The profit motive

July 29, 2014
Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J. Collins   Skyler J. Collins

"The profit motive is 'an economic concept which posits that the ultimate goal of business is to make money.' Many a modern liberal, progressive, communo-anarchist, and the like decry the profit motive as evil and greedy. I disagree. In fact, the profit motive is not only good, it's an inevitable component of human action." (07/28/14)  

Afghanistan: Karzai cousin/ally killed in Kandahar suicide attack

July 29, 2014
Guardian [UK]    

"A cousin and close ally of the outgoing Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has been killed in a suicide attack in the volatile southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday, officials said, raising tensions during a struggle over the contested election result. Hashmat Karzai was a campaign manager in Kandahar for Ashraf Ghani, one of the two presidential candidates involved in a bitter dispute over fraud that threatens to pitch the country into worsening instability." (07/29/14)  

US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

July 29, 2014
ABC News    

"In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach 'a very serious matter' and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time. The treaty confrontation comes at a highly strained time between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia's intervention in Ukraine and Putin's grant of asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden." (07/28/14)  

A non-conformist’s guide to success in a conformist world

July 29, 2014
by Bryan Caplan   Bryan Caplan

"Non-conformism at my intensity rarely allows real-world success Doing well almost always has a big social element; going solo gets you nowhere. Yet by conventional standards, I've succeeded. I have a dream job for life and enough money that I don't think about money. How did I pull it off?" (07/28/14)  

More states abandoning the sinking Common Core ship

July 29, 2014
Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger   Vicki Alger

"Originally, 45 states signed on to Common Core, but so far four states have formally pulled out. Indiana recently became the first one to reverse course and implement state standards instead. This decision earned a threatening letter from the U.S. Department of Education about withholding funds and revoking Indiana’s waiver from onerous federal No Child Left Behind Act mandates. South Carolina, Missouri, and Oklahoma have also ditched Common Core standards." (07/28/14)  

Free Thoughts Podcast, 07/28/14

July 29, 2014

"Neal McCluskey joins us for a conversation about public education in America. How did it begin? And why doesn’t it work as well as we want it to?" (07/28/14)  

Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos

July 29, 2014
Arizona Daily Star    

"Russian President Vladimir Putin's government must pay $50 billion for using tax claims to destroy Yukos, once the country's largest oil producer, and its Kremlin-critical CEO, an international court has ruled. Monday's verdict by the Permanent Court for Arbitration increases the economic and diplomatic isolation of Russia at a time when it faces new, potentially painful sanctions from Western powers." (07/28/14)  

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