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Current Columns and Articles

2019-11-19
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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
Feature Article
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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2018-03-21
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FARBER'S FIRST ESSAY 
   In the first editions of A Lodging of Wayfaring Men, I included several essays that I cared a great deal about. In the second edition (now available), I took them back out. I feel that a novel is best standing on its own. But I don't want the essay
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2018-03-19
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NEW: A Full Report on CRISPR, the Simple Genetic Editing Technique That's About to Change the Wo 
   Our CRISPR Report is very early. Most people haven't even heard of this genetic engineering tool yet, but we want our readers to get important information ahead of time and have a chance to not only be involved, but to guide crucial new technologie
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2018-03-19
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FACEBOOK IS A PARASITE… EVEN THE NEW YORK TIMES IS ADMITTING IT 
   The Times is only on the story to hurt Donald Trump of course, but they have nonetheless brought it up. And most of the commenters at The Times' website saw through the ridiculous Blue/Red sideshow. They ignored it and got to the real issues...
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2018-03-13
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WESTERN CIVILIZATION, SEEN FROM 2150 AD, PART 2 
   As I noted last week, a small roll of pages recently showed up at my door. They appeared to have been ripped from a history book entitled 2000-2150 AD: The Emergence of Modernity. I am completing my transcription of them today, verbatim. Make of it
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2018-03-06
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Western Civilization, Seen from 2150 AD, Part 1 
   A small roll of pages showed up in my mailbox last week, printed on an odd size and type of paper. They appeared to have been ripped from a history book entitled 2000 - 2150 AD: The Emergence of Modernity. I'm repeating the text here verbatim, sans
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2018-02-27
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ROSC 21: Roll It Up and Move Along 
   Once you know a storm is coming, the only sensible actions are to either protect yourself or to get out of the way. And so it has become time to roll up the Jay's Bar show and move along. If we simply vanish from view now, there won't be much in
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2018-02-20
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THE MASS CONSPIRACY OF BLAME AVOIDANCE 
   If you can ever get far enough from the status quo, one of the most shocking sights you'll see is the mass conspiracy of blame avoidance. This phenomenon is so pervasive that most people go their entire lives without taking serious notice of it. I
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2018-02-13
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ROSC 20: A STORM WARNING 
   I walked into Jay's expecting to find Johnny to be his usual gregarious self. And he was, so long as he was greeting people at the bar. Once we sat by ourselves in the restaurant, however, he changed.
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2018-02-06
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The Discovery of Terra Nova by the Cypherpunks 
   Ten years ago the cypherpunks were almost entirely forgotten. But now - and quite shockingly to those of us who were involved - cypherpunks are cool again. More than that, the discoveries of the cypherpunks are starting to change the world in a s
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2018-02-05
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The Crypto Cleansing 
   A few months ago, as I was having a conversation with another crypto advocate, these words escaped my lips: "I hate to say it, but maybe we need a price crash." As I said them, I had a slightly sick feeling of "Be careful what you wish for."
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2018-01-30
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ROSC 19: Back to the Shadows 
   I got a strange phone call the other day. The person on the other end played like it was a wrong number, asking for Angie something, but they were listening to my voice way too closely. What they were doing, I was pretty certain, was to see if it was
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2018-01-26
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THE MATURITY LEVEL OF POLITICS 
   A recent article by Joe Katzman illustrated the maturity level of modern politics, by explaining the true nature of the war raging between Donald Trump and the American media. And what it showed was that winning and losing in politics comes down to t
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2018-01-23
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WHAT JESUS DIDN'T SAY 
   Most of the things people associate with Jesus are things he never said. I'll provide a few dozen examples below, but first please understand that I'm not doing this to tear anything down. Rather, I'd like to open a path away from obsolete and
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2018-01-16
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ROSC 18: Not Parasites 
   There's something about being young, especially if you can feel young and righteous at the same time. The combination is potent and intoxicating. It's a shame more people haven't experienced it.
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2018-01-09
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The Baby Boomers' Cultural Prison 
   The coming generation, then, is going to be different from their grandparents' and great-grandparents'… as it should be.
