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If you want freedom, you can't deny it to others. If you want to be respected, trusted, and treated like an adult, you have to respect and trust others. In 1859, in his seminal work On Liberty, the English philosopher John Stuart Mill wrote: The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good [...]

If you feel weak, find a way to feel strong. Have conversations with your rivals. Practice rationality and reason. Find your spiritual—not religious—center. Learn new skills. Expose yourself to new ideas. Expose yourself to discomfort in all its forms. If you fear fighting for your ideals, become a fighter. Discover a personal code of conduct, morals, [...]

If you're for free speech, tolerance and liberal values, you can't pick and choose. Any freedom of expression that you take away from someone you disagree with, you also take away from yourself. That's how it works. As liberals, our plan over the next four years should be to double down on ensuring that conservative [...]

Warren Buffet gives me hope in capitalism. Buffett is undeniably one of the greatest business philosophers in history. He is also widely considered to be the most successful investor of the 20th century, with an estimated net worth of $66.4 billion, 99% of which he's pledged to philanthropic causes. And I haven't been able to shake something [...]

(For those who are reading this after the end of the world, Donald Trump was just elected president of the United States. Please build a time machine and come back to warn us.) I thought I'd share my—personal—prescription for sanity at the moment. Of course I hope this list can be useful to others, but [...]