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What Causes Such Shocking Poverty?

Did you know there’s never been a real famine in the United States? One thing alone is responsible for that fact, and that one thing is this: Private property rights. It is the absence of fully protected property that creates poverty. As the brilliant Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto puts it in his book —…

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On Wisdom, Knowledge, Cell Phones, & Unchaining The Learning Beastie Within You

This is the last and longest video in the course, and I urge you to watch it through to the end, because there are some surprises: Do you know what Google ethicists call cell phones?  Tiny slot machines. You know why? Because cell phones are hard-to-put-down. I recently heard a report — and I believe…

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What Causes Such Shocking Poverty?

Did you know there’s never been a real famine in the United States? One thing alone is responsible for that fact, and that one thing is this: Private property rights. It is the absence of fully protected property that creates poverty. As the brilliant Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto puts it in his book —…

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Power Learner: How You Can Read 200 Books A Year

This is a brand-new course I’m teaching — name your price if you pre-enroll. Name Your Price! Reading is a dying art. And yet even as it dies, even as more and more people stop reading in favor of scanning, skimming, reblogging, LIKING, and so forth, it’s never been more important to become a real…

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The Great Electrifier Takes on Climate Change

Climate change — or global warming, if you’re antiquated — is a dead duck. It always has been. The Great Electrifier explains why:

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My Latest Book: 101 Things to do Instead of College

Buy the paperback here — full version! Download the full version for Kindle! _________   The most successful people in life aren’t particularly gifted or talented. They become successful, rather, by wanting to be successful. Genetic giftedness is a figment. There are no such things as prodigies. Talent is a process. Intelligence is a process.…

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Montana by Morgan

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Fifteen Hours Into the Rising Sun

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The Godless Constitution

There is, among rightwingers predominantly, though not exclusively, a rather persistent misconception that the United States is at its roots a religious nation. This is demonstrably false, and rather easy to verify, as we shall see in a moment, but first let us note that the subject is significant (and becoming more so) not because…

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The Great Electrifier: Nuclear Energy & the Myth of Nuclear Waste

There is no such thing as nuclear waste — and that’s just one of the many beautiful things about nuclear energy. A nuclear reactor is refueled by its waste. Quoting Dr. Pierre Guelfe, chief engineer of France’s main nuclear facility, in an interview he gave with William Tucker, author of an excellent book called Terrestrial…

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Wind Power: Sustainability is Unsustainable

Ladies and gentlemen, the Great Electrifier. Electrify me.

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The Dirty Secret of Renewable Energy

Something about solar you should know, if you don’t already. Brought to you by the Great Electrifier:

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Valedictorian Speech That Will Change Your Life: To the Graduating Class of 2017

Young women and men of the graduating class of 2017: You are the magic. You are the one. You are the magic and the fun. You are meant to be happy. You are meant to enjoy your life, before it’s done. So please, for goodness sake, have fun. You are a tightly packed pod of…

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Pencils Are Unsustainable?

What goes into the making of a single pencil? In 1958, Leonard E. Read asked himself that very question — and wrote an elegant explication: I, Pencil, simple though I appear to be, have a profound lesson to teach. And I can teach this lesson better than can an automobile or an airplane or a…

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The Art of Being Interesting

The first installment of Whiskey Wisdom is ready at last — and at no cost! It’s brief but penetrating, and so download it now: PDF, ePub, or Kindle.

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Are You Fascinating?

Well, are you, punk? Or are you boring as hell? How, furthermore, can you tell? How can you tell if you’re an inveterate bore, or if you’re just in a kind of long-term funk? Much of what we hear about commanding attention and the power to fascinate is theoretical and abstract, a sort of psychological…

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The Most Interesting Dog in the World

His bite is louder than his bark, which is saying a lot …

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