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2018-01-02
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ROSC 17: The Rise of the Elderly 
   Under the mindset of the factory era, old people were expected to move quietly to the side after they stopped working. From there they were to quietly dote on grandchildren, then get sick and die. That, however, has changed.
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2017-12-26
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THE LONG FAMILY OF MANKIND 
   If you could go back in time a thousand years, you would find individuals who reminded you very much of your current friends and companions. The same is true of people who will live a thousand years from now. Some of them will be nearly identical to
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2017-12-20
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The Essential Goodness of the Crypto Community 
   Quite a few people have been complaining about the cryptocurrency community lately. And to be fair, they have legitimate reasons: Many get-rich-quickers, corporate sellouts, and outright scammers have shown up recently.
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2017-12-19
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ROSC 16: REBELS WITH FULL BELLIES 
   Thank God for experience. Last week we had another of our meetings at Jay's bar, and it almost turned into a disaster. Only long experience saved it.
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2017-12-12
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40 Years on the Road: A Report 
   In 1977 I began taking road trips (driving a car or truck) up and down Interstate 80. I had taken a few road trips prior, but 1977 was the first time I drove cross-country as an adult and for work… the first time I was looking on the experience wit
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2017-12-07
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Is Bitcoin "Bigger than General Electric"? 
   I've seen a lot of headlines like these lately, and so I'll take a moment to point out how wrong-minded they are. To compare Bitcoin (or any cryptocurrency) to a company is just wrong.
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2017-12-05
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ROSC 15: BUILDING OURSELVES A CITY 
   Theorizing is one thing; doing is quite another. No matter how good you think your theories are, applying them to the real world is always a revelation. More than that, actually doing is far more fun that theorizing. And right now hundreds of thousan
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2017-11-29
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Advice To Bitcoiners Who Are Finding Themselves Rich 
   A lot of Bitcoiners are waking up to find themselves rich these days, and I suspect that most of them have little experience handling significant amounts of money. And so, having been around the block a few times, I think I should pass along some les
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2017-11-28
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The Status Quo Has Been a Haven for Predators 
   And the victims were right. People didn't want to hear their stories, and the system very likely would have ruined them. If the enforced silence is cracking (as it seems to be), we should be grateful, but we should also take a step back and make so
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2017-11-21
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ROSC 14: THE BITCOIN HOUSE 
   It's been a strange but recurring theme in my life that when a cluster of bad things hit, something good follows close behind. Often, I learn later that the good thing was initiating just as the bad things struck.
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2017-11-14
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Does Western Civilization Still Have a Purpose? 
   When Western Civilization began to form at about 500 AD[1], it was full of purpose. In particular, it was devoted to bringing the light of Christ into the world: to overcome the ancient darkness and to replace it with righteousness.
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2017-11-07
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ROSC 13: TIME TO HAVE FUN AGAIN 
   Last Wednesday was my day to reorient myself. I end up doing that from time to time, and I think it's essential, given the complexity and pressures of modern life… and very certainly so, given the complexities of a non-standard life.
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2017-10-31
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Jesus Versus Religion 
   Religious people get an unfairly bad rap these days, so I want to start by defending them. My purpose here is not to slam religious people, but to show that religion doesn't adequately represent Jesus.
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2017-10-26
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THE UNIVERSE IS FLAT 
   If you haven't heard this before, I'm sure it sounds crazy to you. It did to me too. But a serious number of rigorous experiments have established this concept and clarified it quite well: The universe really is flat.
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2017-10-24
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ROSC 12: THE SECOND BLOW 
   "I'd rather go to jail"...When a sane, healthy young man says something like this, it should get our attention, and it certainly did mine.
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2017-10-17
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The Great Ephemera Machine 
   We in the modern West are living inside a giant ephemera machine. Every day we receive more than a thousand messages telling us what to fear, what to identify with, what to compare ourselves to, and of course, what we should buy.
