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The Fall of the Republic

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Rome wasn’t destroyed in a day; a combination of empire-building, power-grabbing, and a population that only wanted to be bought off slowly eroded the liberties and wealth the Republic had bestowed. Americans should take note.
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Armageddon cometh. 

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What Regulators Want Off Your Thanksgiving Table

What Regulators Want Off Your Thanksgiving Table | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
By now, an image of Norman Rockwell’s famous Freedom from Want painting may come to mind. But some government officials and academic advocates want to limit your freedom to make dietary choices. As you admire your Thanksgiving feast spread, here are five traditional foods that bureaucrats want to take off the menu.
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What the Media, Academics Get Wrong on Crime Rate

What the Media, Academics Get Wrong on Crime Rate | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
They say the cause is poverty and discrimination. But here are the facts they ignore.
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The Secret, Dangerous World of Venezuelan Bitcoin Mining

The Secret, Dangerous World of Venezuelan Bitcoin Mining | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
How cryptocurrency is turning socialism against itself
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UVA dean awarded $3 million in Rolling Stone defamation case

UVA dean awarded $3 million in Rolling Stone defamation case | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
Jurors awarded a University of Virginia administrator $3 million Monday for her portrayal in a now-discredited Rolling Stone magazine article about the school's handling of a brutal gang rape a fraternity house.
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A Difference Between Liberals and Conservatives

A Difference Between Liberals and Conservatives | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
Liberals are horrified at any and all 'blaming of the victim.' Conservatives know better: there are situations in which it is just and right to assign a certain amount of the blame for a crime to the victim. Suppos
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Our Socialist Legal System

Our Socialist Legal System | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
Society is being asphyxiated by endless legal pollution that rises from the smokestacks of congress and the courts.
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The Zombie Epidemic of Idle Men

The Zombie Epidemic of Idle Men | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
The death of work has ushered in additional costs at the personal and social levels that may be difficult to quantify but are easy to describe. These include the corrosive effects of prolonged idleness on personality and behavior, the loss of self-esteem and the respect of others that may attend a man’s voluntary loss of economic independence, and the loss of meaning and fulfillment that work demonstrably brings to so many (though admittedly not all) people.
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Academics Write Rubbish Nobody Reads

Academics Write Rubbish Nobody Reads | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
Half of academic papers are never read by anyone other than their authors, peer reviewers, and journal editors.
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The Swedish Case for Limited Government 

The Swedish Case for Limited Government  | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
The left should be careful when using Sweden to make their case for socialism. The data suggest that the Swedes were better off when government was smaller.
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Most of Europe Is a Lot Poorer than Most of the United States 

Most of Europe Is a Lot Poorer than Most of the United States  | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
America isn't perfect, and Europe isn't a failure, but Europeans are not obviously better off in the long-run from big tax and welfare policies.
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Stories from DumboCare's Path of Destruction

Stories from DumboCare's Path of Destruction | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
“I wasn’t even getting insurance for the coverage. I was getting it for the compliance.”
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What the Media, Academics Get Wrong on Crime Rate

What the Media, Academics Get Wrong on Crime Rate | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
They say the cause is poverty and discrimination. But here are the facts they ignore.
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"Therefore, Libertarian" – Not, "Libertarian Therefore"

"Therefore, Libertarian" – Not, "Libertarian Therefore" | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
One less rewarding consequence of that same fact is hearing something like, “Of course you believe in that; you are a libertarian,” in response to some policy conclusion I have drawn. 
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'Saturday Night Live' Punctures the Liberal Bubble

'Saturday Night Live' Punctures the Liberal Bubble | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
This week, the show turned its mockery toward smug elites.
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Democrats Are Suddenly Terrified By Prospects Of 'Imperial Presidency'

Democrats Are Suddenly Terrified By Prospects Of 'Imperial Presidency' | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
Democrats are about to learn legacies built on edicts are easily discarded. This is good news for the republic. There is no permanent majority.
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Criminal Records Prove Adam Smith Was Right

Criminal Records Prove Adam Smith Was Right | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
Adam Smith hypothesized that the price of watches fell 95% over the past century. Thanks to a rise in labor productivity, he was right.
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The Streisand Effect and Cody Wilson's 3-D Printed Gun 

The Streisand Effect and Cody Wilson's 3-D Printed Gun  | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
With hilarious but serious step of youtubing the 3-D printed gun, the squeamishness of American political discourse had been hacked. We’d very well refer to the phenomenon of not being able to stop information from escaping as the Cody Wilson Effect.
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Why Does Propaganda Work? Some People Want It

Why Does Propaganda Work? Some People Want It | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
Intellectually insecure and socially uprooted, many people are now desperate for some authority to cling to.
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Europe's Cuddly Capitalism Would Fail without Cutthroat America

Europe's Cuddly Capitalism Would Fail without Cutthroat America | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
Many progressive Democrats really have a thing for Scandinavia and its egalitarian social democracies, but some researchers think it isn't possible to have their “cuddly” capitalism in America’s more high-pressure, competitive, or “cutthroat” capitalism.
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NOAA: U.S. Completes Record 11 Straight Years Without Major Hurricane Strike

Monday marks the completion of a record-breaking 11 years without a major hurricane striking the U.S. mainland, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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Misconceptions about the Nordic Economies 

Misconceptions about the Nordic Economies  | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
The advocates of the Welfare State on both sides of the political spectrum should realize that the only way to make it viable and sustainable in the long term is to undertake reforms that liberalize the economy and to further increase the already heavy tax burden that low and middle classes have to bear.
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Socialism Kills More Babies than War 

Economic policy matters. While Venezuela’s socialism has managed to kill more infants than a full-blown war in Syria, Chile’s incredible success story shows us that by implementing the right policies, humanity can make rapid progress and better protect the youngest, most vulnerable members of society.
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