Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

December 14, 2009

Free Market Capitalism: Good for the Environment?

Anyone who is really paying attention to the global warming debate will notice that reducing carbon emissions and wealth distribution go hand-in-hand. Or do they? Dick Morris and Eileen McGann wrote a very interesting article which makes very much the opposite point. The goals of the climate change crowd are not reduction in global warming […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 10:00 pm || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Energy Policy,Environment,Government Regulation,Theory and Ideas
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December 7, 2009

Monday Morning Question

All, if you’ve followed the ClimateGate scandal, you’ll note that most coverage on both the left and the right centers around the emails. There is discussion in the emails of trying to influence access to peer-reviewed journals to stop critics (unethical), and even some suggestions that data requested under FOIA be deleted (potentially illegal). So […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:31 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Open Thread
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November 28, 2009

Cargo Cult Science and the State

We will probably never know precisely why the senior staff at the Climate Research Unit decided to quit being scientists in order to take up the profession of Cargo Cult Scientist. It could be the celebrity of being known as leading researchers. It could be a genuine fear that if they didn’t lie, humanity would make the “wrong” decision and render the Earth uninhabitable. It could be a totalitarian desire to rework society according to blue-prints that were pleasing to them. It could be because they wanted the lucrative grant money. It could be that they feared being viewed as has-been or never-were hacks.

What we can tell, though, is that their fraud was predicated on their inexhaustible supply of grants from governments, grants that transferred an uninterruptible stream of taxes into their coffers. The system was such that these Cargo Cult scientists were able to establish themselves as authorities, and suborn the skeptical review of and replication of their work, and, for a time, act in an environment that lacked negative consequences for their misconduct. That is, until someone blew the whistle.

Posted By: tarran @ 8:31 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Conspiracy Theories,Environment
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August 21, 2009

Yet Another Unintended Consequence Of Ethanol Mandates/Subsidies

I’ve not been kind to the forces for ethanol. I’ve pointed out that demand for ethanol raises the price of food for poor people, how I’ve felt the pinch personally in increased prices for homebrew supplies, how the use of ethanol is wasting scarce water resources. Finally, I pointed out that ethanol actually increases pollution, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:01 am || Permalink || Comments (14) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment
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July 11, 2009

If You Kill Your Cattle, You Will Starve

Over at the Master Resource Blog,  law professor Gail Heriot points out the similarities between global warming, fear-monger Al Gore and Xhosa Prophetess Nongqawuse: Nongqawuse was a teenager and a member of the Xhosa tribe in South Africa.  One day in April or May of 1856, she went down to the river to fetch water.  […]

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June 27, 2009

Petty Meddlers Face Jackboot

Homeowners’ Associations are one of life’s little sour tastes of government. Petty meddling nannies who tell you that you can’t do X, or that you must do Y, in order to keep the neighborhood “uniform” or somesuch. Sadly, it’s also a microcosm for most peoples’ reactions to government. When it’s a neighbor doing something they […]

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June 26, 2009

I have to give the man some credit

I happen to live in Arizonas 5th congressional district; and am currently represented in the house by Harry Mitchell. Congressman Mitchell and I disagree about a lot of things. Abortion, social security and government health care, school choice and education policy, many economic issues, government intervention and regulations in general, and the overall wisdom of […]

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May 11, 2009

Cap And Tax

Coming from Ezra Klein — Via Dave Weigel and Matt Yglesias comes the depressing news that the vast majority of the public doesn’t know what cap and trade” is. And I don’t mean in the sense that they don’t understand the auctions. They have no idea what problem the policy actually refers to. “Given a […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:14 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Doublespeak,Economics,Environment,Government Regulation,Taxation
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March 9, 2009

The $30 Billion Stack of Paper

21 pages of paper is apparently worth $30 billion taxpayer dollars — if you are too big to fail, that is. That’s 1,428,571,428.57 bucks per page. Here’s how ABC reports the story: An AIG report to the Treasury Department last month warned that if the government didn’t come to its rescue again, its collapse would […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 8:54 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Economics,Environment,Fiscal Policy,Government Waste
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March 2, 2009

