Is New York State (and city) making big money on nearly illegal tobacco?

I smoked. I smoked for 10 years. I can tell you the difference between a Marlboro, a Camel, a Parliament, a Newport, and a Kool. It sucked. That experience has informed my libertarian sensibility on a deep level.

It was the knowledge that I was literally paying someone to damage my health that fundamentally got me to quit. (Over 2 years or so.)

For what it’s worth I only made progress on quitting smoking when I stopped feeling guilty and focused instead on extending the period of time between cigarettes.

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The Media Bubble is Very Real: “Nearly 90 percent of all internet publishing employees work in a county where Clinton won, and 75 percent of them work in a county that she won by more than 30 percentage points.”

Heck, even we, rabid pro-marketeers, classical liberal libertarians that we are at ACC live in a county that went for Clinton. And though we live in the real world, where there are Waffle Houses, and people hunt, we live right on the edge of where America goes from reasonably normal to the North East.

Image: Politico

This is an excellent article on most points. We disagree that area determines the news bias however. The media are overwelmingly “corporate-Left.”

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Socialism is a sucker’s bet: 100 Years of Communism’s Bloody Legacy

There are people who believe that the 2008 Crash, a crash that affected many profoundly, was created by the market mechanism. Greed run wild etc etc. And while greed did indeed run wild during the housing boom it was facilitated by a key piece of central planning, a mechanism that Marx himself favored, central banks.

The Fed and its brethren kept interest rates too low for too long and as such created malinvestment on a massive scale which eventually toppled on itself.

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