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Getting ready for the next big (-ish) adventure! Cycling 200 miles from the Forbidden City in Beijing to the end of The Great Wall (same distance as London to Paris) in 24 hours! 

#china   #chinatravel   #cycling   #challenge   #challengeyourself  
London to Paris, Seattle to Portland, Seattle to Vancouver... these are all iconic endurance cycling challenges that get thousands of participants taking p
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Hey Philip, great idea! We're already working with another charity, Education in Sight (linked to in the article), but why don't you send me an email with some information and we'll see what we can do :).
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Amazing inspiration for anyone who thinks they are the only ones that suffer from #selfdoubt  , a reminder that it's all part of the process! #writing   #creativity  
"Just set one day’s work in front of the last day’s work. That’s the way it comes out. And that’s the only way it does." Many cel
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Four short recordings from Bruce in Beijing interviewing Matthew Hu from the Courtyard Institute on Beijing courtyard life and the importance of community involvement for the preservation of old Beijing.
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A post about what draws me to hobbies like adventure motorcycling, long distance hiking, and (most recently) endurance hiking as well as what I think all three very different hobbies and hobbyists might have in common. Curious to hear other people's opinions on what drives them to an adventurous life! #motorcycles   #adventure   #hiking   #cycling   #travel  
What do adventure motorcycling, long distance hiking, and endurance cycling all have in common? More importantly, what inspires people to put themselves ou
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This has got to be one of the craziest, most backwards things I have ever heard. It feels like it comes straight from Atlas Shrugged... 

So Spain has just decided to pass a law that Google has to pay news organizations every time it shows results from those news sources. I guess the thinking is that access to those news sites’ content gives Google traffic and thus business which, the justification goes, they should have to pay for (never mind that 1) showing these results gets traffic, views, and therefore revenue for those news organizations or 2) those websites can easily block Google bots from showing content in their results with 1 line of code).

In response, Google News basically said "forget about it” and decided to pull out of Spain. So what is the reaction from the news industry and Spanish government? Now they want to FORCE Google to provide a service that they have already decided they will be forcing Google to pay to provide in the first place!!
A new effort by the Spanish Newspaper Publishers Association (AEDE) to prevent Google from shutting down its News site in Spain is an amazing example of in
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spanish newspapers want to break laws to enforce this law
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Jonah Goldberg from National Review had a couple pieces today about Libertarianism,  specifically they were in response to a recent "Libertarian Moment has Come" article in the NYT Magazine by Robert Draper. 

Seems like most of the discussions here at the moment are about what's going on in Ferguson. So, sorry for going off topic (but just a little bit). Goldberg makes some points about the majority of new libertarians motivations for choosing to be libertarian (or choosing to say that they are). These points I don't really take much issue with, as there will be bandwagoners for everything and if any movement got rid of them to maintain purity, it'd be hard to gain any sort of momentum and enter the mainstream. 

The point I wanted to bring up here though was what Goldberg says about the Libertarian approach to community, essentially positing that community and libertarian ideals (or the general rhetoric of the movement) are at odds and because of this he has trouble sympathizing too much with libertarians (foreign policy is also a point of contention for him, but that's for another discussion). 

I'm normally a fan of what Goldberg has to say, but these points didn't quite sit right with me. The other article where he brings this up most forcibly is in his newsletter which isn't posted online yet, but I'll copy and paste the relevant quotations below. He says that for Ayn Rand as well as Obama there is just government and the individual and in both world views the two are at odds, the only differences are with whom power should most lie. 

Personally I feel that there's plenty of room for community in Randianism and Libertarianism. Heck, Galt's Gulch as one big community of society's most productive members. Maybe I'm just being a "selective libertarian", and that's why I wanted to bring this up here, but isn't the freedom to form communities, for the communities to devise their own rule system, and to enforce those rules on willing participants and members of that community still a fundamentally libertarian idea? 

I personally get frustrated when people express this notion that to be libertarian is to be some sort of anarchist. That libertarians believe there is no room for government or organizing principles under which communities should form and cooperate together. From what I've learned at least, there is no such notion. Hayak, Bastiat, and Rand all expressed the need for government and the rule of law (and the ability to enforce those laws) in some form or another. 

