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Why Capitalism is Morally Superior to Socialism

Good podcast (and book) on the superiority of capitalism to socialism.
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An Advancing Society Will Privatize All The Things

I'm not sure I agree with the premise of this post, as the Industrial Revolution has lead to greater degrees of centralization and government control.

However, in the post-Industrial Information Age, I can see glimmers of decentralization (Bitcoin, Wikipedia, World Wide Web, Skype, eBay, Uber...) so the author may be correct.

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Given that a private law society is inevitable over the long term, what is left for the young libertarian activist to do?

If you enjoy politics, then by all means continue to advocate ending the Fed and lowering entitlement spending. Just understand that your efforts mirror those of the White Rose; noble yet inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. There is also an opportunity cost attached to lobbying, electioneering, and otherwise yelling from street corners.

A healthier and more fulfilling approach is to maximize capital formation by:

1. Developing a career in a specialized field that you love and creates real value
- Not being a political operative
- Not joining a multi-level marketing scheme
- Not becoming an academic

2. Saving as much of your income as possible and insuring yourself, loved ones, and property

3. Investing in innovative entrepreneurship, whether it’s within the company you work at, on your own, or with partners

This approach results in personal prosperity, an increase in society’s capital stock, technological progress, and accelerates the inevitable demise of governmental monopolies. Most importantly, it frees you from having to impose your acrimonious political opinions on relatives during the holiday season.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Rose


Government exists because it is, de facto, the equilibrium solution to providing judicial and defense services. This equilibrium is the result of ideology, high transaction costs, and strong asset specificity. To change this equilibrium, should we try to persuade people that our ideology is the ...
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Elm : Browser-Based Functional Programming

Description of Elm from Wikipedia :

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Elm is a functional programming language for declaratively creating web browser basedgraphical user interfaces. Elm uses the Functional Reactive Programming style and purely functional graphical layout to build user interface without any destructive updates.
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Elm seems to be worth looking into for client-side browser programming.
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Facebook's BigPipe : Pipelining Web Pages for Performance

BigPipe is a technology from Facebook worth looking at.
Site speed is one of the most critical company goals for Facebook. In 2009, we successfully made Facebook site twice as fast, which was blogged in this post. Several key innovations from our engineering team made this possible. In this blog post, I will describe one of the secret weapons we used ...
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Drupal's Lead on Shipping Code : Feature vs. Trunk Development

Good post by Drupal lead Dries Buytaert which compares trunk-based development with feature-based development.
Drupal will soon be 15 years old, and 5 of that will be spent on building Drupal 8 -- a third of Drupal's life. We started work on Drupal early in 2011 and targeted December 1, 2012 as the original code freeze date. Now almost three years later, we still haven't released Drupal 8.
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Yeoman Is a Code Generator Which Can Create Drupal Scaffolding

Yeoman is a Node.js-based code generator.  The interesting thing about Yeoman is it can generate scaffolding code for many different languages and frameworks.

For example, people have created Yeoman generators for several Drupal components.  These include :

- Drupal modules
- Drupal themes
- Drupal entities
- Drupal profiles
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Four Joins in SQL You Should Know

Good article which graphically shows four join types in SQL that you should know :

* Left join
* Right join
* Outer join
* Inner join

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An Advancing Society Will Privatize All The Things

I'm not sure I agree with the premise of this post, as the Industrial Revolution has lead to greater degrees of centralization and government control.

However, in the post-Industrial Information Age, I can see glimmers of decentralization (Bitcoin, Wikipedia, World Wide Web, Skype, eBay, Uber...) so the author may be correct.

From the post :

"
Given that a private law society is inevitable over the long term, what is left for the young libertarian activist to do?

If you enjoy politics, then by all means continue to advocate ending the Fed and lowering entitlement spending. Just understand that your efforts mirror those of the White Rose; noble yet inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. There is also an opportunity cost attached to lobbying, electioneering, and otherwise yelling from street corners.

A healthier and more fulfilling approach is to maximize capital formation by:

1. Developing a career in a specialized field that you love and creates real value
- Not being a political operative
- Not joining a multi-level marketing scheme
- Not becoming an academic

2. Saving as much of your income as possible and insuring yourself, loved ones, and property

3. Investing in innovative entrepreneurship, whether it’s within the company you work at, on your own, or with partners

This approach results in personal prosperity, an increase in society’s capital stock, technological progress, and accelerates the inevitable demise of governmental monopolies. Most importantly, it frees you from having to impose your acrimonious political opinions on relatives during the holiday season.
"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Rose
Government exists because it is, de facto, the equilibrium solution to providing judicial and defense services. This equilibrium is the result of ideology, high transaction costs, and strong asset specificity. To change this equilibrium, should we try to persuade people that our ideology is the ...
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GraphQL : Client-Based Hierarchical Query Language

GraphQL is a data query language and runtime designed and used at Facebook to request and deliver data to mobile and web apps since 2012.

GraphQL is a client-based hierarchical query language which can be used to effectively and selectively obtain data from a remote server.
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Dries Buytaert on Decoupled Drupal

Pretty good post by Drupal founder Dries Buytaert.  Dries points out a couple other good technologies, BigPipe and GraphQL, for making performant, decoupled web sites and applications.
Of all the trends in the web community, few are spreading more rapidly than decoupled (or "headless") content management systems (CMS). The evolution from websites to more interactive web applications and the need for multi-channel publishing suggest that moving to a decoupled architecture that ...
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Fragile by Design : Why US Banking Crises Occur

Good podcast with Columbia Business School professor Charles Calomiris who helps explain why the US has had twelve systemic banking crises since 1840, while Canada has had none. 

Also see supporting web site :
http://fragilebydesign.com/
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This is one of the best flops I've seen - a 360 helicopter flop!
We hope he has recovered from his very serious injuries.
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My interests include Social Security, finance, taxation, Bitcoin, and web site development. I have an MBA in Finance, and I am an Enrolled Agent able to practice before the IRS.
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Eagle Scout. Fluent in Japanese.
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