Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Libertarian Links

Ozone standards: The EPA estimates these new standards could cost business anywhere from $20 billion to $90 billion annually.

How two different states are dealing with natural gas.

Chinese billionaires dying: According to China Daily, 15 were murdered, 17 committed suicide, seven died from accidents and 19 died from illness. Oh, yes, and 14 were executed. (Welcome to China.)

In an effort to rid the country of Monsanto’s GMO products, Hungary has stepped up the pace.

Prosocial human behavior.

Stossel, Tom Woods and Damon Root on public unions and FDR.

Scott Walker's reforms save school district?

WOW: The Bureau of Economic Analysis tells us that total government spending at all levels has risen to 37% of gross domestic product today from 27% in 1960—and is set to reach 50% by 2038. The Tax Foundation reports that between 1986 and 2008, the share of federal income taxes paid by the top 5% of earners has risen to 59% from 43% (see chart above). Between 1986 and 2009, the percentage of Americans who pay zero or negative federal income taxes has increased to 51% from 18.5% (see chart above). And all this is accompanied by an increase in our national debt to 100% of GDP today from 42% in 1980.

Khan Academy: Khan’s programmer, Ben Kamens, has heard from teachers who’ve seen Khan Academy presentations and loved the idea but wondered whether they could modify it “to stop students from becoming this advanced.”

Interview with the author of Islam Without Extremes.

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