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The 1751 machine that made everything

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The 1751 machine that made everything

A short video on how technological innovation born of economic liberty has changed the world.

History is more than dates, places and battles. In many instances it’s technological advances that change the world for the betterment of all mankind. In this case it’s the story of French inventor Jacques de Vaucanson and his creation in France of the first all metal slide rest lathe, the forerunner to all modern machine tools in 1751.

Lathes had been around for centuries, but lacked the precision with hand held cutting tools. The slide rest of the Vaucanson metal lathe that provided the control to produce metal part of exacting dimensions. The lathe is said to be able to produce every other machine and machine tool. This advancement changed everything.

The producer of the video references a profound chart of World Population GCP and per Capita GCP 1 –2008 AD from data of the late Angus Maddison, similar to this produced by the  Visual Capitalist, we credit them for the chart and commentary:
Image Credit: Visual Capitalist

 

For thousands of years, economic progress was largely linear and linked to population growth. Without machines or technological innovations, one person could only produce so much with their time and resources.

More recently, innovations in technology and energy allowed the “hockey stick” effect to come into play.

The video was produced by Machine Thinking last year.

While some may quibble about which particular machine produced this miracle The larger point is that the machines of the industrial age profoundly changed what people could produce.

As the video noted the average person in 1600 was no better off economically than someone thousands of years earlier. This is what is called the Malthusian trap and for seven thousand years, it was inescapable no matter what we did.

Machine tools such as this changed all of that, one person could produce what had taken many. This surplus could outpace births, allowing the economy to grow at an incredible pace as seen in the chart. All from the genius of the mind undergirded by the Economic liberty of the free-enterprise system. This is why this is vastly superior to the societal slavery of socialism.

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Doug Ducey’s reversal on Nike is a betrayal to patriots across the nation

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Doug Duceys reversal on Nike is a betrayal to patriots across the nation

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey did the right thing when he declared on Twitter that Nike would not receive incentives for coming to Arizona. He was taking a stand against their unpatriotic decision to stop making apparel with the Betsy Ross American flag on it, a decision prompted by professional social justice warrior Colin Kaepernick’s claims the flag is a racist symbol.

We covered it and praised the Governor for his patriotic decision.

Then, he changed his mind without explanation and pretended like nothing had happened before the 4th of July in his announcement of the “good news” on Twitter;

Whatever political pressure he was receiving to reverse his decision and suddenly join Team Nike is bogus. I don’t care what it was. If the pressure was so great that his hand was forced, then he should have come out reluctantly accepting something he couldn’t change instead of suddenly embracing the opposite outcome of his previous stand. Trying to sweep this under the rug by relying on a news cycle and voter base stricken with ADHD is a huge problem that hits both sides of the political aisle, as Ducey demonstrates as a Republican. We have plenty of examples of this for Democrats, of course.

This is the type of ingenuous pandering to special interest groups that should infuriate people. 500 new jobs is great, but here’s the thing. Nike effectively gave the American flag and patriotic Americans the finger. They should be the subject of boycotts, but as Ducey and many conservatives have demonstrated in the past, the greatest weakness of the right is our unwillingness to take a stand by holding back our dollars. We’re a pragmatic bunch, so more jobs sounds great. But the line must be drawn or companies will continue to pretend like American patriotism is anathema in the modern world.

Those who support America have become enemies of the left in this post-truth society. The left is willing to boycott. Why won’t the right? Doug Ducey did the hard thing, the brave thing. Then he reversed himself. Pitiful.

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Amazon praises Trump for defending American companies from new French tax

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Amazon praises Trump for defending American companies from new French tax

The Washington Post may have a bias against President Trump, but their big brother in Jeff Bezos’s portfolio, Amazon, is very pleased with the President right now. Following the French Senate passing a new tax that goes after big tech giants, President Trump ordered an inquiry into the tax similar to the inquiry used to examine China’s practices just prior to imposing tariffs on them.

The implication is clear: If France wants to treat tech companies, most of which are in the United States, with unfair tax increases, then the United States will return the favor.

Yes, it was a threat, and Amazon appreciates it.

“We applaud the Trump Administration for taking decisive action against France and for signaling to all of America’s trading partners that the U.S. government will not acquiesce to tax and trade policies that discriminate against American businesses,” Amazon said in a statement to The Washington Post.