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2017-10-10
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ROSC 11: The Stone of Stumbling 
   Last time I left off as we sat in a full dining room at the sanitarium, where, hopefully, we had broken through the hurtful theology of our time, giving these people a chance to heal on the inside. And while the moment lasted a useful amount of time,
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2017-10-03
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Why People Won't Protect Themselves 
   I've been promoting encryption for quite some time, and one of the things you can't miss in this business is that most people have a psychological aversion (and a strong one) to protecting themselves.
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2017-09-26
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ROSC 10: TRUTH AT THE SANITARIUM 
   Last week young Esther asked me back to the sanitarium and told me that the people there "wanted to talk." I was reasonably sure that the meeting was prompted by Dora's cancer diagnosis " she seemed to be important to the rest of them, making
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2017-09-19
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THE DAY BITCOIN WAS HACKED 
   In the ninth year of Satoshi, at 9:30am UTC on a cold February morning, Bitcoin was hacked...The hacker (or hackers) found a way to take advantage of a command in Satoshi's original code.
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2017-09-13
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ROSC 9: MALADJUSTMENTS 
   As I sat with the TCM crew at Jay's (for those who don't recall, TCM means the creatively maladjusted), I realized that they were living up to their name. The ideas they came up with for the sanitarium people were pretty far outside the box.
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2017-09-05
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CIVIL WAR AND THE STATUS QUO 
   We've all been hearing fears of civil war in America recently, and while I think those fears are overblown (as fears generally are), I want to address something that doesn't make the news feeds: the fact that we can take this question seriously e
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2017-08-29
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ROSC 8: THE EXCHANGE 
   I don't use phones very often; most days I talk on the phone no more than once or twice, and often not at all. Phone calls interrupt me, and interruptions waste a lot of my time… I have to figure out where I was before the call, reassemble the pi
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2017-08-22
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THE DIRTY TRICK THAT'S DESTROYING US 
   Every civilization has its own peculiar characteristics, and because of them, each has its own vulnerable areas… areas that a clever adversary can take advantage of. Our Western civilization is no exception.
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2017-08-18
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IF YOU LOVE BITCOIN, PROMOTE GOOD ALTCOINS 
   Bitcoin spawns strong emotions in people, once they wrap their minds around it. And for good reason, of course: Bitcoin is the future, being born in our midst.
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2017-08-15
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ROSC 7: The Cloaked Life 
   The Thursday after my visit to the sanitarium, I showed up early to the TCM lunch at Jay's Bar. I brought a legal pad and a pen, sat down, and started making notes.
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2017-08-09
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WHY AI COULD END UP SAVING US, RATHER THAN KILLING US 
   When I wrote The Breaking Dawn, I avoided mentioning artificial intelligence (AI). Big Data became an important part of the story, but self-aware machines were not. You can't include everything in a novel and still keep it moving. But here is the s
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2017-08-01
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ROSC 6: RISE OF THE SCARRED PEOPLE 
   In the back room of the sanitarium, young Esther showed me a handmade plaque, about the size of a typical award plaque, which it may have been originally.
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2017-07-25
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THE 16 YEARS' WAR AND ITS COST 
   Every night on American TV you can see repeating commercials to raise money for young people who've had limbs blown off. It might be cruel to ask the following question in the presence of these veterans, but millions of other people have been force
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2017-07-18
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ROSC 5: THE LATE, GREAT CHESTER CRUZ 
   I found the Mueller Sanitarium for the Chronically Ill a few blocks from a place I worked back in the 1980s. It sits almost by itself, at least if you don't count parking lots, and only a block or so from a rapid transit train. It's tucked in bet
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2017-07-11
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LIFT UP YOUR EYES 
   When was the last time you tasted the sublime?...When did you last feel wonder?...Can you remember feeling awed by something?...These are things we need, if we are to thrive. They are fuel for the higher human abilities. If we lack them, as is curren
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2017-07-05
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ROSC 4: THE SANITARIUM 
   When I walked into our latest TCM lunch, I saw a few new members, two of whom were young women. That made me feel good, because there had been a flaw in most 20th century liberty movements, in that they never drew many women. Liberation movements of
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2017-06-27
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FISH ARE THE LAST TO NOTICE THE WATER 
   I ran into this phrase in a physics lecture, of all places, and knew it would be the title of my next article. And this is generally a true statement. Those who are immersed in something… who have always been immersed in it… are the last to see w
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2017-06-20
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THE RISE OF THE SUPERFLUOUS CLASS, PART 3 
   I think I started something dangerous for these guys. I didn't do it on purpose, but it happened all the same. While engaged in an innocent conversation, I inadvertently gave them a name.
