Liberty

  • What's in Your (Crypto) Wallet?
    by Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, Matthew Feeney, Will Duffield on August 3, 2018 at 7:09 am

    This week, we discuss cryptocurrency and security.  There was a hack recently of a digital currency storage site. We’ll talk a little bit about what that means, what cryptocurrency ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ wallets are, what happens if you lose your password, and the sometimes surprising lengths to which major cryptocurrency owners have gone to secure their holdings. (Warning: Severed fingers make an appearance.) […]

  • The Problem Is What They Know
    by Charles Fain Lehman on August 3, 2018 at 7:08 am

    In late December, amid little fanfare, the cyber risk team of California-based cyber security firm UpGuard announced that data on 123 million U.S. households had been left unsecured, available to anyone with a free Amazon AWS account. There were about 126 million households in the U.S. as of 2016, meaning that the breach affected more or less every American household.[1]The data was sitting on servers owned by Alteryx, a data-analytics firm, but came originally from both credit-rating giant […]

  • Election Hacking and the Global Politics of Attention
    by Julia Slupska on August 3, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Fears over “election-hacking” in the 2016 U.S., U.K., French and German elections left these states with a variety of notoriously controversial questions: did Russia do it? If they did try - as the Mueller indictment among a variety of sources affirms - was it effective? It is obviously important to answer these questions. However, if we abstract from them momentarily, a puzzling question lies underneath. If a state interferes with another state’s politics, is it wrong? On […]

  • The Errors of Nostalgi-tarianism
    by Steven Horwitz on August 3, 2018 at 7:06 am

    There is a habit among some libertarians of pining for a lost age of liberty. There was, they argue, some period in history in which we were so much more free than today and that period is held up as the model to which libertarians should aspire as we try to roll back the state today. Most often, they look to sometime in the late 1800s as that golden age.For example, in a fund-raising letter that asked people to help find more libertarians, Jacob Hornberger recently argued:My favorite period in […]

  • Smart Contracts Aren’t Trustless, Nor Should They Be
    by Kate Sills on August 3, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Recently, Bitcoin supporter Jimmy Song wrote a popular article critiquing smart contracts and later reiterated his arguments on Laura Shin’s podcast Unchained. While strong critiques are useful, it’s important to examine whether Song is characterizing smart contracts accurately, and whether his arguments hold up under close scrutiny. This essay will show that Song has a very different definition of smart contracts than is traditionally understood, and Song’s extreme definition […]

  • Socialism, Like Dracula, Rises Again from the Grave
    by Richard Ebeling on August 3, 2018 at 7:01 am

    Many of us grew up watching Dracula movies—Nosferatu, the “Undead.” Fearful of the sunlight that could burn him into cinders, Dracula lived in a coffin filled with his native Transylvanian soil by day, only to come out at night to live off the life-giving blood of the living. But to continue his “unnatural” existence, this human-like vampire had to kill his victims by draining them of their own blood, or in the process of turning them into “creatures of the […]

  • Why Young Chinese Artists Are Avoiding Political Art
    by Alec Ash on July 28, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    He Xiangyu’s breakthrough exhibit took place in 2011, when he was just 25 years old. The Coca-Cola Project was a mound of noxious, gooey residue extracted from 127 tons of Coca Cola, a landfill shrine to consumerism that could be interpreted as an indictment of capitalist China. After that came a giant military tank made out of Louis Vuitton leather, deflated and powerless on the art-gallery floor but charged with political meaning. It was loud, bold art, speaking to a set of political […]

  • Conservative High Schoolers Want to ‘Own the Libs’
    by Adam Harris on July 28, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    When hundreds of high-school students gathered on George Washington University’s campus this week, they may have expected to clash with protesters. After all, they were invited by Turning Point USA, the right-wing group that identifies faculty members who it perceives to be biased against conservative students and shames them on its “Professor Watchlist.” The organization also regularly decries the overpolicing of speech by liberals on college campuses.But there were no speech […]

  • Straw-Smuggling California Waiters Face Jail, $1000 Fine
    by Tyler Durden on July 28, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Watch out Santa Barbara waiters; a new city ordinance prohibiting restaurant employees from giving customers plastic straws has a penalty of $1,000 or up to six months in jail, reports National Review. Taking it one step further, the ever-disgusting, drink ruining "compostable straws" are banned too.  The bill was passed unanimously last Tuesday, and covers bars, restaurants, and other food-service businesses. Establishments will still be allowed to […]

  • Venezuela's New Petro-Backed National Currency To Start Circulating In August
    by Tyler Durden on July 28, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Authored by Helen Partz via CoinTelegraph.com, The president of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro has announced that the country’s new cryptocurrency-backed national currency will start circulating August 20, local state news agency Telesur reported July 25. image courtesy of CoinTelegraph Telesur reports that the new currency, the Bolívar Soberano (Sovereign Bolivar), will have five zeros less than the existing national currency Bolivar Fuerte (VEF) […]

