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Laughing about Politics (with P.J. O’Rourke)

featuring Trevor Burrus and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 21, 2018

P.J. O’Rourke offers comedic relief about the state of our politics from his unique journalistic perspective influenced by the “sunshine” of the 1960s.

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Samuel Johnson: Hack Writer Extraordinaire

by George H. Smith on Sep 21, 2018

Part one of a lengthy article on Samuel Johnson, originally written in 2001, is a result of my interest in freelance, or market, intellectuals.

Building Tomorrow

Will Artificial Intelligence Take Your Job?

featuring Paul Matzko on Sep 20, 2018

At TechCrunch Disrupt, Nick Whitehouse from McCarthy Finch and Vinod Chandrashekar from 6figr.com discuss the automation of white-collar jobs.

Liberty Chronicles

There’s No Excuse for Slavery (Updated)

featuring Anthony Comegna on Sep 19, 2018

This is an updated version of our episode from July 3, 2018. We discuss how John C. Calhoun led the charge in believing slavery to be a “positive good”.

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Liberty Chimes: Ahmed’s Letters

by Frances Whipple in 1845

In our editor’s second contribution, a Muslim traveler remarks on the perversity of slaveholding and imperial republicanism.

Liberty Chronicles

Kansas Changes Everything

featuring Anthony Comegna on Sep 18, 2018

Who was Stephen Douglas and, more importantly, what did his political attitude represent in a time defined by scheming politicians? 

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A Review of Posner and Weyl’s Radical Markets

by David S. D’Amato on Sep 14, 2018

A new book from Eric Posner and E. Glen Weyl avoids many mistakes commonly seen in modern arguments, only to resurrect other, long-buried, errors.

Building Tomorrow

Hedging Against Skynet

featuring Paul Matzko and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 13, 2018

Artificial intelligence is here and changing our daily lives, but should we be concerned about the prospect of a hostile and hyper-intelligent AI?

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Do Socialists Mean Well?

by Grant Babcock on Sep 11, 2018

Because fascists have evil ends in mind, their malevolence is obvious. For socialists however, their ill intent is more insidious.

Liberty Chronicles

Whiggery’s Last Gasp

featuring Anthony Comegna on Sep 11, 2018

What would prevent the United States from the impending disastrous split over the “slavery issue”?

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John of Salisbury: A Politics of Virtue

by Paul Meany on Sep 7, 2018

The medieval thinker John of Salisbury explored the relationship between virtue and the state, concluding that the good life requires freedom.

Building Tomorrow

Augur(ing) Assassinations

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Will Duffield on Sep 6, 2018

Does Augur, a decentralized prediction market platform, represent the future of the world of betting? Does it serve as a valuable market for knowledge?

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How Should Young People Learn History?

by Caleb O. Brown and Anthony Comegna on Sep 5, 2018

Is history education, before an advanced mental age, really just a propaganda problem? The way out is creative, individualist history.