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Silicon Valley utopia ain't gonna happen

Silicon Valley utopia ain't gonna happen | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Over the last two decades, most of my adult life, I've watched as the world has grown more interconnected than ever, fuelled by changes in information technology which have almost universally been ...
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Noam Chomsky: The Kind of Anarchism I Believe In, and What's Wrong with Libertarians

Noam Chomsky: The Kind of Anarchism I Believe In, and What's Wrong with Libertarians | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"Anarcho-syndicalism is a conception of a very organized society, but organized from below by direct participation at every level, with as little control and domination as is feasible, maybe none."
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Rise of the techno-Libertarians: The 5 most socially destructive aspects of Silicon Valley

Rise of the techno-Libertarians: The 5 most socially destructive aspects of Silicon Valley | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The tech industry is morally and ethically bankrupt, and it's starting to take its toll on ordinary Americans
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Big Economic Theory Underpinning Libertarian Economics Is Total Baloney

Big Economic Theory Underpinning Libertarian Economics Is Total Baloney | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Friedrich Hayek argued that centralized economic planning would lead to totalitarianism, but that's totally wrong.
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Bitcoin revealed: a Ponzi scheme for redistributing wealth from one libertarian to another

Bitcoin revealed: a Ponzi scheme for redistributing wealth from one libertarian to another | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
But Bitcoin isn't a currency. It's a Ponzi scheme for redistributing wealth from one libertarian to another. At least that's all it is right now. One day it could be more. Venture capitalists, for their part, are quick to point out that it's really a protocol, like the early internet, and its underlying technology could still be revolutionary. What are they supposed to say, though, when they've bet hundreds of millions of dollars on it?
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The 7 strangest libertarian ideas

The 7 strangest libertarian ideas | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Few movements in the United States today harbor stranger political ideas than the self-proclaimed libertarians. The Rand Paul school of libertarianism is at least as far outside the mainstream on the right as, say, a rather doctrinaire old-school form of Marxism/Leninism is on the left. The difference is this: The mainstream media isn’t telling us that we’re in the middle of a “Marxist/Leninist moment.” Leninist politicians aren’t being touted as serious presidential contenders. And all the media chatter we’re hearing about a “Libertarian moment” ignores the very harsh, extreme and sometimes downright ugly ideas that are being disseminated under that banner.
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Here's why top economists unanimously agree the government should stop regulating Uber (in 1 graph)

Here's why top economists unanimously agree the government should stop regulating Uber (in 1 graph) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Economists agree: leave Uber alone. (RT @mpaulaoliveira: Sharing economy succeeds in making top economists agree! Check out @jowyang.
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Libertarian ideology is the natural enemy of science

Libertarian ideology is the natural enemy of science | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The observation that science and politics make uneasy and often treacherous bedfellows is hardly revelatory. In science, all hypotheses must withstand the trial-by-fire of experiment; its methodology is self-correcting and objective, unconcerned with petty prejudices or personal conviction. Politics, by contrast, is deeply entangled with ideology – it is not bound to respect reality as science is, and thinks nothing of substituting convincing evidence for emotive rhetoric. And yet, when science and politics clash, it is all too often science that loses.

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Internet currency: Local company hopes to utilize payment process

Internet currency: Local company hopes to utilize payment process | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Imagine a world where everything is purchased electronically and none of it is paid for with government-backed currency.
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Death of a libertarian fantasy: Why dreams of a digital utopia are rapidly fading away

Death of a libertarian fantasy: Why dreams of a digital utopia are rapidly fading away | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There is no mystery why libertarians love the Internet and all the freedom-enhancing applications, from open source software to Bitcoin, that thrive in its nurturing embrace. The Internet routes around censorship. It enables peer-to-peer connections that scoff at arbitrary geographical boundaries. It provides infinite access to do-it-yourself information. It fuels dreams of liberation from totalitarian oppression. Give everyone a smartphone, and dictators will fall! (Hell, you can even download the code that will let you 3-D print a gun.)

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Scarcity, Monopoly, and Intellectual Property - The Epoch Times

Scarcity, Monopoly, and Intellectual Property - The Epoch Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Few topics in recent years have aroused as much interest among libertarians as intellectual property. What place, if any, would IP — patents, copyrights, trademarks and the like — have in a libertarian society? Ayn Rand and her Objectivist followers view IP as the most basic of all property rights. Diametrically opposed are those who say, “You cannot own an idea”: ideas are not in the economic sense scarce goods and thus property rights in them are at odds with the purpose of property rights, avoiding conflict over the use of such goods. Still others shift the argument from rights to the benefits and costs of IP. Does IP promote valuable inventions and creativity, or does it impede them?

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Millennials, the Tech-savvy, Independents, and Libertarians Say Bitcoin Should ... - Reason (blog)

Millennials, the Tech-savvy, Independents, and Libertarians Say Bitcoin Should ... - Reason (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The poll then described Bitcoin to respondents as “a new online digital currency that is not connected to any particular country’s currency system and is not controlled by any government.” Then, even despite the high number who knows nothing about Bitcoin, a plurality (47 percent) said government should not allow people to use Bitcoins to purchase goods and services, while 38 percent said it should be allowed and another 14 percent don’t know.

