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Second-Banana Blues

Veep, cringe comedy, and laughing at Washington so you don’t cry

MAY 13, 2014 by MICHAEL NOLAN

Power-worship in D.C. and shows about it is nothing new. Playing it for slapstick rather than fetishizing it, however, makes Veep a welcome change of pace.

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The Good Thing About the Donald Sterling Incident

MAY 02, 2014 by MICHAEL NOLAN

NBA players offer a reminder that we needn't look to the State to inflict costs on odious people.

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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.

Anything Peaceful

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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September 2014

For centuries, hierarchical models dominated human organizations. Kings, warlords, and emperors could rally groups--but also oppress them. Non-hierarchical forms of organization, though, are increasingly defining our lives. It's no secret how this shift has benefited out social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it has also now come even to organizations bent on domination rather than human flourishing, as the Islamic State shows. If even destructive groups rely on this form of entrepreneurial organization, then hierarchy's time could truly be coming to an end.
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