Anyway, I'd like to see what other members of this community have to say on this point as I think it's an interesting topic. And if indeed this is a misrepresentation of Libertarian ideas, then obviously the movement has a bit of a PR problem in getting the right message out, which as obstacles go is not such an insurmountable one.

Here are the relevant points from Goldberg's G-File:
"Perhaps the most annoying thing about libertarianism is its blind spot about the importance of community. Ayn Rand and Barack Obama share the view that there are only two important institutions: the individual and the state. The difference is Rand thought the state is evil and Barack Obama thinks it is awesome. The truth is closer to the middle. Well, let me modify that. The state in the Bismarckian/Wilsonian sense sucks. But government is not evil. Oh, it can be. But it needn't be. Sure, semantically you can make the case that it is a necessary evil, but I don't think that's entirely fair. Nothing truly necessary can be evil. Gravity is not evil. Food and shelter are not evil. There are things we need to do collectively. That's why the Founders wrote the Constitution. Its genius lay in the fact that it understood that government is necessary but not sufficient for a good life."

"When it comes to the federal government in the domestic sphere, I'm pretty damned libertarian. But I am also damn near a hippy communitarian when it comes to everything else. The libertarians in Draper's essay talk a great game about individual liberty and there's no end of sneering  at social conservatives. But in a truly free society individuals would be free to live conservatively. Far more important: They would be free to live conservatively in groups. We call these groups "communities." That means in a free society some communities would be free to establish rules that other people would find too constraining. What breaks my heart about Draper's essay is that it buys into Obama's view of society: Individuals versus the state. Bollocks. In such a denuded society the federal government will inexorably take charge of things it has no business taking charge of. Too many liberals and libertarians share the view that the government in Washington is the only government in the game. I agree entirely with libertarians that the feds shouldn't be in the business of telling anybody how to live. But local communities should have enormous — though not unlimited — latitude to organize around principles that some libertarians, conservatives, and liberals don't like."

This point in the article is off topic but it's a nice one pertaining to Liberals trying to hitch onto libertarianisms recent popularity:

"Another point (which I've made 8 trillion times). Liberals aren't libertarian about social issues! Libertarians don't believe in speech codes. They don't believe in racial quotas. They don't believe in cigarette bans. They don't believe private citizens should be forced to do business with people they don't want to do business with. They don't believe in socialized medicine or limits on soda sizes. I have contempt for both liberals who claim they are libertarians and for libertarians who find common cause with liberals who refuse to acknowledge this fact. Claiming to be socially liberal but fiscally conservative is one of the great dodges in American politics. But it pales in comparison to claiming that you're socially libertarian when you're in fact socially authoritarian."
 

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/385446/americas-selective-libertarianism-jonah-goldberg
There’s an old rule in journalism: All you need are three good examples to prove a trend. And by that measure, writer Robert Draper had more than he needed to declare a new “libertarian moment” in American politics. In a New York Times Magazine cover story, Draper made exactly that case. His chief evidence: Young people are more libertarian today, and libertarian ideas are having a renaissance on the right. Also, self-described “libertarian-ish”...
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+George Smith wrote: Contrary to Hobbes, Locke depicted the state of nature—a condition of “pure anarchy”—as essentially civilized, so there is no necessary reason to suppose that society will disintegrate into violent chaos during a revolutionary change of governments. Government, in the Lockean view, is necessary to remedy certain “inconveniences” that will arise in a society without government. Thus, although a society with government is generally better than a society without government, a society can function satisfactorily to some degree under anarchy. It would be better to live with no government at all than to endure tyranny.
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  • The Great Ride of China
    Founder and Co-Conspirator, 2013 - present
    Rode a motorcycle through every province in China, over 33,000km (20,000 miles), attempting to break the world record for longest continuous motorcycle journey in a single country. The trip was done with the support of Chinese motorcycle manufacturer CFMoto. The Great Ride of China also partnered with Free Lunch for Children, a China based charity that provides free school lunches to children in poor, rural areas around the country.
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Living in China, learning about the country, the language and the people. Working as a marketing consultant and freelance website designer. Most recently rode a CFMoto 650TR through every province in China, over 34,000km/21,000 miles, to help raise money for China based charity, Free Lunch for Children.
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Thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2005, John Muir Trail in 2008, and 600 miles of PCT in 2010, 2 cross-country motorcycle trips in the US, and multiple trips around China including 34,000km through every province in 2013
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