Should the government break up Facebook? Industry leaders disagree.

Despite being free to users, Facebook seems to have a monopoly on our speech, our data, and our lives.

  • Experts, among them Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, argue the company has become a monopoly and should be broken up.
  • Others argue Hughes and his supports have misread Facebook's position in the market.
  • Despite these disagreements, a consensus agrees that Facebook and other Silicon Valley titans need to be better regulated.
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Is there such a thing as an anarchist capitalist?

The two concepts might seem contradictory, but anarcho-capitalists exist.

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  • Seemingly diametrically opposed, some peopel call themselves anarcho-capitalists.
  • Anarcho-capitalism argues that there ought to be no state whatsoever; the free market can sort everything out, and if left alone, will ensure everybody's liberty.
  • The philosophy attracts considerable criticism, both from anarchists and people with more traditional politics.
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  • The best technology fades into the background of our lives.
  • Cryptocurries will do the same, becoming a new asset class for investors like stocks and bonds.
  • Soon people will ask: "Do you have cryptocurrency in your investment porfolio?"


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Why sex behind the Iron Curtain was better for women

A new book about life under communism reveals an unexpected benefit.

Kozarčanka ("Woman from Kozara"), a World War II photograph that became iconic in Socialist Yugoslavia. (Image: Public Domain /Big Think)
  • A new book by Kristen Ghodsee argues that women had much better sex in communist Eastern Europe than in the West.
  • She attributes this to steps those states took to empower women and their resulting economic independence.
  • While rebuilding the Iron Curtain isn't called for, the author suggests we can learn ways to empower women from these communist regimes.
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China's double boom: From ‘Made in China’ to ‘Sell to China'

China's export growth model hit a wall. So it reinvented itself.

  • China is no longer an impoverished manufacturer of the world's products; it is a major consumer market of 1.4 billion people.
  • When its manufacturing boom hit a wall, China changed tactics and invested heavily in consumerism at home – a second boom that will make China king.
  • Global brands are desperate for a piece of China's $5 trillion private consumer market.
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