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An Inconvenient Process: How Solar Permitting Reform Can Help in the Fight Against Climate Change

Maury Blackman | Posted 01.10.2015 | Green
Maury Blackman

Climate change is such a big issue that at times it seems nearly impossible to solve. But simplifying our bureaucratic process for solar permitting is something that local, regional and state governments can start doing today.

You Don't Need to Found a Company to Change the World

Jeremy Pesner | Posted 01.06.2015 | Small Business
Jeremy Pesner

With all of these wonderful resources, what could possibly be the downside of entrepreneurship? Well, there are a few reasons, and they indicate the wider systems of institutions, policies and economics that play just as large a part in shaping the state of the world.

The Republicans Won -- But Have Travelers Lost?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 01.05.2015 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Every major industry -- from cruise lines to wireless companies -- could now have its way with us, unfettered by "burdensome" state and federal regulation, if the experts are to be believed. Consumers are powerless to stop it.

Change Is Hard

Carla Shutak | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Carla Shutak

I look at the Republican Party I grew up respecting and I don't recognize it anymore. I traveled to countries that don't have the same level of infrastructure as The United States of America. I talked with people who had differing belief systems.

What Would Happen Tomorrow if Coffee Were Banned?

Quora | Posted 01.04.2015 | Taste
Quora

I'll assume this happens in the U.S., since it's what I'm familiar with. I think other instances of prohibition would be a pretty good model.

The Path to Better Political Leadership: Not Smaller Government, Smaller Countries to Govern

Tim Ward | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Tim Ward

Has national politics reached the end of the line? Are we so weary of mainstream politics and politicians that we are no longer searching for new personalities or even parties to lead us, but have actually reached the stage where we are looking for new forms of government?

The Costs of Ebola: Guinea and Sierra Leone

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

For a clear snapshot of a country's economic performance, a look at my misery index is particularly edifying. The misery index is simply the sum of th...

Neil Young: Who's Gonna Stand Up? (And Save the Earth)

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 12.31.2014 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Climate change and the effect on our environment and our species isn't an abstract concept; it's about the lives of people, real people -- your family, your friends, your neighbors -- and of the collective consequences of our individual actions upon our tiny blue planet.

Three Nassau County, NY Legislators Kick-Off Initiative to Empower Local Small Businesses

Cecilia T. Capers | Posted 12.29.2014 | Black Voices
Cecilia T. Capers

At the forefront of this initiative is second term Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages and his Democratic Minority Caucus colleagues, Legislators Kevan Abrahams and Siela Bynoe.

In Defense of 'Nudging': When the Government Nudges, Everyone Wins

Jon Jachimowicz | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Jon Jachimowicz

'Nudging' -- intentionally designing our environments to make certain decisions more likely than others -- can be an effective and ethically sound tool to help people make better decisions for themselves and for society at large.

Democrats Are 'Disgusted' With Politics? Boo Hoo

Carla Seaquist | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

How does not voting in the coming midterm elections put things right? For that matter, how does it put things right to swear off forevermore all politics, a threat heard from Democrats across the land?

Government Gold-Plating

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Steve H. Hanke

In addition to supporting members of Congress and civil servants, U.S. taxpayers support welfare recipients. And they support them lavishly, too. Hawaii, Massachusetts, and D.C. residents receive sizeable welfare payments (Read: salaries).

Working or Fighting: Your Choice

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

We hear political pundits saying it is a mistake to compromise. It is important to hold firm on principles, but in most instances, it is possible to reach consensus. There are multiple examples, starting with our founding fathers, of people in government that held very firm views on various issues, but made compromises to reach consensus.

Women Remain Under-Represented in Public Sector Leadership Across the G20

Uschi Schreiber | Posted 12.23.2014 | World
Uschi Schreiber

Unconscious bias, in both men and women, is powerful and pervasive. Leaders need to send a consistent message to achieve greater equality at senior levels.

'Citizenfour' Review: An Incredible Documentary About Edward Snowden

Michael Morgenstern | Posted 12.22.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Morgenstern

Citizenfour, a documentary about Edward Snowden's first few days of revelation which opens in theaters this Friday, is mesmerizing. It feels more like an espionage fiction film, and I had to continually remind myself I was watching a documentary about real life events.

Should Joe Biden's Son Have Been Kicked Out of the Navy for Drug Use?

James Carli | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
James Carli

But why is there such tolerance in high levels of government for alcohol and such admonition for other substances resoundingly less harmful?

The Great Society Meets the Taxpayer

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Steve H. Hanke

President Lyndon Johnson's legacy was the so-called Great Society (read: entitlement programs). As these programs have matured, along with the U.S. population, the proportion of the people dependent on the State has soared

What Do Small Businesses Want From Their Government? Part 3

Lukas McGowan | Posted 12.13.2014 | Small Business
Lukas McGowan

Make sure that the necessary licenses and permits to work in the area are simple to obtain and only as burdensome as necessary to protect the public. Making service professionals wait days at City Hall to pull a permit for a plumbing job when they could be working slows everyone down.

Review: Edward Kleinbard's 'We Are Better Than This'

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Kleinbard describes himself as a "Dutch uncle" which the dictionary tells me is someone who admonishes sternly and bluntly... tells us the hard truths whether we want to hear them or not.

A Modest Proposal: Vigilante Traffic Enforcement

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 12.08.2014 | Comedy
Bill Halamandaris

Compared to those risky and dangerous commitments to justice, vigilante traffic enforcement in a digital age should be a breeze.

Why Europe Is Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge With a Glass of Water

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Gemma Godfrey

ECB President Mario Draghi has been highly effective with his words alone -- moving markets with speeches and little action. However, by doing so he has also set the bar high and expectations for action are becoming the norm.

A Case for Community in Cultural Planning for New York

Lane Harwell | Posted 12.01.2014 | New York
Lane Harwell

Today I add new learning about the importance of "community" to discussions underway about including a comprehensive cultural plan requirement in the New York City Charter.

Miami-Dade Annexation Push Rises Again

Luis Andre Gazitua | Posted 12.01.2014 | Miami
Luis Andre Gazitua

If annexation seems inevitable, your group needs to find common ground with your new city. For starters, try to negotiate the continuation of MD-PD as a first responder in the cargo-sensitive areas.

Healthy Child Healthy World: From the Pain a Passion for Change

LuxEco Living | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green
LuxEco Living

By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor in Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World Colette Chuda 1989 photo credit Irene Born...

Kalabagh Dam - A Pivotal Need for Pakistan?

Mariam Khan | Posted 11.30.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

Only if the discrepancies are kept aside and the general good of the people of the nation be focused upon, then only can the Kalabagh Dam be erected which can effectively put to rest a great number of problems faced by the citizens of Pakistan.