  • Elon Musk Responds With Lewd Photo To Question Over Threatening Prominent Tesla Critic
    by Tyler Durden on July 28, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Once again, Elon Musk can't keep himself off Twitter at 3:30am. As the most recent bizarre (and potentially unhinged) behavior from Musk has unfolded – reportedly calling the boss of a Tesla critic blogging negatively about the company, with threats to have him silenced and sued – Tesla had remained relatively quiet about the incident, despite it getting picked up by numerous mainstream media news organizations like Fortune and MarketWatch, after we were first to break the story. […]

  • Abraham Lincoln and the Abolitionists
    by George H. Smith on January 21, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Abraham Lincoln is commonly praised as the greatest president in American history. He was the “Great Emancipator” who freed the slaves by leading the Union in a bloody war that cost 620,000 lives, not to mention hundreds of thousands more men who were maimed and wounded. Perhaps the most prevalent myth about Lincoln is that he engaged in war with the South for the express purpose of emancipating slaves and winning complete civil rights for blacks. Informed historians know, however, […]

 

Literacy

  • China air pollution regression discontinuity update
    by Andrew on August 3, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Avery writes: There is a follow up paper for the paper “Evidence on the impact of sustained exposure to air pollution on life expectancy from China’s Huai River policy” [by Yuyu Chen, Avraham Ebenstein, Michael Greenstone, and Hongbin Li] which you have posted on a couple times and used in lectures. It seems that there aren’t much changes other than newer and better data and some alternative methods. Just curious what you think about it. The paper is called, […]

  • Ayn Rand on Aristotle
    by George H. Smith on August 3, 2018 at 7:08 am

    George Smith examines some of Rand’s claims about the beneficial influence of Aristotle’s ideas on the course of Western civilization.Originally published in essay form on March 4, 2016&nbs […]

  • A Few Kind Words about the Most Evil Man in Mankind’s History
    by George H. Smith on August 3, 2018 at 7:05 am

    George Smith explains some fundamental features of Immanuel Kant’s moral and political theory.Originally published in essay form on April 8, 2016&nbs […]

  • Immanuel Kant and the Natural Law Tradition
    by George H. Smith on August 3, 2018 at 7:02 am

    George Smith discusses Kant’s attempt to justify objective moral principles and his views on when the use of coercion is morally proper.Originally published in essay form on April 15, 2016&nbs […]

  • Menger's Principles of Economics: Economics as a Revolt Against History
    by Carl Menger on August 3, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Editor’s Note So far, Menger’s Principles of Economics has used a causal-realist approach to build up some basic terms, concepts, and objects of study in productive behavior. He has argued that economics is fundamentally an historical discipline; that is, before one can comprehend national or global economic phenomena one must understand that all productive behavior takes place over time and through human agency. Individual […]

  • 10 Tips For Parents New To Online Homeschooling
    by TeachThought Staff on July 28, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      10 Tips For Parents New To Online Homeschooling contributed by Jennifer Smith Online Schools can present numerous benefits to students of all ages. For one, it offers them (and their parents) a flexible schedule. It also gives them the opportunity to learn at their own pace, have one-on-one access to credentialed and experienced teachers, […] The post 10 Tips For Parents New To Online Homeschooling appeared first on TeachThought. […]

  • What Education Could Be Like in a Free Society
    by Liz Parker on January 19, 2018 at 3:42 am

    We’re pleased to announce that on Sunday, February 28, 2016, Great Connections Founder and President Marsha Familaro Enright will be guest lecturing at The Maryland Objectivist Society on “The Collectivist Control of Education and What Education Could Be Like in a Free Society.”Her talk coincides with the International Students for Liberty Conference (ISFLC) in Washington, D.C., where we will be exhibiting to promote The Great Connections Seminar in Chicago. If […]

  • The Brightest Students Don’t Get Enough Attention
    by Marsha Familaro Enright on January 19, 2018 at 3:40 am

    A new longitudinal study of 5,000 mathematically precocious children concludes — as I’ve long thought — that very smart students do not get enough attention in school.This is one of the Great Connections' purposes — to provide exceptional learning to exceptional young people, whomever they may be.What happened to “equality” for them? The equality warriors’ bottom line is to bring everyone to the same level, and that’s not the […]

