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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. Today, the main theme is a grudging acknowledgement of the good parts of the Trump administration. 1. How to Succeed in War Without Really Trying Since this will be the last of these Sunday news roundups until the […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. This week, the main theme is the haphazard battle to reduce the scope of government regulation. 1. The (Tax) Law of Intended Consequences I haven’t commented yet on the tax bill just passed by the Senate, because there […]

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AT&T’s Cautionary Tale for Net Neutrality

Last week’s announcement by Chairman Ajit Pai that the FCC will soon vote to roll back “Net Neutrality” regulations has produced a lot of hysterical overreaction, with headlines proclaiming, “FCC Is Revving Up to Destroy the Internet as We Know It.” This obviously counts on the audience’s ignorance of history. The Internet started in 1969 […]

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Those Who Don’t Learn from Telecom History Are Doomed to Repeat It

A few days ago, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced his plan to hold a final vote next month to roll back the “Net Neutrality” regulations imposed in 2015 under the previous administration. This has led to a lot of hysterical overreaction, such as headlines proclaiming that the “FCC Is Revving Up to Destroy the Internet […]

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Cool It on the Google “Monopoly” Talk

In what has to be the world’s biggest example of the Streisand Effect, a Google-funded center-left think tank kicked out a group of scholars who were promoting the idea that Google is a dangerous monopoly—and now guess what everybody’s talking about? They’re talking about how Google is a dangerous monopoly and complaining about how everyone […]

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“Market-Friendly Silicon Valley Progressivism”

I wrote recently about how Google is in danger of breaking the implicit social contract with its users by becoming seen as a politicized organization. But that was when Google was seen by the right as being politicized for firing an engineer who expressed Politically Incorrect ideas. Now Google is using its political influence against […]

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Hey, Google, How Do You Prepare a Country for Totalitarianism?

Millions of Americans—most of us, probably—have grown to rely on Google as our default search engine for finding information online. Thousands more have even gone so far as to buy Google Home, an Internet-connected microphone plugged into Google’s computers that is constantly monitoring your home, waiting for voice commands that begin, “Hey, Google.” To the […]

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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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