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How To Win Progressive Friends and Influence Them

July 16, 2009

Mike Lux, a blogger at the Huffington Post and author of The Progressive Revolution, recently took offense to our Independence Day festivities. Though we only mentioned him in passing, he nevertheless felt we had “attacked” him. He also dropped the C-Bomb. The man called us conservatives.

Of course, if by conservative, he means rebelling against the status quo, advocating for developing new countries, and dissolving stale ones, then we’ll accept that with just one, simple caveat: whenever Lux uses “progressive,” he ought to accept he’s referring to a body of thought dedicated to conserving and preserving in amber many wealth-destroying institutions and rules. Orwell might get upset, but then again, this will all disappear down the memory hole soon enough.  

However, and much to our delight, we’ve got some friends at the Huff Po. Michael Strong has written there in our defense. Do check it out: 

What if we could apply the power of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship to the problem of poverty reduction? More importantly, what if we could apply the power of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship to the most highly leveraged aspect of wealth creation, legal system creation itself?

This is the new frontier of poverty alleviation, one in which cutting-edge thinkers are exploring the possibility of creating new legal systems at sea, in localized free cities and zones, in granting NGOs a greater level of sovereignty, in allowing local regions more legal autonomy, and more. The leading venue for exploring this world of entrepreneurial legal system creation is cleverly named “Let a Thousand Nations Bloom,” the home to the most progressive movement on the planet, despite the fact that not everyone understands this.


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  1. September 17, 2014 1:45 am

    I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Perfectly written!

  2. June 14, 2014 1:05 am

    Great post.

  3. September 16, 2010 3:55 am

    Was reading the Atlantic article on Paul Romer and followed your link. This way of thinking is so profound, I am overwhelming moved that it actually exists and yet you hear nothing about it in the mainstream media. I have posted links on my facebook wall, StumbleUpon, Delicious and subscribed by RSS feed to this blog.

    Earlier today UNDP had a live chat session that was trotting out all the same old, same old on combating poverty and I was so frustrated. Mr. Gibson you have given me a great boost of confidence and I will be following your work with great enthusiasm. I would be privileged to know if I can help in any way with spreading you ideas.

    • Mike Gibson permalink*
      September 16, 2010 5:39 pm

      Thanks for checking us out and spreading the word. Much appreciated!

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