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 ~Europe gives Trump Administration excellent tutorials on how not to regulate pesticides~ With reform-minded folks in charge of the Executive and Legislative Branches, unelected, unaccountable, un-removable bureaucrats may soon be exerting far less power over our policies, regulations, lives and livelihoods. Energy and climate are high on the...
~Here are some climate actions President Trump could take to Make America Great Again~ By Sterling Burnett In President-Elect Donald Trump’s Contract with the American Voter, a “100-day action plan to Make America Great Again,” Mr. Trump outlines several measures he says he will undertake to create jobs and spur economic...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Intellectual ammo for holiday party responses to claims that you need meteorite insurance~ Many liberals went into denial, outrage and riot mode after November 8. Now they’re having meltdown over President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees with climate and environmental responsibilities: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry at Energy, Oklahoma AG...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN and ROGER BEZDEK ~Alarmist claims about rising seas inundating coastal areas blame the wrong culprit~ In his 2006 Inconvenient Truth mockumentary, Al Gore infamously predicted melting ice caps would cause oceans to rise “up to 20 feet” (6.1 meters) “in the near future.” Kevin Costner’s 1995 “action thriller”...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Having achieved major goals, US should refocus EPA and other environmental agencies~ Donald Trump plans to “roll back progress” on climate change, energy and the environment, activists, regulators and their media allies assert. The claim depends on one’s definition of “progress.” These interest groups define “progress” as ever-expanding laws,...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN President Trump could help – and force climate alarmists to answer questions they’ve ignored~ Ever since the elections, our media, schools, workplaces and houses of worship have presented stories showcasing the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Liberal-progressive snowflakes are wallowing in denial, anger and depression....
BY T.F. STERN Recently the State of Texas altered the requirments for the renewal process licensed locksmiths must complete in order to continue applying their skills in what used to be a free market system.  The Department of Public Safety/Private Security Bureau, (DPS/PSB) working under their interpretation of HB 4030 passed...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Trump win fuels more rampant theft and destruction – and North Dakota citizens pay the price~ Is this to be our future? Last week’s elections will soon end autocratic rule via executive fiat, the war on coal and hydrocarbons, IRS agents targeting conservative groups, government SWAT teams invading...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~“Making America great again” requires deep-sixing punitive energy and environmental rules~ The American people have roundly rejected a third Obama term and legacy of deplorable policies that were too often imposed via executive edicts, with minimal attempts to work with Congress or the states. This election shows that hard-working...
CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE President-elect Donald Trump said on the campaign trail that he will balance the federal budget and cut wasteful spending. Here are some of Trump’s views on budget reforms: “We are going to ask every department head in government to provide a list of...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Deceit and collusion drive campaigns to ban a vital, popular, safe, affordable herbicide~ Do we really need more collusion, corruption and deceit in the service of renegade regulators, organic food interests, anti-chemical activists, and policies that carry harmful or even lethal consequences? Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Financing “green” companies and pressure groups, to get richer off taxpayers and consumers~ Shady cash from Vladimir Putin’s Russian energy oligarchs and other rich donors is being laundered through Bermuda-based lawyers and middlemen to “green” pressure groups, lobbyists and spinmeisters – to promote “green energy” schemes that bring...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Candidates, Civil Rights Commission and greens use phony health threats to scare voters~ Rank politics and baseless health scares are driving anxiety, North Carolina election campaigns, civil rights claims and plans for class action lawsuits, all of which could bring electricity rate hikes that will cause real job,...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Too many “green” policies bleed red, hurting the environment and killing people~ Leonardo DiCaprio made millions for portraying smuggler Danny Archer in the film “Blood Diamond,” which supported mostly unworkable and now defunct efforts to certify that diamonds did not come from “conflict” areas. He loves modern gadgets...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Democrats fight climate change with renewable pixie dust, while rest of world burns fossil fuels~ “There’s been a record six straight years of job growth, and new Census numbers show incomes have increased at a record rate after years of stagnation,” NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt misinformed...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Regulators mete out fines and stymie growth, but are rarely punished for their own misconduct~ Several years ago, Wells Fargo Bank discovered that employees had boosted sales, by opening some 2 million deposit and credit card accounts without customer knowledge or authorization. Over the next few years, the...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Affordable energy brings jobs, improved living standards and pursuit of happiness~ For 16 years, in a scene out of pre-industrial America, Thabo Molubi and his partner made furniture in South Africa’s outback, known locally as the “veld.” Lacking even a stream to turn a water wheel and machinery,...
