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Bitcoin and the Dangerous Fantasy of ‘Apolitical’ Money

The crash of 2008 infused our societies with enormous skepticism of government and central bank authority. Naturally, many dream of a currency that politicians and bankers cannot manipulate. Bitcoin has emerged as the great white hope of something of the sort. Alas, that hope is false.

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What Abigail Fisher’s Affirmative Action Case Is Really About

Even if Fisher received points for her race and every other personal achievement factor, the letter she received in the mail from the University of Texas still would have said no.

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Economist Galbraith on Why Public Welfare Programs Are Sustainable

Is there ever a good time to cut “entitlements”—the code word used by austerity hawks to refer to and demean publicly funded social welfare programs—host Andrew Ross Sorkin asked University of Texas economist James K. Galbraith on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Friday.

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The Fat Line Between Free Speech and Defamation

When criticized, many followers of one faith or another mistakenly perceive a personal attack, and tend to elevate the sacredness of their own individual beliefs at the expense of universal free expression, thus sullying the discourse before it can even begin.

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Why We ‘Do It’

Granted, social science must always be consumed with caution. Still, papers about people’s sex lives are entertaining if not always illuminating. Here, we’ve taken the 10 most frequent reasons cited by participants of a sex study conducted by the University of Texas psych department in which people were asked to select motivations for having sex from a list of 237 choices. The choices ranged from “I realized I was in love” to “I was slumming.”

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