We need to know the algorithms the government uses to make important decisions about us

Good luck getting that information.

If one is in high school right now and one is considering which career path to take I strongly suggest learning how to write and manipulate algorithms. Our world is already deeply influenced by algos, from our social media to our grocery purchases. Their importance in our lives will only grow.

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How the West (and the Rest) Got Rich

I find it funny (and terribly sad) that so many supposedly informed and educated people don’t understand what a miracle capitalism (and the Western tradition, including English common law) truly is. Many of us, perhaps most of us wouldn’t even be alive today if it was not for the concepts which spread from northwestern Europe, to North America, and then beyond. We live in amazing wealth. Even the poor in the West have amazing wealth relative to the poor throughout history and relative to parts of the world where commerce is stifled by statism,

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Chicago’s Pension-Fund Woes Just Became $11.5 Billion Bigger

The folks in Washington are trying to bail out Puerto Rico with taxpayer money. Watch, as Illinois and other states and cities with massive government sectors and high taxes continue to crumble they will start agitating for their own bailouts. Again I say it’s time to consider carving out the big cities. They seem to hold the rest of the country in contempt anyway. I say let the big government islands bail themselves out if they fail to come to terms with fiscal reality.

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What the hell is wrong with Google? Today it honors an apologist for Bin Laden and Mao

“I consider Osama bin Laden as one of the people that I admire. To me, he is in the category of Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Patrice Lumumba, Fidel Castro, all leaders that I admire.” – Yuri Kochiyama in The Objector

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America: A Nation of Idiots (?)

I added the question mark to the headline.

I have to say that we do some pretty stupid things. We vote for people who take away our rights, who lie straight faced to us. We continue to prop a banking system which plays us for, well, idiots. We continue to let a political class act as it wishes even as it gives the rest of America the finger. We allow wars to be waged in distant places at great cost to life,

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Some personal thoughts on socialism

Socialism and crony capitalism go hand in hand. The bigger the government the more crony the government. The more powerful a government the more likely it will be that corporations, unions, special interest groups, and individuals will want to buy it. You think corporations don’t like regulations? Au contraire mon frere. They often love them. Much more often than not. Heck, they often even write the regs themselves. Do you really think that General Electric wants a small government for instance?

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Flint Mayor Denies Taking Water Charity Donations for Herself

Things stink in Flint and it isn’t just the water. What we see here is urban machine politics. Everywhere it exists, from Chicago, to New York, to Detroit, to Flint this sort of thing follows. In these places some people see politics as a legitimate way to get rich. It’s pathetic.

(From The Washington Examiner)

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver on Wednesday denied an accusation that she directed donations meant for the Michigan city’s lead water crisis to a personal political action committee.

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Too much is being made of The Economists crony-capitalism index

The man who founded the religion which gave crony capitalism a degree of respectability for too long. J.M. Keynes.

We absolutely agree. As we have said in the past the effort is laudable and we will continue to watch it. And it appears that the folks at The Economist are heading in the right direction. The most recent edition is much better than the initial effort for instance. Our hope is that this trend will continue.

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Government: Is it Ever Big Enough? (VIDEO)

My only problem with this video is that it uses the term “liberal” in the old 20th century way. The term “liberal” doesn’t mean “big government.” It means small government. Libertarians for instance are actual “liberals” not people who advocate for more government programs. But that is for another post. The video is generally excellent.

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