libertarianism

Gary Johnson’s Hasty Retreat

He was for a carbon tax. For a few days. Until he was against it.

I posted a few weeks about Gary Johnson’s embrace of a carbon fee, which seemed like an appealing sign of new ideas.  Apparently, however, stale ideas are more politically salable.  As it turns out, under pressure from horrified conservatives, Johnson waved the white flag and surrendered only a few days later.  Here’s his explanation: “If …

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The Long, Losing War Against Government Regulation

Since the time the laws were passed, the anti-regulatory movement has fought to roll back the health and safety regulations of the 1970s. The battle has been fierce. As with the trench warfare of World War I, there have been many loud and hard-fought battles, but the outcome has generally been to move the lines …

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Supersized Drinks, Social Welfare, and Liberty

Obesity is an environmental issue because the food system (from farm to table) uses a lot of energy and produces significant water pollution.  More food equals a bigger environmental footprint.  Sweetened soft drinks are a good example: they use corn sweetener, and corn production has a large footprint because so much fertilizer is required.  There …

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Climate “skepticism,” ideology, and sincerity

There’s an interesting discussion about a whole lot of things — for example, the sincerity of climate scientists and think tanks, the behavior of scientists, the relative funding of “skeptics” and climate scientists and others who believe climate change is happening and is caused by human activity — between my colleague Ann Carlson and Professor …

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Libertarians for Environmental Red Tape!

  Libertarians have long castigated environmental review statutes, such as NEPA and CEQA, for trampling private property rights, the theory being that they make developing property so difficult and expensive that they are tantamount to disrupting those right. That’s why it was so odd to see the Pacific Legal Foundation advocating for more prolix environmental …

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The Libertarian Case for Controlling Climate Change

Inaction on climate change is inconsistent with libertarian principles and belief in property rights.

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