Free Enterprise Zone

Classic and contemporary works, essays, commentary and analysis in defense of free enterprise and private property domestically, as well as fair markets and America’s sovereignty (to include avoiding permanent and entangling alliances) internationally under the United States Constitution.

BY PAUL DRIESSEN and DAVID R. LEGATES ~States that claim they’re committed to Paris do nothing for the climate and ill serve their citizens~ Ten states, some 150 cities, and 1,100 businesses, universities and organizations insist “We are still in” – committed to the Paris climate agreement and determined to continue reducing...
BY RICHARD M. EBELING Those who speak about being on the “right side of history” have, knowingly or not, adopted a central element in Karl Marx’s analysis of capitalism: the idea that the capitalist system follows a particular course of historical development that is open to scientific explanation and prediction,...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Putting a beehive at the VP’s residence could spur people’s understanding of bee problems~ Second Lady Karen Pence and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently teamed up to install a honeybee hive on the grounds of the Vice President’s residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, DC. This...
Judge Strikes Down Ban on Selling Homebaked Goods as Unconstitutional SHIRA RAWLINSON, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Madison—Wisconsin became a little freer, and a lot more delicious, after a Circuit Court judge struck down the state’s ban on selling home-baked goods as unconstitutional. Wisconsin was one of only two states to ban entrepreneurs...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Trump’s Paris decision challenges bad science, economics and energy politics behind treaty~ In the wake of President Trump’s exit from the Paris climate treaty, reactions from other quarters were predictably swift, nasty, sanctimonious and hypocritical. Al Gore paused near one of the private jets he takes to hector lesser...
GERALD P. O'DRISCOLL JR., CATO INSTITUTE At next week’s FOMC meeting, the state of the labor market will play a key role in policy deliberations. But there’s a lot more going on underneath top line unemployment numbers that make them a bad tool for monetary policy decision-making. The May employment report...
BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg’s Commencement speech at Harvard made a big splash. It was a warm-hearted, encouraging, interesting address, enriched by some endearing personal vignettes. It was also politically progressive to the core: It included the obligatory (for progressives) statement condemning the unfairness of...
~Creating balance and stability in a chaotic political and economic environment~ James E. Smith and Alex Hatch Many successful domestic and global companies and enterprises were started and driven by the visionary, problem-solving and leadership capabilities of technically trained founders and/or principals. Historically, those skills and entrepreneurial instincts came from...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Trump was 100% right (not just 97%) to show real leadership and walk away from Paris~ I can guess why a raven is like a writing-desk, Alice said. “Do you mean you think you can find out the answer?” said the March Hare. “Exactly so,” said Alice. “Then...
DAVID BOAZ, CATO INSTITUTE What some doctors say about regulating the treatment of sepsis has much broader application. Sepsis, an often lethal reaction to infection sometimes called blood poisoning, is the leading cause of death in hospitals, Richard Harris reports for NPR. Understandably, then, some doctors and regulators have a...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Consult with all affected parties, to ensure informed endangered species and pesticide policies~ One of my recent articles predicted that the Fish & Wildlife Service’s endangered species designation for the rusty patched bumblebee would lead to its being used to delay or block construction projects and pesticide use...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Too many oil, gas, coal, rare earth and other vital resources are still off limits~ President Trump has directed Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to review recent land withdrawals under the 1906 Antiquities Act, to determine whether some should be reversed or reduced in size. The review...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Proposed EPA budget cuts have activists in dither over wrong issues and imaginary problems~ (EPA POLICY & JOBS | Jun/7/14 Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson) President Trump’s proposal to reduce the Environmental Protection Agency’s $8.1-billion budget by $1.6 billion was cut to an $80-million trim in the omnibus spending...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Using junk science marches, ignorant professors, resistance and violence to drive public policy~ Recent science and climate marches demonstrated how misinformed, indoctrinated, politicized and anti-Trump these activists are – and how indifferent about condemning millions in industrialized nations and billions in developing countries to green energy poverty. Amid...