They can have my toilet paper when they pry it from between my cold, dead butt cheeks

The bad news is that the environmental movement wishes to interfere with our bowel movements. From the tree killers at The NY Times: The national obsession with soft paper has driven the growth of brands like Cottonelle Ultra, Quilted Northern Ultra and Charmin Ultra — which in 2008 alone increased its sales by 40 percent […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 10:39 am || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment
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February 8, 2009

So, we’re not all going to drown, or be killed by hurricanes?

This is the single best, and clearest, explanation of the Rationalist Position on global warming I’ve Ever Seen Key line: “So, why don’t we ever talk about the suns contribution to global warming? …Well, because we can’t regulate it, tax it, or make it feel guilty for what it’s doing“. Got it in one there […]

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January 29, 2009

So What Is Barack Obama’s Carbon Footprint ?

Apparently, our new President likes to crank up the thermostat: WASHINGTON — The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:43 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Politics
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December 15, 2008

Driving Home In The Dark

For a long time, I’ve been pissed off about Daylight Savings Time. In my job, I work with a lot of people across the country, and thus I get into work early (7:30 or so) and leave about 5:00 PM. Before it went into effect this year, each morning I would drive to work in […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:07 am || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Founding Fathers,Government Regulation
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December 7, 2008

Why Nationalization Damages Liberty and Prosperity

Many progressives are looking forward to increased government oversight over the auto industry. They see this as a chance to influence the types of vehicles that are produced and to dictate that production be turned to socially beneficial uses, including the manufacture of green cars that auto manufacturers are not manufacturing. These vehicles are not […]

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September 2, 2008

Monday Tuesday Open Thread

Both Obama and McCain suggest that with a cap-and-trade scheme, we can make headway against global climate change. Without getting into the debate over whether climate change is real or man-made, I think it’s clear that any climate change avoidance techniques America engages upon will not make a lick of difference to what China and […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:26 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Open Thread
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July 23, 2008

Want to Serve Your Country? Well, What’s Stopping You!

Time has an ongoing series which advocates the need for “voluntary” national service. In the magazine’s latest article by Managing Editor Richard Stengel, the author praises both John McCain and Barack Obama for their urging of Americans to “serve interests greater than self.” It is a unique moment for the idea of national service. You […]

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Cali Going “Green” — Raising House Prices By Restricting Supply

California, in an attempt to fix the housing mess* by making houses less affordable by making you buy features you wouldn’t otherwise**, has announced new statewide building restrictions to go “green”. From the Governator on down, nanny statists in California are more than willing to use force to make your life more expensive, and are […]

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June 18, 2008

Lesson In Unintended Consequences #2

The government likes to support biodiesel. It has all the buzzwords. “Recycling”. “Sustainable”. “Environmentally-friendly”. So they subsidize efforts to blend diesel with biodiesel. One main problem here. Americans don’t use much diesel. So they’re subsidizing foreign, not domestic, use. In fact, they’re simply sending money for non-American-produced diesel that won’t be consumed on American soil […]

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June 14, 2008

Pie Vegetation In The Sky?

Seen on Colbert: Sounds like a very cool concept… But his use of terms like what “the plan we would like to see implemented” worries me. I’m a much bigger fan of letting the market decide, not relying on some collective implementation of a plan* (i.e. government). So I went and checked out the group’s […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:16 pm || Permalink || Comments (17) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Environment,Technology,Theory and Ideas
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May 22, 2008

Government Getting Away With What Plebes Can’t

Over at Coyote Blog, Warren is discussing things that the NY Transit Authority can get away with that would get a private property owner fined: New York City Transit has spent close to $1 billion to install more than 200 new elevators and escalators in the subway system since the early 1990s, and it plans […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:03 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Government Regulation
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