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On the Reliability of the “MSM”

(image via imgflip) I often run across people who denounce the reliability of mainstream media (MSM). This seems to indicate a misunderstanding of markets. “The media” is not a single homogeneous entity but actually a rather crowded and competitive industry where the barrier to entry is lower than it’s ever been. Even if you examine… Continue reading On the Reliability of the “MSM”

A Six-Step Program for Fiscally Conservative Social Liberals

A few years ago, the esteemed Chuck McGlawn argued against the temptation for libertarians to let someone pigeonhole our beliefs as being fiscally conservative and socially liberal. I do like his framing and also agree that it is important not to fall into the trap of letting our rather arcane and arbitrary two-party system dictate… Continue reading A Six-Step Program for Fiscally Conservative Social Liberals

Is ‘First Past the Post’ the Fairest Voting System? Why?

No, because plurality severely underrepresents minority viewpoints (gives them no voice at all), and even a majority viewpoint can be underrepresented if that side of the political spectrum simply runs more candidates, thus splitting the vote (i.e., the spoiler effect). For example, Nader acting as a spoiler for Gore in Florida 2000 and Jorgensen arguably… Continue reading Is ‘First Past the Post’ the Fairest Voting System? Why?

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