Blue Ridge Now
June 23, 2017
President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accords exemplifies political courage in times of “feel-good-politics.”
Paris Accords were non-binding and voluntary commitments per country basis, which means potential policy proposals would be as futile as Paris Accords’ predecessors Kyoto and Copenhagen. Simple game theory proves that when there is no binding agreement or a credible threat of breaking agreement (say voluntary fossil fuel reduction initiative), the incentive to negate on such promises is very high. Furthermore, the benefits of living up to the commitments in the unlikely scenario that everyone else would do the same are very small for the U.S.
Just because the U.S withdrew from this “show accord” doesn’t mean that American entrepreneurs are forbidden to engage in alternative energy industries. Environmental activists seem to assume that any business idea related to sustainability would require some sort of filing with intergovernmental agencies.
Admittedly, smug Europeans tend to have this bizarre fetish of waiting for government to endorse something, whereas in America if there is profit to be made in, say, making solar panels, individuals will produce them.
Trump is not interested in nor obligated to sponsor German/French/Italian/etc. solar panel manufacturers at the expense of American citizens. Neither should you.
The Quantum State of Consent
Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:34 PM PST
56% of younger millennials identify as Christian. 2% as Jewish or Muslim. 1% as Buddhist. And 36% as nothing. That's double the number that made up the "nones" among baby boomers. Being a "none" often means having no sense of purpose, except to seek personal happiness and make the world a better place by recycling, opposing Trump and calling out racism. It also means a moral code based on academic analysis of power relationships between races, genders and sexual orientations.
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom," Benjamin Franklin cautioned more simply.
These aren't abstractions. Nor are they measured on some vast scale of civilizations. They define how we live our ordinary lives. They are why this debate is taking place.
Free people consent. But freedom comes from virtue. Freedom without virtue is anarchy. And anarchy ends in brutality and tyranny. That outcome isn't only expressed in riots in the streets. It emerges in smaller and more intimate matters, like the debate over consent.
Freedom of consent is failing. The left wants to replace it with brutality and tyranny. The brutality of online smear campaigns and the tyranny of campus kangaroo courts. But a secular right has no replacement for it either except the more libertarian brutality and tyranny of the individual.
What we forgot is that we don't truly have freedom of consent, until we have purpose.