Did we forget part of the oath of office?

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The United States Constitution requires all federal and state officials to take an oath to support the Constitution.

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution. (Article IV, Clause 3)

Government officials high and low throughout the land are required to take the oath: everyone from the President down to the local dog catcher. …


Picking cilantro from sunrise to sunset is a whole lot different than being your own boss.

This is adapted from a newsletter I started to document my adventures this year. If you’re interested in following along, please subscribe. I’d be honored and would love to have you along for the ride.

Back when I was a college student I stumbled into what is arguably the best possible college job: tutoring. I was coaching high school water polo and swimming and was a math major, so it was only a matter of time before I was helping my athletes out with their math homework. From there the word got out and I was on my way.

My…


Without a single mention of you-know-what.

I’m taking a sabbatical in 2021 to write and explore and learn some lessons. I’ve started an email newsletter to share those experiences with others. If that sounds interesting to you, I’d be honored if you subscribed.

As one of the most tumultuous years on the books draws to a close, it’s natural to look back for lessons that we can take forward with us into the new year. Based on the year that we all collectively experienced, those lessons are probably bigger and more important than ever before. But it’s easy for you-know-what to overshadow everything else and to…


It’s going to be an exciting year and I’d love for you to come along for the ride.

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As 2020 draws to a close, I hope you are healthy and happy. And I hope that all the difficulties, frustrations, and tragedies of the last year have given you some perspective on what’s truly important and how you want to live your life in 2021.

As I’ve done my own reflecting, I’ve decided that I’m going to take a bit of a sabbatical in 2021 to focus on some adventures and experiences I’ve dreamt about for a long time. I’m going to be writing an email newsletter on Substack about everything I experience and learn this year, and I’d…


We should be getting advances in technology this fast every year.

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In the last week we’ve seen a stream of good news about vaccine development for the Covid-19: not one, not two, but three highly effective vaccines with no serious side effects. There is still much work to be done to distribute the vaccines and many questions to be answered about the timeline, but it is worth taking a moment to marvel at this achievement.


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Introduction.

The concepts of artificial intelligence (AI) and universal basic income (UBI) are almost certainly familiar to the reader. Furthermore, the reader is likely familiar with arguments about the connection between the two concepts and may have opinions on the matter. However, the reader is much less likely to be familiar with land value taxation (LVT) and how it relates to AI and UBI. The purpose of this memorandum is to being laying out those connections.

The concept of a UBI has been discussed and written about for millennia (examples include: the Roman empire, ancient Jewish law, and Thomas Paine) and…


Silicon Valley has one industry in particular in its sights.

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Artificial intelligence algorithms have started finding their ways into our lives over the past decade. Most of these developments have been hardly noticeable. Instagram serves up ads related to things you’ve looked at recently; Amazon suggests products based on previous purchases; YouTube keeps serving up videos you’re interested in. It’s also delivered some minor conveniences like the ability of Siri and Alexa to follow simple voice commands. Behind the scenes, artificial intelligence has allowed companies like Uber and Lyft to efficiently and effectively deploy new services.

Notwithstanding the claims that AI is going to take all our jobs, none of…


A look at the history of modern political parties.

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This week the Republican Party failed to do something that it has done in every presidential election in its 164 year history: it decided not to adopt a political platform. This may not seem significant in light of other current events, but the history of political parties indicates otherwise and we may very well look back at this moment as being pivotal in American history.

Every four years the political parties go through the process of drafting and adopting a platform. They address virtually every conceivable political issue and represent policy preferences that have been hashed out and negotiated between…


Moore’s law just took steroids.

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In 1965, a young engineer named Gordon Moore predicted that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit would double every two years.

In layperson’s terms, this means that the power of computers would double every two years.

Moore made the prediction in a paper speculating about what the next ten years would hold for the nascent field of computers. In 1975, his prediction turned out to be shockingly accurate and a new law was born: Moore’s law. However, the law was even more profound than Moore’s original prediction.

In addition to computing power doubling every two years, the cost…


Now what? Seven notes to self from six months of writing.

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I got started on Medium by writing a few articles last fall, but didn’t have much of a grasp on how it all works. I started back up in early 2020 while on an extended trip and committed to writing a few articles each week. That small commitment to consistency has paid off many times over. One of my first articles published in 2020 just crossed the $10,000 mark — which has been particularly helpful to me in the age of quarantine. …

Matthew Boutte

BS Math & Masters in Public Policy, Cal Poly. JD, Georgetown. Minimalism, digital nomadism, reading, eating well, exercise, good coffee and conversation, LVT.

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