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“Green” Policies Don’t Make Economic Sense Even on Their Own Terms

Monday, June 1st, 2015 by posted in Economics, Environment.
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When confronting the typical proponents of “green” government policies, the free-market economist must make a strategic decision: Since most of these recommended (and often, actually implemented) State measures make no sense even on their own terms, one course of action

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My letter to the NY Times re: Why laid off American workers can’t find jobs

Re: The Perils of Globalization Dear Sirs: I believe that Binyamin Appelbaum may have unwittingly answered his own question about why American workers who lose their jobs–as illustrated by the former Maytag employees in Galesburg, Illinois–have such a difficult time

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Earth Day: 22 Ways to Think about the Climate-Change Debate

Friday, May 8th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment.
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Reprinted from the Freeman Reasonable people can disagree about the nature and extent of climate change. But no one should sally forth into this hostile territory without reason and reflection. “Some scientists make ‘period, end of story’ claims,” writes biologist

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Happy Mother Earth Day, Citizen!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Education, Environment, Philosophy.
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I’ll bet you forgot to buy a card and gift, didn’t you? Boy, is your face red! Did you even know it’s International Mother Earth Day today, citizen? Socialist despot Evo Morales and his buddies at the United Nations sure

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Drought and the Failure of Big Government in California

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Environment.
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Reprinted from Mises.org California Governor Jerry Brown has announced that private citizens and small businesses — among others — will have their water usage restricted, monitored, and subject to heavy fines if state agents determine that too much water has

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The Costs of Hysteria

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Environment.
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Reprinted from the Freeman Suppose the scientific consensus on climate change is right. Let’s also stipulate, for the sake of argument, that the computer projections used by the United Nations and the US government are correct, and that economists are able

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Who Owns the North Pole?

Monday, April 20th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Environment.
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Reprinted from Mises.org The battle for the North Pole is snowballing between national governments along the Arctic Circle, as they all have their eyes set on the vast natural resources residing in the Arctic region. Indeed, it’s estimated the Arctic

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CA Drought Fault of Capitalism, If We Ignore Economics and Math

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Environment.
US Uncut CA Water Restrictions

Once again, the popularity of the Facebook page “US Uncut” should make everybody consider moving to Canada. Regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s mandatory water restrictions in the state of California, the US Uncut page posted the following graphic (and accompanying text)

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Oil Boom and Government Glut

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Environment, Regulation.
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Reprinted from the Freeman It’s a sweet thing when Uncle Sam becomes a mega-buyer of your product. While the price of oil continues to plunge to record lows, drivers are celebrating, and oil executives are sweating it out. But never

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Earth Hour: A Dissent

Monday, March 30th, 2015 by posted in Banking, Environment.
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In 2009 I was asked by a journalist for my thoughts on the importance of Earth Hour. Here is my response. I abhor Earth Hour. Abundant, cheap electricity has been the greatest source of human liberation in the 20th century.

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Fossil Fuels Will Save the World (Really)

Monday, March 30th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment.
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Reprinted from the Wall Street Journal The environmental movement has advanced three arguments in recent years for giving up fossil fuels: (1) that we will soon run out of them anyway; (2) that alternative sources of energy will price them

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All Hail the Tumbling Price of Gas

Monday, January 26th, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment.
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Reprinted from the Freeman American consumers begin the new year with a beautiful gift: low gas prices. These days, you pay twice or three times as much for fancy bottled water from the convenience store as you pay for gasoline,

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Nuclear Distortions

Monday, December 29th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment.
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When scientists of the early 20th century realized the possibility of producing electricity from radioactive elements, such as radium and, in later years, uranium, research for harvesting energy from the atom grew stronger. With the discovery of the neutron, which

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Preston Manning’s Honesty On Carbon Tax Shows Why It’s Dangerous

Saturday, December 27th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Environment.
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Last month Preston Manning had an interesting piece in The Globe and Mail in which he outlined a strategy for getting the public to support government measures of “harnessing markets and fiscal policy” in order to correct negative externalities, especially

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Education and the Racist Road to Barbarism

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment, History.
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A Demonstration of the Objective Superiority of Western Civilization and Slap in the Face of Cultural Relativism and Political Correctness CONTENTS Introduction The Nature of Western Civilization The Universalizability of Western Civilization The Standard for Judging a Civilization: the Objective

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Modified: GMO Labels that Work

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Environment, Regulation.
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Originally posted in edited form at Law & Liberty Fascism is the political triumph of fashion-sense; etymologically, the words even share a distant ancestor. The reason is this: when the “in” crowd wrests the levers of power from the “out” crowd,

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Who Cares for Toronto’s Sidewalks?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by posted in Capitalism, Economics, Environment, Law, Politics, Regulation.

In Toronto an important debate is starting to stir about who controls the sidewalks – the city or the owners of the adjacent properties. Sparking this debate is a bicycle owner, Lisa Ferguson, who thought her bike was stolen when

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Bird Lovers of the World, Unite!

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Environment.

Environmentalists think there are some free lunches out there, at least when it comes to energy production. Over the past decade green alternatives, such as solar and wind, have become popular alternatives to the older providers of energy, such as

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Does “Uncertainty” Bolster the Case for Restrictions on Emissions?

Thursday, June 5th, 2014 by posted in Economics, Environment.
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It is really incredible to comprehend the degree of hubris underlying the case for aggressive government intervention in the name of fighting climate change. For example, when the Obama Administration created a task force to estimate the “social cost of

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Reparations for US Slavery?

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 by posted in Economics, Environment.
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A recent essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates makes the case for reparations to be paid to black Americans. The subtitle of the essay   provides a good summary of its main points: “Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of

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