UPDATE: The team has been released and is now home, but some members have returned with injuries. According to the Mises Institute of Cuba, they were dropped off in different places throughout the city, barefoot and beaten. Some of the members endured a four-day hunger strike as well, before being released. We can also report that the whole neighborhood showed up to show their support for the team. The team is expected to appear online…"Libertarian Party of Cuba Headquarters Raided By State Police, Members Arrested"
Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, Colorado has found itself in the middle of a heated dispute after reactions to a teacher’s activity on Cinco de Mayo got out of control. Earning the cliché nickname PiñataGate, the incident began when the Spanish teacher went along with a student-driven idea to make a traditional piñata that had President Trump’s face stuck on it. Several students participated in the activity as others posted pictures and videos to social media. While quite a…"Female student feels too unsafe to attend graduation after Trump piñata incident (updates and exclusives)"
With the GOP attempting to move Obamacare repeal and replace bills through Congress, debates have again flared up nationwide. While the discussion of privatized versus socialized medicine is worth having, there’s one statement being made by socialized healthcare supporters that is advocating a very dangerous idea: Healthcare is a right! This idea opens up a can of worms that I highly doubt the supporters realize they are opening. They are also saying that robbery and slavery are ok, that…"Healthcare is a Right? Well Then So Is This"
On its last day in session, and after its third reading, the Colorado legislature passed a bill that would reform civil asset forfeiture. The bill passed on its third reading, and would require the executive director of the Department of Local Affairs to produce a biannual report of all assets seized. The Department of Local Affairs was set up in 1966 to assist with local government needs. The bill would also require a database to be made…"New Colorado Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Now Awaits Governor’s Signature"
German startup Lillium may be poised to change the future of the flying car industry by finally making it feasible and attractive to consumers. This week, it offered a flying car prototype that is economically reasonable, technologically simpler, learnable by the average consumer (in the same manner as learning to drive a car), and has practical application in many situations. Lillium’s all-electric, Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL), jet-tested flying car might have what it takes…"Is 2017 Going To Be The Year Of The Flying Car?"
It is a misperception that libertarians do not care about the poor, the disabled, and those who currently are on governmental welfare assistance programs. Part of that misperception comes from people who simply do not know or understand what libertarianism means, or about free markets, and so on. And part of that misperception is reinforced by none other than libertarians. This is a good article. It covers the basics about why libertarians really do want…"Safety Nets Ain’t So Safe"
Animal welfare tends to be a vehicle for legislation that harms businesses, distorts market pricing, and places burdens on pet owners. The Colorado legislature, for example, has a track record that includes a ban on greyhound racing, special privileges to farmers engaged in “agritourism”, and a host of other regulations related to pet care facilities, vaccinations, gaming and others. And when an Iraq War vet is fined for having ducks that help with his PTSD,…"Free Market Solutions For Animal Lovers"
The Swiss company Novartis has introduced a new drug to treat large B-cell lymphoma, which makes up 30% of lymphoma cases, and the new drug has been given the FDA’s coveted “breakthrough label.” This label means that, because the drug is meant to treat a serious or life-threatening illness, and because it has been shown to be effective in trials, the process for approving it by the FDA has been expedited. Novartis is in competition…"Swiss Biotech Company May Have Produced First Cure For Cancer"
It’s a common reaction. An employee bad-mouths you and your business on Facebook. So you fire her. Before the time of social media (and the internet), I was in college. I also worked a job after school where I had a boss who was a strange, quirky person. I did a good job, but he was not exactly someone I enjoyed being around. I wasn’t the only one: my co-workers and I would laugh about…"If My Employee Criticized My Business, Can I Fire Her?"
The Free Market Existentialist is about the reasons why Libertarianism and Existentialism do not usually seem to go together, but argues that they should. William Irwin takes pains to establish a working definition of Existentialism, while admitting the existence of potential detractors to this definition: “Existentialism is a philosophy that reacts to an apparently absurd or meaningless world by urging the individual to overcome alienation, oppression, and despair through freedom and self-creation in order to become…"“Free Market Existentialist” Attempts To Reconcile Capitalism And Existentialism"