Does the US Need to Set a Digital Agenda?

Former Cisco CEO John Chambers

During a speech by former Cisco CEO John Chambers at BoxWorks 2015, he lamented the fact that the US government does not have a proper technological agenda in place. According to his reasoning this is a necessary step to ensure future prosperity and growth. This is despite evidence to the contrary that markets do, in fact, adapt and make good use of rapidly changing technology on their own.

There are steps the government can take to enable technological progress, but such potential steps are always to roll back layers of government intervention that are already in place. Suggesting … Continue reading

David Hume’s View on the Size and Scale of Government

Portrait of David Hume

This evening I received a link from a user on twitter ( @jpayneancap ) to an article by Donald W. Livingston over at The Imaginative Conservative discussing the ideal size and scale of the state. LibertyExplored takes no official position on whether there should be a state, as we realize the significant contribution that both anarchists and minarchists have made to the libertarian tradition. Our view is that any government that exists should be decentralized in nature and small in size.

In this article, Livingston lays out the approach David Hume takes to the issue of the … Continue reading

Review of “Real Dissent” by Thomas E. Woods Jr.

Real Dissent by Tom Woods

Tom Woods’ book Real Dissent draws a sharp distinction between authentic and insignificant political discourse. His central thesis in the book is that the opinion-molders in the media have narrowly defined the “legitimate” debate in this country to being between the positions held by the popular Republican and Democratic candidates. Those who suggest radical change or question fundamentals in the functioning of the system are mocked and ridiculed for being outside the acceptable range of opinion. These are those that dare say something that’s not on the 3×5 card of allowable opinion, the metaphor Woods uses to describe the perceived … Continue reading