  • The Power of Deep Prioritizing
    by Trent Hamm on January 19, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Not too long ago, I spent an entire workweek without writing a single word for The Simple Dollar or any other writing project for that matter. Yet, this wasn’t a week of vacation or sabbatical or anything like that. What did I do, then? I spent an entire week reading a few relevant books and a stack of articles. I took a lot of notes. I did a lot of brainstorming and very vague outlining. I tried out a few interesting things that I thought were perfectly suited for articles. From a […]

  • The Teaching Muscle I Want to Strengthen in 2018.
    by Dan Meyer on January 19, 2018 at 3:32 am

    [a/k/a 3-Act Task: Suitcase Circle] It’s the muscle that connects my capacity for noticing the world to my capacity for creating mathematical experiences for children. (I should also take some time in 2018 to learn how muscles work.) By way of illustration, this was my favorite tweet of 2017. Gathering some data re: perfect banana ripeness. Have 5 seconds? Fill out a one-question survey! https://t.co/r9UQA1RlC6 #mathchat #MTBoS pic.twitter.com/BrYtUpfa7h — Ilona […]

  • Why Did Two-Thirds of These Weird Antelope Suddenly Drop Dead?
    by Ed Yong on January 19, 2018 at 3:21 am

    It took just three weeks for two-thirds of all the world’s saiga to die. It took much longer to work out why.The saiga is an endearing antelope, whose bulbous nose gives it the comedic air of a Dr. Seuss character. It typically wanders over large tracts of Central Asian grassland, but every spring, tens of thousands of them gather in the same place to give birth. These calving aggregations should be joyous events, but the gathering in May 2015 became something far more sinister when […]

  • Lessons learned in merging a college with another (opinion)
    by Susan Henking on January 19, 2018 at 3:05 am

    In 2009-10, I was an American Council on Education fellow. All who undertake that leadership development preparation have a memorable experience called Pennyfield. Groups of fellows come together as the president and senior staff of Pennyfield College and -- based on a range of information about finance and mission, competitive market complications and national circumstances -- are asked to work together to create a presentation for the college’s Board of Trustees. Teams have about 24 […]

Legacy

  • The Problem with “Fake News”
    by Ryan Khurana on August 3, 2018 at 7:04 am

    History of Fake NewsOn August 13th, 1678, King Charles II was informed of an elaborate Catholic conspiracy to take his life. A manuscript, discovered just a few days prior, named nearly 100 English Jesuits as part of a plot to reinstate Catholic power in Protestant England. The King found the whole thing absurd, and wanted it kept quiet to avoid mass panic. Word, however, got out, prompting an investigation that led the magistrate to the fervently anti-Catholic Titus Oates.Oates’s […]

  • The Adventures of The Great Connections in Greece and Italy Part 1
    by Marsha Familaro Enright on August 3, 2018 at 7:01 am

    Just the beginning.. Fifteen days of history, architecture, art, landscape, sun, sand and immortal camaraderie in Greece and Italy! Over the next few posts I'll be chronicling some of the innumerable activities, discussions, and encounters we had this summer on our Great Connections Seminar in Greece and Italy.We wanted to know what features of the small society of Ancient Greece enabled it to develop reason, philosophy, freedom, and science, served as […]

  • Why Conservatives Find Life More Meaningful Than Liberals
    by Olga Khazan on July 28, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Polarization has become so severe that what news you read, who you marry, and what kind of car you drive is connected to your political persuasion. And so is, it turns out, whether you see the point in literally anything.In a new study of people in 16 different countries, researchers from the University of Southern California and the University of Utah found that conservatives reported feeling there was more meaning and purpose in life than liberals did.The authors performed a series of five […]

  • If Alcohol Could Talk In 10 Pictures
    by Ana Maria on July 28, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    if alcohol talked, it would look like this. Different types of alcohol, made from different types of fruits or cereal and through different distillation... […]

  • The Instagram Forums Where Teens Go to Debate Big Issues
    by Taylor Lorenz on July 28, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    It’s harder and harder to have an honest debate on the internet. Social platforms like Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook Groups are rife with trolls; forums are plagued by archaic layouts and spambots. Teenagers who are looking to talk about big issues face additional frustrations, like the fact that most adults on these platforms don’t take them seriously.Naturally, they’ve turned to Instagram. Specifically, they’ve turned to “flop” accounts—pages that are […]

  • Krieger: Centrism Is Dead (And It Never Really Existed)
    by Tyler Durden on July 28, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, It’s a common refrain these days to hear people lament a decline of the so-called “center” in American politics. We’re supposed to look on in horror as “moderate” Republicans and Democrats become an engaged species of liberty-fighting patriots steamrolled by frothing, insane hordes of populist barbarians on their left and right flanks. They’re the voice of reason, lovers of apple pie and staunch […]

  • how to thank a new boss who’s been super understanding of a hard time in my life
    by Ask a Manager on January 21, 2018 at 12:26 am

