The Democratization of Money

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When the Continental Congress finally adopted the Declaration of Independence, they did so with the intent of freeing themselves from a despotic and tyrannical system which had been oppressing them for a looooooooong time. Did they imagine a new, better world for themselves? Arguably, not for themselves per se, but for their children and grandchildren […]

A Glimpse Into The Crypto Future

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In the bowels of the Salt Lake Library, isolated from the coffee drinking hipsters in leather skirts, the open palms of transients seeking shelter, and the curious gazeĀ of families passing time, a group of thirty or so give unfailing attention to a tie-less man in a blue blazer who is uncovering details of the strategy […]

A Request for Extended Kindness

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Church is for sinners. SINNERS. When Jesus Christ made his way through Palestine and the surrounding areas preaching the gospel, he often associated with people many Jews considered evil, dirty, and sinful. They accused him by his association with them. In response Christ gave three of what I consider to be the most poignant parables […]

Predicting the Death of Bitcoin is the New Luddite Pastime

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Luddites have become historically famous for their protest against labor-saving machinery that threatened to, and eventually did, put most of them out of business. The plight of the Luddites has been felt many times over in the last two centuries. With the advent of new machinery, whole segments of industry are threatened, and either they […]

Do-It-Yourself Valentine’s Day Fortune Teller

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Valentine’s Day for some is a time of candy and flowers and nice cards, but my wife, and probably many more women, would like something a little more personal and a little more thought out on Valentine’s Day. To that end, I was browsing the webs and found a nice Valentine’s Day Fortune Teller, like […]

On Black Markets and Medical Prohibitions

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I received an email from a friend the other day asking if I had any illicit connections to help them get a particular medical treatment for a loved one. They don’t have insurance, don’t regularly see doctors, but it’s pretty clear that this treatment would help reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, […]

Why in the heck do we work so hard to go to church for three hours every week?

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Over the last ten years I have had hundreds of opportunities to ask myself a serious question: why do we bother going to church every week for three hours? You’ve gotta understand, ten years ago we started our family, and church became increasingly more difficult. Prior to our first child, getting ready and attending church […]

Thought Experiment: A Super Democracy

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If living by the will of the majority of the people is democracy, then super democracy, in my opinion, would be living not by the majority, but by absolute agreement of every citizen. Let’s start a small thought experiment: what would it be like to live in a world where any dissenting voice could stop […]

Seven Ways Automobile Insurance Isn’t Like Health Insurance

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Tell americans to get car insurance and nobody bats an eye .. tell them they all need health care and all of a sudden everyone has a fit. It’s the newest meme. Why are so many Americans so concerned with the health insurance mandate? They already buy insurance for their cars and their houses, their […]

Eight Things Private Companies Could Do Better Than Government

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I asked one of my friends who happens to love government intervention to come up with a list of things that government does better than the free market could, and he came up with this short list: The Military Food and drug safety Interstate highway system The Hoover dam NASA Fire departments Police departments Public […]