American Minute with Bill Federer James Monroe was born APRIL 28, 1758. Scottish Rev. William Douglas, an early tutor of Thomas Jefferson, taught in the home of James' father, Col. Spence Monroe. James then attended Campbellton Academy, run by Scottish Rev. Archibald Campbell of Washington Parish, with a fellow-classmate being John Marshall,...
~The changing face of the United States should be viewed as an opportunity~ By James E. Smith and Alex Hatch In 2015, the Bureau of Labor (BLS) Statistics released the results of a study dubbed the “National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979.”  This survey observed the employment habits of nearly ten...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~A week dedicated to topics that underscore impacts environmentalists don’t want to discuss~ April 22 was Earth Day, the March for Science and Lenin’s birthday (which many say is appropriate, since environmentalism is now green on the outside and red, anti-free enterprise on the inside). April 29 will...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Climate alarmists use faulty science and bald assertions to demand end to fossil fuels~ All too many alarmist climate scientists have received millions in taxpayer grants over the years, relied on computer models that do not reflect real-world observations, attacked and refused to debate scientists who disagree with...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~If this is the kind of housecleaning and swamp draining we’re going to get, we’re in real trouble~ Was it because there were too few senior Trump Administration officials in place to catch and stop it? Or because Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was new on...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Far-left ‘charitable’ foundations give millions to ‘conservative’ groups to drive climate agenda~ More and more conservatives are proclaiming the virtues of clean energy. At least that’s what some groups want you to believe. In reality, far-left “charitable” foundations have given pretend conservatives millions of dollars to advance a...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Coal ash scare stories are the latest tactic in their long war on coal-fueled electricity generation~   Coal-fired power plant scrubbers now remove 80-90 % of airborne particulate, mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and other pollutants. But that means “fly ash” and noncombustible residues (what we used to call...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~FSB, Climate Cabal expand power and wealth, by targeting financial and insurance industries~ The $1.5-trillion Climate Crisis industry is not about to go quiet into that dark night, or to strut but an hour upon the stage, to then be heard no more. In these desperate times, it...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Renewable energy is defective solution in search of a problem, money and power~ The Greek philosopher Diogenes reportedly carried an oil lamp during the daytime, the better to help him find an honest man. People everywhere should join Congress and the Trump Administration in search of honest energy...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~It’s like formulating public safety policies using models based on dinosaur DNA from amber~ Things are never quiet on the climate front. After calling dangerous manmade climate change a hoax and vowing to withdraw the USA from the Paris agreement, President Trump has apparently removed language criticizing the Paris...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Absurd, impractical sustainability precepts are actually a prescription for government control~ As President Trump downgrades the relevance of Obama era climate change and anti-fossil fuel policies, many environmentalists are directing attention to “sustainable development.” Like “dangerous manmade climate change,” sustainability reflects poor understanding of basic energy, economic, resource extraction...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Collusive lawsuits helped control more US lands. Congress must repeal and replace the ESA.~ President Obama’s parting edicts betrayed Israel and commuted prison sentences for terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera and traitor Bradley/Chelsea Manning. Another abused the Antiquities Act yet again, by banning economic use on an additional 1.7...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Federal air quality rules must be based on science – not used to stifle energy and industry~ It’s called the Clean Air Act, but it was never intended to ensure pure, pristine air. Congress wanted America to have safe, healthy air, and regulations based on solid scientific and...
~This obsolete vestige of the New Deal should be dissolved~ By Eric Steinmann President-Elect Donald Trump is looking for bold actions to “drain the swamp” in Washington, DC and free America’s economy, so that it can once again become the global leader and innovator. A great place to start would be...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Continuing to focus on carbon dioxide as the driving force will just bring more bogus predictions~ These days, even shipwreck museums showcase evidence of climate change. After diving recently among Key West’s fabled ship-destroying barrier reefs, I immersed myself in exhibits from the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, the fabled...
THE AMERICANIST: U.S. CONSTITUTION, BRADFORD SMITH Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, March 01, 1963 The American society is founded on the idea of individual liberty. It is an abnormal society, for most of the social organizations of his­tory are of the authoritarian form in which a ruling class exploits the...