Marketplace of Pretty Lies

Marketplace of Pretty Lies

Maybe not everyone is looking for the best ideas, and instead will buy the ones that make them feel good. I know I've covered this before, but it bears repeating. There are several assumptions inherent to capital "L" libertarianism that simply do not hold up under scrutiny and history, and inevitably result in its failure. If you've paid attention over at Eric Raymond's blog, you'll also see a display that only recently shocked a libertarian-oriented economist in a debate because, at least on the academic-economic side of things, they had not considered the free movement of people on…

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Odds 'N' Ends

Odds 'N' Ends

Antifragility First - in an excellent article on Trump as the "leverage" president, The Z Man makes the following observation: That’s the thing with understanding Trump, something a brilliant observer pointed out three years ago. Trump operates like a famous real estate developer. He is always looking to leverage his assets in order to take advantage of whatever opportunities that may present themselves in the future. In the case of the Kavanaugh hearing, his best play was to stand aside and let Mitch McConnell handle it. If the nomination failed, Trump had a card to play against…

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Anatomy of a Press Hit

Anatomy of a Press Hit

Above is a more one-sided than usual piece in terms of the internal content, but the headline is reflective of what even “mainstream” news organizations are publishing. The short story is that in Portland, a group named Patriot Prayer scheduled a march. They had a permit for the march, had spoken to police, knew Antifa would be out to get them. Per the statement published via their facebook page, the police had assured them Antifa would be kept away. In Portland… Yeah, right. Alongside the marchers was also a chapter of the “Proud Boys” – designated as a “hate group” by…

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