There is a new UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. It contains nothing but bad news, of course. But I am busy with my real life; I have obligations to others; I have to feed myself and shower; I even go to the gym regularly. What to do? Just trust a hysterical sixteen-year-old? (Yes, … Continue reading Global Warming: Take Off My Sweater?
Santa Cruz, California is really Silicon Valley Beach. It’s the closest; the next one is quite far. That’s in addition to drawing visitors from deep into the Central Valley of California, and a surprising number of European visitors. One attractive beach close to its municipal wharf has only two (2) toilets. On Labor Day weekend … Continue reading A Small Reason Why I Don’t Want Big Government
Why fascism is the wave of the future (1994) Edward Luttwak, London Review of Books The rise of the rise of the global Right (2019) Paul Urie, Counterpunch A climate change denier, Part 2 (2019) Jacques Delacroix, Liberty Unbound Sen or sense? (1999) Barun Mitra, the Freeman
Although global warming zealots continue their religious crusade, more research reveals skepticism toward the doomsday prophecies. Recently Finnish scientists published research that further debunks claims about the role of humans in generating global warming. Their thesis is that global temperatures are controlled primarily by cloud cover, which is a natural occurance that is beyond human … Continue reading FURTHER CRACKS IN THE GLOBAL WARMING PROPHECY
Working in President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers Casey Mulligan, Supply and Demand (in that order) How not to use percentages in a news story Joakim Book, Power & Market Climate change denialism Jacques Delacroix, Liberty Unbound The Mahabharata in South Asia, Europe, and East Asia Michael Kinadeter, JHIBlog
The two Democratic presidential debates were performed against a broad background of consecrated untruths and the debates gave them new life. Mostly, I don’t use the word “lies” because pseudo-facts eventually become facts in the mind of those who hear them repeated many times. And, to lie, you have to know that what you are … Continue reading The 2020 Dems
This post is in response to feedback from my previous post on this topic. There are no panaceas. But as abstract ideas go, pollution taxes are pretty appealing. Holding constant lots of things that we can’t really hold constant, it means replacing the inefficiency resulting from poorly defined/enforced property rights with a world where prices … Continue reading Further thoughts on the carbon tax.
I recently saw a thoroughgoing Twitter conversation between a Caleb Brown, which most of you presumably know from the Cato Daily Podcast, and the Neoliberal Project, an American project founded to promote the ideas of neoliberalism, regarding the differences between libertarianism and neoliberalism. For those who follow the debate, it is nothing new that the … Continue reading Libertarianism and Neoliberalism – A difference that matters?
I just got an email asking me to sign on to an open letter arguing for some carbon tax policies. I’m seeing some push back from (smart, economically literate) Facebook friends, but I think it’s a viable step in the right direction. Here’s the statement paraphrased: We think global warming is an important and urgent … Continue reading RE: Economists’ Statement on Carbon Dividends
President Macron spoke to the French nation today (12/10/18). He apologized a little for his figurative distance from the rank-and-file. Then he tried to buy some off the yellow vests off with other people’s money. The national minimum monthly wage will rise by about US$113; overtime will not be taxed anymore. You are not going … Continue reading The Yellow Vests Movement in France
Paris has been taken by a great number of protesters complaining about (yet another) tax, this time on fuel and with the justification of “combating climate change”. Five years ago, in 2013, several cities in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro among them) were taken by protesters. They were initially complaining about a rise in the bus … Continue reading A Brazilian view on the French Protests
How conservatives won the law Steven Teles (interview), Wall Street Journal Libertarians in the Age of Trump Ross Douthat, NY Times Political theory for an age of climate change Alyssa Battistoni, the Nation Nationalists versus empire: A brief history of the African university Mahmood Mamdani, London Review of Books
The end of empire and the birth of neoliberalism Deirdre N. McCloskey, Literary Review Gimme shelter: safe spaces and f-bombs in higher ed Irfan Khawaja, Policy of Truth Can Fresno State fire a professor for being an ass on Twitter? Ken White, Popehat The worst effects of climate change may not be felt for centuries … Continue reading Nightcap
US President Donald Trump has been quick to change his stance on complex issues like US relations with other countries, including China. Trump has also been unpredictable in his approach towards important multilateral organizations like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and US ties with important allies in the Indo-Pacific, especially Japan and South Korea. The most recent … Continue reading Is Trump turning the US into the Biggest Loser?
Well folks, another year has come and gone. 2017 was Notes On Liberty‘s busiest year yet. Traffic came from all over the place, with the most visits coming from the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and India. (In the past, India and Germany have vied for that coveted 5th place spot, but this year India … Continue reading 2017: Year in Review