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December 23, 2014

1. What should our mental model of government be? Remember, there are well functioning governments out there. You can’t simply say “All governments are evil, period” and expect that to be accurate. Torture happens because it is not politically unpopular enough for politicians who are defending it to be soundly voted out of office. It’s not the nature of government that is causing torture, it’s the nature of public opinion, as much as it pains anti-torture people to hear that. More on political corruption, mostly shared for the idea at the end, of making Congressional votes secret.

2. Do the left thing. A satire of leftist oppression-mongering.

3. The rare, great article by Krugman. On Putin and the Neo-cons. Neither seem to understand that war is a waste of time, money, and life.

4. Ayn Rand reviews children’s books.  Also, Randian Harry Potter.

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