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Weathering With You: An Agorist Perspective

If someone asked you what your favorite emotion was, how do you think you’d answer? For many people, I suspect they would answer “Happiness”, “Joy'', or some variant of exclusively positive emotion. Someone may think more meticulously and answer with “Contentment”, which while a positive emotion has a lot of nuance attached to it. However my answer to that question is what I feel others would consider more orthodox: Bittersweet. Pleasure accompanied by suffering, not exactly most people’s first pick but from my perspective pain is necessary in order to enjoy the pleasure that life gives you. Perhaps I'm over-romanticizing but there’s something to desire from looking back fondly at times where you were hurting and seeing yourself in a better place in the present. Perhaps you finally have moved on from “The one who got away” and can look back on those times with fondness. Perhaps you are sharing stories of a friend or family member at their funeral and though they may never w

The Truth About Global Warming

Libertarians who deny the existence of global warming run the risk of making us all look like a bunch of illiterate fools.

Much like economics, being ignorant of planetology or climate science isn't a crime, but having a "loud and vociferous" opinion on the subject while remaining in a state of ignorance can be a dangerous thing. And frankly, the science behind climate change is elementary.

Sunlight enters our atmosphere and warms our planet. Earth then gives off that heat in the form of infrared radiation (this is the same principle behind those cool goggles our collapsitarian friends have). However, and this is a crucial point - the CO₂ molecules in our atmosphere do not allow IR to easily escape back into space. This is known as the greenhouse effect. As the temperature of the planet increases, polar ice caps melt and eventually surface water will begin to evaporate. Since H₂0 also prevents IR from escaping our atmosphere, the additional water vapor only compounds the problem. This is known as the runaway greenhouse effect.

This is what happened to Venus and it’s why the temperature of that planet is 864° F.  

Luckily for us, the greenhouse effect on earth is much weaker than that of Venus. Still, the burning of fossil fuels adds CO₂ to the atmosphere which strengthens the effect, and since population growth is exponential, so too is our consumption of fossil fuels. This is not good a situation.

Property at low elevations are most immediately threatened. Most of Bangledesh is near sea level. So too are many of the multi-million dollar beach resorts lining Florida’s Atlantic coast. The former case is particularly ominous as it may strain what is already an unstable relationship. Current muslim migration from Dhaka into eastern India has already touched off nationalist hindu sentiments and global warming will only increase the flood of refugees.

Climate change is also effecting global commerce. Sea lanes normally blocked by ice are opening up in the Arctic Ocean. This is rearranging global shipping routes and making the extraction of previously unavailable fossil fuels a real possibility. Although this can be a blessing for the consumer in terms of lower prices, it also means more competition among states who now claim territory in the Arctic like bloods and cryps claim territory in LA. Nor will the use of additional fossil fuels help resolve global warming.

So what’s the fix? Surely a problem of this magnitude requires the coordination of billions of individuals, and that sort of structuring can only come from governments, no?

The answer is simple really. Property rights.

If the Bangledeshi farmer and the Ft. Lauderdale real estate developer who suffer property losses due to rising sea levels were to sue major polluters for damages, the offending parties would be incentivized to behave in a more responsible fashion. Moreover, as the severity of the problem increases so too does the demand for a solution. It’s in this way that the market naturally directs resources to address the problem. And for the record, who are these parties who are ruining our planet?

China recently surpassed the US to become the world's largest emitter of CO₂ emissions among states. But the US military remains the largest polluter within states. MOAB bombs aren’t exactly eco-friendly. No surprise to find China & the US military - two socialist organizations best known for murdering children (see China’s one child-policy and Obama’s destruction of charity hospitals) - behind yet another travesty.

In fact, historically speaking, the largest polluters have all been the largest governments. The Soviet Union, for example, created 150% more pollution than the United States did per unit of GNP. The Mesopotamian marshes, one of humanity’s greatest treasures, were infamously dried up by Saddam Hussein in order to drive out the Marsh Arabs. China’s ruling communist party had to institute an Air Quality Index (AQI) to warn their subjects about excessive pollution. The full list of ways governments destroy our planet (and beyond) is too extensive to fully enumerate but the logic is plain as day.

Aristotle was the first to identify the notion that property held in common deteriorates since it lacks a clear caretaker. Much later, the British economist William Lloyd Forster would coin the term tragedy of the commons, to describe the deleterious effects of common grazing rights in 19th Century England. It’s the same reason public roads are riddled with potholes, Cuba’s buildings are in shambles, and it even accounts for the decreasing number of Rhinos in Africa.

What’s most striking to me though, is the thought that someone like Aristotle, who lived more than two millennia ago, could be more intelligent than the modern leftist. Don’t be a science denier. Whether it’s climate science or economic science, humans were endowed with rational faculties and we should use them.


  1. 90 percent of Bangladesh is thirty-three feet above sea level. Of course, this doesn't mean rising sea levels aren't a serious threat, but your contention that most of the country sits below sea level isn't correct.

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  14. You should come at this from a completely different perspective for those of us who are skeptical of the science involved in broad declarations regarding the future for the global climate. Nobody is going to appreciate being called scientifically uniformed or illiterate, or being told that it's a fact and we simply should acquiesce. That's not a convincing argument, but comes across as yet another coercive one we see and reject reflexively. Worse, after you go this route, you expect us to suddenly accept our attacker's arguments as the only logical and sensible ones in the face of constant statist bleating otherwise. "Believe this shit, or you're stupid, but then, even though other more powerful and influential people will tell you my solution is shit and stupid as well, believe my solution is best."

    Instead, why not simply make the point that you ultimately make in the article first? Start with the notion that protecting the environment works only when private property rights are enshrined, as opposed to the proven results from "commons" and communism. Then progress to a discussion of how this mechanism would work when pollution and environmental effects are considered.


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