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Environmentalism

FEE is proud to partner with the Young America's Foundation (YAF) to produce "Clichés of Progressivism," a series of insightful commentaries covering topics of free enterprise, income inequality, and limited government.

The antecedents to this collection are two classic FEE publications that YAF helped distribute in the past: Clichés of Politics, published in 1994, and the more influential Clichés of Socialism, which made its first appearance in 1962. Indeed, this new collection will contain a number of essays from those two earlier works, updated for the present day where necessary. Other entries first appeared in some version in FEE’s journal, The Freeman. Still others are brand new, never having appeared in print anywhere. The essays were published weekly on the websites of both YAF and FEE: www.yaf.org and FEE.org.

Now that the series is complete, it has been compiled into book form by Regnery under the title Excuse Me, Professor, which you can purchase here. You may also want to read FEE's new weekly series "Real Heroes".

Can Free Market Environmentalism Save Rhinos? Anything Peaceful
Will a Free Market in Horns Save the Rhino?

South Africa will try to stop poaching by legalizing rhino horn farms. 

Is Cheap Gas a Bad Thing? Anything Peaceful
Is Cheap Gas a Bad Thing?

A popular claim says that a gallon of gas creates $2.28 in external costs on society.

Zika Virus Shows It's Time to Bring Back DDT Anything Peaceful
Zika Virus Shows It's Time to Bring Back DDT

Mosquitoes carry deadly and painful diseases like Zika and malaria, but we already have a cheap, effective way to stop them.

Banning GM Salmon Is a Terrible Idea Anything Peaceful
Banning GM Salmon Is a Terrible Idea

GM salmon is safe, nutritious, and competitive and special interests are scrambling to ban it.

Governments Are the Worst Violators of Pollution Laws Anything Peaceful
Governments Are the Worst Polluters

Governments violate the Clean Air and Safe Water laws much more often than private firms — and are less likely to be penalized for it.

Against the Doomsayers Anything Peaceful
Against the Doomsayers

Disaster fears bring disaster politics: overreactions on a grand scale that we are better off without.

Do We Need "Draconian" Government to Ban Microbeads? Anything Peaceful
Should We Ban Microbeads?

Environmental extremists thrive off creating panic about how corporations are destroying the world, and they've found a new target. 

21 Years of Failed Flushing Anything Peaceful
Toilet Hell: 21 Years of Failed Flushing

Toilet water is a fraction of a percent of water consumption, but government still won't let you use more than 1.6 gallons per flush.

Hillary Clinton's Ideological Vortex of Power and Planning Anything Peaceful
Hillary Clinton's Ideological Vortex of Power and Planning

Hillary’s campaign seems designed to prove that F.A. Hayek was a prophet.

Government Ruins the Dishwasher (Again) Anything Peaceful
Government Ruins the Dishwasher (Again)
It seems that regulators can’t think of much to do these days besides ruining things we love. 
5 Unintended Consequences of Regulation and Government Meddling The Freeman
5 Unintended Consequences of Regulation and Government Meddling

Well-intentioned laws can cause serious mischief and hurt the very groups supposedly being helped.

Unsustainable: Little Ways Environmentalists Waste the Ultimate Resource The Freeman
Unsustainable: Little Ways Environmentalists Waste the Ultimate Resource

Sustainability advocates need to remember that resources include more than electricity, water, plastic, and paper.

The New Paganism? The Case against Pope Francis’s Green Encyclical Anything Peaceful
The New Paganism? The Case against Pope Francis’s Green Encyclical
The worship of nature (as a cloak for hatred of capitalism) once again becomes a part of the religion.
Against Eco-pessimism: Half a Century of False Bad News Anything Peaceful
Against Eco-pessimism: Half a Century of False Bad News

The greenest thing we can do is innovate. The most sustainable thing we can do is change.

Bed Bugs Are the New Plague Anything Peaceful
Bed Bugs Are the New Plague
Are you being eaten alive while you sleep? Thank government regulations for that.
The Poor Need Affordable Energy The Freeman
The Poor Need Affordable Energy
Reducing artificially high energy costs is the first step in tackling fuel poverty.
Duke Study: Global Warming Is Not "Worst Case Scenario" Anything Peaceful
Duke Study: Global Warming Is Not "Worst Case Scenario"
A model of 1,000 years of temperature records suggests that warming is still happening, but it's slower and more moderate than worst-case projections.
Earth Day: 22 Ways to Think about the Climate-Change Debate The Freeman
Twenty Two Ways to Think about the Climate-Change Debate

Those with a reasoned agnosticism about climate change will find themselves in debate with the Climate Orthodoxy. No one should sally forth into this hostile territory without reason and reflection.

Anthem and the Meaning of the Light Bulb Ban Anything Peaceful
Anthem and the Meaning of the Light Bulb Ban

If there is something that we like, that makes our lives lovely — something as simple as a light bulb — you can bet it is being targeted for destruction.

Why We Should Be Optimistic About the Future Anything Peaceful
Why We Should Be Optimistic About the Future
Human achievement has reached unprecedented heights, and we ain't seen nothing yet.
The World Is Bigger than You Think Anything Peaceful
The World Is Bigger than You Think
“Natural” resources are not fixed because resources are not found in nature – they are created by the human mind.
The Costs of Hysteria The Freeman
The Costs of Hysteria
It is understandable that noneconomists would fail to employ marginal analysis and would engage in overblown rhetoric when discussing something as controversial as climate-change policy. However, too many professional economists have fallen into this bad habit.
How We Destroyed Indoor Plumbing The Freeman
How We Destroyed Indoor Plumbing
Indoor plumbing is an invention thousands of years old. It took American regulators in the late 20th century to destroy it.
Does California Need Rain, Rationing, or Prices? The Freeman
Does California Need Rain, Rationing, or Prices?
California has plenty of water. What it doesn’t have are prices.
How We Destroyed Indoor Plumbing (1) Anything Peaceful
How We Destroyed Indoor Plumbing
Indoor plumbing is an invention thousands of years old. It took American regulators in the late 20th century to destroy it.

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