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Touring Jackson County’s Green Energy Park

Had a terrific tour and discussion today at Jackson County Green Energy Park with Project Director Timm Muth. The Green Energy Park utilizes methane gas from the county’s landfill to provide inexpensive energy that funds local blacksmiths, glassblowers, and other artists (who provide classes, workshops, and other events for the community and tourists).  Timm and his work at [...]

Ron Paul: Property Rights and the Environment

“The freer the market is and the more respect you have for private property, the better the environment is protected.” ~ Ron Paul One of the most frustrating things for me to see, especially with teens and young adults, is the firm belief that government legislation is the ultimate way to bring about environmental change. [...]

Addressing Common Concerns with Ron Paul

When I first heard Ron Paul in the 2007 presidential debates, I thought he was a nut. I considered is ideas to be wacky, extreme, and unnecessary. However, my curiosity was consistently piqued by some of the statements he made in the debates and other interviews. After doing my own research for nearly six months, [...]

Industrial Farming: Immorality, Subsidized

As a lifelong vegetarian, no style of meat production is particularly appealing or justifiable to me. However, despite my herbivore bias, I still see an ethical dilemma present in current industrial meat facilities. Little respect is given to the conditions and treatment of the animals in industrial facilities. Animals rarely see the light of day [...]

Joel Salatin: Freedom, Creativity, Environmentalism

“A farm includes the passion of the farmer’s heart, the interest of the farm’s customers, the biological activity in the soil, the pleasantness of the air about the farm – it’s everything touching, emanating from, and supplying that piece of landscape. A farm is virtually a living organism.” – Joel Salatin The deepest experience and [...]

Avatar and the Principles of Libertarianism

James Cameron’s Avatar has shaken the entertainment industry in the past couple months, raking in more than $2.3 billion so far in the box office worldwide. I first saw the film in January and was blown away by the incredible visuals, a detailed exploration of the Na’vi culture, and what I thought was a masterfully [...]