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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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Use This Amazing Resource to Track How Humans Are Making Progress around the World

Use This Amazing Resource to Track How Humans Are Making Progress around the World | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
Over the long term and in most places, human quality of life has been increasingly steadily on every measure, from poverty to literacy to longevity to leisure time. And in the places in which the opposite appears to be happening, we often have clear evidence that oppressive and economically illiterate government policies are to blame.  
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The Parkland Kids Are Like Pentecostal Child Preachers

The Parkland Kids Are Like Pentecostal Child Preachers | Freelancelot | Scoop.it

“In case you haven’t noticed, progressivism has become more of a religion than a political philosophy. Like Lutherans or Muslims, when gathering together, progressives gleefully sing their liturgical chants. Like Catholics, they have their own version of heresy trials whereupon those declared guilty of false doctrine are deemed unwelcome to teach in their presence. 


And like devotees of all faiths, progressives fawn over their pious youth. “These teenage survivors of the Parkland school shooting are inspiring,” progressives tell us. “Look how they’re tirelessly serving the progressive god of gun control. Look at their courageous devotion as they rebuke powerful NRA puppets like Marco Rubio.”

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Dentist Threatens to Report Parents for Neglect Unless They Bring in Their Kids (and Wallets)

Mandatory abuse reporting requirements lead to a novel marketing scheme.
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In the Me Too Moment, Mamet’s ‘Oleanna’ Still Has Much To Teach Us

In the Me Too Moment, Mamet’s ‘Oleanna’ Still Has Much To Teach Us | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
David Mamet's 1992 play 'Oleanna' challenged and infuriated audiences with its take on sexual harassment. It still has much to teach us.
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At the March for Our Lives, Kids Say Their Right to Feel Safe Trumps Your Right to Own a Gun 

At the March for Our Lives, Kids Say Their Right to Feel Safe Trumps Your Right to Own a Gun  | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
"Guns are for the police and the government," a 13-year-old girl confidently assured me.
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Carl Jung’s Warning to a World on the Brink

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“I am neither spurred on by excessive optimism nor in love with high ideals, but am merely concerned with the fate of the individual human being—that infinitesimal unit on whom a world depends, and whom, if we read the Christian message aright, even God seeks.”  – Carl Jung

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"In short, religion seems to have failed to do its job"
"To most of us living in the 21st century, it’s easy to forget that weapons exist which could easily destroy life on the planet a few times over."
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Hillary Clinton, Not Donald Trump or Cambridge Analytica, Is Gaslighting America

When can we as a country admit that the "most-qualified candidate in history" lost the 2016 election and get on with living our lives?
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John Brennan’s Thwarted Coup

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It was the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky who coined the phrase the “dustbin of history.” To his political opponents, he sputtered, “You are pitiful, isolated individuals! You are bankrupt. Your role is played out. Go where you belong from now on — into the dustbin of history!” It is no …

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Oligarch Lawyer Refuses To Divulge Info On Russian Payments To Steele

Oligarch Lawyer Refuses To Divulge Info On Russian Payments To Steele | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
The letter appears to be the first formal demand of the DOJ inspector general to disclose whether Christopher Steele was a tool of Russians.
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Cambridge Analytica Was Doing Marketing, Not Black Magic

Cambridge Analytica Was Doing Marketing, Not Black Magic | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
There's no reason for alarm (yet) over a Facebook data "breach" that benefited a firm with ties to Trump's campaign.
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Some Pundits Say There's No Campus Free Speech 'Crisis.' Here's Why They're Wrong

Also at The Washington Post, Jeffrey Sachs makes a statement no less strong than Yglesias's and Hartman's: "The campus free speech 'crisis' is a myth. Here are the facts."

Sachs teaches at Acadia University, where an associate professor of psychology, Rick Mehta, is under investigation for voicing conservative opinions in his classroom. His department head complained that some of his students refuse to come to class because the experience of listening to him talk about why the gender wage gap is exaggerated produces too much anxiety. A professor of social work told the Toronto Star why she came down on the offended students' side, saying Mehta's opinion "does border on hate speech."
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The Revolt Against the Elites

The election of 2016 was terrible because it wasn’t an election, it was a rebellion. America is having a civil war, or, to be more accurate, a War of Incivility. 


