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Owning our own information and telling Big Brother to get lost

The Authentic Life, part III

Bet you thought I’d forgotten, eh? —– So. In part I we established that an Authentic Life is very much in the eye of the beholder. Sure, it often involves getting back to basics, being more self-sufficient, or living according to our highest values; but your authenticity isn’t mine and vice versa. In part II we established that although knowing ourselves is vital to the Authentic Life, self-knowing is a lifelong trial-and-error process. And the Authentic Life requires both compromise and refusal to compromise. We also established that some of the more rough-tough readers of Living Freedom consider the whole…

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Monday links

  • Fight back against a brutal cop and be charged with a federal hate crime? Bad idea. Very bad.
  • A sex worker describes the harm the feds’ seizure of Backpage is doing to her.
  • Venmo is a peer-to-peer payments network. Venmo is also a social network. Why the hell would you want friends and casual strangers to see where you’re spending your money? Unless for some goofy reason you actually want them track and speculate about your activities. 9 Comments
  • Friday links

  • Although things aren’t looking good for gun rights, gun owners are increasingly young and female — and that’s got to be a good sign. (H/T LA)
  • This, too: Students walk out of school in support of the Second Amendment. Though we should have heard a lot more about it than we did.
  • Simpsons creator Matt Groening is unapologetic about Apu and calls out those who gain attention by pretending to be offended. 8 Comments