Wasting countless financial and environmental resources to save a handful of turtles might marginally benefit some local ecosystem, but it comes at the much-too-steep expense for the climate that the turtle savior so ardently favors.
About Hunter Hastings
Hunter Hastings is the Executive Director at Center for Individualism. He's an economist, venture capitalist, and lifelong advocate for liberty, economic freedom, and individual entrepreneurship.
Hunter’s current research is focused on the intersection of 21st century individualism, emerging technology and the radical decentralization that is freeing markets and creating a new spectrum of individual opportunity. His newest book is The Interconnected Individual, co-authored with Jeff Saperstein, to be published by Business Expert Press in 2018.
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Today, however, we are seeing the impoverishing downside of decades of political centralization in both the US and Europe. Government regulations decreed from Brussels and Washington continue to stifle innovation and entrepreneurship. The antidote to all of this is to decentralize.
The quick decision among most countries to deploy their military, force the lockdown of communities, pressure firms to withhold their services, and paralyze individual movement reveals that our liberties are expendable when our ruling class says they are.
Now, with potentially thousands of businesses about to close and collectively millions of people about to be (or already) fired from their jobs, where do those business owners and their employees go to get their livelihoods back?
But in full-blooded socialist systems—the Soviet Union was prototypical—like Cuba, China, and Venezuela access to government power is the paramount avenue to success. So much so, that all assets pale in importance by comparison.
How primitive is organic agriculture? Organic strawberries yielded 61% less than conventional farms; fresh tomatoes, 61% less; tangerines, 58% less; cotton, 45% less; rice, 39% less; peanuts, 37% less.
We’re bombarded by news reports and campaign ads boasting of how this president or that governor “created” millions of new jobs. Such claims are on a moral and intellectual par with my claim that I deserve credit for not killing pedestrians with my car.
Like venture capitalists, Rockefeller Foundation is to fund a sustainable business that will eventually build out all those electricity grids. Africa is next, where a lack of electricity helps keep 400 million in poverty.
Cultural factors are critical in developing entrepreneurship. Children who acquire a work ethic and values related to entrepreneurial success will have an advantage over their peers who have not had the same experience.
Should they not heed his call for “mutual forbearances and temporizing yieldings on all sides”, he feared for the governance of the country: “Without these I do not see how the Reins of Government are to be managed, or how the Union of the States can be much longer preserved.”
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