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NeoNotes - We need our ideas challenged

I believe that competition makes us honest. I believe that the "free market" applies more to just products and services, it applies to ideas and creeds and politics and practically anything else human. I believe that no one person and no one group has all the answers.

And yes, I know I've said all that before. But for me, it's as certain as the Earth beneath my feet and the stars above my head.

We need our ideas challenged. We need to argue with each other and wave our fingers under each others noses.

We don't need violence in the streets.

We don't need scapegoats.

And we don't need people using some undefined Moral Authority to prevent others from speaking.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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Tuesday roundup

A Report on the Huge Price Cuts Just Made By Amazon at Whole Foods

The free market makes it better, cheaper, and more available.


First-ever water tax proposed to tackle unsafe drinking water in California

You didn't really need that money, did you citizen?


Huge Pension Fund Makes Example of Tiny California City

It's not just one, and they aren't all small towns


Hurricane Harvey and the National Flood Insurance Fiasco

“Don't build in flood plains, and especially don't rebuild in flood plains.”


Ruby Ridge lessons for fighting right-wing extremism

Prepare yourself. The speech wars are going to get nasty.


'Antifa Attack Peaceful Right-Wing Demonstrators in Berkeley'

Violence at rallies is not about free speech, it never was. It's about shutting the other guy up.

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“Five Cities That Got F*cked by Hosting the Olympics”

“Every four years with the Olympics, municipalities compete to host the winter and summer games and virtually always plunge their cities and sometimes even their home countries into massive debt and insolvency.”

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Friday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Thorium is the future

There is exactly one technology that produces power without adding carbon to the atmosphere, won't melt down, and will burn nuclear waste without risk.

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Electonic Frontier Foundation on hate speech

“Fighting Neo-Nazis and the Future of Free Expression”

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On public statues

Why should a city, state, or federal government put statues in public parks? Doing so addresses no plausible market failure, while using taxpayers funds and, as demonstrated tragically over the past few weeks, generates controversy, polarization, and violence. Thus governments should take down all statues, regardless of their political implications.

This is not “erasing” history but instead leaving it where it belongs, in the hands of private actors and mechanisms. Historians, textbook authors, universities, learned societies, the History Channel, and many other individuals and organizations can all present their own views of history and battle for the hearts and minds of the public. Government statues are government putting its thumb on the scale, which is one step down the slippery slope of thought control.
     — Jeffrey Miron, Statues

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“Adam Ruins Everything - The Real Reason Hospitals Are So Expensive”

“American healthcare might not be the best world, but it is the most expensive.”

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Friday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Thursday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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“Minimum wage causing issues for businesses in Flagstaff”

“The minimum wage increase is especially hurting businesses in Flagstaff as they deal with increase costs”

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from crux № 13 - Competiton

Competition drives the free market…

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Friday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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☆ Other people's property

People look for better value if it's their own money at stake.

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“Stossel: Stop! You Need a License To Do that Job!”

“"Bottleneckers" use occupational licensing to screw competitors and innovation in the name of keeping us safe.”

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“The War On Cars”

“There is a war against cars in America. Regulators want Americans out of cars and onto trains, buses, and bicycles. Why? Because of what cars represent -- freedom. Automotive expert Lauren Fix ("The Car Coach") explains.”

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“Penn Jillette on Libertarianism, Taxes, Trump, Clinton and Weed”

“Take a deep breath, you're in for a ride. Here is Penn Jillette on Libertarianism, taxes, Trump, Clinton, Sanders, Gary Johnson, sex, drugs and Kurt Cobain.”

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NeoNotes — Parity is the keystone

If I don't share your faith, I shouldn't be bound by it. If you don't share my faith, you shouldn't be bound by it.

This is parity. It can be derived from what Christians call the Golden Rule. It's also called the Ethic of Reciprocity and is arguably the keystone of Western Civilization besides being found in nearly every culture on Earth. Behavioral studies show that a rudimentary form exists in higher mammals. Fair is fair.

One of my "party tricks" is showing that you can build an entire moral, ethical, and legal system based on nothing but the Ethic of Reciprocity. No "Higher Law." No use of force except in defense. No one faith and no one group raised above all others never to be questioned.

Just treating each other as we would want to be treated. Nothing more, nothing less. Live and let live.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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Competion keeps companies honest

“Verizon Throttles Netflix Subscribers In 'Test' It Doesn't Inform Customers About”

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from crux № 19 - Free market

It constantly amazes me that the defenders of the free market are expected to offer certainty and perfection while government has only to make promises and express good intentions.
     — Lawrence W. Reed

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Cash means freedom

“The End of Cash; The End of Freedom”

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Private property

Private property is the the foundation of prosperity, as explained in Hernando de Soto's The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else. Without private property, there can be no free market. Without a free market, the economy is screwed. The climate alarmist movement exists to redistribute wealth "for the greater good."
     — NeoWayland

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❝Government Can't Fix Healthcare❞ by Prager University

“Why is the government so bad at healthcare? Why did Obamacare make it more expensive than it already was? Is there a solution? Former Member of Congress Bob McEwen explains.”

