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In Praise of Piecemeal Budgeting

How the government shutdown could do some good
OCTOBER 03, 2013

The shutdown doesn't mean the Capitol is now on Airbnb or that your congressman is filling out applications down at the mall. But it might yield up a way to actually get budgets passed and bring federal spending under closer scrutiny.

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Matt Damon vs. The Space Republicans

Science fiction with technology that's more realistic than its politics
SEPTEMBER 23, 2013

Elysium's cyborgs and floating space colonies are plenty of fun. They're also a lot more realistic than the straw men peopling the film or the economic theory underlying its plot.

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Turns Out I’m Not Crazy

Area 51 Exists
SEPTEMBER 09, 2013

The government finally admitted that Area 51 exists, but said nothing about little green men. But that conspiracy theory, like the one about the faked moon landing, was always unlikely, given the government's track record when it comes to confidence.

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Rent My Flat (Black Market Edition)

New York’s Swipe Against the Sharing Economy is Crony Motivated
AUGUST 13, 2013

A New York law punishes Airbnb users for finding their own ways around one of the city's biggest problems.

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Guitars, Eccentric Billionaires, and Space Travel

MAY 22, 2013

Space travel, once the domain of Russian dogs and astronaut golfers, is being taken over by private enterprise and entertainment moguls. And it's fabulous news.

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Applause for Washington’s Charter Schools

MAY 15, 2013

For all the scorn it (deservedly) gets, Washington, D.C., has a long track record of charter-school success.

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Your Student Loan Shall Not Be Forgiven

MAY 03, 2013

Student loan debt is a serious problem. Loan forgiveness, though, isn't an answer--it just spreads the burden onto other taxpayers.

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Professionally Clever (I Don’t Want Your Waiter’s Money)

APRIL 09, 2013

Every artist would prefer to pursue art for a living instead of, say, waiting tables. But that's hard to do. It still doesn't justify forcing everyone--including the other waiters--to cough up money they would not have spent on your work otherwise.