Free Enterprise

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

The core issue is twofold: public ownership of the roads and no stockholders/owners in charge of security services who are answerable to consumers. The result is exactly what you get from socialism: random chaos, coercion, and lack of accountability.

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

The core of all three major religions is on individual faith, independently arrived at conclusions arrived at through persuasion, and the voluntary pursuit of worship. This is something to be celebrated, along with Passover, Easter, Bara'a Night, or whatever you have voluntarily decide to believe is holy.

Monday, April 8th, 2019

The Trump administration has filed a lawsuit against Facebook with the claim that the company is guilty of redlining. At issue are the tools that allow advertisers to target ads. The problem is that this attack fundamentally threatens the economic model that makes social media work. 

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Why do some conservatives believe that family leave plan is necessary in the first place?

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

If we want to follow The real Golden Rule, and we should, we shouldn’t force people to make the exchanges they would otherwise refuse in absence of coercion.

Monday, April 1st, 2019

The sharing economy, fueled by the internet’s capacity to match small buyers and sellers, looks like a revolutionary business model. But for this model to be sustained, there must be a reliable source of long-term profits.

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Social media companies like Facebook obviously want to comply with the law, but they would also like to stay in business. That business depends fundamentally on targeting based on some demographic grounds. If a consistent application of non-discrimination law means that advertising has to become completely random to be compliant, Internet economics will experience the fate of countless public housing units in the past: it will be completely demolished.

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

As with all innovations, we went from deprived to entitled in a relatively short period of time. The age of not knowing became the age of knowing in a few short years, all thanks to astonishing innovations in service of making the world a better (but never perfect) place.

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Just as we come up with ever-newer ways to combine materials into new goods and services, people are constantly coming up with new ways to combine sounds into music.

Monday, March 4th, 2019

You are not in it for the money? That might be the source of the problem. 

Friday, March 1st, 2019

By the time the talent reaches our eyes and ears, the hard work is done. We see only the finished product. In our attempt to discern the difference between their level of awesome and ourselves, we reach for the easiest answer: the person must have been born this way. It just comes naturally.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Every new technology comes with an awkward stage of adoption, during which time people get manipulated and break every kind of rule of propriety until they figure out a better way.

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

The death of Lagerfeld does not mean the certain and forever death of elegance. His death might shock us all into a new sensibility that helps us all see what he saw: if we want the world to be beautiful, we have to make it so.

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

No, we do not exist to serve markets; markets exist to serve all people through the freedom to create, trade, and live a better life.

Monday, February 4th, 2019

Advertising, an extension of the freedom of speech, is ultimately about celebrating that of which Gladys Knight sang: “the land of the free.”

Monday, February 4th, 2019

This ambiguity of the verb “to want” means that we must beware of political polls.

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

Want to become a champion of liberty? Eschew historicism. Be suspicious of grand millenarian eschatologies. Learn to love the little things in life. Celebrate every individual’s right to choose how they live their lives. Smile when you think of every box of chocolate given and received this February 14th.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

And so what do we do with this thing we call time? We make the best of it. We make it matter. How much? As much as we can comprehend. The mechanical clock, by dividing the thing we call the second into two parts, tick and tock, allows us to discern that our life is limited, that we cannot waste it, that the clock will go on long after we too pass from this world.

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

The modern idea of freedom was born with the rise of the commercial economy and the independence of its business sector. That independence should be sacrosanct.

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Material acquisition and love of one’s neighbor are harmonious. It’s the combination of the two that makes up the driving force of economic progress.