Milton Friedman interview from 1991 on America’s War on Drugs

In 1991 Nobel economist Milton Friedman (pictured above giving a talk at AEI, exact year unknown) was interviewed by Emmy Award-winning drug reporter Randy Paige on “America’s Drug Forum,” a national public affairs talk show that appeared on public television stations. In the interview, Milton Friedman discussed in detail his views America’s War on Drugs,…

Will our future be like Star Trek or Jupiter Ascending?

Summary: Star Trek excites our imaginations, including those of economists imaging a world beyond scarcity. How will the economy run with almost unlimited wealth? This post looks at improbable aspects of this vision, including the robot revolt, and asks if our future will resemble Jupiter Ascending more than Star Trek. Contents Trekonomics The Solution: robots […]

Responding to Planned Parenthood Defenders: 8 Claims Debunked

Brad S.:

A concise response to Planned Parenthood’s attempts at obfuscation.

Originally posted on The World Renewed:

In the past few days, defenders of Planned Parenthood have taken to the airwaves as well as social media to defend the organization from the growing outcry and criticism over undercover videos showing prominent officials within the organization engaging in the sale of fetal body parts among other immoral and/or illegal acts. The arguments employed by these defenders have been repeated ad nauseam. Let’s see how they hold up to examination.

CLAIM #1- The Planned Parenthood undercover videos are “heavily edited.”

IS IT TRUE? Answer: Depends on which video you watch. The “edited” versions are shortened versions of the full videos, which you can see here. The shortened, “edited” versions are edited essentially like an undercover video you would see on 60 Minutes or any other investigative journalism show on television. If you watch the full, unedited videos, they corroborate the same details that appear in the shortened videos. They are edited…

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Planned Parenthood’s Racist Founding

Originally posted on The World Renewed:

Most people have no idea that Planned Parenthood was founded by a racist and eugenicist. That racist past has largely been whitewashed over many of years of pro-choice public relations work. Still, Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood on the premise that abortion would effectively exterminate minorities paving the way for the genetically pure to populate the earth. While explaining the origin of something is not necessarily proof against it, the reality is that Planned Parenthood was founded on the idea of committing genocide on American minorities. As we’ve effectively eliminated 25% of our population through the use of abortion since it was legalized by Roe v. Wade, minority children are far more likely to be killed. In fact, according to The Atlantic, woman of color in America are five times more likely to have an abortion. So whether or not Planned Parenthood is any longer driven by racism (I’m sure…

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A post-holiday bulletin: government fear-mongering makes us less prepared!

Brad S.:

Fear is the mind killer…

Originally posted on Fabius Maximus website:

Summary:  We’ve survived yet another brush with death from terror, although we disregarded the barrage of warnings on cable news to wet our pants on command of the FBI. There are lessons from this, if we wish to learn. Fear-mongering makes us less prepared for the eventual attack.  This is a post-holiday follow-up to Prepare for terror on the 4th of July!  {2nd of 2 posts today.}

“Tell the world. Tell this to everybody, wherever they are. Watch the skies everywhere. Keep looking. Keep watching the skies.”
— Last line in The Thing from Another World (1951)

"Earth vs the flying saucers"Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956).

While waiting for ISIS to attack the San Francisco Bay Area, our household held a festival of 1950’s science fiction films. “If you see a UFO, shoot it down!” For breaks we could switch from 1950’s government-manufactured fear to 21st century government manufactured fear.

The different…

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Goodbye Sweden

Originally posted on THE SWEDEN REPORT:

This is the last post on this blog. I am leaving Sweden for good shortly, and will no longer be following its descent from what was once the third most prosperous country in the world. Frankly, it’s just too damn depressing.

I was born and raised in Sweden, which leaves a cultural mark even though I moved to USA in the 1990s and have spent the better part of my adult life as an American. Coming back for a few years has been a shocking experience.

When I was a child, Sweden was a dull yet very safe place to live. Yes, there was a heavy blanket of socialism and collectivist values covering everything, but there was a core of pragmatism beneath the redness. The intention and goal was always to benefit the citizens, even though they went about things in a backwards manner.

Prime minister Löfven
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Want to Sabotage Bad Laws? Healthy Contempt is More Important Than Legal Strategy. – Hit & Run :

Want to maintain your rights as expressed in the U.S. Constitution? You need to get active opposing bad laws NOW. That oppression you are promised will come? It will come under the guise of and color of LAW. It will be enforced by a thousand layers of bureaucracy. It will ultimately take your lifestyle, if not your life.

Want to Sabotage Bad Laws? Healthy Contempt is More Important Than Legal Strategy. – Hit & Run :

But the key to rendering stupid laws irrelevant isn’t a clever strategy, it’s an overall attitude of defiance that comes up with new creative strategies after the first ones have been countered and flows around enforcement efforts like an ocean of fuck-you.