The tax doesn’t just go after tech “giants.” It goes against technology companies making more than 25 million euros ($28 million) in French revenue and 750 million euros ($844 million) in global revenue. That’s a lot of companies, and while there are plenty of companies outside of the United States that qualify for the new retroactive tax, the vast majority are American. The White House took notice.

“The United States is very concerned that the digital services tax … unfairly targets American companies,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement on Wednesday. “The President has directed that we investigate the effects of this legislation and determine whether it is discriminatory or unreasonable and burdens or restricts United States commerce.”

This may be the first time the administration has received praise like this from a major tech company. He and his followers are usually scolded by the companies that have been at the center of European debates for a while, which include Facebook, Google, and Apple. But it isn’t just France. The entire European Union has been working on a levy against these tech companies, and other individual nations have discussed joining France in enforcing their own stopgap measures until the EU can put together a unified solution.

President Trump is defending American businesses, employees, and consumers against France and anyone else who treats us unfairly. It’s encouraging to see him receiving kudos from a company that recognizes the value of his efforts on our behalf.

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Saikat Chakrabarti: The Green New Deal isn’t about climate change

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Saikat Chakrabarti The Green New Deal isnt about climate change

When Americans think of climate change solutions, they think of electric cars, recycling, and renewable energy. This is why when the “Green New Deal” was first announced, it was strikingly apparent that this wasn’t about climate change. One cannot generate a $100 trillion plan for climate change, even if it encompassed the whole world. The cost for implementing changes requested by the Paris climate accords barely broke $3 trillion, and that’s spread out over three decades.

I made the rookie mistake of assuming everyone’s focus would be on the “new deal” aspect of the Green New Deal, and not on the first word. But judging by reactions to a statement made by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Chief of Staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, apparently a whole lot of people thought this was an environmental plan.

To say the Green New Deal is about fixing the environment is like saying the National Socialist German Workers’ Party was about helping workers. Just as workers were a means to an end for the Nazis, so too is the environment a means to an end for the holistic, top-down approach to completely transforming America, which is the end goal of the Green New Deal.

Ending climate change is simply a theme of the proposal, and a minor one at that.

The heart of the Green New Deal is an economic upheaval that turns the U.S. government into the primary employer and economic force in the nation. I’m not just talking about increasing the number of government jobs. The Green New Deal would encompass most jobs and put entire industries completely unrelated to climate change under one gigantic Washington DC umbrella.

Those who understand the economy and can do basic math can be shown how impossible their dream really is in the current system. There just isn’t enough money available to accomplish their goals even if you taxed the rich 90% and the middle class 50%. And the Justice Democrats, who are pulling the strings of AOC and her cronies, are very well aware of this. But what they don’t like to note (yet) is their master plan includes a shift to Modern Monetary Theory in which the government prints whatever money is necessary to pay whatever bills arise from their plans.

For now, they’re releasing bits and pieces of their plan to normalize the notions in the collective consciousness.

There is nothing unexpected nor startling about this admission. A plain understanding of the basic tenets of the Green New Deal reveals exactly what Chakrabarti has “suddenly” admitted. But it wasn’t sudden. This has been the plan all along, and while they didn’t spell it out in such terms, their motives and goals are transparent to anyone paying attention.

The reason climate change can be all-encompassing, and therefore the perfect vehicle to drive the economic changes they want, is because it can be correlated to just about every industry. Restaurants serve beef… climate change issue. Many industries require transportation of their products… climate change issue. You business operates out of a building that isn’t powered by solar… climate change issue. The environment blankets everything, literally and figuratively, and therefore offers a path through which the Justice Democrats can justify the government taking over private industries across the board.

Normally, I call on conservatives to help fight a leftist cause. But this time, I can comfortably call on just about every American to do so because I am certain the majority of Americans would not favor the Green New Deal if they understood the implications. Conservative, moderates, and most progressives can agree that we do not want the government in control of nearly every facet of our lives. This isn’t just about a government takeover of industries or an inflation-driving shift to the untenable Modern Monetary Theory. This is about individual freedoms universally loved by Americans being suppressed by a plan that wants equality for everyone other than the elite. Those at the top if the Green New Deal takes effect will have the good life. Everyone else will be granted equality; we’ll be equally miserable under the catastrophic system imposed on us by these radical progressives.

Climate change isn’t even really a backdrop to the Green New Deal. It’s top level doublespeak meant to rally ignorant people into willfully accepting their role as pawns in the most destructive proposal ever put forth to Americans.

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