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2017-06-13
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Entropy and Spontaneous Generation 
   When I wrote two weeks ago about spontaneous generation still being enthroned in science as the primordial soup (and it is), I wanted to avoid a long discussion on entropy. But since that's the only option left open to die-hards, it became an issue
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2017-06-06
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THE RISE OF THE SUPERFLUOUS CLASS, PART 2 
   You've gotta love serious people..."Dan," my new friend from the superfluous class, showed up to Jay's precisely on time. And he didn't waste my time with a confirmation call; he just did what he said.
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2017-05-30
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SPONTANEOUS GENERATION IS STILL ENTHRONED IN SCIENCE 
   Spontaneous generation is a defunct theory text books use to illustrate the superiority of modern science. It was a medieval belief that things like rotting meat would spontaneously generate maggots, and so on. Our textbooks explain that this theory
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2017-05-23
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THE RISE OF THE SUPERFLUOUS CLASS, PART 1 
   Jay's Bar, my hangout back in the 1990s - through the heady years of the early internet, the cypherpunks, and the all-out gas that was the digital gold economy - seems to be coming back to its glory.
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2017-05-16
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HOW FREE MONEY FAILS 
   You might think that throwing free money into an economy would create a permanent party, but it never quite turns out that way. And I think it's important to understand why. After all, we've been watching a free-money party since 2008, and if it
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2017-05-09
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"Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence" Is Bullshit 
   Apologies to those who are bothered by strong words; I feel that science deserves an especially strong defense.
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2017-05-02
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The Gospel of Radicalism 
   As I was writing A Lodging of Wayfaring Men, I felt an overwhelming need to put everything I had into the book. (That's the way you feel when you're very serious about such things and you're not sure you'll ever write another book like it.) S
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2017-04-25
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HERBERTS SHOULDN'T WEAR TIE-DYE 
   The term "Herbert" referred to a stiff, rule-keeping bureaucrat. Tie-dye was the clothing of hippies; it was made with bleach and strings. Being old enough to remember how things were "back in the day," I'm always half insulted to see very
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2017-04-24
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AN IMPORTANT UPDATE ON THE BITCOIN BLOCK SIZE WARS 
   There is a huge argument going in the Bitcoin world right now, including some (apparently) very devious dealings.
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2017-04-18
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WHAT JULIAN ASSANGE IS REALLY DOING 
   Most people know the what about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks - that they publish secret information - but they don't know the why. And that's a great loss, because the reason behind all the leaks is both brilliant and illuminating.
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2017-04-11
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A FORBIDDEN THOUGHT: WE ARE NOT INADEQUATE 
   As I've noted before, the dominating systems of the West require us to feel weak, afraid, and insufficient; they couldn't continue if most of us didn't feel that way. And so, by plan, by instinct, or simply by inertia, the friends and operators
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2017-04-09
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Why Americans Get Suckered Every Time 
   So, Trump has gone against what he swore he'd do and bombed the hell out of a Syrian air base, to thunderous applause on seemingly every side. His enemies now love him… he's being called Presidential… and once again, millions of Americans hav
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2017-04-04
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THE INCONVENIENT SAYINGS OF JESUS 
   Some things just need to be pointed out. I'm not sure I'd go quite as far as P. C. Hodgell when she wrote, "That which can be destroyed by the truth should be," but truth " so long as it's for the purpose of building and improving " sho
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2017-03-28
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THE DISGRACE OF WAR 
   Here's a simple question. Give me the first answer that pops into your mind: What's the purpose of the state?...Most people would probably answer, to keep us safe. I can argue that this isn't the state's true purpose (and I will, below), but
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2017-03-21
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WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HELD A BABY? 
