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TLC is a group for anyone in Tokyo (or elsewhere in Japan) who is interested in exploring contemporary issues in society, business and government (and group and personal interactions within them), and in building a support network of other caring people who want to personally contribute to making a better society. We are explorers and scientists of human behavior, and actors trying to shape the world as well. We will focus on both analysis and action, as well on getting to know each other and on networking with others in Tokyo, Japan and broader circles who share common interests. Those with an analytical interest will focus on diagnosing social problems -- and topics such as entrepreneurship, social capital, moral hazard, regulatory capture, crony capitalism, fiat currencies, individual and group plan formation, markets, "bounded rationality," the "information problem," "principal-agent problems," etc. - while exploring the practical insights of what are known as "New Institutional Economics" (represented by 2009 Nobel Prizewinners Elinor Ostrom and Oliver E. Williamson) and "Austrian Economics" (Ludwig von Mises, Friederich Hayek and others), as well as the perspectives of a wide range of "libertarian" thinkers. WE build our society, one member, one conversation, one beer, one meal and one shared activity at a time! Find us at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TokyoLC/ http://www.meetup.com/Tokyo-Libertarian-Colloquium/ http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home&gid=6538474 https://plus.google.com/u/3/communities/115565911628977993572 https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/tokyolibertyclub
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Agorism Rises in Mexico as Corrupt Officials are Arrested by Militias - not a bad idea elsewhere

Agorism Rises in Mexico as Corrupt Officials are Arrested by Militias - not a bad idea elsewhere | Tokyo Liberty Club | Scoop.it
Mexico - On Monday March 25th volunteer community forces took control of a town on a highway in the state of Guerrero.

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Economics as a moral science — Crooked Timber

Economics as a moral science | I Robeyns http://t.co/qq0XBwLGPS

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What is missing here, in an otherwise very relevant discussion, is the fact that politcal economy can be a value-relevant discipline (moral science or branch of moral philosophy) only to the extent that economics is practiced as a value-free science.  This is why reading Weber-Mises-Robbins should be required of all social scientists at the beginning of their careers to get them straight on means-ends reasoning, the middle of the career to remind them of what they are supposed to be doing, and the end of their careers to judge them for what they should have been doing all along.  If you mess up the science part, then you loose the moral philosophy part as well, and then economics and political economy becomes nothing more than opinion parading as a discipline (in other words the way political theory, sociological theory, etc. is practiced at the moment).  Yes, Virginia, there is a SCIENCE of economics, and an ART of political economy.

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Vancouver Values Sharing | On the Commons

Vancouver Values Sharing | On the Commons | Tokyo Liberty Club | Scoop.it

Eager for the sharing economy to bloom in Vancouver, Chris Diplock, co-founder of the Vancouver Tool Library, designed the first research project to measure and report on people’s interest in the sharing economy at a municipal scale. He called it The Sharing Project. Diplock’s primary goals were to understand Vancouverites’ attitudes toward sharing, to measure the demand for shared assets in the city, and to highlight opportunities for growth within the sharing economy.

 


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Two Reasons Why Being a Libertarian Requires High Self-Esteem ...

Two Reasons Why Being a Libertarian Requires High Self-Esteem ... | Tokyo Liberty Club | Scoop.it
For the past couple of years, I've been toying with the idea that being a libertarian requires higher self-esteem than any other political thought-system (for my purposes I will define libertarian as a believer in laissez-faire ...
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Social Entrepreneurship: A Key to Poverty Reduction and Agorism ...

Social Entrepreneurship: A Key to Poverty Reduction and Agorism ... | Tokyo Liberty Club | Scoop.it
A Unified, Student-Driven Forum of Support for Students and Student Organizations Dedicated to Liberty.
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The 'libertarian' threat - Tribune-Review

Town Hall The 'libertarian' threat Tribune-Review Where the major parties develop “platforms” of issues they support, libertarians begin with a single assumption with which most everyone can agree — all humans are free and equal in dignity by...
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How libertarian philosophy drove the Web's biggest black market

How libertarian philosophy drove the Web's biggest black market | Tokyo Liberty Club | Scoop.it
The FBI tracked down Silk Road's founder using his posts about the Mises Institute. But what is it?
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Social Proof Is the New Currency | Social Media Today

Social Proof Is the New Currency | Social Media Today | Tokyo Liberty Club | Scoop.it

Businesses that can integrate social proof into their marketing efforts seamlessly will join this new “socially rich” class - rich in fans and followers, not number of zeroes in your bank account.

 

...You see, people care about what others think. When we buy stuff, we want to know what others think about it first. A 2012 Nielsen survey indicated that 92% of people globally trust word-of-mouth recommendations from friends and family.

 

Happily for customers, the power of the Internet allows customers to access a vast wealth of information that is literally right at their fingertips. 85% of consumers say that they refer to online reviews before making a purchase at a local business, and 67% of shoppers read 6 online reviews or less before feeling that they can trust the business....


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Social proof is fast becoming a valuable currency in the social marketing world.

