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Markets work because of dumb luck and inefficiency

“But this efficiency obsession [among economists] also leads conservatives to defend free market capitalism on fallacious grounds. In truth free markets are not really efficient at all. Admiring capitalism for its efficiency is like admiring Bob Dylan for his mellifluous […]

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The big lessons from history

“The second kind of history to learn from are the broad behaviors that show up again and again, in multiple fields and different eras. They are the 30,000-foot takeaways from events that hide layers below the main story, often going […]

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Floating cities: the future of civilization?

“Seasteading isn’t the answer to our most complex problems. The answer is more experiments in government. But at its core, floating cities would allow market competition “in the most powerful industry on earth: governance”” | learn more

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The ingredients for innovation

From Farnam Street: “Inventing new things is hard. Getting people to accept and use new inventions is often even harder. For most people, at most times, technological stagnation has been the norm. What does it take to escape from that […]

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Why is there only one Elon Musk?

This is a wonderful thought exploration. “There are almost 8 billion people on the planet – why is there so much low-hanging fruit? Why is there so much stuff to work on?” | learn more

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On battery recycling and the future

JB Straubel, the Tesla co-founder and former CTO, is deep in the battery recycling game. Historically recycling compliance for batteries has been low, but that must change as the volume keeps increasing. “Why Amazon and Panasonic are betting on this […]