   Have you ever noticed that pessimistic and depressed people avoid babies? I'm sure there are exceptions to this statement, but on the whole, I think it's accurate. Dark, gloomy minds shy away from babies. I think there's something to learn from
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2017-03-14
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THE TRUTH ABOUT HELL 
   Before I drop yet another "sensitive" article into the world, I'd like to add that I'm not writing these to be destructive or to garner controversy. I write on these subjects because they matter a great deal and because no one else seems to.
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2017-03-07
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TO THE COLLEGE STUDENT DROWNING IN DEBT AND THE SINGLE MOTHER  
   WHO CAN'T AFFORD INSURANCE...You're in a bad situation; you're depressed, frightened, and need a solution. I'll do my best to give you one. But first, please believe me that I know what it's like to be in desperate circumstances.
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2017-02-28
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SIX REASONS WHY CENTRALIZATION IS BAD 
   The other day a friend contacted me, looking for an article that explained why centralization is bad. At first I was sure there had to be many, but I came up dry. Hence today's article.
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2017-02-21
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6,000 Years on the Hamster Wheel 
   Modern man is trained to think in certain ways and to turn away from anything that differs… to give authority the benefit of every doubt, instinctively and forever.
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2017-02-15
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THREE WORDS YOU MUST REMEMBER 
   The statement I'll be making today is simple… very simple. Nonetheless, I think it's of tremendous importance. It's the type of thing that, if kept sufficiently in mind, can slowly revise your mental universe.
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2017-02-07
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YOU'VE BEEN ROBBED 
   You work long, hard days, but you never have enough to be secure. Your husband or wife probably works too, and yet you still never get ahead. Now think about this: Your great-grandparents worked hard, and they did get ahead. You work just as hard, bu
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2017-01-31
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HOW JESUS CONDEMNS CHRISTIANITY 
   People I love and respect are committed to Christianity as it exists today. And so I'm relieved that they've acclimated to me and won't take this personally… because it needs to be said: Modern Christianity is something Jesus would condemn.
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2017-01-24
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IS THIS REALLY THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE? 
   I was taught in school that our modern governance was the best thing ever, and I suppose that you were too. But do any of us really believe that the way of life we now have is the best possible? I dare say (and hope!) that few of us are that intellec
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2017-01-17
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Back to the Crime Scene 
   Now that the Great Distraction of 2016/2017 ("The Russians hacked the election!" "Fake news!") may be winding down, we should return to the things that the news media, politicians, and the entire deep state wanted us to forget. In other words
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2017-01-10
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FINANCIAL REPRESSION IS HERE, AND BITCOIN IS THE ONLY ESCAPE 
   When I warned about bankers planning "financial repression" back in 2014, I wasn't sure how long it would be before it arrived, or where. And when I wrote about the banning of cash last February, I was worried that the money monopolists were ac
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2017-01-03
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The Ministry of Truth Opens June 21st 
   This is neither a joke nor an exaggeration. Everything we'll cover here has already passed both Houses of the US congress and was signed into law by Barack Obama on December 23, 2016. You can find the entire 969 page bill here (PDF). I'll be quot
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2016-12-28
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TALK POLITICS FOR TEN SECONDS AND I'LL KNOW WHERE YOU GET YOUR NEWS 
   Whether the current furor over "fake news" fizzles or ends in state censorship, there is a legitimate issue beneath all the fear-mongering.
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2016-12-21
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Screw the Way Things Are, I Want Out 
   This is a beautiful planet, filled, in the main, with decent, cooperative humans. And yet, I want out. Give me any kind of functional spaceship and any reasonable chance, and I'll take it. This place is anti-human. It chokes the best that's in us
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2016-12-16
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SO WHAT IF IT WAS THE RUSSIANS 
   This entire episode is a warning of just how rancid the American over-class has become. Is there no one left in the American elite who has some dignity, some class, some measure of perspective? Have they all descended to the level of drunken brawlers
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2016-12-15
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THE ELITE ET AL. VS. TRUMP ET AL 
   I thought I'd never write about current events at Free-Man's Perspective. My interests lie in human development, not in the daily crap-fights of politics. Recent events, however, have forced me to reconsider.
