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Salon of the Refused, Episode 12

Episode 12 of my video and podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. I talk with Ed Niedermeyer, author of the forthcoming book Ludicrous: The Unvarnished Story of Tesla Motors, about Tesla, Elon Musk, and electric vehicles. The conversation includes: how “mobility technology” is different from just “cars,” the limitations of electric vehicles, […]

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Adult Supervision

Five Things You Need to Read Today Here is your latest update, for subscribers only, recommending five stories that are worth catching. 1. What Democratic Party Rule Looks Like I recently directed your attention to an article arguing for California as a model of one-party rule, which is to say Democratic Party rule. Among the […]

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The Future Still Lies Ahead

Top Stories of the Year, #1 This has been such a horrible year for politics that some people were wishing for a giant meteor to strike the Earth and put us all out of our misery—and they were only half-joking. But there is, thank goodness, a lot more to the world than politics, and from […]

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The Humanitarian with the Trolley

I’m trying out a slightly different format that will allow me to send out more frequent exclusive subscriber-only content (as opposed to advance version of articles printed in The Federalist or at RealClearFuture and elsewhere). This is going to take the form of short notes, sometimes with a list of article recommendations at the end. […]

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How Not to Predict the Future

When you spend a lot of time thinking about emerging technology, you begin to notice certain things that are naturally just assumed to be true about the future, as if everyone just knows them. These ideas are so widespread and infrequently challenged that they come to seem inevitable. These are also things that a lot […]

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Self-Driving Cars and the Virtues of Federalism

The new Department of Transportation guidelines for self-driving cars have arrived after a buildup of complaints about how autonomous vehicles are somehow being held back by a confusing “patchwork” of government regulations on self-driving cars. I don’t buy that this is a problem, by the way, because by far the biggest roadblocks for self-driving cars are […]

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The Basic Income Is the Worst Response to Automation

We’ve been hearing a drumbeat recently of claims that a universal basic income—in effect, a monthly welfare check sent to everyone—is going to be necessary to save all the poor unfortunate souls put out of work by self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, robots, and other new forms of automation. We are told that the basic income […]

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The Autopilot Fiasco Could Crash Tesla’s Master Plan

Elon Musk just unveiled part two of his “master plan” for Tesla, but somehow instead of seeming ambitious and visionary, it seems a bit delusional. The most immediate and practical parts of the new plan consist of doing what others are also doing, like working on electric buses. But Musk also doubles down on his […]

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The Uber Reaction

As a general rule, by the time politicians have discovered a supposed problem created by technology, and by the time they have gotten around to imposing new regulations to put a stop to it, the wave of innovation will have moved on and made it all irrelevant. I remember this very distinctly from the late […]

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