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Boris Akunin

Posted: February 20, 2017 at 4:09 am   /   Friends

Boris Akunin Boris Akunin* is a brilliant and witty novelist.  That is one. Murder on the Leviathan He writes crime novels that are set in the glittering world of late 19th century Imperial Russia.  That is two.   His hero, Erast Fandorin, combines a strong deductive mind with surprising martial arts abilities.  That is three. […]

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The most important part of networking

Posted: February 20, 2017 at 2:00 am   /   Friends

So you went to a networking event. You met a lot of new people, delivered your elevator speech a few dozen times, and came home with fistfuls of business cards. Networking accomplished, right? Not quite. You can’t forget the most important part of networking: following up. Briefly meeting someone at an event barely makes an […]

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Presidents for life and the problem of democracy

Posted: February 20, 2017 at 1:00 am   /   Friends

What does it mean to have a “real” democracy? In Venezuela, Hugo Chávez received the overwhelming majority of votes (sort of legitimately) and then changed the rules so he could stay on as president for life and appoint his successor. But, technically, Venezuela is a democracy. In Russia, even term limits did little to diminish […]

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Anti-Trump Europeans decline to be reassured by Mike Pence

Posted: February 19, 2017 at 8:28 pm   /   Friends

(Paul Mirengoff) As I discussed yesterday, President Trump sent his “A Team” to Europe to demonstrate America’s commitment to NATO. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and Vice President Mike Pence all traveled to a major conference in Munich for that purpose. Kelly, Mattis, and Pence said the right things. Pence, who […]

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Our Huge Hidden Tax: Government Regulations

Posted: February 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm   /   Friends

By: Scott Powell On day one, President Trump surprised business leaders gathered at the White House, declaring US regulations “out of control” and “in need of 75% or more reduction.” A week later, he boldly signed an executive order requiring repeal of two old rules for every new one that government agencies implement.  The fact […]

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Nietzsche and the State

Posted: February 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm   /   Friends

By: David Gordon Nietzsche’s Great Politics. By Hugo Drochon. Princeton University Press, 2016. xv + 200 pages. In the nineteenth century, most classical liberals believed that the state had to provide protective services. Gustave de Molinari disagreed; in The Production of Security (1849), he argued that private companies could provide these services. But few joined […]

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Carl Bernstein’s silly anti-Trump rant

Posted: February 19, 2017 at 6:13 pm   /   Friends

(Paul Mirengoff) Four and half decades after Watergate, Carl Bernstein is still living off of his reporting on that scandal. Bernstein may have been a capable reporter in the 1970s, but his latest rant against President Trump suggests that he is well past his sell-by date. According to Bernstein, “Trump’s attacks on the American press […]

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Turning Coal to Diesel and Gas: Helping Coal and Lessening Energy Dependence

Posted: February 19, 2017 at 4:34 pm   /   Friends

Coal Railroad Cars – Global Warming Every time oil and gas prices rise significantly, the Malthusian “peak oil” crowd cries out, “we are running out of fossil fuels, we must find alternatives,” usually with those shouting the loudest promoting some big government investment in politically favored alternative fuels. National security hawks often support this call […]

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The Silly Sweden Flap

Posted: February 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm   /   Friends

(John Hinderaker) The liberal media’s war on the Trump administration has become comical in its monomania. The latest skirmish is over this riff from Trump’s triumphant speech in Melbourne, Florida: Here’s the bottom line. We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening. We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look […]

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