Mytheos Holt

Mytheos Holt is Senior Fellow in the Freedom to Innovate at the Institute for Liberty. He has held positions at the R Street Institute, Mair Strategies, TheBlaze, and National Review. He also worked as a speechwriter for U.S. Sen. John Barrasso  His writing on video games has been featured at TheBlaze, Gamesided, the Escapist, and the Federalist. He hails originally from Big Sur, California, but currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. Yes, Mytheos is his real name.

Don’t Make Taxpayers Bear the Brunt of Silicon Valley Hubris

 

The defenders of Silicon Valley are fond of pointing to the many benefits that America’s tech sector has conjured, seemingly from thin air, and to the great virtues of those who run these modern day titans of industry. We all benefit from the rise of the iPhone, or of Google search results, or of YouTube, […]

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Zuckerberg Has a Problem, And So Does His Industry

 

Picture the following scenario: Imagine that the CEO of a major firearms manufacturer had been invited to Capitol Hill to answer questions about their guns being used by foreign insurgents who had attacked the United States. Imagine that the CEO in question had given evasive non-answers to the questions posed, and made a series of […]

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Pharma’s Victim-Bribing Has Been Exposed

 

The opioid epidemic, and the rapidly increasing rash of high drug prices, are the twin deadly sins of the modern pharmaceutical industry. Any serious pro-patient policy analyst in Washington will likely acknowledge this. The responsibility of companies like the makers of Oxycontin for the spread of opioids throughout vulnerable communities is a virtually uncontested fact, as […]

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Facebook’s Disingenuousness Shows the Arrogance of Big Tech

 

Mark Zuckerberg is sorry. He’s so very sorry. In fact, Zuckerberg isn’t even sure he likes his own website. Facebook really is bad, after all. Amazingly bad. I mean, come on, it lets icky foreigners influence our elections! This is terrible! Someone should do something! Someone should regulate horrible people like Zuckerberg and their horrible […]

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Don’t Let Silicon Valley Gets Its FAANGs Into Washington

 

March 19, 2018 may go down as the day that the market finally stopped rewarding totalitarianism. Markets plunged 335 points, following news of rampant data misuse by Facebook, Inc., a company whose 4 percent drop dragged the entire market with them. Mark Zuckerberg reportedly saw $6 billion of his wealth evaporate in one day. Couldn’t […]

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Beware the Swamp Techies

 

Politically, America’s tech sector faces a landscape as embattled as the second Punic war. This much seems indisputable, given the regular accusations of political bias that the Snowflake Barons of Silicon Valley face on a regular basis, not to mention the bipartisan complaints about anti-market practices used by giants such as Facebook and Google. This […]

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On Patents, Trump Bucks the Monopolists

 

President Trump came into office promising not merely to make America great again, but to take on all incumbent powers that stood in his way. As anyone who observed candidate Trump heard him say from the stump, this president would be too rich to be bought, and too shameless to care about pressure campaigns. Thus, […]

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Pharma Thinks It Owns Medicare

 

It’s a depressingly common aphorism in Washington policy-making circles that “pharma always wins.” This happens regardless of the merits of any particular policy — in fact, the more “pharma always wins,” the more often taxpayers and consumers lose. Nevertheless, the industry keeps racking up successes by pouring money into D.C. and bribing its way to […]

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Cultural Liberalism’s Business Model Has Begun to Fall Apart

 

By now, practically every obituary for 2017 that can be written within the confines of conventional wisdom has been filed and placed in the ever-expanding library of hot takes. And as usual, most of those hot takes have to do with Donald Trump. We are told, for example, that 2017 was a year where Trump […]

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Take Note of Tech’s Temper Tantrum

 

December 14, 2017 is increasingly looking like a day that could go down in history for all the right reasons — namely, as the day when the tech industry’s stranglehold on Washington, D.C. policymakers was broken. That day, Ajit Pai’s FCC repealed the thoroughly unnecessary program known as net neutrality, a move that in itself […]

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