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Facebook and Silicon Valley’s Gated Boomtowns

Facebook has just announced its plans to build an old-fashioned “company town”—except that these days, since Millennials are never expected to act as if they leave college, it is called a “campus.” Facebook’s proposed Willow Campus in Silicon Valley’s Menlo Park won’t just have offices. It will have 1500 units of housing, along with grocery […]

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Gated Boomtowns

Policy Ideas for the Age of Automation, Part Two In this series, I have been considering what we can do to smooth the adjustment to a technological revolution in automation—but from the perspective of a skeptical free-marketer who doesn’t buy into ill-conceived utopian schemes like the basic income. In part one, I considered what policies […]

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Civil Disobedience as a Business Model

MIT recently announced that it is offering a $250,000 Disobedience Award for someone who offers “an extraordinary example of disobedience for the benefit of society.” Because, “You don’t change the world by doing what you’re told.” Is this meant to encourage civil disobedience? Of course, because “Laws evolve over time and are meant to be […]

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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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Liberalism Is Dead, Long Live Liberalism

Top Stories of the Year: #5 It’s time to count down the top five stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2016 and reviewing my coverage of them. We’ll start the countdown with #5, a continuation of a long-running story, but one that reached new milestones this year: the ongoing death […]

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Escape from Soviet Valley

I recently warned that the campaign against Palmer Luckey, one of the creators of the Oculus virtual reality headset, was an ominous sign that Silicon Valley is adopting a Soviet-style code of all-pervasive political conformity. The goal of the campaign against Luckey was to get his new boss, Mark Zuckerberg—Facebook bought out Oculus in 2014—to […]

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Soviet Valley

Oh no, we’re not going to do this again, are we? Two years ago, Mozilla (creator of the Firefox browser) forced out its co-founder and new CEO, Brendan Eich, after it was revealed that he once gave $1,000 to an advocacy group that opposed gay marriage. Now for some reason The Daily Beast decided it […]

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The Uber Imperative

The Uber “ride-sharing” service—basically a way more convenient taxi-hailing system—just won a big battle in New York City, forcing Mayor Bill de Blasio to back down from a plan to restrict it because he doesn’t like the fact that people might actually be driving cars around Manhattan. But the company has also lost a few […]

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Atlas Is Still Shrugging

A Reader’s Guide to Atlas Shrugged, Part 7 Spoiler Alert: You do not need a reader’s guide to Atlas Shrugged—at least not for your first reading. Ayn Rand’s novel is clear, compelling, eminently readable, and perfectly comprehensible on its own terms. Yet Atlas is also a rich and complex novel, with an intricate plot in […]

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The University Utopia

Three Paradoxes of American Politics, Part 2 Just after November’s election, I posed three paradoxes of American politics, asking why certain demographic groups make up reliable voting blocs for the left, even though the pro-free-market ideas of the right have so much to offer them. I have begun to revisit these paradoxes. In part one […]

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