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BITCOIN: THE SEXIEST NON-SOLUTION OF ALL TIME - Liberty News On Line

BITCOIN: THE SEXIEST NON-SOLUTION OF ALL TIME - Liberty News On Line | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Toward the end of 2009, I was approached on two separate occasions by people claiming to be “representatives” of a digital alternative currency format. I was intrigued by the initial proposal, being that I had been writing for some time on the concept of non-participation as a way to insulate average Americans from the dangers of our unstable, fiat-driven mainstream economy. Before that, I had already dealt with just about every currency alternative one could imagine: from paper scripts backed by goods, to scripts backed by time or labor, to gold- and silver-laden currency cards, etc. All of them had the advantage of not relying on private Federal Reserve notes, and all of them had flaws as well. The proposed digital script, which the representatives called “Bitcoin,” was no different.

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Resenting Hipsters | Jacobin

The fetishization of work feeds the politics of resentment. It’s time to instead embrace the language of economic and social rights.

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Libertarians Think Amazon Reviews and Uber Ratings Will Make Regulation Obsolete. They Are So, So Wrong.

Libertarians Think Amazon Reviews and Uber Ratings Will Make Regulation Obsolete. They Are So, So Wrong. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Has the Internet democratized information? The answer is yes, with an asterisk. While the Web has made information tremendously more accessible, it has also introduced problems of how to classify, rank, and evaluate that information.

Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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5 Worst Things About the Techno-Libertarians Solidifying Their Grasp on Our Economy and Culture

5 Worst Things About the Techno-Libertarians Solidifying Their Grasp on Our Economy and Culture | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
There's a lot wrong with the tech industry, and it's increasingly impacting ordinary Americans.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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The sharing economy is a lie: Uber, Ayn Rand and the truth about tech and libertarians

The sharing economy is a lie: Uber, Ayn Rand and the truth about tech and libertarians | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Disruptive companies talk a good game about sharing. Uber's really just an under-regulated company making riches
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Ayn Rand’s capitalist paradise lost: The inside story of a libertarian scam

Ayn Rand’s capitalist paradise lost: The inside story of a libertarian scam | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The theme of Ayn Rand’sAtlas Shrugged, according to Ms. Rand herself, is “what happens to the world when the Prime Movers go on strike.” The prime movers are corporate executives – “the motor of the world” – and Rand imagines what would happen if they all just went away. To Rand this is nothing less than “a picture of the world with its motor cut off.”
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▶ A Conversation with Peter Thiel and Niall Ferguson - Institute of Politics - YouTube

A conversation with: Peter Thiel, founding CEO of PayPal; Member, Board of Directors, Facebook; entrepreneur; and venture capitalist and Niall Ferguson, Laur...
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Labor Day Replay: The Sharing Economy - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Labor Day Replay: The Sharing Economy - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As we celebrate Labor Day, the annual holiday dedicated to the American labor movement, it's worth considering how the sharing economy is changing the workforce and rebranding capitalism

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Libertarians and Conservatives: Opponents, Not Allies - Huffington Post

Libertarians and Conservatives: Opponents, Not Allies - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Fischer's collectivism demands subordination of the individual to the collective.

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Rand Paul: Less government, more sharing economy - HeraldNet

Rand Paul: Less government, more sharing economy - HeraldNet | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Though libertarian thinking may seem sink-or-swim, Paul showed how less government is good for the hip and trendy sharing economy.

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Class, “Identity Politics” and Stigmergy: Why We Don't Need “One ...

Class, “Identity Politics” and Stigmergy: Why We Don't Need “One ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In a post at the Students For Liberty (SFL) blog, (“Between Radicalism and Revolution: The Cautionary Tale of Students for a Democratic Society,” May 6), Clark Ruper uses the example of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) as a warning against factionalism and division within the libertarian movement. The libertarian movement, he says, should be united on a broad common agenda that appeals to as many people as possible — one that focuses on the “most important” issues like fighting corporatism and foreign interventionism and protecting civil liberties. Ruper seems to focus mainly on anarchists, revolutionaries, social justice advocates and left-libertarians as the sources of potential schism. And he makes it clear that his post was motivated, in large part, by recent controversies over the “thick libertarianism” or “non-brutalism” endorsed (among others) by Roderick Long and Charles JohnsonGary ChartierSheldon Richman andJeffrey Tucker:

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Libertarian Politics in the United States

The general elections of most countries with parliamentary systems have largely functioned in the same way. They have had some regular alternation between two parties, one ostensibly left-of-center and one ostensibly right-of-center. In these systems, there has been little difference between the two main parties in terms of foreign policy and only a limited set of differences on internal politics, centering on issues of taxation and social welfare.

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The secret libertarianism of Uber & Airbnb - Salon

The secret libertarianism of Uber & Airbnb - Salon | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A new wave of technology companies claims to be expanding the possibilities of sharing and collaboration, and is clashing with established industries such as hospitality and transit. These companies make up what is being called the “sharing economy”: they provide web sites and applications through which individual residents or drivers can offer to “share” their apartment or car with a guest, for a price.

 
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