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Tom W. Bell
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What does a revolution in governance look like? Something like this.
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A good summary of current thinking but limited to conventional sim theory.

The commentators (Minsky excepted) assume a Hanson​ian, computer-based simulation.  That suggests precise control, whereas the sim platforms I foresee, resembling wave tanks more than computer programs, offer greater fidelity but less intervention.  Goodbye, stalker gods! 

None of the commentators hits upon this likely result of sim theory:  We probably live in a universe selected to reproduce itself.  See Harrison, 1995.  And, thus, none concludes that the universe would reward us for trying to reproduce it.

(I think I'm still  alone on that one.  Y'all ought try that proposition out.  Feels great.)
Could we actually be living in the Matrix? You might be surprised.
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Crazy legal doings in Liberland.
Access to Liberland has been consistently denied to all visitors since May 3, 2015 when Croatian forces began their occupation of the territory. Since that time there have been over 30 arrests of people entering, whether by foot or by boat. Arrests have been across many nationalities including Croatian, Dutch, American, Swiss, Czech, Brazilian and ...Read More
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Recommended for students of simulation theology:  Eric Steinhart, Theological Implications of the Simulation Argument, Ars Disputandi, 10:1, 23-37 (2010).  Herewith some thoughts:

1) Evolutionary theory suggests that our universe is "finely tuned" (in Steinhart's sonorous phrasing) not to be "interesting" (pace the author) but to reproduce.

2) The paper left unclear why the first universe could not arise spontaneously, making God software, only.  Indeed, that might describe the human case, should our universe have no author and we create sims.

3) Hicks offers a pretty picture of resurrections across more perfect universes, but his "naps" cut the links that create personal identity.
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How hard can it be to start a new country?  Watch the adventures of these bold and brave Liberlanders to find out.  (NB:  The video is mostly English.)
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Osnivač je već nekoliko puta završio u zatvoru. U posljednjem pokušaju u zatvoru je završio i videonovinar HRT-a Pero Barić dok je za emisiju HRT-a Labirint snimao baš ovu reportažu.
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Boooom!  [Mimics shape of mushroom cloud with hands]  
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Chapman University President Jim Doti on making the whole university a multi-cultural center.
Jim Doti speaks out on campus free speech issues and the value of a liberal arts degree.
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"Special Economic Zones in the United States:  From Colonial Charters, to Free-Trade Zones, to a US SEZ Program" (draft v. 2015.08.03):

Special economic zones (SEZs) have spread across the globe in recent decades, exploding in number, diversity, territory, power, and population.  They have proven popular almost everywhere except the United States.  That seems surprising when you recall that the United States traces its lineage back to the proto-SEZs that Old World royalty created when they sold entrepreneurs charters to build New World colonies.  True, the US hosts a growing number of Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZs), but these do little more than exempt a select few companies from federal customs burdens and local ad valorem taxes.  This paper proposes that the United States adopt a new approach to SEZs, one especially adapted to domestic institutions and needs.  The United States Special Economic Zones (US SEZs) herein described would arise on federally owned property—most notably, on some of the millions of acres administered by the Bureau of Land Management.  A US SEZ’s enabling grant would completely preempt the effect of state law and largely limit the effect of federal laws and regulations (including taxes).  This would make the zones attractive venues for investment, spurring economic growth, and help resolve a festering conflict between the federal government and western states over rights to public lands.  The federal government and adjoining states would share the revenues generated by US SEZs, winning the program allies at both national and local levels.  So structured, US SEZs offer a fair prospect of promoting economic growth, human welfare, and individual freedom.
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"How can private communities affirm the principles of democratic equality? By affording full protection to all rights holders, individuals and owners alike. The one-person/one-vote approach popular in political contexts works best at protecting the individual personal rights — freedoms of conscience, speech, and innumerable others — to which each of us has an equal claim. Corporate law’s one-share/one-vote rule works best at protecting the property rights of those who invest in a commonly owned community."  31 Social Philosophy & Policy 230 (2015).
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Offended?  Good for you!
The First Amendment protects the freedom of speech and has been upheld by the Supreme Court more than once. But with occurrences like Charlies Hebdo and other incidents of racist,…
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"[W]e are creating, a whole government structure around, if you buy a unit or home in, in the city you get, shares in this new operating entity,that will allow you to have general assemblies, vote in a, group of leaders, for the operation of the city, and then they elect an executive." Fahd Al-Rasheed, Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of King Abdullah Economic City, 38:05 mark.
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What is the most valuable thing in the world?  According to the World Bank's exhaustive survey:  the rule of law.
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