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“Solving” net neutrality

“Net Neutrality Supporters Should Actually Hate the Regulations They're Endorsing”

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“The Truth About Net Neutrality” by Stefan Molyneux

I'm not fond of Stefan Molyneux. I think he rambles and talks way too much on any given topic.

However I can't deny that this video is the single best explanation about net nuetrality.

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“It's a Wonderful Loaf” by Russ Roberts

“A whimsical animated short film based on Russ Roberts's poem about emergent order and the supply of bread”

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NeoNotes — The New Deal and the free market

All evidence shows that the New Deal prolonged what should have been a short term correction. Not to mention that government actions created the crash to begin with. Things like manipulating the price of gold, restricting the amount of currency, and messing with import/export taxes.

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NeoNotes — The screws

Almost nobody bothers to ask if the screws should exist in the first place.

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NeoNotes — Free markets mean liberty

With government interference, one side exploits the others.

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How Prostitutes Settled the Wild West - Adam Ruins Everything

Surprising history

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“Instead of Famine — Thanksgiving!” by Henry Hazlitt

This 1968 Henry Hazlitt op-ed quotes William Bradford to tell you how it really was

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“Scrooge McDuck and Money”

Animated classic from 1967 shows the evolution and role of money in society. Money is only useful if it circulates.

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“Make Mine Freedom (1948)”

Animated classic from 1948 shows the politics of disunity

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Taking away choice

In a free market, if you don’t like what a business is selling, you don’t buy it.

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Bad ideas

Why I think some ideas are bad

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Apple patented blocking smartphone cameras

Sometimes the oddest things can have the strangest consequences.

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Racism or Tea Kettles?

As a free trade supporter, the downside would be the loss of a free trade zone with the rest of Europe, but I am not sure it can be called a "free trade zone" if they are banning toasters.
     —Warren Meyer, Was Brexit About Racism or Tea Kettles?

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Catastrophe or Opportunity

The sky is not falling, and when the dust settles, Britain's decision may very well prove to be a pivotal event in the reshaping of global relationships and trade that will, in the final analysis, benefit all of us.
     — Gary Johnson, You Can Look at Brexit as a ‘Catastrophe’ or an ‘Opportunity’

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Local power

Large companies shift power and responsibility away from local operations

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NeoNotes — Ordinary

Most of the ordinary are already great.

Even their day to day actions produce wonders.

That orange juice in your fridge and in fridges all over the country? Absolutely wonderful and put there by everyday people doing everyday things.

That smartphone you use? We were barely reaching for it twenty-five years ago. Made possible by ordinary people wanting things just a bit better than they were yesterday.

That food bank downtown? It's only there because some folks decided to make things a little easier for their neighbors.

All great things. All wondrous things. All made possible by ordinary people.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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Twitterfied - updated

But here’s the thing. They make no secret of their opinion. If they think I am wrong, they tell me and they tell me why.

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Apple stands for rights

The FBI won’t stop at one iPhone.

The FedGovs won’t stop at ten thousand smart phones.

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Holding up prices

This does show a lack of competition.

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Adequate

Mind you I still wasn’t getting the service I paid for, but it was so much better than what I’ve had for the last few months. I almost caught myself sending them a thank-you.

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Introducing the Love Gov

The Federal Government as an abusive boyfriend. Be sure to share with your friends.

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When bad service is the best option…

It’s literally the best available here.

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Abundantly clear

The free market doesn’t have government regulation.

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Free Range Kids

“You can’t childproof the world. The best you can do is worldproof your children.”

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Rebellion isn't free

Today I’ll talk about the Free Market Rebellion.

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Bottleneck

America’s internet doesn’t have the problem you think.

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Apple sneaks up on the competition

It’s not about Apple, it’s about the free market.

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Government FREAK out

Do you think we would have the smartphones and tablets and laptops we have now if the tech had to be Government Approved?

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FedGovs go after the internet

There’s a secret plan.

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Capitalism isn't

Just in case you were wondering

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Greener than thou

Power to control

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The future gets greener for Al Gore

Cashing in on people's fear

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Liberty, the internet, and the free market

The last, best hope for freedom Read More...
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Public School Monopoly

Complaints show that public schools are insulated from the forces that would force improvement Read More...
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Competition

Competition breeds progress and encourages honesty Read More...
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