How America’s Outdated Tax Code Fails Gig Economy Workers

Welcome to the tax code…

The American tax code is like a deep dark jungle at dusk. It’s scary. It’s confusing. Peril lurks everywhere. And if one ventures in without proper preparation one can end up in a bad situation.

This is doubly true for “gig economy” workers.

It must be noted that our tax code needn’t be like this. It shouldn’t be. But the more confusing the code the more money there is to be made by an accounting industry that revels in the complexity.

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It’s Time for the Right to Get Serious about Tackling Cronyism

There are lots of people who are already very serious about tackling crony capitalism. We certainly are and have been for a long time. But always good to see people joining the ranks.

(From The National Review)

Indeed, an anti-cronyist agenda is implicit in much of the conservative reform agenda of our time, across a broad range of issues. But it is important that conservatives make it much more explicit. This would help to clarify both the substantive centrality and the political necessity of the fight against cronyism for our larger cause,

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Rothbard’s ‘Left and Right’: 40 Years Later | Roderick T. Long (Video)

Another libertarian political thought video. Roderick T. Long discusses Murray Rothbard’s examination of where libertarianism falls on the political spectrum (of his time) Left, Right, or elsewhere.

Given the fairly nuanced discussions which sometime happen on this site exploring what constitutes “fascism,” “socialism,” “freedom,” “liberty,” etc. I thought this speech would be of some value to our wonkier readers.

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Does the “Left” actually need people to be on welfare to win elections?

First, what is called “Right ” and “Left” is increasingly up for grabs. The winged political paradigm makes much less sense now that a significant part of the population self identifies as “libertarian,” which does not fit into the 20th Century way of looking at politics.

Saying this however we’ll go forward.

The question is whether those who advocate ever larger government have to get people “hooked” on welfare of one sort or another in order to win elections.

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10 rock songs (from generally lefty artists) liberty lovers can appreciate*

I love rock and roll. I love music generally. And many of the bands I love, despite my libertarian disposition, tend to be left of center, some far left of center. There are many reasons for this which maybe I’ll explore later. For the time being I just wanted to list out 10 songs which despite coming from artists generally associated with the “Left” have pro-liberty overtones.

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Grover Norquist and Ralph Nader, hang out, talk about common ground, find some

Norquist and Nader are 2 of my favorite high profile people in Washington. Both are as sharp as they come, have great senses of humor, and most importantly are committed to lofty ideals which rub many of the crony class in DC the wrong way.

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‘The Left increasingly seeing regulation as crony protectionism’

I would love to see this become a real trend. I have my doubts however. It has been my experience that people who are enamored with the state have a hard time breaking up (even a little bit) with big government.

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Ralph Nader: Obama the ’executioner’, Says crony capitalism common ground for some on Right and Left

I personally like Ralph Nader. I think he’s wrong on all sorts of things but the sense when one meets him is that he is a man who really thinks about the issues and who does not drift with the political wind. He seems to be intellectually honest, which even though he’s completely off base on all sorts of issues, counts for a heck of a lot. Especially in Washington DC. He could have sold out. He never did.

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Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) has labeled President Obama a “corporatist.” Says O has moved “Right.” What does “Right” even mean these days?

Schweitzer is trying to “out progressive” Hillary Clinton and other challengers by throwing some bombs. In this case–at least on the corporatist charge–a bomb of truth.

But he heads into the bushes when he asserts that Obama has moved “Right.”

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Tea Partiers have high level of Science Comprehension

I am quite lucky that in my work I get to meet people from all over the political spectrum on a regular basis. Being a bridge between different groups is big part of my work outside of Against Crony Capitalism and it is very gratifying work.

But I am continually amazed by folks who exist within the mainstream news bubble in Washington DC. These are often brilliant people but they buy certain narratives without a second thought.

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