The hottest Substack posts of The Take (by Jon Miltimore)

And their main takeaways
373 implied HN points 05 Feb 24
  1. The FBI violated the constitutional rights of safe-deposit box holders by seizing property without probable cause.
  2. The FBI planned a massive asset forfeiture operation to seize the contents of safe-deposit boxes, regardless of whether the individuals were criminals.
  3. FBI agents and U.S. attorneys behaved in a questionable, mafialike manner during the raid, demanding excessive information from box holders to return their rightful belongings.
176 implied HN points 11 Feb 24
  1. Artists like Usher may headline the Super Bowl halftime show for free, but they benefit from increased record sales and exposure.
  2. The NFL's unique arrangement with performers makes sense from an economic perspective, as the exposure during the halftime show can lead to millions of dollars worth of value for the artists.
  3. Despite not receiving payment from the NFL, artists still have direct financial incentives to perform due to the significant spike in record sales and other subsequent opportunities.
157 implied HN points 09 Feb 24
  1. Linzi Smith was banned from a soccer stadium for expressing her opinion on transgender women.
  2. The Premier League monitored social media posts of fans and launched investigations for 'wrongthink.'
  3. Efforts to control speech can be rooted in dogmatism and a thirst for control over others.
196 implied HN points 06 Feb 24
  1. Student loans in the US are seen as part of a dysfunctional system due to rotten incentives.
  2. Higher education is criticized for high costs and mediocre education provided.
  3. Government involvement in student loans has led to the system's issues.
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904 implied HN points 03 Jan 24
  1. The decline in good manners and service can be observed in everyday experiences, like Starbucks running out of coffee, burgers, fries, and buns.
  2. The decrease in service quality and manners may be linked to broader societal changes, like a shift towards centralization and bureaucracy.
  3. Cultivating good manners is essential for a healthy society, as they are interconnected with societal norms and values.
294 implied HN points 25 Jan 24
  1. Javier Milei criticized global leaders at Davos for favoring collectivism over individual freedom.
  2. Milei highlighted the failures of collectivist economic systems in Argentina and emphasized the importance of free-market capitalism.
  3. He advocated for the principles of libertarianism, stressing the significance of respecting others' life projects and defending rights to life, liberty, and property.
255 implied HN points 27 Jan 24
  1. Nika Soon-Shiong's involvement impacted the Los Angeles Times negatively.
  2. Journalistic objectivity is crucial, especially in matters like war coverage.
  3. Experience and expertise matter in managing newspapers effectively.
176 implied HN points 28 Jan 24
  1. Ennio Morricone's music creates deep emotional connections for listeners.
  2. His music has the power to transport individuals to different times and places.
  3. The tie between music and film adds an extra layer of impact and nostalgia to Morricone's compositions.
196 implied HN points 26 Jan 24
  1. Orwell was inspired by totalitarianism and state propaganda in real life.
  2. Communism played a significant role in shaping Orwell's dystopian novel.
  3. The Spanish Civil War's propaganda influenced Orwell's fear of truth fading in a world of misinformation.
117 implied HN points 02 Feb 24
  1. The novel 'The Man Who Was Thursday' by G.K. Chesterton deals with the themes of loneliness and struggle with the universe
  2. The book is an allegory that contrasts order and faith with relativism and anarchism
  3. Chesterton's novel explores the fear of moral anarchism in a postmodern world
255 implied HN points 18 Jan 24
  1. Jon Miltimore joined the American Institute of Economic Research as a Senior Writer.
  2. FEE and AIER are two of the oldest free market institutions in America.
  3. Organizations like FEE and AIER play a crucial role in preventing dystopian societies.
196 implied HN points 22 Jan 24
  1. NPR's Stephanie Kelton believes a $34 trillion debt is not something to fear.
  2. Modern Monetary Theory challenges the idea that taxes pay for government spending.
  3. History shows that excessive money printing can lead to hyperinflation.
294 implied HN points 09 Jan 24
  1. Political correctness originated among Communists in the 1930s, prioritizing party's interest over reality.
  2. Progressives aim to fix a broken society by achieving cultural hegemony through political correctness.
  3. Political correctness is a tool to enforce obedience to the ruling class and humbling the rest, rather than promoting true societal progress.
334 implied HN points 29 Dec 23
  1. Individualism is a fundamental idea in America, emphasizing equal rights for all individuals.
  2. Classical liberalism led to the abolition of slavery and women's rights, based on the principles of individualism.
  3. Factions based on group identity can lead to despotism and societal division, making a return to individualism crucial.
