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FREE PRIVATE CITIES – THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE

Imagine a system in which a private company, as a government service provider, offers you the protection of life, liberty, and property. This service includes internal and external security, a legal and regulatory framework and independent dispute resolution. For these services, you pay a contractually fixed fee per year. The state service provider as operator of the community can not unilaterally change this "citizens contract" with you later. As a "contract citizen", you have a legal claim to compliance and a claim for damages in the event of failures.

A thank you letter to Uber

When we think about people in the public eye we should thank, we think of figures such as Mother Teresa (we'll let Christopher Hitchens spin in his grave at this mention) or Princess Diana, who virtuously stood out because of their charity work. However, it is demonstrably true that the people who create the technology that betters our lives need an even bigger sense of gratitude.

Maduro Consolidates His Dictatorship in Venezuela

The dictator has shown no pretense of relinquishing control.

On January 10, Nicolás Maduro took another step in perpetuating and expanding his power, carrying out a masquerade in the form of a presidential investiture that will initiate a new mandate, a move that has been regarded as illegitimate by a large part of the international community. It would keep him in charge of Venezuela (supposedly) until 2025.

Sixty years in the death of the Cuban republic

Sixty years ago, while thousands of Cubans were celebrating the fall of the regime of Fulgencio Batista, a fevered atmosphere filled with a mixture of hype and hate was taking over Havana. Few foresaw what was coming next. On January 1, 1959, the Republic of Cuba was killed. Not many wept for her loss — some were too busy packing their bags, others were taking advantage of the political vacuum by looting the capital’s shops.

Russian ships attacked Ukrainian Navy boats

Early in the morning on 25th of November two Ukrainian Navy armored artillery boats and a tugboat set off from the Black Sea in Odessa via the Kerch Strait to Mariupol in the Azov Sea.  The Ukrainian navy assert that they had informed in advance of the boats’ planned movements “in accordance with international norms”.

Three Ways to Boost Liberty in the World

Defending liberty in the world is important, but so is also advancing liberty. There are two types of arguments for this:

It is a worthy goal in and of itself. I hope this goes without saying. Everybody can be free and that is good, and that’s why it should be so.

However, advancing liberty in the world is not only an end, but also a means:

Brazil elected Bolsonaro as its new president. What does the future of freedom in the country look like?

Jair Bolsonaro, a nostalgic of the military dictatorship, elected this Sunday 28th president of the biggest Latin American nation, promised to "change the destiny of Brazil", after an aggressive campaign that exposed the resentments of the majority of the population against the status quo that governed the country for 14 years. The captain of the Army reserve, candidate for the PSL, had 57.8 million votes (55.1%) against 47 million of his adversary, the socialist from the Worker’s Party (PT)  Fernando Haddad (44.9%).

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