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Do you want to live in the world of Atlas Shrugged?

Do you want to live in the world of Atlas Shrugged?

There’s an ongoing debate on where to place Rand in the American intellectual and political tradition, because she was such a unique thinker. She combined elements from so many different things and it’s hard to figure out exactly where she should fit. What is clear, though, is some of the most important themes in her work really resonate with classical liberal themes, specifically her emphasis on individualism, suspicion of centralized power, and her advocacy of free markets. These are all…

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Socialism is actually selfish ft. Andy Puzder | #TruthStraightUp

Socialism is actually selfish ft. Andy Puzder | #TruthStraightUp

♪ Puzder: Progressives argue that socialism is benevolent, while capitalism is based on greed and avarice. Actually, it’s just the opposite. In a capitalist economy, you can only succeed by meeting the needs of other people, your customers. Consumers control the economy. They vote with every dollar they spend as to whether or not your business or your venture will succeed or fail. In a socialist society, you’re focused on your own needs because you’re competing with everybody else in…

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How we’re helping local reporters turn important stories into national news | Gangadhar Patil

How we’re helping local reporters turn important stories into national news | Gangadhar Patil

I’m a journalist. And I know how frustrating it gets when most of your stories go unnoticed. I felt it when I worked as a local reporter in my hometown Belgaum, in India. I thought maybe joining a national newspaper would help. So I went through professional training and worked with India’s three national newspapers. During my five-year stint, I used to travel for my stories. It was in early 2012 I traveled 1,000 miles from Mumbai to a coastal…

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China’s ruling Communist Party holds plenary session to discuss strengthening governance

China’s ruling Communist Party holds plenary session to discuss strengthening governance

no the most powerful movers and shakers in China’s ruling Communist Party at gathering this week to discuss ways to improve the culture is socialist system and the way it’s governed as well ongoing issues such as Beijing’s trade war with Washington and the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are likely to be high on the agenda as you might expect Oh jung-hee with the details with various challenges at home and abroad sluggish economic growth an ongoing trade war…

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Fascism and conspiracy theories: The symptoms of broken communication | John Cameron Mitchell

Fascism and conspiracy theories: The symptoms of broken communication | John Cameron Mitchell

There is danger in the incompleteness of digital communication. It’s not enough bandwidth to really feel. You know, I have — even right now, I’m looking at your face, which is superimposed onto a camera in the Interrotron, invented by Errol Morris. And that’s how he got people to talk to the camera honestly. But we don’t have those on our phones and computers yet. The camera is on top of the screen in a phone and a computer, so…

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Super Secret Societies That Pull Strings Without You Knowing

Super Secret Societies That Pull Strings Without You Knowing

Imagine you found yourself in some large strange house. You’re invited down to the basement where you navigate a series of winding corridors, only to enter a room through a hidden door that opens when a certain book is pulled out of a shelf. Once in the room you are greeted by a bunch of men wearing antlers on their heads and looking rather serious. They then start chanting some prayer that is 500 years old. It sounds like the…

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TEDxXavierSchool – Tony Meloto – Building homes, building lives, building nations

TEDxXavierSchool – Tony Meloto – Building homes, building lives, building nations

Today, we talk about innovation and tradition. But I am more innovation than tradition especially in a country like the Philippines where we don’t really know who we are because we are just in the process of defining ourselves. Three hundred years in the convent as people say and 50 years in Hollywood, we are the most confused people in the planet. And now, we’re seeing that together with other emerging countries in the world, we’re starting to define ourselves….

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How one tweet can ruin your life | Jon Ronson

How one tweet can ruin your life | Jon Ronson

In the early days of Twitter, it was like a place of radical de-shaming. People would admit shameful secrets about themselves, and other people would say, “Oh my God, I’m exactly the same.” Voiceless people realized that they had a voice, and it was powerful and eloquent. If a newspaper ran some racist or homophobic column, we realized we could do something about it. We could get them. We could hit them with a weapon that we understood but they…

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MEETING THE ENEMY A feminist comes to terms with the Men’s Rights movement | Cassie Jaye | TEDxMarin

MEETING THE ENEMY A feminist comes to terms with the Men’s Rights movement | Cassie Jaye | TEDxMarin

Translator: Isabella Boux Reviewer: Queenie Lee In 2013, I decided to meet my enemies. I was a 27-year-old, award-winning documentary filmmaker and a proud feminist. And I was determined to expose the dark underbelly of the men’s rights movement. At that point, all I knew of the men’s rights movement was from what I’d read online, that it’s a misogynistic hate group actively working against women’s equality. Well, the vast majority of my previous work was about women’s issues. I…

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