness for more than 30 years. And however much I may disregard the state as an institution, I h
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2018-05-08
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THE STATUS QUO IS DEATHLY BORING 
   Most young people know nothing but the world as it is. Their teachers assure them that this is the best form of human organization, all authority agrees, and their parents toe the party line. The system is geared to keep them shuffling forward quietl
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2018-05-01
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4 TRUTHS ABOUT THE 1% 
   I don't particularly like the phrase, "the one percent." It reeks of envy and thus of socialism. But at the same time, the wealthiest people in the West really have become much wealthier in the past decade or two, while working people have, per
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2018-04-24
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WHO TO BLAME FOR YOUR DEBT 
   I hope that none of my regular readers are burdened with much debt, but I know that many people are. Sometimes shockingly so. And so I'd like to explain who's really to blame for these situations, because they are more complex than they may at fi
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2018-04-17
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The Blessings of Panarchy 
   Whatever complaints we may have about the US Constitution, it's hard not to appreciate this phrase in its preamble: [to] secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity…
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2018-04-11
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AS THE WAR MACHINE THREATENS 
   War drums are beating again, and fairly seriously, it seems. And so I'd like to make a few points before things get out of hand. Because once the bodies start piling up, instincts will be overloaded, and reason will be difficult.
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2018-04-10
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THE DISSIPATION OF MORAL ENERGIES 
   Roughly 98% of us have a deep-rooted connection to morality. Even confirmed criminals routinely say things like, "That ain't right," which is purely a moral judgment. However well or poorly we use it, nearly all of us hold morality as a central
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2018-04-05
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FREE-MARKET PARASITES 
   The crypto economy can't get here fast enough...In addition to writing, I manage businesses. And as I review the financial records of these businesses every year, I see corporate parasitism biting them worse and worse. But if pushed, the bosses of
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2018-04-03
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SEEKING REFUGE 
   A good deal of my life has been spent in a half-conscious search for places where a healthy person could function as a healthy person: places where health was accepted rather than resented, where it didn't have to be hidden.
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2018-03-27
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FARBER'S SECOND ESSAY 
   This is the second essay of James Farber, from the first edition of A Lodging of Wayfaring Men, written in defense of the "free digital economy" he and his friends were building.
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