    A reader writes: I’d love your insight on how to thank my new-ish boss for being amazingly understanding over the past few months without going overboard. I work for a major finance firm in the U.S. that has a generous sick/leave policy to begin with. I’ve been with the firm for nearly three years, two of which have been with my former boss and nearly one that has been with my current boss. I’ve always had a stellar record and have performed at the top of my peer group. I am […]

  • Abraham Lincoln and the Abolitionists
    by George H. Smith on January 21, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Abraham Lincoln is commonly praised as the greatest president in American history. He was the “Great Emancipator” who freed the slaves by leading the Union in a bloody war that cost 620,000 lives, not to mention hundreds of thousands more men who were maimed and wounded. Perhaps the most prevalent myth about Lincoln is that he engaged in war with the South for the express purpose of emancipating slaves and winning complete civil rights for blacks. Informed historians know, however, […]

  • Event: The State and Future of Education
    by Liz Parker on January 19, 2018 at 3:43 am

    A talk by Marsha Familaro Enright, educational entrepreneur, author of the last chapter, “Liberating Education” in Common Ground on Common Core, editor of Ayn Rand Explained, Lead Developer and Instructor, The Great Connections Seminar for High School and College Students, and Founder and President of Council Oak Montessori School in Chicago for over 26 years.Many of us are aware of the continuing control of Academia by the collectivists, and how they are using […]

  • Tutor Lauds Student Transformation
    by Marsha Familaro Enright on January 19, 2018 at 3:42 am

    Last fall we received an email message in response to our report on the summer 2015 Great Connections seminar. This email was about Derick Ansah, a spectacular student we had the pleasure of having with us last summer. Derick Ansah, Great Connections class of 2015.  Where I come from, people cannot even picture themselves doing what […]

  • More MBAs Are Going Into Politics
    by Nathan Allen on January 19, 2018 at 3:38 am

    Aravind Krishnan was among the MBA graduates at Harvard Business School’s commencement this year. Courtesy photo It was 1900 when the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College began training students for the master of science in commerce degree. About a decade later, Harvard Business School awarded the first-ever Master of Business Administration. But it wasn’t until a century after that, when HBS grad George W. Bush skimmed by Al Gore — after two recounts, a Supreme Court […]

  • Salary Gender Gap Persists For Biz Grads
    by Nathan Allen on January 19, 2018 at 3:36 am

    WomenLead Power Networking event. Courtesy photo Remember the days when men and women were equally compensated for their education and job title? No? Oh yeah, that’s because it hasn’t happened yet. According to a study published today (January 18), the gender gap in salary remains. New year, same problem. Universum, a market insights research firm, asked more than half a million business and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) students at universities […]

Vocation

  • Please Just Tell Me
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  • How Rural Students Define the American Dream
    by Magdalena Slapik on January 16, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    The belief that if a person works hard enough she can become financially successful, regardless of existing barriers to opportunity, is integral to the American mythos of meritocracy. But a 2011 Pew Charitable Trust poll found that many Americans—whether they are living in cities, small towns, or rural communities—share pessimism about upward mobility.Rural communities experience higher rates of poverty and lower rates of college completion than urban communities, making upward […]

  • Employers Are Looking for Job Candidates in the Wrong Places
    by Lolade Fadulu on January 16, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    The employers who can’t seem to fill the United States’s roughly 6 million vacant jobs are at a loss for what to do. Qualified candidates are seemingly nowhere to be found. In Washington, D.C., for example, there aren’t enough workers who have the healthcare-management or sales skills to meet the demands of the hospitals and retail stores and banks desperate to hire, according to a report by LinkedIn’s Economic Graph Team. Philadelphia has so many job openings that […]

  • The Irony of Specialized High Schools
    by Tori Latham on January 16, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    For all four years of high school I spent half of every day dancing. And not just casual, because-I-felt-like-it dancing (although that did happen every now and then), but full-out, pre-professional ballet and modern dancing. Pink or black tights, leotards, and ballet buns were a requirement, not a suggestion.So, it would make sense to assume that I’m writing this as a dancer. But alas, a dancer I am not. (Unless you include the times I catch myself in another bout of […]

  • I Have Big Reservations About Chalkbeat’s Teaching Competition
    by Dan Meyer on January 16, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    At SXSW, Chalkbeat is hosting The Great American Teach Off: Top Chef. Project Runway. The Voice. Live competition shows have introduced audiences to the worlds of cooking, fashion, and singing — and opened a window into the intricate craftsmanship that these industries demand. Now it’s time for one of America’s most under-recognized professions to get the same treatment. Hi, teachers!! Two teams of math teachers will teach a lesson to a live audience and receive judgment […]