The Morality of Capitalism, part 2: Barriers to Free Markets

In part 1 of this series we looked at the benefits of capitalism as discussed in a Prager University video narrated by libertarian economist Walter Williams. Williams defines free-market capitalism simply as voluntary transactions between individuals. Ideally, market freedoms lead to individual freedoms. In an ideal world, capitalism is the most moral economic system ever invented.

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Weekend Reads 4/2/16

I Want to Believe This Surprised Baboon Gets What Magic Is

Teller wasn’t quite as impressed as I was. "The sleight of hand was pretty good," he said. "But not enough to justify that reaction. What the heck was on that card? Baboon catnip? Pheromones of the opposite sex?"

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The Morality of Capitalism, part 1: Capitalism is Good

The last time we encountered Prager "University", we were looking at an overly simplified video extolling the benefits of a flat tax. Today we're going to look at Prager's overly simplified video extolling the moral virtues of capitalism.

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A Christian Nation

This Easter video from British Prime Minister David Cameron has been circulating on Facebook this month, although it appears to have been recorded a year ago. The video has also been promoted on a couple of websites, the Conservative Tribune and the 

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Weekend Reads 3/26/16

Can Computer Programs Be Racist And Sexist?

Google's software is able to group together pictures of a particular friend, or pictures of dogs, cats, etc. But when it labeled a picture of one of Alciné's friends, who is also African-American, it left him speechless.

"It labeled it as something else. It labeled her as a different species or creature," says a horrified Alciné.

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Fossils from Noah's Flood?

Wayne Propst of Tyler, Texas was helping his aunt with yard work when he uncovered a rock embedded with petrified Turritella snails. Many Turritella specimens have been found elsewhere in Texas, dating back to the Cretaceous, about 100 million years ago. But Propst emailed Joe Taylor of the creationist Mt.

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Weekend Reads 3/19/16

A Plagiarism Scandal Is Unfolding In The Crossword World

The puzzles in question repeated themes, answers, grids and clues from Times puzzles published years earlier. Hundreds more of the puzzles edited by Parker are nearly verbatim copies of previous puzzles that Parker also edited. Most of those have been republished under fake author names.

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American Genocide

The way his supporters saw it, his lack of political experience was a benefit. His brashness and his crude demeanor merely served to set him apart from his career politician opponents. Those opponents saw him as reckless, emotional, unfit to govern—but his supporters saw him as a breath of fresh air. He was the type of guy whose supporters would stay loyal even if he shot someone in the street. He would never have been able to win a majority of votes, but with so many candidates running, he didn't need to.

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