Aldo Leopold and the dismal science

In an essay titled “Conservation Economics” (1934) Aldo Leopold admitted that he was no economist. * But then again he was not a man of narrow sensibilities either.… MORE >>

When statistics are too good to be true

The ad from Oxfam is striking. An African woman wearing a green-and-black-striped polo shirt and holding a pineapple stares intently. “Women provide 66% of the work, produce 60% of the food, but earn only 10% of the income and own 1% of the property,” the ad says.… MORE >>

Haber-Bosch and true multiculturalism: Betting the farm

Toward the end of my previous essay I said that to anyone abstracted from health, wholeness, and true agricultural potential, money is the magic that conjures food.… MORE >>

The art of recycling

One of the most useful things nonprofits can do is to recycle goods and make money. You don’t have to be a kale-crunching greenie to recognize that one ought to use products until they completely wear out.… MORE >>

Bloomberg’s bankrupt vision

Last Monday, Michael Bloomberg released his first annual “Letter on Philanthropy,” detailing his vision for philanthropic giving and reporting on the activities of his multimillion-dollar foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies.… MORE >>

Real wealth and nature’s stock

Ralph Waldo Emerson said that a man eats not that he may be fed but that he may work. Although I doubt Emerson knew fully what he meant by this (I doubt the Sage of Concord knew anything fully), I am going to attempt to relieve some pressure from his statement by considering it in relation to real wealth, about which I made a few preliminary remarks in a previous essay.… MORE >>

Money isn’t everything…even for philanthropy

Is the quintessential philanthropist the one who gives away the most money? New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof implicitly raises this question in his latest column that features a young financier who gives away roughly half his income—in his case, that’s more than $100,000—to philanthropies.… MORE >>

Primal screaming on the Outer Banks

Since the start of the Obama administration, the primary tactic used by environmentalists to advance their agenda is primal screaming. The earth is doomed, they say, and global warming is inevitable.… MORE >>

Social science and motherhood

Social “scientists” are sometimes mocked for producing results that are so obvious that it’s hard to imagine why someone bothered to investigate them. I’m sure you know that more experienced people tend to make better decisions, shoppers buy more when prices go down, and that people prefer an attractive date to one who’s not-so-good-looking.… MORE >>

Death of a social entrepreneur

M. Stanton Evans died March 3 in Leesburg, Virginia, and he received glowing remembrances as a Founding Father of modern conservatism. That praise was well deserved — Stan wrote major books on America’s political principles and history, as well as the famous Sharon Statement of 1960 that may be the best short manifesto of American conservatism ever penned — but I’d like to stress Stan the Social Entrepreneur.… MORE >>
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