Benjamin M. Wiegold is a staunch libertarian and has been educating himself through The Mises Institute since 2011. He is also a self-taught musician and founding member of the Chicago band Pariah Folk. Check them out on facebook.
Synthetic marijuana is more dangerous and unpredictable than the ordinary kind. It exists because the Drug War has made cheaper, more potent drugs more profitable. And on a black market, safety is not the seller's chief concern.
The biggest technology problem we face today is not the rise of technology in the private sector. New technologies only improve worker productivity and wealth accumulation. The real problem is in the many ways that the state will use technology against us.
The US, Russia, Canada, Denmark, and other states are racing to take control of the Arctic Ocean. Outside of a few tiny outposts, however, these states have never "homesteaded" the region, so their claims of true ownership are fanciful at best.
Some music aficionados are complaining that the market's efforts to better deliver what people want are encouraging "bad music." In truth, music markets are providing more opportunities for the making of new music than ever before.
Venezuela is one of the most economically unfree countries in the world, and it has one of the highest crime rates in the world. Unfortunately, President Maduro thinks he can fix the problem by making the country even less free than it is now.