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Marita Noon: Germany’s “energy transformation” — unsustainable subsidies and an unstable system

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

There is more to providing energy than the renewable fairytale storytellers want consumers to believe

Germany’s “energy transformation:” unsustainable subsidies and an unstable system

Perhaps when Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel was a child, she attend a party and was the only one who came without a present, or wearing inappropriate attire—and the embarrassment she felt haunts her to this day. That’s how psychodynamic psychology (Freud) might explain her December 3 decision spend more money on Germany’s failing energy experiment to avoid, as Reuters puts it: “the embarrassment of missing her government’s goal of a 40 percent reduction of emissions by 2020.”

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Is "better safe than sorry" really better?

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

The recent hostage crisis in Sydney, Australia that resulted in the deaths of two innocent people at the hands of an Iranian-born would-be jihandist (who was also killed) is a stark reminder that terrorism is still a very real threat. But as this New York Times article also points out, the anti-terrorism measures that Australia enacted were largely ineffective. The immediate reaction by Australian authorities has been what you would expect. How could this happen? How can we prevent it from happening again? The same questions that the U.S. asked in the aftermath of 9-11.

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A Primer on Compromise for Libertarians

By Robin Koerner
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member for Liberty Coalition Partners

"If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” – Mark 3:25
“Politics at its purest is philosophy in action” – Margaret Thatcher
“Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.” – Thomas Jefferson

Whereas to many outside the liberty movement, including the mainstream media, politicians like Rand Paul seem quite libertarian, many Americans who actually call themselves “libertarians” seem to despise Rand Paul for not being libertarian enough in various areas, and so they call him a “neo-con” or a “shill” or similar. 

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Power and Property: A Corollary

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

Download a PDF copy of Grant Mincy’s study Power and Property: A Corollary.

The concept of property is widely discussed by social theorists and is a hot button issue within political circles. This is mostly because property is somewhat of an abstract concept. Property is a possession — it belongs to someone or something. Seems simple enough, but the social ramifications of how property is acquired, distributed and managed are rather complex. Beyond the abstract, when investigating the concept, property quickly becomes a central theme in the politics we address. Property is incredibly important to economic systems, with far-reaching implications into our social organization, distributions of wealth and management of resources — both manufactured and natural.

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Marita Noon: Welcome to the O-zone—where economic development is a zero-sum game

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

It is time to speak out, because if we don’t, there will be no one left to speak for us

Late in the day on Thanksgiving eve, when no one was paying attention, the Obama administration released its Unified Agenda—a regulatory roadmap of thousands of regulations being finalized in 2015. Within the bundle of more than 3000 regulations is a rule on ozone that President Obama himself, in 2011, “put on ice” in an effort to reduce “regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover.” Regarding the 2011 decision that shocked environmental groups, the New York Times (NYT) recently stated: “At the time, Mr. Obama said the regulation would impose too severe a burden on industry and local governments at a time of economic distress.”

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Truth in Media: The Root of Police Militarization

By Ben Swann
Our America Initiative Advisory Council Member of Liberty Coalition Partners

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Realism Emerging on Highway Trust Fund

By Bob Poole - Jefferson Policy Journal 

The late Herb Stein, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, once quipped, "If something cannot go on forever, it will stop." Stein's Law, as it is now known, applies to the five bailouts of the Highway Trust Fund with general fund money since 2008, to the tune of $62 billion, to make up for ongoing shortfalls in fuel tax revenue from highway users. This has gone on for seven years because Congress was unwilling to reduce federal transportation spending to match user-tax revenues. But given the federal government's dire fiscal outlook in coming decades, this simply cannot go on much longer. And given the strong public and congressional opposition to increasing federal fuel tax rates, the only realistic alternative is to reduce the size and scope of the federal program.

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THE RUFER QUADRANT

By Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)
Our America Initiative Board Member & Featured Contributor

If you think about it, all people (except psychopaths) live their own personal lives with the Libertarian values of persuasion instead of coercion.  That is to say that we cannot use coercion or force to make other people like us or socialize with us.  Instead we either have or do not have a fulfilling social life with friends and acquaintances based upon the persuasion of our personality, character and integrity.  Obviously, if we try to force people to like us we will not be successful.  And the same is true in the business world, which is also based upon the persuasions of value and merit, instead of coercion or force.

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Reclaiming the Public

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

A new study by Duke University scholars Troy H. Campbell and Aaron C. Kay (“Solution Aversion: On the Relation Between Ideology and Motivated Disbelief,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology) suggests that politics is the root of all social ills.

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Marita Noon: It’s time for tough love on tax credits for the mature wind industry

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

After 22 years of taxpayer support, the wind industry is coming to Congress for another handout--"just one more time" 

Is the lame duck Congress oblivious to the message voters sent to Washington last month? Or, are they intentionally ignoring it in favor of special interests? A pending vote on a tax-extenders package—that would have a slim chance of passage in the new Congress—will reveal whether or not they learned anything from the 2014 midterms.

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