Monthly Archives: November 2016

Libertarians and Marxists on freedom and the state

Recall the historical context within which that (Marxism), was a freedom-enhancing philosophy. Workers who attempted to negotiate collectively with the collective owners of a production establishment could face substantial state-sanctioned violence, or (I think) more often that the state had … Continue reading

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There is nothing “left wing” or “right wing” about opposing hate.

There is nothing “left wing” or “right wing” about opposing hate. The “alt-right” are brainwashed neo-Nazis.

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Subsidizing for-profit enterprise when there are positive externalities

The private sector knows there are externalities and a broader economic case for subsidies. The public sector knows that the private sector will under-invest relative to the optimum. The private sector knows that the public sector knows. The public sector … Continue reading

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Relevant update on cell phone tower simulators used in illegal police surveillance activities

From the Electronic Frontiers Foundation, in an article about new laws constraining abuse of these technologies: …while Stingrays presented profound constitutional concerns 10 years ago, they present even greater concerns now, because of technology advancements in the past decade enabling … Continue reading

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How to take over the world with 10 dedicated partners, microwave mind control data and technologies (knowing something will bear fruit), eventual access to budgets, and 50+ years on your hands

First, try to fill in the gaps for yourself. It’s not a crazy idea. Like, actually don’t read the next bit until you’ve had a half a thought about how it could be pulled off.   _________________________________________________ A small handful … Continue reading

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My Trump prediction

If Trump doesn’t do the stupider and/or more extreme things that he said he would do, then things will not be as bad as some people thought they could be. To the extent that he moderates or abandons his more … Continue reading

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Canada should compete as a consumer security powerhouse in IT hardware and software

Strongly enforced legislation for zero back doors, requirements for end-to-end encryption and other consumer protection standards could be a pathway to a strong and highly profitable competitive position for Canadian IT hardware and software producers “Made in Canada” can become … Continue reading

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Political participation in the post-truth era: will free thought or ease of brainwashing be prioritized, and by whom?

Will the emotional manipulation strategy for political communications ultimately lead to erosion of democratic preferences? Or, will disgust of the elite to the fact-free media preferences of “the masses” instead lead to increasingly oligarchic outcomes? As political participation etc. becomes … Continue reading

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A proposed solution towards better IT security

Through OpenCanada.org: A trusted neutral party should identify and promote more secure and private alternatives of the various technologies and services we use. For instance, they could be given grades from an A to F. The Canadian government could do … Continue reading

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Some people are more monitored than others. (Stanford experiment squared, without early cancellation)

It is beyond obvious to just about everyone that societal monitoring has extended to proportions that would have been unimaginable not very long ago at all. They are now at levels that would have easily contributed to major protest, uprising, … Continue reading

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