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What Does 60 Minutes Have Against Public Investment in Clean Energy?

Keith Gaby | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

Is there a bias against public investment in clean energy? Just ask Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk.

Common Good Capitalism to Emerge Via Voluntary Movement in the Private Sector

Terry Mollner | Posted 03.21.2014 | Business
Terry Mollner

Thinking the Earth is flat was a stage in our maturation. The current form of capitalism is only a stage in our economic maturation. It is the opposite of collusion for self-interest. It is cooperation for the common good.

If I Didn't Have a Hammer

John Feffer | Posted 03.20.2014 | World
John Feffer

I've argued against the extreme critique of U.S. policy in Ukraine, one that the Russian foreign ministry regularly trumpets and a small but vocal sliver of the left has embarrassingly embraced. The question remains: Should the United States have been involved in Ukraine at any level?

Rand Paul: Yes, He's Really the Frontrunner

Eli Lehrer | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

Even though it's still early, I think that there's a good case that Rand Paul's early support may turn into something real. In other words, he's a legitimate frontrunner.

A Religious Freedom Parable

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What follows is a modern-day parable. I think it's important to point that out up front, in order not to cause any undue offense. The scene: the near future, when Arizona (or any other state, for that matter) becomes a bastion of religious freedom by passing laws shielding businesses from penalty for discrimination on the basis of religious belief.

Should Occupy Have Cut Off Its Right Hand?

Nathan Schneider | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Nathan Schneider

The existence of certain obnoxious quarters of the right in Occupy was occasionally a problem for the movement, but the right's presence was also a sign of Occupy's promise.

Polarized Psychology: Is Science Devalued in a Divided Society?

Jarryd Willis | Posted 02.25.2014 | Science
Jarryd Willis

How do we share our research in a politically polarized America when only half the country may be receptive to our findings? That was a key question from the 2014 Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) conference.

A Conservative Argument for Harm Reduction

Tessie Castillo | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Last year the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition surprised the nation by working with conservative legislators to pass two new drug policy laws i...

Bitcoins, Tulips and Libertarians

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Bitcoin true believers really do hope, even perhaps intend, that their new currency subverts and supplants a state-based system they believe to be non-consensual and coercive. In the end, however, the state's role will be vindicated.

Am I the Only Libertarian Democrat in America?

Fred Lundgren | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

My friend finally growled out, "I know what you are, you're a Libertarian Democrat." Had he labeled me correctly? Has my world view devolved into conflicting combinations of Liberalism and Libertarianism? If so, must these "brands" be mutually exclusive?

Pro-Walmart Wall Streeter Conducts World's Most Bogus Protest

Posted 12.18.2013 | Business

Walmart usually speaks for itself just fine. But that hasn't stopped a wealthy Wall Streeter from taking up its cause, protesting against higher wages...

Could 2016 Be Rand Paul's Moment?

Rich Rubino | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Every so often in American politics a party nominates an insurgent, not because of his/her experience, but simply because their message strikes a resonate chord with the most active faction of the party at that time.

What if There Was a Libertarian Cover Band Called The Ayn Rands?

Jerome Halligan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Jerome Halligan

The Ayn Rands wouldn't even be a band, at least not in the conventional sense. They would be made up of one man, who might be named Earl Selfman. Earl would perform the covers a cappella, because, after all, he doesn't need a band. He doesn't need anybody.

Joseph's Coat and Jacob's Gift Tax

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

His older brothers are jealous of Joseph because of Jacob's favoritism, and perhaps angry at Joseph because he is an arrogant, insensitive, tattle-tale (Gen 37: 2). But that is not sufficient to explain their willingness to murder him.

Death of a Libertarian

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The ostensible goal of libertarian theory is a good one: equality of opportunity for everyone. However, when we look at what happens when libertarian ideals are implemented, the results are just the opposite.

Friday Talking Points -- As The Wedgie Turns

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We decided it was time to coin a new political term. We'll repeat the definition we gave it, back in May. Wedgie: When a political party's "wedge" issue turns on them and instead of dividing the other party, begins to divide their own.

What In-Vogue Libertarians Are Missing

Thomas White | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Thomas White

If you're a true libertarian, own it. But be prepared to be questioned vigorously about the role government has played in your life and your successes, and be prepared to defend decreased literacy and increased poverty, increased labor abuses and a vanishing social safety net.

A Libertarian Argument for Climate Action

Keith Gaby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

It strikes me that libertarians would support the basic concept that a company seeking private profit should also be responsible for paying all the costs of pursuing that goal.

The Media Should Stop Calling Tea Party Radicals "Conservative"

David Jenkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Jenkins

Almost every day we are subjected to the lunacy of actual conservatives being attacked by radicals for not being "conservative" enough. Then, when the media reports on these attacks, it offers no challenge to their faulty premise.

Could the Republicans Sell Water in the Desert?

Anthony Gregory | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics
Anthony Gregory

Unemployment remains high. There are still more U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan than when Obama took office. Outside of defensive Democratic partisans, no one can say Obama's is a wonderful presidency. Nevertheless, the Republicans continue to lose credibility.

From Emergency to Emerge 'n See: The Upwising Is Gaining Momentum

Steve Bhaerman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Steve Bhaerman

"Either we will have an awakening, or we will have a wake."-- Swami Beyondananda Every year on this date, the "impropaganda" machine reminds American...

Don't Let Entrepreneurs Become a Casualty of the Immigration Impasse

Iain Murray | Posted 10.29.2013 | Business
Iain Murray

It is not a stretch to say that immigrants are essential to America's entrepreneurial culture. Yet our immigration system makes no allowance for entrepreneurs.

These Parties Are Lame

John Michael | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
John Michael

Being an American voter is like being stranded in the desert and choosing between espresso and moonshine. Both seem to be choices of flavor over utility.

What the GOP Isn't Willing to Change

Jason Sattler | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Jason Sattler

Republicans have been having an interesting debate over how their party should change -- interesting, because even Republicans now recognize that Republicans need to change.

Property Rights and Wrongs in Deuteronomy

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 10.14.2013 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

Some people say that when you pay taxes -- income tax, sales tax, property tax, etc. -- you are giving your money to the government. Many resent this; some even consider it illegitimate. But this is a mistake.