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The Greece Situation

Here’s what I would do if I was running Greece right now… I would vote “no” vote in the recent Greek referendum. I would move to abandon the Euro and re-adopt the Drachma as the national currency. I would stay in the European Union. I would print money and use inflation to solve the government’s internal debt problems. I […]

No One Is Self-Made

Fatherhood has changed me. In my pre-fatherhood twenties, I thought of myself as a self-made man. I viewed the world through an individualistic, narcissistic lens and my accomplishments, I believed, were largely my own. I had taken risks and busted my ass to get whatever I got. I congratulated myself and began — quietly — to scorn those who had […]

Morality is a Luxury Good

War is an act of violence intended to compel our opponent to fulfill our will.  -Carl Von Clausewitz Morality is a luxury good. War is fundamentally amoral. There is nothing a threatened society won’t do, especially when cornered. The violence of war has no natural limit, no logical upward bound. And in case you thought […]

To Commerce! To Freedom! To the Open Internet!

I sent this letter to the Federal Communication Commission just a few minutes ago. I encourage you to do something similar. Also, feel free to discuss this post on Hacker News. From: Matt Mireles Date: Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 12:25 PM Subject: Save the Open Internet. For Freedom. To: Hello, My name is Matt Mireles and […]

Why I Love Hip Hop, America

I grew up in Orange County. I was corn fed on punk rock. When I was 17, I saw Rage Against the Machine at Irvine Meadows. The mosh pit was gigantic. Actually, it started off as two pits. They ultimately merged. There was a fire in the center. I ran against the grain. It was […]