• On 1st Anniversary of Garland, TX Free Speech Jihad Attacks there are No Commemorations


    May 3, 2016 was the first anniversary of the Islamic State’s first attack in the homeland.

    Just a couple of short months later, in response to the Chattanooga jihadi who slaughtered four Marines, one Navy officer said: “The War Has Just Begun. More to Come.”

    He was right. Yet one year after jihadis attacked our Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in defense of free speech, the West is in full surrender mode. In the wake of the Garland jihad attacks, the world says: let the bullies silence you. Don’t draw Muhammad. Comply with their other demands.

    Garland changed everything for my colleagues and me. Its personal toll has been enormous. It has affected our lives and our careers in innumerable ways, all of them negative. Our security costs are now astronomical. We cannot step outside without remembering that we are hunted, and at any time jihadis could strike at us. READ MORE...

  • The Bitcoin Ecosystem's Communications Deficits


    If triumphalism drove adoption, Bitcoin use would already be widespread, and its price against other currencies would be stratospheric. But the existence of a genius protocol does not guarantee its success. For Bitcoin to thrive, there must be a great deal of social and economic change. To foster such change, the Bitcoin ecosystem needs better and more mature communications. It’s a deficit that is costing the Bitcoin ecosystem in lost potential each day it persists.

    Bitcoin and the blockchain are brilliant and fascinating technologies. But Bitcoin’s social capital needs are manifold. To deliver on its promises of global financial inclusion, user-defined privacy, enhanced liberty and a stable money supply for all the world’s people, the Bitcoin ecosystem needs a larger and more sophisticated community of software and protocol developers, greater assurance against mining centralization, and a thriving community of node operators. The embrace of the financial services community would speed adoption. Bitcoin needs the reality and perception of low volatility; it needs protocols and practices that assure privacy, flourishing marketplaces, a congenial regulatory environment and a positive reputation. (This list of social capital needs is drawn from this author’s 2014 study of impediments to Bitcoin’s success.) READ MORE...

  • The Bitcoin Ecosystem's Communications Deficits


    If triumphalism drove adoption, Bitcoin use would already be widespread, and its price against other currencies would be stratospheric. But the existence of a genius protocol does not guarantee its success. For Bitcoin to thrive, there must be a great deal of social and economic change. To foster such change, the Bitcoin ecosystem needs better and more mature communications. It’s a deficit that is costing the Bitcoin ecosystem in lost potential each day it persists.

    Bitcoin and the blockchain are brilliant and fascinating technologies. But Bitcoin’s social capital needs are manifold. To deliver on its promises of global financial inclusion, user-defined privacy, enhanced liberty and a stable money supply for all the world’s people, the Bitcoin ecosystem needs a larger and more sophisticated community of software and protocol developers, greater assurance against mining centralization, and a thriving community of node operators. The embrace of the financial services community would speed adoption. Bitcoin needs the reality and perception of low volatility; it needs protocols and practices that assure privacy, flourishing marketplaces, a congenial regulatory environment and a positive reputation. (This list of social capital needs is drawn from this author’s 2014 study of impediments to Bitcoin’s success.) READ MORE...

  • Convening to increase opportunity: AEI hosts leadership summit


    Last week, AEI hosted more than 80 leaders for our spring 2016 AEI Leadership Network Summit.  The Leadership Network is an exclusive program that reaches leaders from across the country representing nonprofit and community organizations, small business, and state and local government.  To date, more than 200 distinguished leaders are part of this Network.

    Taking place April 27–30, the purpose of our Leadership Network Summit was to convene a personally, professionally, and ideologically diverse group of leaders for an honest and open discussion on increasing opportunity by focusing on poverty alleviation, education reform, and strengthening the free enterprise system. READ MORE...

  • The Resist Rally: Hundreds Flock to Idaho Capitol to Protest US Government for Political Prisoners


    Citizens of Idaho, and visitors from as far away as Texas, gathered on the steps of the Capitol Building in Boise, Idaho at Noon on Saturday, 30 April 2016 to collectively voice growing dissatisfaction with what is rapidly becoming a crescendo of unlawful Federal overreach in land disputes, unjust incarcerations, suppression of Constitutionally guaranteed rights, and in the case of R. LaVoy Finicum, questionable (at best) use of lethal force. Billed “The Resist Rally” and organized by the III% of Idaho, a couple of hundred citizens stood in breezy, but otherwise pleasant weather, with flags, banners, and signs for the purpose of continuing to bring light not only to the politically-motivated imprisonment of four Idahoans, but also of other defendants now numbered in the dozens spread across two cases. READ MORE...

  • GOP Concedes: Trump WILL BE The Nominee… “We’re Going After Hillary Clinton”


    It is a bombshell moment in this bizarre 2016 election, as Trump now has enough momentum to convince even the GOP establishment to get behind him.

    Indiana proved to be the decisive victory for Donald Trump in the GOP primary contest. Ted Cruz, who teamed up with Carly Fiorina as a last ditch effort to save his campaign, was forced to acknowledge bitter defeat – ending his campaign last night. John Kasich is apparently staying in the race for the time being. NBC News reports:

    In a result that once seemed unthinkable to many Republicans, Donald Trump became the likely GOP nominee on Tuesday as top rival Senator Ted Cruz withdrew from the race. READ MORE...

  • Can Congress Stop Saudi Arms Sales?


    For the first time since the weeks and months following the September 11 attacks, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has become a candidate for prime scrutiny on Capitol Hill.  

    A bilateral, strategic relationship based on the pragmatic oil-for-security formula that was once described as one of America’s most important partnerships in the world is increasingly becoming the object of scorn and criticism from members of Congress. Indeed, up until this year, Saudi Arabia was the closest version to a “Teflon Don” in the international system; an abysmal human rights record at home and the exportation of fundamentalist Islam abroad were largely trumped by the need to fill the international market with the very crude oil that Riyadh produced and sold. READ MORE...