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Questions: – Is the social value of college unique to that environment? Can you replicate it outside of college? – What if you aren’t an entrepreneurial self-starter, should you go to college? Topics Discussed: – A great iTunes review – All problems are knowledge problems – Moral knowledge vs. pragmatic knowledge – Answers to questions you don’t have aren’t valuable – Is college actually valuable socially? – Age segregation in school – Do people go to college for the social value? – Horizontal vs. vertical networks – Going to college to feel normal – What a degree signals to employers – Success won’t come from you doing what you’re told – Being an adult.

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I'm an entrepreneur, thinker, and communicator dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. I'm the founder and CEO of Praxis, an intensive ten-month program combining real world business experience with the best of online education for those who want more than college.

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  • I’m a computer science major (payed for by the GI bill, the only thing I got out of the military) and in my second year. In two years I have only taken a grand total of 3 CS (Computer Science) classes. What I have taken is a lot of Gen. Ed., learn to love the country classes like American Government, American Literature, American History, etc.. I see a lot of computer companies (both development and design) that pay no mind to degrees. They want to see portfolios, freelance work, internships, GitHub profiles, things of that sort. But I’m not getting that out of college. What I have got is a partial structure, an understanding of what I need to learn that you won’t find on the hundreds of websites out there that purport to “teach programming”. (They don’t.)  However, it’s very slow going and doing small programs to prove concepts isn’t impressive to employers. I have plans for a site that takes teaching programming seriously and goes far beyond the throwaways like Codecademy and (ick) “The New Boston”.  The problem is the cost and time. (Most of my time is currently dedicated to keeping up with calculus.) I was actually in talks with a design company for stage one development that might give me a jumping point so that I could start posting what curriculum I’ve written. No luck, in the end, they decided my budget was not good enough. =/ But I digress. Here’s what I’m getting at. Many people within the liberty movement have an interest in computers or have jobs related to them. (I’ve met many programmers and developers who subscribe to liberty.) Here’s the questions for your consideration: Did you attend a college or university? Did you get a degree or drop out? If not, do you feel like you could do better with a degree? If so, do you feel like it was a valuable use of your time and money? What would you say to someone who struggles to keep up with keeping their grades up and using what little free time they have to actually learn something? Note: This is my first post to Liberty.me, it’s not meant to be well structured, it’s just something for consideration and discussion. 🙂  

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  • I have been paying attention to the craziness going on over on YouTube and I think it would be a good idea for all of us to post links to alternate social media sites. Sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are starting to try to shut down a lot of people so I think it is a good idea to start finding backups at the very least. I will list the few I am aware of I will add I have not yet used any of these… https://www.full30.com/ this is a firearms based site and it has come up a few times in conversation on other sites as the back up location for most of the major firearms content producers should YouTube and Facebook start shutting them out. https://www.minds.com/ this has been recommended by multiple YouTubers as a back up site should things get to bad. My understanding is it is still in beta however. If anyone is wondering what YouTubers they are Black Pigeon Speaks and Computing Forever but my understanding is a LOT of YouTubers have already moved there. https://becandid.com/ This one was mentioned by Black Pigeon Speaks and I think it is for mobile only but I am simply putting everything I am aware of on this list. If you are aware of any other sites please add to this list. Also goes without saying liberty.me

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  • Hey, so I will be co-president of my university’s libertarian group and president of the secular student alliance next year. Aside from a separation of church and state event, what might be a cool event or presentation to do that could help members of either group learn more about the other? Note: a large number of our campus’ libertarians are non-religious and a large number of our secular student group members (Secular Student Alliance) are socially left and economically all over the place.

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  • The other day I was reading The Perfect Storm by Johan Norberg and I suddenly realized how very alike a market is to an ecosystem. I’m a biologist by training but have only been reading Austrian economics for two years or so. The more I read the more I feel I should put together a course called “Economics for natural scientists”. The left has been completely in charge of academia here in Sweden for a long time, decades. However, it has proved rather more difficult to infiltrate the natural sciences than the social ditos. But they are doing it through appeals to emotion when it comes to environmental issues. By presenting political intervention as a given, the only question is how much. By exposing this and explaining the economic realities of examples like Tragedy of the commons I could at least help to counteract this, as we call it in Swedish, “rödröta”. Red rot. Now, I thought I’d come on here for some help to gather my thoughts and get your valuable input on points and examples to bring up, that are both pertinent to economics and environment. I’d like to be able to explain very simply and also stay constructive. – What are some good examples of basic economic principles? – What are some good enviro-examples where these principles are relevant? – What are some liberty/economic solutions to common environmental problems? – What should I read? I hope I was able to get across what I’m trying to do, I often get carried away by my thoughts. 1. Teach some basic economics to natural scientists in their language. Show analogies between ecosystems and markets to make the latter as intuitive as the former. 2. Illustrate through theory and real-world examples the difference between statism- and liberty- oriented approaches to solutions of environmental problems. + Success-stories. By this thread I hope to sketch out an outline of such a lecture series or course. Thank you SO much for helping out. My thoughts and ideas are just all over the place!

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  • I read an article on here today attempting to make the case that time is a valuable resource that can be owned and stolen, this couldn’t be more incorrect. I wouldn’t have made so much of this but a lot of people agreed with the article, titled ‘Are You A Time Thief’. “Time, like real estate, is valuable—primarily because there is a limited supply of both; there’s no way of producing any more of either.” Time is not like real estate. Time is a measurement, real estate is an objective rivalrous good. Because of this time is not ownable property while real estate is. The author claims ‘there’s no way of producing more of either’, this is false. More and more real estate is produced every day and is unlikely to stop being produced, and time is the way that humans measure the existence of the cosmos, as long as humans exist, the measurement of time will continue, and it is unlikely humans will stop producing more humans. There is no property right in ‘value’, therefor it is not ownable and can not be stolen. You have a property right in your real estate, you don’t have a property right in the value of your real estate. Your real estate can be stolen, the value in your real estate can not be stolen. For example, you may value your time at $30 an hour, but if I show up an hour late, am I $30 richer? Are you $30 poorer? No and No, because ‘time’ can’t be stolen and value is subjective and not property. Further, even if I do show up an hour late, while it can be an annoyance, I never initiated the use of force, so you wouldn’t be justified in any retaliation, like suing me for $30 or something. And I’d even argue that if you did, you’d be the one initiating force against me. Now stop calling people thieves.

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