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

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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May 13, 2008

Farmers Struggling Despite High Corn Prices

With record-high corn prices, and plenty of subsidy money floating around, an interesting thing is happening. Less farmers are growing corn! Why? Because the inputs used in growing corn are rising in price even more quickly: The amount of corn planted in the U.S. is expected to dip this year. Rice acreage in California, which […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:27 pm || Permalink || Comments (28) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Energy Policy,Environment
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April 4, 2008

Thank You, Big Oil

Glenn Beck on CNN wrote a nice little piece about the hypocrisy of “environmentalists” and why we shouldn’t be demonizing “Big Oil” for working for profit.  Worth a quick read.

Posted By: UCrawford @ 11:23 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Energy Policy,Environment,Taxation
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March 30, 2008

Earth Hour — What They SHOULD Have Said

Allow me to engage in a bit of strawman-bashing. In the comments to Don Boudreaux’s excellent post at Cafe Hayek, a rather idiotic argument came up. It is the same argument that many of our own contributors received when we opposed Ron Paul, and commenters told us “If you don’t like Ron Paul, you must […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:30 pm || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Energy Policy,Environment,Technology,Theory and Ideas
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