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Trump Authorizes Moon Mining, Media Ignores Awesomeness

Sometimes the most consequential events are little understood—or even noticed—as they unfold. For instance, on July 14, 1789, the day that French revolutionaries stormed the Bastille, King Louis XVI wrote in his diary, “rien” (nothing). That’s how disconnected Louis was from the tide of history. And soon, of course, he was disconnected from his head. In our era, on April ...

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Today’s Social Distancing And Tomorrow’s Virtual Togetherness

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The March 16 chyron accompanying ABC’s World News Tonight’s report on the coronavirus read, “America Shutting Down.” And that’s not good. Yet at the same time, we can see the green shoots of the next society—a more tele-distributed, virtualized society—sprouting up. And that’s an encouraging thought. For instance, also on March 16, Anne-Marie Slaughter, president of New America, a mostly ...

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Infrastructure Is The Issue of the Future: And It’s Likely To Stay That Way This Year

The big news out of Virginia this past weekend might be guns, and yet the bigger news, longer term, might be infrastructure. We just don’t know when that longer term will actually come to term. On Monday, a pro-Second Amendment rally in Richmond captured national attention. Given that guns, pro and con, are about the hottest of hot-button issues, it’s ...

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Several Recent Investigations Show Just How Little We Understand About Big Tech’s Collection Of Personal Data

Let’s consider three recent headlines about the impact of Big Tech. The question on the table is whether or not the American political system can even understand the power of Big Tech, let alone properly manage it. As we shall see, ignorance about the forces shaping our lives — from political elections to personal privacy to our national unity — ...

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Here’s How A Political Crisis Over Climate Can Lead To A Real Solution

The 2019 Nobel Prize for Chemistry went to three scientists — John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino — for their work on lithium-ion batteries. Today, these batteries enable our entire digital-mobile culture. It’s interesting to reflect back on where the initial impetus for better batteries came from. “In the early 1970s, during the oil crisis, Prof. Whittingham ...

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Will The Green New Deal’s Technocratic Optimism Give Way To Greta Thunberg-Style Religious Harangues?

The Green New Dealers have taken Rahm Emanuel’s advice to heart: “Never let a crisis go to waste.” That is, use the occasion of a crisis to advance a pre-existing agenda, in this case, the remaking of the U.S. economy. Of course, they first had to manufacture — or, if one prefers, dramatically highlight — the crisis of climate change. ...

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Fully Automated Luxury Hamiltonianism

Editor’s note: This piece is part of American Renewal, a new policy and opinion project by the Daily Caller News Foundation. Read a mission statement here, and see the landing page and all the articles here. For most the last three centuries, the American economy has been the envy of the world, providing, as it did, unprecedented wealth and upward ...

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