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What happens in Vegas . . . will soon be broadcast live on Sunday afternoons. This week the NFL granted Mark Davis permission to move his Raiders to Sin City. There are a lot of losers (taxpayers, hotel guests, Oakland), but the winners are the players who will move from 13% to 0% state income.

Self censorship . . . in the age of jihad. Journalist Flemming Rose, publisher of the infamous Mohammed cartoons of 2005, shares his rationale for that decision.

3 questions . . . for SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch that he’s not likely to get from the current Senate.

The great liberal flip-flop . . . How left-leaning college students are the ones calling for less free speech and more censorship. Author Jonathon Haidt discusses this reversal with Reason’s Nick Gillespie.

A gov’t hard fork . . . Jeffrey Tucker of FEE explains how an old idea (c.1776) might look for a new and digital age.

 

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Thank you, Ray Kroc . . . He may have been a jerk, but he was also the perfect object lesson in consumer-centered entrepreneurship.

Combating bad ideas . . . is best done with good ideas. Criminalizing words just doesn’t work.

The loud elite . . . Apparently, the more expensive the college, the more likely its students are to go hysterical over “offensive” speech. And there’s a chart to prove it.

A new portrait in the Oval Office . . . Trump may want to rethink the Andrew Jackson portrait that went up shortly after his inauguration. Unless ethnic-cleansing, constitution-hating war monger was what he was going for.

Fake News . . . Remy style.

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Banks and Bitcoin . . . China appears to be embracing Bitcoin, but it’s all about control of the exchanges, not about a fondness for crypto-currency.

Don’t punch that Nazi . . . Danish journalist Fleming Rose argues that the same defense we might be tempted to use to silence voices like Richard Spencer’s can be turned on us.

Breaking the Libertarian clique . . . Nick Gillespie and Jeffrey Tucker talk about the movement, the dangers of huddling up, and getting the message out.

Head Start or handicap? . . . Two recent studies suggest that kids in Head Start or other pre-k programs don’t fair as well as though who stay home that extra year or two.

Star Wars and Middle Earth . . . Why do we love these stories so much? Because┬ámythos, says Stanton Skerjanic of FEE, and we can’t get enough of it.

 

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Strange bedfellows . . . The New Left and Libertarians have found agreement here: “that compulsory school attendance laws be abolished.” ~ Ralph Raico. ┬áThis speech was given in 1974, but its observations are coming full circle today.

The consumer is captain . . . Mises laid it out (he was not the first, but he was the most compelling), and now Uber is demonstrating it.

Commerce, our protector . . . How a restaurant’s (or any company with regular customers) reputation is MUCH more effective in keeping the consumer safe than government inspectors.

Doubling down on bloat . . . Trump once described our military as bloated. Now he’s increasing its budget by $54B a year. What does this portend? Nothing good, says John Stossel.

The Hollywood Awards . . . You probably missed this star-studded gala. Don’t worry — they got the envelopes right.

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10 Economic Myths . . . brought to you by the bard himself (Rothbard, that is).

Drawing the free-market line . . . Dr. Peter Jaworski discusses the limits of free markets. Here’s one guiding principle: if you can do it for free, you can do it for money.

Drawing the line again . . . Here, Jaworski brings the free-market argument to paying college athletes.

Save Sesame Street! . . . by cutting its funding? Yes, says Reason’s Jim Epstein. The public radio and tv sector is a dinosaur, and it’s holding back the very best of PBS and NPR.

The richest losers . . . So which country penalizes its high earners the most? Surprise! It’s not us! The highest marginal rates belong to Sweden, Belgium, and Portugal.

 

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