Shell Oil Succumbs To EPA Tyranny In Alaska. Is Texas Next?

Earlier this week, Shell Oil Company announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. The decision comes following a ruling by the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits. The move has angered some in Congress and triggered a flurry…


Hayek And The Czars.

Some things never get old.  And that goes double for F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom.  Written in 1944, The Road is a compelling  demonstration that collectivist central economic planning leads not to utopia but necessarily to tyranny.  

Hayek brilliantly illuminated the dangers of the Collectivists’ vaguely defined “social goals” and “common purpose”.  The Obama presidential campaign elevated this vagueness to a new high with “Hope and Change”.   Hayek would have hit that softball out of the park, “The effect of the people’s agreeing that there must be central planning, without agreeing on the ends, will be rather as if a group of people were to commit themselves to take a journey together without agreeing where they want to go: with the result that they may all have to make a journey which most of them do not want at all.”   That’s precisely how we traveled from “Hope and Change” to Obama Care.  

Speaking of the dangers of collectivist naivete, Obama has made clear that he will ignore Congress’ attempts to reign in his band of unaccountable Czars,  And, it’s time we all read (or re-read) Hayek.