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Emotional Dictatorship

MARCH 05, 2014 by MICHAEL NOLAN

A new documentary shows North Koreans as agents of their own liberation.

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No Sleep Till Johannesburg

Searching for Sugar Man and spontaneous order

FEBRUARY 05, 2014 by MICHAEL NOLAN

Music creates spontaneous, unpredictable communications directly from person to person. That makes it essential to life--and a persistent threat to power.

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Bitcoin Exec Arrested

JANUARY 28, 2014 by MICHAEL NOLAN

The feds are after Charlie Shrem because he didn't rat out Silk Road users.

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You Don't Have To Learn Like a Refugee

A new university puts faculty and students together [gasp] specifically to learn

JANUARY 17, 2014 by MICHAEL NOLAN

The University of Minnesota–Rochester was created to serve its students, not its faculty. And it's doing so at (relatively) bargain rates.

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Chemistry Is What We Are

Breaking Bad shows exactly how entertainment can become art, and why the distinction matters

OCTOBER 16, 2013 by MICHAEL NOLAN

There's a lot that can be said about Breaking Bad. What's more interesting--and what makes it art--is what our reactions say about each of us.

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How to Make a Dictator

The latest bizarre rationale for bombing yet another country.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 by MICHAEL NOLAN

The Economist really, really wants the United States to bomb Syria. And they really don't want a President asking permission before doing so. Apparently, unlimited power is only a problem when it's the other guy.

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On Life Remotely: An Interview with Jessica Mans

AUGUST 07, 2013 by MICHAEL NOLAN

Last week, I wrote about location-independent work. Jessica Mans from Life Remotely, which opened my eyes to just how, well … really cool this lifestyle can be, graciously took some time to talk about location independence with us.

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On the Road Again

Customize Your Life with Location Independence

JULY 31, 2013 by MICHAEL NOLAN

Working from wherever you want to be isn't necessarily easy, but taking your happiness into your own hands never is. In exchange for the risk, you get to step away from the forms of bondage--especially to distant, maybe unattainable dreams--that most of us experience on a daily basis.

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Take Me Out to the Cleaners

Crony Capitalism and Stadium Funding

JUNE 12, 2013 by MICHAEL NOLAN

Stadium funding deals amount to making some people's leisure-time preferences a matter of law, then forcing everyone to transfer money to the already wealthy.

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Why Brooklyn Is Home

MAY 09, 2013 by MICHAEL NOLAN

I call Brooklyn home because the emotional cage match between the desires, the emotions, the location, and the city I make of it is too complex--and too personal--to go by any other name.

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April 2014

Around the world, people are struggling to throw off authoritarianism, with deeply mixed results. From Egypt to Venezuela, determined people build networks to overthrow their regimes, but as yet we have not learned to live without Leviathan. In this issue, Michael Malice and Gary Dudney discuss their glimpses inside totalitarian regimes, while Sarah Skwire and Michael Nolan look at how totalitarian regimes grind down the individual--and how individuals fight back. Plus, Jeffrey Tucker identifies a strain in libertarianism that, left unchecked, could reduce even our vibrant movement to something that is analogous to the grim aesthetic of architectural brutalism. The struggle for our lives and freedom is a struggle for beauty; it begins inside each of us.
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