Monthly Archives: July 2010

Seed Corn, Discount Rate and Our Endangered Future

  The human species is consuming resources unsustainably and inefficiently. The problem all boils down to discount rate. Before we can understand such an odd and simple conclusion we need to look first at a few gross patterns of consumption. … Continue reading »

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In Defense of Marriage, and Other Hopeless Causes

Whether called marriage or euphemistically something else, opponents of state-sanctioned gay unions often cite “the sanctity of marriage” as a primary argument to restrict the institution to heterosexual couples. Marriage, we are told grimly, must be between one man and … Continue reading »

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The Guilt and Guile of Going Green

Most of us act hypocritically when going green, at least some of the time. Celebrities take a big hit with the most visible transgressions. John Travolta properly advocates against greenhouse gas emissions, but owns a fleet of jets. Barbra Streisand … Continue reading »

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