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.

Airbnb Doesn’t Want the Law to Apply to Them

 

Scratch just beneath the surface of any of the multiple lawless stays on President Trump’s travel ban, and you will find one thing in common: certain tech companies back all of them. The leading example, so far, has been Airbnb, which, incredibly, signed on to both the lawsuit against the travel ban in its original […]

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Pharma’s Bogus Case Against the CREATES Act

 

Big Pharma’s trash fire of lies seems to rise ever higher each day. On one level, this is thoroughly unsurprising. For the first time in an eon, one of D.C.’s most protected industries is feeling some heat. Egged on by a price-skeptical president, bipartisan coalitions in Congress have formed around the cause of lowering drug […]

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Airbnb and Property Rights Don’t Go Together

 

For defenders of the so-called “sharing economy,” companies like the housing-sharing website Airbnb and the ride-sharing app Uber are near-sacred. In the case of Uber, “sharing” enthusiasts argue that the company is a symbol of disruption against an anticompetitive status quo. In the case of Airbnb, it offers a similar defense, with the added point […]

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The Free Market Is Coming for Pharma

 

Scratch a “conservative” defender of the pharmaceutical industry on the topic of drug prices, and you’ll generally hear an argument formulated something like the following: “High drug prices are just the free market at work. Who are we to judge how much a piece of life-saving technology is worth?” Were the market for drugs truly […]

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The Tech Sector’s Embarrassing Globalist Narcissism

 

In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s controversial-yet-courageous temporary travel ban on seven Muslim majority countries, large sectors of America’s tech industry have spiraled from reasoned discourse into hysterical virtue signaling. Google CEO Sundar Pichai has attacked the ban, moaning that “We are upset about the impact of this order and any proposals that could […]

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IBM Lies to Trump While Selling Out to China

 

Near the tail end of last year, President Trump (then only President-elect Trump) seemed to have made some headway with the formerly recalcitrant tech industry. Along with an apparently successful meeting with tech executives, the new president had received assurances of cooperation with his plan to reclaim American jobs from those very executives. The most […]

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The Best Economic News You Haven’t Heard

 

This past Friday, some little-noticed good news came from the infant Trump administration: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) director Michelle Lee will be staying on under the new president. It was a move that, similarly to President Trump’s decision to appoint Obama appointee David Shulkin as his new Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs, shows a […]

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How Trump and Price Can Tackle Prices

 

President-elect Donald Trump’s recent crowning as Person of the Year by Time was perhaps the least surprising choice for that pick in decades. But that doesn’t mean there was nothing interesting in the magazine’s profile of the newly elected commander-in-chief. As is usual with Trump, much of the profile was highly quotable, but for those […]

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Venue Reform Is Now the Most Important Patent Fix

 

For proponents of patent reform, 2016 has so far been decidedly a mixed bag. Election years are rarely good turf for major legislative accomplishments, simply because the amount of debate and deliberation required to pass such things is quite out of keeping with the ADD style of media coverage during elections, and with the distraction […]

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How the Court System Failed to Protect Innovators

 

Enemies of patent reform have a hard time making up their mind about the court system. On the one hand, their supposedly “conservative” allies claim that the court system is a better place to pursue reform of the patent system, because courts are less likely to make sweeping changes to the system that might hurt […]

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