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Is socialism constitutional? - How do you have 'equal protection of the law' if you're allowed to discriminate based on what someone earns?   

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Democratic Socialism Conflicts with the Constitution -  A Washington Examiner article by Jenna Ellis - Published 07/24/2018

Is socialism compatible with the U.S. Constitution? - A Quora debate with both sides being argued.  Initial thread published 07/06/2016



Real Climate Science  - A fact dense summary of how climate science is moving away from 'phantasms'—back to—science.   

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Scenario #4 Real Climate Science -  An 11 minute YouTube video by Suspicious Observers.  Published 02/03/2020



President Donald Trump is a racist.  Is this 'fact' or 'fiction'?  

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How Racist is Trump Toward Black Americans? -  a 16 minute YouTube video by Larry Elder.  Published 01/22/2020


Leonard E. Read was the founder of the Foundation for Economic Education—the first modern libertarian think tank in the U.S.  FEE was largely responsible for the revival of the liberal tradition in post WWII America. 

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I, Pencil - Audio version of Leonard Read's classic essay.  Narrated by Floy Lilley.  Published by the Mises Institute 04/01/2009

I, Pencil - PDF version of Leonard Read's classic 1958 essay.  


Free-man's Perspective - White privilege is a racist enterprise

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'White Privilege' is a Racist Enterprise - An article by Paul Rosenberg.  Published 11/05/19

Self-directed learning:  How 'unschoolers' control their education

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Self-directed learning - A 6 minute Big Think video (and transcript) by Kerry McDonald.  Published 09/14/19

Walking though Times Square, the phrase that kept popping into my head was: spontaneous order.

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In Praise of Spontaneous Order - A Foundation for Economic Education article by Kerry McDonald.  Published 11/01/19


Climate Change - Who or what makes our climate change?  Is it us (anthropogenic), or is it something else?

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Climate forcing : Our Future is Cold - A 60 minute YouTube video by Suspicious0bservers that explores climate change science.  Published 08/28/19

Greta and AOC - 4 Critical Climate Number They Don't Know - A 2 minute YouTube video by Suspicious0bservers provides a timeline for IPCC inclusion of solar forcing. 

The Great Global Warming Swindle - A 75 minute YouTube video of the full Martin Durkin documentary which aired on British TV 03/08/2007. 

Basis Science for Climate Scientists - A 21 minute YouTube video by geologist and paleontologist Tony Heller.  published 10/20/19


Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called "women's issues." 

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Violence against women—It's men's issue -  a 17 minute TedTalk by Jackson Katz published November 2012

Google search domination - Is it politically biased?

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Dr Robert Epstein on Big Tech Censorship - 7 minute YouTube video published 07/19/19

To Break Google's Monopoly on Search, Make its Index Public - Bloomberg article by Robert Epstein published 07/15/19

Current Sr Google Engineer Goes Public: Tech is dangerous, 'taking sides' - 14 minute YouTube on Project Veritas channel. Published 07/24/19

James Damore & his google Memo on Diversity - a 51 minute YouTube interview by Jordan Peterson published 08/09/17

The psychology of vulnerability and happiness. 

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The Power of Vulnerability - 20 minute TED Talk by Brene Brown published June 2010

What Makes a Good Life - Lessions from the longest study in happiness - 13 minute TED Talk by Robert Waldringer published 00/00/00

Free Speech - What are the obligations when we exercise it or listen to it?  

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The Ignorant Do Not Have a Right to an Audience - By Bryan W. Van Norden published by the NYT 06/25/18 - Subscription required

Stop Amplifying Violent Crimes - By Harmeet K. Dhillion published by Fox News 03/15/19

Susan montgomery - I have a request for a topic.  I have spoken with Laura about this, but it would be helpful to hear what the group has to add too.  In one of the antique stores on Main St. there is a KKK figurine with the KLAN salutation KIGY [Klansman I Great You] that is up for sale for the asking price of $325.  It is 3-4" tall and made of metal.  I saw this at the beginning of the month, spoke to the owner about why they were selling it and am still in a quandary about what to do or not do.  There are quite a few symbols around town that state their intent is to express history and not hate.  This ties into issues about free speech, white supremacy and community involvement which is all at the forefront of what is going on in our country.  So not only am I asking for a broader discussion, I would also appreciate some ideas about what to do with this particular figurine. 


Rothbard boils down the Austrian theory to its esentials.  Innumerable economist, investors, commentators, and authors have learned from this book though the decades.  After sixty plus years, it remiains the best book in print on the topic of sound money.  

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What Has Government Done to Our Money - By Murray Rothbard in 1963 


Holders of political office are but reflections of the dominant leadership—good or bad—among the electorate.  Horatio Bunce is a striking example of responsible citizenship.  Were his kind to multiply we would see many new faces in public offices or, as in the case of Davy Crockett, a new Crockett.  

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Not Yours To Give Away - Go to page 116.  This is Chapter 12 in The Freedom Philosophy published by The Foundation for Economic Education in 1988.  This originally appeared in Crockett's autobiography The Life of Colonel David Crockett in 1884.


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Behavior - Groups, Individuals, Pros and Cons

Hobbies - Fun distractions for OMC members

The pros and cons of wealth

Being liberal - What are the advantages?

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress is a 2018 book written by Canadian-American cognitive scientist Steven Pinker.


Dr. William A. Tiller - The Tiller Institute of Pyschoenergetic Science 

"For the last four hundred years, an unstated assumption of science is that human intention cannot affect what we call 'physical reality.' Our experimental research of the past decade shows that, for today's world and under the right conditions, this assumption is no longer correct. We humans are much more than we think we are and Psychoenergetic Science continues to expand the proof of it."

Dr. Tiller is a Fellow to the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, a Professor Emeritus of Stanford University’s Department of Materials Science.  He spent 34 years in academia after 9 years as an advisory physicist with the Westinghouse Research Laboratories.

He has published over 250 conventional scientific papers, 3 books and several patents. In parallel, for over 30 years, he has been avocationally pursuing serious experimental and theoretical study of the field of psychoenergetics which will very likely become an integral part of "tomorrow’s" physics. In this new area, he has published an additional 100 scientific papers and four seminal books.

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The Tiller Institute of Pyschoenergetic Science - This is the video page of Dr. Tiller's website.  Recommend the first 3 short videos called 'Background', 'Research Intro', and 'On Human Potential' respectively. 

Daring Democracy by Frances Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen.

Responding to the concentration of political power within monied elites, the authors expose their strategy, and advocate a growing Democracy Movement to recover American democratic institutions.

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A one page summary of Daring Democracy 

Daring Democracy - A book review by Bob on Books

Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen: Daring Democracy - An 80 minute video of Lappé and Eichen explaining their book.

Is government based on moral law?  If not, why not what are the societal ramifications?

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Government Law vs Natural Law - Video by Stefan Molyneux

We’ve been programmed to believe that politics is how we rule ourselves… that politics is what saves us from tyranny… that our political system is the necessary and ultimate end of human civilization. 

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Politics is Poison by Paul Rosenberg

Ordered Anarchy: Examples of spontaneous order can be found all around us, both in human society and in nature.

The world we live in is full of unpredictable, individual actors.

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The Ordered Anarchy of Music Festivals by Brittany Hunter at the Foundation for Economic Freedom

The Science of Sync by Steven Strogatz at TED2004

The Dictatorial Presidency

Trump may very well be a dictator, but he inherited the position from a very long line of dictatorial presidents.

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Trump Didn't Create the Dictatorial Presidency, He Inherited It

Down with the Presidency