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John Campbell, Former US Representative

In school, we were taught that the first 10 amendments to the Constitution were ratified in 1791, and collectively they form our Bill of Rights... Rights are not about giving you something for free; they are about protecting natural liberties from those who would take them away from you. For instance, the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms. It does not however, say that you get gun... See More
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John Lott,

We have tried an assault weapons ban in the United States for ten years and there's no evidence it has any impact.
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Ben Shapiro,

They [civilians] need them [assault weapons] for the prospective possibility of resistance to tyranny.
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Ben Shapiro,

Morally, you have no right to demand medical care of me. I may recognize your necessity and offer charity; my friends and I may choose to band together and fund your medical care. But your necessity does not change the basic math: Medical care is a service and a good provided by a third party... [M]edical care is a commodity, and treating it otherwise is foolhardy. To make a commodity cheaper a... See More
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John Pugsley, American political and economics commentator

disagrees Tariffs
Any time you read that your government is erecting tariff barriers, supporting threatened industries with subsidies, or interfering in any way with free trade between individuals or nations, you must realize that your standard of living is being lowered as a result.
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Walter E. Williams,

disagrees Tariffs
Tariff policy beneficiaries are always visible, but its victims are mostly invisible. Politicians love this. The reason is simple: The beneficiaries know for whom to cast their ballots, and the victims don't know whom to blame for their calamity.
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Vint Cerf, Internet pioneer

Historically, technology has created more jobs than it destroys and there is no reason to think otherwise in this case. Someone has to make and service all these advanced devices.
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Bill Gross, American investor, co-Founder of PIMCO

agrees Basic Income
If more and more workers are going to be displaced by robots, then they will need money to live on, will they not? And if that strikes you as a form of socialism, I would suggest we get used to it
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Bill Gross, Billionaire investor, Janus Capital

agrees Basic Income
Instead we should spend money where it’s needed most – our collapsing infrastructure for instance, health care for an aging generation and perhaps on a revolutionary new idea called UBI – Universal Basic Income. If more and more workers are going to be displaced by robots, then they will need money to live on, will they not?
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Sam Harris, American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist

agrees Basic Income
Ultimately we need something like a universal basic income. There has to be someway to distribute this kind of technological wealth more fairly to the rest of the world.
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Sam Harris, American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist

It is sobering to admit that chaos seems a probable outcome even in the best-case scenario, in which the AGI remained perfectly obedient. But of course we cannot assume the best-case scenario. In fact, “the control problem”—the solution to which would gu
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Randy W. Schekman, Nobel Prize winner in medicine

I find it surprising that groups that are very supportive of science when it comes to global climate change, or even, for the most part, in the appreciation of the value of vaccination in preventing human disease, yet can be so dismissive of the general views of scientists when it comes to something as important as the world’s agricultural future.
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Tom Enders, CEO at Airbus

disagrees Brexit
It would have negative consequences for the aerospace industry.
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Louise Richardson, Irish political scientist

disagrees Brexit
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John Williams, American composer, conductor and pianist

disagrees Brexit
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Guy Kawasaki, Founded 3 companies. Invested in 10. Former chief evangelist of Apple. Author of thirteen books. B.A. at Stanford University.

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Lo Bosworth, Relevision personality

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, American basketball player

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Maz Jobrani, American comedian

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Daphne Zuniga, American actress

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George Takei, American actor and author

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Blake Berris, American actor

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Beth Behrs, American actress

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Sean Astin, Actor, director, producer

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George Nolfi, American screenwriter, producer and director

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Felicia D. Henderson, Television writer

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Karen Mack, American producer, novelist

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Rob Reiner, American actor and director

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Neera Tanden, American lawyer

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Sam Harris, American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist

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Guy Kawasaki, Founded 3 companies. Invested in 10. Former chief evangelist of Apple. Author of thirteen books. B.A. at Stanford University.

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Laura Ling, American journalist

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Karen Finney, Political consultant, commentator

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Sasha Stone, Film critic

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Lezlee Westine, Assistant to the president of public liaison

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Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Educator, a community leader, legislator

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Sheila Kuehl, American actor and politician

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Wendy Greuel, American politician

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Antonio Villaraigosa, American politician

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Elizabeth Emken, Us political candidate

disagrees Clinton over Trump
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Jay Obernolte, American video game developer

disagrees Clinton over Trump
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Mimi Walters, California politician

disagrees Clinton over Trump
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Dennis Ross, American diplomat

disagrees Clinton over Trump
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Tom McClintock, American politician

disagrees Clinton over Trump
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Shelley Mayer, American politician

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Darrell Steinberg, American politician

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Ben Hueso, California politician

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Mike Eng, American politician

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Henry Waxman, American politician

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Lynn Schenk, American politician

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