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2016-12-13
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IF YOUR CULTURE HOLDS GRUDGES, IT NEEDS TO BE FIXED 
   Cultures don't create us, we create them. Those who maintain otherwise seek to collect our sacrifices and use us as tools.
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2016-12-06
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A NEW MARTIAL LAW IS HERE 
   When a military boss is installed as the head of government, displacing civilian leadership, we call it martial law. In the 20th century we expected to see this as the general of an army kicking out a president and taking over. The 21st century has b
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2016-11-29
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POLITICS IS POISON 
   Let's be honest about something we see nonstop but seldom appreciate: Politics makes life ugly. Politics turns people you disagree with into twisted, cartoon images of what they really are, and it pushes you into degrading and hating them. In short
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2016-11-22
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A Time for Gratitude 
   After a long, dark, painful political season, it's time for us to pull ourselves out of it and reset our attitudes about the world. And there are few better ways to do that than to spend a few moments feeling grateful.
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2016-11-15
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When Elite Privilege Breaks 
   Finding parallels with Rome is a fun topic for writers, and just recently I came across some very interesting ones. They grabbed my attention, and they may grab yours as well.
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2016-11-08
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Sucking the Blood of a Declining Civilization 
   Civilization has to be transmitted from one generation to another. If it isn't, processes break down and life becomes difficult. Soon there must be a painful reform, or else the civilization will be lost.
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2016-11-01
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Could the Elite Survive Without Terrorism? 
   Think of it this way: If we didn't have scary things to fear - if politics operated on reason - our overlords couldn't get half the compliance they get now. That's why they market everything that matters to them through fear. Because, as I
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2016-10-25
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Some Truth About Hillary & The Hackers 
   I've been watching ridiculous stories on the "hacked" emails of Hillary, John Podesta, et al, and I think it's time to insert a bit of reality to the discussion. So, if you have any interest in this, here are some points to consider...
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2016-10-18
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How the Bible Became an Idol 
   Again I am raising a difficult subject, but again, it's something that needs to be said. And my title is true. The Bible " the holy book of more or less all Christians " has become an idol. And yes, I do mean idol as in "false god."
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2016-10-11
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What's Your Slavery Percentage? 
   Very few things in human life are truly all or nothing. Almost everything works on a sliding scale, even slavery. The problem is, very few people have ever studied slavery, leaving them with a few emotional slogans instead of actual knowledge.
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2016-10-05
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Why Day Care Is Insanely Expensive 
   Conversations with young parents nearly always leave me horrified over the childcare expenses they're forced to pay. Recently, I was informed by a young man that he and his wife pay $225 per week for day care. (For one child.) Furthermore, this is
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2016-09-27
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A Conspiracy Theory About Conspiracy Theories 
   One of the funny things about conspiracy theories, including false flag attacks, is how often they are proven to be true. You have to wonder how long the shame-inducing slam, "That's a conspiracy theory," will keep working.
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2016-09-20
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Emerson and Hitler in the Marketplace 
   I really hate using Hitler quotes these days; people take them as ultimate slams, rather than illuminating thoughts from a bad guy. But that said, Adolph did make a very clear and useful statement when he said this: I have not come into this world to
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2016-09-13
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Five Core Economic Facts 
   Scores of economic figures go screaming across our screens every day, many of them contradicting yesterday's figures, and perhaps half of them based upon lies.
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2016-09-07
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Purpose or Perish 
   Let's be honest and admit that Western civilization has lost its sense of purpose. Western man has nowhere he's going, has no great goal to accomplish. As a result, he and she have become listless, disappointed, and frustrated.
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2016-08-30
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The Specter of Suffering 
   Jews know how to suffer. Christians don't, although they once did. Most libertarians don't know how to suffer either.