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Social Media allows the spread of information to consumers. They are able to read several reviews before the purchase of a product. To avoid brutally honest and negative reviews of their products, producers are forced to create the best possible products. They don't want consumers to be trashing their products/saying they lied about them/etc. on the internet where everyone in the world can see. There is greater transparency in the market.
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Ojibwe Water Walker Prays for Health of Mississippi River | On the Commons

Ojibwe Water Walker Prays for Health of Mississippi River | On the Commons | Tokyo Liberty Club | Scoop.it
On March 1st, 2013, Sharon Day, executive director of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force, together with a small group of Ojibwe women set out to walk the length of the Mississippi River from its headwaters in Minnesota to its mouth at the Gulf of...
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Set your content free: CC at the National High School Journalism Convention - Creative Commons

Set your content free: CC at the National High School Journalism Convention - Creative Commons | Tokyo Liberty Club | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. I'm excited to be speaking tomorrow with the young journalists at the National High School Journalism Convention.
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Libertarian America: Wendy McElroy on voting and liberty

Libertarian America: Wendy McElroy on voting and liberty | Tokyo Liberty Club | Scoop.it
To vote is to legitimize government and to help enslave your neighbors.
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False Burdens of Voluntaryism: The Utopian Presumption

False Burdens of Voluntaryism: The Utopian Presumption | Tokyo Liberty Club | Scoop.it
In this week's column I'd like to address the criticism that anarchism (voluntaryism) implies or requires a Utopian or overly optimistic view of man's nature and tendencies. To an extent, this is a variation of the fallacy we laid to ...
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Bitcoin and Agorism: an Interview with Jillian Batty of Stateless Sweets -

An interview with jillian wemyss of Stateless Sweets.
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A libertarian farmer’s take on GMO labels

A libertarian farmer’s take on GMO labels | Tokyo Liberty Club | Scoop.it
Rady Ananda Last night, two real-food icons debated whether the federal government should mandate labeling of genetically modified foods: Dr Joe Mercola, who runs the world’s most popular alternative health site, and farmer and author Joel Salatin,...

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Acts of Sharing

Don't buy, share! Find people who have what you want or need and ask to borrow it. "An economy of hyper-consumption has permeated our culture for the past fifty years, and it's not working any long...
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Cory Doctorow: Collective Action - Locus Online

Cory Doctorow: Collective Action - Locus Online | Tokyo Liberty Club | Scoop.it
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Project Paperless LLC, a strange company whose ownership is shrouded in mystery, wants $1,000 for every person in your company who scans documents and e-mails them.
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Agorism's Tech Triumvirate : The Freeman : Foundation for Economic Education

Agorism's Tech Triumvirate : The Freeman : Foundation for Economic Education | Tokyo Liberty Club | Scoop.it
New technologies are opening new routes around the State, helping connect both protesters in Turkey and anyone who isn't crazy about having the NSA reading over their shoulders.

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Agorism - Because Real Freedom Will Never Be Legalized

Agorism - Because Real Freedom Will Never Be Legalized | Tokyo Liberty Club | Scoop.it
Brad Spangler on His Journey to Embracing Agorism
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That Cold-Hearted Discipline : The Freeman : Foundation for Economic Education

That Cold-Hearted Discipline : The Freeman : Foundation for Economic Education | Tokyo Liberty Club | Scoop.it
Economics does not so much teach greed but rather the beauty of cooperation. How else could we explain how a woolen coat gets made, how Paris gets fed, or how a pencil gets made?

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Dave Hebert explaining one of the reasons that economics should win the Nobel PEACE prize --- the underlying logic of a society defined by peaceful cooperation and productive specialization among free and responsible individuals.

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Libertarians Didn't Build That! (The State Versus The Free Market)

There seems to be a reoccurring theme among libertarian critics of late.  More often than not, if you read a recently penned critique of libertarians, it will contain some measure of mockery direct...
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The Farmers of Hoxie Inaugurate a Water Commons - Resilience.org

The Farmers of Hoxie Inaugurate a Water Commons - Resilience.org | Tokyo Liberty Club | Scoop.it
Farmers in the small town of Hoxie, Kansas, have been pumping water out of the Ogallala Aquifer six times faster than rain can naturally recharge it. This is a big deal because most of the town depends upon the flow of water ...
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Black Markets, Agorism, How to run a buiness with all these ...

Black Markets, Agorism, How to run a buiness with all these ... | Tokyo Liberty Club | Scoop.it
We talk about how on earth can you run a successful business with all these stupid zoning and regulation laws? We look into to Black markets and Agorism. We also get an interview with Ryan Maddox about the Alliance of the ...
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Amish: The most successful agorists? The law even exempts them from having to pay Social Security taxes due to their religious opposition to it. : Agorism

Amish: The most successful agorists? The law even exempts them from having to pay Social Security taxes due to their religious opposition to it. : Agorism | Tokyo Liberty Club | Scoop.it
reddit: the front page of the internet (Amish: The most successful agorists?
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Fracking the Commons: Why Your Public Lands Are Under Assault by Oil and Gas Drilling

Fracking the Commons: Why Your Public Lands Are Under Assault by Oil and Gas Drilling | Tokyo Liberty Club | Scoop.it
In the early 2000s, fracking was mostly confined to the Southwest and seemed little more than a crazy, expensive, last-ditch effort to squeeze the last bits of gas out of old fields.
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