Senior Fellow Randy T. Simmons, co-editor of Aquanomics, looks at the battles over water in the western United States. Thirsty citizens of growing cities, farmers, factories and environmentalists are in a fight for a natural resource that is priced arbitrarily. Its value is determined not by the free market, but by bureaucrats. Outdated government reclamation projects and water policies have put residents of the Golden State at the mercy of the weather, and of government's mandatory regulations.
Here is Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs speaking on Ethanol Subsidies Have Many Bad Consequences, from the Mises Circle seminar, Agricultural Subsidies: Down on the D.C. Farm, held May 14th in Indianapolis.
Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs is interviewed by Scott Horton of Antiwar Radio on the widening gap between public and private sector pay, the increasing affluence of military towns compared with others, the disappearance of traditional checks on government power, and the predation and incremental ratchet effect of expanding governmental powers that increase temporarily during wartime but never really recede.
Originally aired on 10/2/09 on Fox News Freedom Watch. Robert Higgs, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and author of Crisis and Leviathan, discusses President Hoovers role in the Great Depression.
Environmental quality has been a major public concern since the first Earth Day in 1970, yet the maze of environmental regulations enacted since has fostered huge government bureaucracies better known for waste and failure than for innovation and success.