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2016-08-23
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United We Fall 
   Like you, I've heard "united we stand, divided we fall" hundreds of times, probably thousands. If fact, we've heard it so many times that by now it triggers emotions in us: All together we can't be stopped! And so on...Except that it's ma
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2016-08-16
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Cornerstones of Oppression: The Upper Middle Class 
   Let me begin by making two things clear: First: Most upper middle class people have no intent to oppress. They've found themselves in an assigned role, and they are simply playing it. And let it further be said that the other class-groups (poor, lo
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2016-08-09
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It's Time to Abandon "God" 
   My apologies to anyone who feels hurt by my title. It would have been safer for me to avoid this subject entirely, but I'm convinced that it matters a great deal. So, let's get to it:
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2016-08-03
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What I Want from This Year's Circus 
   Years ago, Alvin Toffler convinced me that elections are merely reassurance rituals, and so I take no part in them. But these blaring spectacles - and especially the "every fourth year" variety - do have effects in the world, and so I peek in
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2016-07-26
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Calling Things by Their True Names 
   I've found a great deal of value in that little saying. It is, in fact, a fundamental building block of human development. So long as we call things by false names, we maintain our own confusion and contribute to our own abuse.
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2016-07-19
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So, You've Been Made Superfluous… 
   In the US, 94 million people have "dropped out of the workforce," and the unemployment situation is often worse in Europe. The ruling systems of the West have made these people superfluous. If you're one of them, I'm sorry. It's happening t
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2016-07-12
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Changing the World, Slowly 
   Those of us who have seen beyond the noise and confusion of the present world system tend to become urgent about other people seeing the same things. And while this impulse may be understandable, it's not realistic. By refusing to let go of it, we
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2016-07-05
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One Line in the Bible They Need You to Ignore 
   Today I will be ill-mannered enough to address this line. But first, please understand that Luke records these words as coming from Jesus' mouth. That's a fact, and no amount of evasion will change it.
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2016-06-28
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How Anger Ruins Liberty 
   The libertarians are right about many things, and the general populace is notably libertarian in many ways. And yet, relatively few people have any interest in the libertarian "movement."
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2016-06-27
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A Short Note to the Bitcoin Community: This Is the Time 
   I'm not sure how much of the Bitcoin community I reach, but I think this is an important moment for us, and I want to get this out. Please pass it along if you see it as useful. Thanks.
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2016-06-21
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The Triviality of Terrorism 
   In the general scheme of manmade disasters, terrorism is trivial. That's not even debatable, as I'll itemize below. Westerners who've been consuming televised fears for 15 years straight may object, but fear has nothing to do with truth… and
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2016-06-15
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The Rape of the West 
   I wanted to find a less ugly title for this article, but I couldn't find one that still conveyed the depth of the crimes that are under way. So, apologies where they are due.
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2016-06-07
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Your Withdrawal of Consent 
   Many of us, either in whole or in part, have withdrawn our consent from the current ruling regime. Up till now, however, I've never seen a form to document such a thing.
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2016-05-31
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Seven Shocking Things That You Almost Certainly Didn't Know 
   "You need to tell people about all the interesting things in your subscription letter," one of my oldest friends told me. "We do," I said. "We list them on the site and we even have a free report to get them started."
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2016-05-24
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The System Won't Survive the Robots 
   It's really just a matter of time; the working man's deal with his overseers is half dead already. But there's still inertia in the system, and even the losers are keeping the faith. Hope dies slowly, after all.
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2016-05-17
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This Is - by Far - the Biggest Threat to Your Investments 
   Have you ever noticed that nearly all the world's surplus rests on Wall Street… or maybe in the City of London? I think this is something we should pay attention to.
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2016-05-10
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The Snowden Effect 
   I've never met Edward Snowden, so please understand that I'm not trying to besmirch his character. And the truth is that I was thrilled when his disclosures hit. I was managing a professional-level VPN and traveling widely, warning people (who we
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2016-05-03
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EVIL IS WEAK 
   By this definition, any person or persons who purposely manipulate other humans to their own ends - anything from tricking them into a bad business deal to extorting money from them to murdering them - are engaging in evil.
