Futurism TV

Nine Ways Star Trek Anticipated and Celebrated the Future In the field of future technology, life has a tendency to imitate art. The creators of science fiction are often able to imagine something before science fact makes it possible. The real technology then catches up when somebody sees it in fiction and asks: how could […]

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The MH370 Election

I observed recently that there is not much in the way of a broader trend of Trumpism within the Republican Party, at least not one that has been reflected so far in down-ballot elections. Part of the reason is because there is no real philosophy of Trumpism, and there are few intellectual defenses of Trump. […]

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The Liberal Condescension Hall of Fame

I try not to pay too much attention to Lena Dunham, because she’s kind of the highfalutin’ equivalent of someone who is famous for being famous—by which I mean that she has a television show that a lot of middlebrow intellectuals talk about, but which not many people actually watch. Odell Beckham, Jr., a young […]

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Rockets Go Boom

The explosion of a SpaceX rocket on the launch pad last Thursday reminds us of a basic problem with the current state of space transportation: rockets go boom. Our current best idea for sending people and machines into space is to strap them on top of a giant tank full of highly explosive materials. SpaceX’s […]

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Facebook Can No Longer Avoid Being a News Organization

A few months ago, Facebook came under a lot of criticism—including from me—for revelations about ideological bias in its “trending” news section, where recent Ivy League graduates would routinely suppress conservative news sources they didn’t like. Part of the reason this was a scandal is that Facebook had previously implied there was no human bias […]

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Don’t Count Out the Internal Combustion Engine

Is the electric car the inevitable wave of the future? Is the internal combustion engine finished, through, a relic of the 20th century—as many are now saying?… That is the argument offered recently in the Wall Street Journal, where Christopher Mims predicts a kind of tipping point for the sudden mass adoption of electric cars […]

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The Clintonization of Politics Begins

Anthony Weiner is at it again, a three-time loser caught once again exposing himself in Internet exchanges with younger women—who inevitably hand him over to the tabloids for a feeding frenzy. Given his compulsion toward self-destructive behavior, Anthony Weiner is actually lucky sending revealing photos to girls is his thing. If it were liquor, he’d […]

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Gary Johnson Is a Left-Wing Candidate

On Friday, Brian Doherty of the Libertarian flagship publication Reason scolded me, and by extension anyone else who has been turned off by some of the Johnson-Weld ticket’s public statements, that we were placing more importance on “the attitude stuff related to culture war issues about discrimination and guns” than on the really crucial issues […]

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The Chip on the Libertarian Shoulder

At the beginning of this week, I published a piece about my disappointment at the Libertarian Party candidates Gary Johnson and Bill Weld over two major gaffes in which they failed to stand up for liberty on key issues. Which struck me as a pretty major failing for libertarians. Reason‘s Nick Gillespie quickly produced a […]

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The Clown Nose On, Clown Nose Off Candidate

We have finally found the true successor to Jon Stewart, and it is…Donald Trump? Yes, pretty much. Consider the parallels. His approach to politics is all about mocking the supposed personal shortcomings of his targets. His main talent as a speaker and TV personality seems to be pulling faces and mugging for the camera. Once […]

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