255 implied HN points 06 Jan 24
  1. Hugo Chavez's nationalization in Venezuela led to economic disaster
  2. Argentina elected Javier Milei who promotes privatization over nationalization
  3. Milei aims to deregulate and increase privatization to revive Argentina's economy
334 implied HN points 27 Dec 23
  1. It's important to treat people well regardless of their status or what they can offer you.
  2. The way powerful individuals treat those in service roles can reveal a lot about their character.
  3. Reflecting on how we treat others, no matter their position, is crucial for personal growth and moral development.
334 implied HN points 26 Dec 23
  1. There is no character named Igor in Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein'.
  2. Mary Wollstonecraft died giving birth to Mary Shelley, the author of 'Frankenstein'.
  3. The novel 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley can be seen as anti-death penalty.
157 implied HN points 15 Jan 24
  1. The Trabant was a notoriously terrible car produced in East Germany from 1957 to 1990.
  2. The Trabant had many issues like a weak engine, poor materials, and lack of basic amenities.
  3. Despite its flaws, the Trabant showcased the failures of Communism and has a lasting legacy.
275 implied HN points 28 Dec 23
  1. Despite tax incentives, consumers are not adopting EVs as quickly as analysts projected
  2. Massive capital investment in EVs may have been a mistake due to plunging demand for electric vehicles
  3. EV market struggles highlight trade-offs, environmental downsides, and the importance of consumer demand in a free-market economy
137 implied HN points 13 Jan 24
  1. Be brief and remove all unnecessary elements in your writing.
  2. Embrace rejection and keep persevering with your writing.
  3. Don't wait for inspiration, actively seek out and recognize good story ideas around you.
176 implied HN points 04 Jan 24
  1. Allen Dulles, future CIA director, showed little interest in reports of the Holocaust during WWII, puzzling historians.
  2. Schulte and Kolbe's attempts to share information on the Final Solution with Dulles were met with disinterest.
  3. Dulles may have prioritized rebuilding post-war Germany over addressing the atrocities of the Holocaust, complicating his role and motives.
294 implied HN points 09 Dec 23
  1. The NeverEnding Story conveys a message about forces in the world wanting people in despair.
  2. The Nothing in The NeverEnding Story symbolizes a consuming emptiness akin to despair and nihilism.
  3. The film suggests that individual empowerment and creativity are key to overcoming despair and meaninglessness.
294 implied HN points 08 Dec 23
  1. A scientist helped Fauci discredit the lab leak theory and now feels guilty for it.
  2. Initial discussions about COVID-19 originating from a lab were dismissed as conspiracy theories.
  3. There is suspicion around Fauci's efforts to suppress evidence on the origin of COVID-19.
235 implied HN points 16 Dec 23
  1. Books have the power to shape who we are and reveal hidden truths.
  2. Reading books like 'Atlas Shrugged' by Ayn Rand can change how you see society and individual struggles.
  3. Works like 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' by George Orwell can provide important insights into surveillance, power, and truth.
216 implied HN points 17 Dec 23
  1. The song 'Do They Know It's Christmas' was written to raise money for Ethiopians during a severe famine in 1984.
  2. A man-made famine in Ethiopia prompted Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to create the charity supergroup Band Aid to raise funds for relief efforts.
  3. The success of 'Do They Know It's Christmas' highlights the power of art, celebrity, and mass media in generating life-saving relief efforts, but also underscores the importance of peace and expanding economic freedom in alleviating poverty in the long term.
176 implied HN points 24 Dec 23
  1. The Christmas Truce of 1914 shows that peace is possible even between enemies.
  2. The Christmas Truce highlights the common humanity and camaraderie that can emerge amidst conflict.
  3. The story of the Christmas Truce suggests that rejecting violence and embracing our common humanity can lead to peace.
137 implied HN points 01 Jan 24
  1. The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer is considered the best nonfiction novel ever written.
  2. The book tells the story of Gary Gilmore, a convict who commits two murders and demands to die.
  3. The writing in The Executioner's Song captures the beauty and ugliness of life with great restraint.
176 implied HN points 23 Dec 23
  1. During Prohibition, the federal government intentionally poisoned alcohol to discourage drinking, leading to the deaths of thousands of Americans.
  2. The poisoning program was a dark and strange law enforcement initiative that resulted from government overstepping its true moral purpose of protecting life, liberty, and property.
  3. Revisionist history is important to uncover events like the poisoning program, which may have been overlooked or deliberately ignored by mainstream narratives.
196 implied HN points 19 Dec 23
  1. Conan the Barbarian is a coming-of-age movie with a powerful message about finding strength in difficult circumstances.
  2. The 'Riddle of Steel' in the movie refers to the idea that true power comes from ideas and the ability to influence others.
  3. The character Thulsa Doom's explanation of the 'Riddle of Steel' aligns with the concept of power through ideology as discussed by Ludwig von Mises.
117 implied HN points 02 Jan 24
  1. Both Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter share a similar moral lesson on the corrupting influence of power.
  2. The stories highlight the importance of understanding the dangers of power and the ability to walk away from it.
  3. The Founders of the American system, like Tolkien and Rowling, recognized the susceptibility of power to abuse and implemented checks and balances to limit it.