The war is not between Republicans and Democrats or between conservatives and progressives. The war is between the frightened and what they fear. It is being fought by the people who perceive themselves as controlling nothing. They are besieging the people they perceive as controlling everything. We are in the midst of a Perception Insurrection, or, depending on how you perceive it, a Loser Mutiny.


The revolt against the elites targets all manner of preeminence—political elites, business elites, media elites, institutional elites, and, kind reader, you. You're reading an article in a serious magazine, and the article is about a serious subject (however flippantly treated). This marks you as an elite.



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Are There Market Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic?

Are There Market Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic? | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
Private companies and nonprofits with socially responsible values often make the most direct and immediate impact on ongoing social crises.
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Partisanship and John Brennan’s Plot

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Washington What passes for the current wisdom today contains a great deal of solemn slop. Yet there are some solemnities in the current wisdom that one assumes are legitimate. For instance, it is said that today partisanship is more intense than it has been since — I suppose — the Civil War, or at least …
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Young Anti-Gun Demagogues Copy Their Elders

"There cannot be two sides," say the adolescent activists, tarring their opponents as NRA puppets.
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Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man?

Math 55 is advertised in the Harvard catalog as “prob­ably the most difficult undergraduate math class in the country.” It is leg­endary among high school
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Don't Let President Trump Distract You with Stormy Daniels 

Trump has taken all of these lessons to the next level. He may not be playing 10-dimensional chess, but he doesn't have to. He's dealing with a press corps and political opponents who simply aren't at his level. This is the guy who managed to squeak out a win against Hillary Clinton, perhaps the only living politician who might have been able to take it to Trump.
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BAM Harvested Data from Fakebook and Bragged About It. Why Are We Only Freaking Out About This Now?

The Cambridge Analytics dustup reveals lawmakers' double standards.
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McCabe’s Witch Hunt Of Sessions Confirms Worst Fears About FBI/DOJ

McCabe’s Witch Hunt Of Sessions Confirms Worst Fears About FBI/DOJ | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
Of all the Russian conspiracy angles, the one alleging Jeff Sessions is working on behalf of the Russians is easily the most outlandish.
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Cambridge Analytica & Social Media Panic

Cambridge Analytica & Social Media Panic | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
All that matters to liberals is whether Silicon Valley will keep them in power.
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Under Trump, Elizabeth Warren Suddenly Discovers the Downside of Unaccountable Federal Agencies

Maybe don't give the other side the rope to hang you with.
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Here's What A Man Should Say When Told To 'Shut Up' About Abortion

Here's What A Man Should Say When Told To 'Shut Up' About Abortion | Freelancelot | Scoop.it
Too many men have let this argument be the kryptonite that keeps them from getting involved in the pro-life movement as equal partners with women.
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Fake Love

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People who jeered at Ross Douthat's column calling for regulation of pornography believe it's possible to regulate fake news.
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Larry Kudlow Is a Big Upgrade for Trump's White House

Let's hope he mitigates the president's worst protectionist instincts.
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Make Progress Exciting Again

French Guiana:


Ariane­space is the French company that fires off huge rocket ships blasting great big things so far up into the sky that they don’t come down again. Or, to put it in bland corporate language, Ariane­space is the world’s leading commercial satellite launch provider.


And the corporation provided me with an excellent satellite launch. I was invited by my friend Aaron Lewis, Ariane­space’s director of media and government relations and former staffer for congressman Dana Rohrabacher, longtime chair of the House space and aeronautics subcommittee.


Aaron and I—and about 70 engineers, scientists, and executives involved with the rocket and its payload—flew to the Centre Spatial Guyanais, the European spaceport in French Guiana.


At 10 p.m. we went to an elevated viewing platform five kilometers from the launchpad, deep in a cinematically perfect jungle complete with strange bird calls and thick hanging vines. Of course this is French jungle. “Me Tarzan. Toi joli femme de serveuse avec le plat de hors d’oeuvres de foie gras et caviar.”

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