~What if we could have an experiment to compare the two systems? Wait – we already did.~ By David R. Legates Experimentation is a major tool in the scientist’s arsenal. We can put the same strain of bacteria into two Petri dishes, for example, and compare the relative effects of two...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Detecting Cr-6 droplets in Olympic-sized swimming pool doesn’t equal health or cancer risks~ Erin Brockovich became rich and famous by promoting the notion that people in Hinkley, CA got cancer because of hexavalent chromium (Chromium-6) in drinking water. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) settled a 1993 lawsuit for...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~As Obama, UN and EPA seek to dictate our lives and livelihoods, the real issue is green racism~ Winston Churchill called Russia a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. We could say Obama’s energy and climate policy is confusion wrapped in muddled thinking inside obfuscation –...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~As Obama, UN and EPA seek to dictate our lives and livelihoods, the real issue is green racism~ Winston Churchill called Russia a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. We could say Obama’s energy and climate policy is confusion wrapped in muddled thinking inside obfuscation –...
BY T.F. STERN Recently the State of Texas altered the requirements for the renewal process licensed locksmiths must complete in order to continue applying their skills in what used to be a free market system.  The Department of Public Safety/Private Security Bureau, (DPS/PSB) working under their interpretation of HB 4030...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~It was wrong to interrupt Rio’s delightful opening ceremonies with deceitful agitprop  ~ XXXI Olympiad competitors are joyfully showcasing their skills and sportsmanship, while delighted fans revel in their amazing efforts. But opening ceremonies featuring colorful history, dance, song and athletes were rudely interrupted by an unprecedented propaganda...
NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE Education historian Diane Ravitch is against charter schools, voucher programs – any sort of education “privatization.” And that’s fine. I just wish she would bring more to bear in opposing such measures than accusations about privatizers’ hand-rubbing, dastardly motives, and unsupported assertions about what privatization has...
BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON Last month, retired Rep. John Linder wrote a clear-headed article about the benefits of trade. A week-and-a-half later, FedEx founder and CEO, Frederick W. Smith, gave a detailed explanation in The Wall Street Journal about “How Trade Made America Great.” The freer the flow of international trade, the higher...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Why can locals block fracking, but not support it … get wind turbines, but not block them?~ Donald Trump recently said he supports giving local communities control over hydraulic fracturing. “If some areas don’t want” fracking, the decision should be “up to them,” he commented. Trump supports this proven...
LAWRENCE H. WHITE, CATO INSTITUTE On July 25, Miami-Dade Florida circuit judge Teresa Pooler dismissed money-laundering charges against Michell Espinoza, a local bitcoin seller. The decision is a welcome pause on the road to financial serfdom. It is a small setback for authorities who want to fight crime (victimless or...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Climate change is all-purpose excuse for Big Green and federal misfeasance and malfeasance~ First the Obama EPA came for coal mines, coal-fired power plants, miners, workers, investors, and all who depend on reliable, affordable electricity. Then the EPA, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and other agencies came...
BY PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY Cheaper energy benefits all. Lower energy bills for the elderly give them more disposable income to spend on medical care. Young people benefit from less expensive energy as they struggle to pay off their student loans. Schools and hospitals do better with less costly energy bills. In...
CRAIG D. IDSO, CATO INSTITUTE In previous postings, we investigated the likelihood of a serious climate-related concern expressed by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), that CO2-induced global warming will lead to a future increase in the number of heat related deaths worldwide (see, for example, On...