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2016-04-26
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WE ARE GREAT 
   Every time I write one of these pieces, a certain number of people freak out, and often quite vocally. But it's a huge mistake to define ourselves by what we're against, and darkness is not all that exists in the world.
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2016-04-19
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HUSTLED THROUGH LIFE 
   As a result, most of us hurry through life, never knowing why. We live as others do, simply because that path is streamlined for us, exposing us to a minimal level of fear and shame. But that path does something else: It keeps us from experiencing ou
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2016-04-14
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THE PROBLEM WITH THE CRYPTO DEBATE 
   A battle is underway about the limits of cryptography. On the one side are people who want to break into iPhones, tap into conversations and decrypt our backups.
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2016-04-12
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THE MILITARY-EVANGELICAL COMPLEX 
   There are evangelical Christians whom I love and respect. Nonetheless, it's time to face this: The military-evangelical complex is not just politically dangerous; it's a corruption of the Judeo-Christian tradition and thus of Western Civilization
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2016-04-05
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THE HIDDEN PAYOFF IN THE BRUSSELS AND PARIS ATTACKS 
   I don't have any more secret information than you do. I don't have access to any of the backrooms that matter, and I don't get leaks from "informed sources." I do, however, have experience with protecting data and with a variety of things
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2016-04-01
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Centralization vs. Decentralization 
   While the 20th century unequivocally belonged to the centralization of resources and capital, both human and monetary, we are now undergoing a shift of seismic proportions in the 21st century.
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2016-03-29
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The 18-Year-Olds' League 
   The problem, they saw, was that they kept obeying the bitter and rapacious old men. Swept along by authority and the fear of standing alone, they had been - for millennia - marching off to kill other young people exactly like themselves.
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2016-03-22
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WITH MILLSTONES AROUND OUR NECKS 
   Filters off. Today I rant...Humanity has been progressing steadily over millennia. The terrorist empires of the ancient world are gone.
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2016-03-15
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50 YEARS OF FAILURE 
   Politics has failed to deliver on nearly every promise it has made since the 1960s, and I think it's time to hold it to account.
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2016-03-08
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IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE GOVERNMENT ABUSE AMERICANS WILL ACCEPT? 
   Any student of history learns that people will put up with horrific government abuse before they do anything about it. And so I've been watching for years, waiting to see how much abuse the Western world, and Americans in particular, will accept fr
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2016-03-01
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A LESSON FROM DEVON AVENUE 
   While little appreciated and little studied, there is a gigantic difference between forced associations and free associations. But if you pay attention to the issue, you'll find that the very act of forcing people together carries a poison in itsel
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2016-02-23
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"LAW" AS A JEDI MIND TRICK 
   There is nothing noble, righteous, or even 'conservative' about it. It's a way for you to be abused via ignorance and inertia.
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2016-02-16
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14 WORDS TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN… IF YOU'RE HONEST 
   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.
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2016-02-09
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Banning Cash: Serfdom in Our Time 
   Over the last few months a stream of articles have crossed my screen, all proclaiming the need of governments and banks to eliminate cash. I'm sure you've noticed them too.
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2016-02-02
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PLAN B FOR THE INTERNET 
   I've been a wild advocate for the Internet since the beginning, and I still believe in it as a massively liberating technology… but not in the current, popular form.
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2016-01-26
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WHAT RULERS BELIEVE 
   I've been working on collections of quotes lately, and I have one more that I'd like to present… this one on the thoughts of rulers.
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2016-01-19
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WHAT GENIUS THINKS OF EDUCATION 
   As I compiled the thoughts from geniuses last week, one group of thoughts that I left out - simply because there were so many of them - were the thoughts of geniuses on the subject of regimented education.
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2016-01-12
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What Geniuses Come To Believe 
   It recently struck me that the people we think of as "geniuses" tend to arrive, over time, at surprisingly similar sets of conclusions...It further struck me that a simple list of such thoughts might be of value to my readers.
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