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There is partisan division in Washington because the American people have been increasingly, ever more deeply and quite evenly divided about where they want America to go as a country. Americans are deeply divided between resisting or embracing a Europeanized, post-constitutional American economy, government and culture. This decision can no more be compromised on behind closed doors with no one watching than could the question of civil rights and creation of the welfare state in the 1950s- ’60s, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s labor-oriented statism in the 1930s, slavery in the 1850s-’60s or Andrew Jackson’s rights of the common man in the 1830s. Each of those historic epochs was brought on by decisive and sustained shifts in national majority opinion.

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See Milton Friedman show a young (and skinny) Michael Moore how free enterprise works better that the heavy, top-down, government domination that Moore favors, even as a cheeky college kid.

Milton Friedman

Milton Friedman

Friedman: “The real fundamental principle is that people individually should be free to decide how much they are willing to pay for reducing the chances of their death.”

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Ideas are a lot like viruses. Neither a virus nor an idea is alive, technically, but both reproduce though contact with other people.  And both are hard to eradicate. For example, 20% of the American population believes Obama is a Muslim. That’s actually an increase since he was inaugurated.
Most idea viruses are the bad type. But I see no reason we couldn’t engineer good idea viruses.

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The creator of Improv Everywhere and the original no-pants day on the subway explains how he comes up with his bizarre and fun public scenes, including the 2,000 high fives on the subway escalator, scores of people showing up at Best Buy wearing blue polo shirts and just standing around, diving into the surf in formal gowns and more. This is a fun Powerfulideaz.

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