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Marita Noon: EU climate compromise ~ I will if you will

By: Marita Noon (Diary) - Red State
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Energy & Environment

There's no reason for Europe to commit to deeper emissions cuts before the rest of the world does

After the 2009 Copenhagen global climate conference failed to produce a legally-binding global treaty to replace the lapsing Kyoto Protocol, climate campaigners are eager to put some kind of win on the board. Therefore, despite threats to veto the deal and discussions that ran into the wee hours, the European Union’s agreement on a new set of climate and energy goals is being heralded as “a new global standard”—though it is really more “I will, if you will.”

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Libertarians Can Be a Significant Force for Good in U.S. Politics

The Atlantic

"Has the 'Libertarian Moment' Finally Arrived?"

The question was put to New York Times Magazine readers by journalist Robert Draper, who has elicited disdainful responses from Paul Krugman of the Times, Jonathan Chait of New York, and my colleague David Frum. All three concur that the notion of a libertarian ascendancy is an unsophisticated, laughable fantasy. That's a vexing position to hear from this particular trio. If there is no real prospect of tomorrow's voters embracing libertarian ideas, let alone libertarians exercising meaningful power over policy, why have these three spent years dedicating countless hours, numerous articles in prominent publications, and tens of thousands of words criticizing, mocking, and vilifying libertarians, even as centrist elites carried out disastrous policies from Iraq to Wall Street? They're perfectly within their rights to proceed as though libertarianism is a political force that imperils us, or an obvious nonstarter, but it cannot be both.

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Alex Nowrasteh discusses immigration on FBN’s Stossel

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What Makes a Political Act Spiritual?

By Charles Frohman - 3HO

Spiritual activism does not require giving money and time to political efforts, and doesn’t require collective action. But a good political effort—with others as part of a group—can really fulfill the spirit.

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FDR FARM-FOLLY LESSONS FOR OBAMACARE

By James Bovard - The Future of Freedom Foundation 

As the Obama administration wreaks further havoc on health care, many people expect the politicians to recognize their follies and relent. However, history indicates that rulers will continue seizing new power regardless of how much wreckage results. The farm policy of Franklin Roosevelt exemplifies how politicians “double down” on their most brazen follies.

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Marita Noon: Shouldn’t we be fighting a war on terrorism not on fossil fuels?

By Marita Noon (Diary) - Red State
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Energy & Environment

It's not just a war on coal, the Obama Administration is gunning for oil & gas too

“You are responsible for President Obama’s re-election,” I told 150 folks from the oil and gas industry —most of whom were conservative Republicans. I spoke to them on October 15 in San Angelo, TX. A reporter covering the event wrote that I “stunned the crowd by telling them they were largely responsible for getting the president re-elected, and asking them if they knew how they had helped.” He continued: “The room was very quiet for several moments as Noon waited to see if anyone would volunteer an answer.”

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Nuclear Negotiations with Iran are Kabuki Theater

Charles V. Pena
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Defense & Foreign Policy

With a November deadline looming, Iran recently offered up a new compromise proposal in nuclear talks that has been dismissed by Western negotiators as nothing new. In other words, it’s business as usual. Iran continues to try and buy time. The U.S. and Europeans continue to believe they can put an end to Iran’s nuclear program. The latter is just wishful thinking. The reality is that Iran has every incentive to pursue a nuclear program that leads to eventual weaponization and is not likely to give up its quest for nukes, regardless of how much we try to bring them to their knees with sanctions.

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Immigration Bolsters American Freedom

By Alex Nowrasteh - Library of Law and Liberty

There is much to agree with in Richard Samuelson’s essay. My disagreement arises from three main sources. First, Samuelson undervalues how important relatively freer immigration is for maintaining American values and institutions. Second, his view of the country’s past assimilation of immigrants is too rosy. Third, his pessimism concerning the assimilation of current immigrants is largely unfounded.

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The Military vs. Weather

By Paul Jacob - Common Sense with Paul Jacob
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Liberty Coalition Partners

The purpose of a military — unless invading places for the hell of it — is to wield violence against violent threats to your country. What else are all the tanks and guns for?

The putative threats haven’t normally included . . . the weather.

But that’s been changing.

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Pandemics: A Networked Approach to Crisis Management Needed

By Grant Mincy - Center for a Stateless Society
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Energy & Environment

In recent weeks the Ebola virus has dominated media headlines. Fueling global interest, the AP reports a nurse in Spain is the first person known to catch Ebola outside the outbreak zone in West Africa. The nurse treated two missionaries who traveled to the plagued region and contracted the virus.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of October 3, a documented 3,439 deaths have struck West Africa. There are currently 4,792 known infected individuals in the region. Specific to the United States, reports note possible infections in Texas and Washington DC. For this reason, Ebola has ignited interest in pandemic management.

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