The Languor of Youth An Extension of Snapmyhands

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Without government, who would start the wars?

(Source: tuckfheman)

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Yes, You Can Be Relaxed But Composed.
Gene Kelly.
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Giovanni Battista de Gubernatis
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" You know, it’s really hard to shoot at someone you just shared a hot dog with the day before. "

An unnamed man who participates in a monthly block party in Chesterfield County, VA, just south of Richmond. The parties—just one facet of local nonprofit which works in the neighborhood—are credited with building a sense of community that has helped lower crime rates.

What struck me about this comment is that it is so widely applicable, even on the foreign policy scale. When you get to know people, when you eat with them and they become your customers, it’s a lot more difficult to view them as the scary Other which deserves to be the target of war.

As Bastiat (maybe) said, “When goods don’t cross borders, soldiers will.”

This is one reason I love the internet: It makes it easier to meet people from all around the world. It’s not as good as a block party, but it’s way better than nothing. Below is a video from a couple years ago which encapsulates exactly what I mean:

I’m not an official representative of my country. but I know the streets of my town, I talk with my neighbors, my family, my friends and in the name of all these people …we love you.

We mean you no harm.

On the contrary, we want to meet, have some coffee and talk about sports.

(via hipsterlibertarian)

Exposure is a genuine antidote to hate. Things like tariffs and minimum wages simply work to strengthen pre-existing prejudices, as they remove an available economic incentive to look beyond one’s favored parties.

It is freedom and cooperation, not restrictions and force, that can truly topple intolerance.

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Jan van Huysum

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" Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life. "
- Robin Sharma (via pureblyss)
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Greeting Summer Head-On
I will admit it: I hate summer. I come from San Francisco, where summer is two mild weeks in mid-September. I melt in the heat, even here in Los Angeles, where the high temperatures are ameliorated by dry air. I spent a few summers in Washington DC, so I understand that hot can really be hot.
When I don’t have any appointments and the mercury hits about 84, I put on shorts. Sometimes, though, I have people to meet. In those times, well, a bit of head-on goes a long way. Today was one of those days. Interview (with the great comedian Todd Glass) in the afternoon. Temperatures in the mid-80s. So I threw on this new suit, which features - wait for it - checked seersucker.
Frankly, it’s a little ridiculous. But when it’s this hot, who cares?
(Photo by Noe Montes)
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He rises above us all…
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