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- The Politics of Simple Living: Our political thinking has not caught up with the unprecedented economic change that happened in America during the twentieth century, the change from a scarcity economy to a surplus economy. This book, published by the Preservation Institute, decribes a new politics of simple living that could help solve environmental problems such as global warming, and could offer a vision of a better future.
- Classical Liberalism: This book rediscovers a lost tradition of liberal thought, classical liberalism, which believed in positive freedom, the right of people to manage their own affairs and to govern themselves. It shows that, to accommodate economic growth, laissez-faire and modernist liberalism redefined freedom as negative, as nothing more than the absence of government control. To revitalize the liberal tradition for our time, we need to revive the classical ideal of positive freedom
- Unplanning: Livable Cities and Political Choices: The conventional wisdom says that we need strict planning to build neighborhoods like the streetcar suburbs that were common in America before anyone heard of city planning. This book uses an intriguing thought experiment to show that direct political limits on urban growth can transform our cities more effectively than planning.
- Compulsory Consumption: This four-page White Paper looks at the "compulsory consumption fallacy," the common idea that we need economic growth, whether or not we want the products, in order to create jobs and avoid unemployment.[PDF format]
- A Carbon Tax Shift: This four-page White Paper shows that
a carbon tax is the most effective way of controlling global warming and would be politically feasible if the revenues were used to lower the income tax.. [PDF format]
- Choice of Technology: This four-page White Paper outlines four criteria for choosing technology, to get useless and destructive technologies out of our way. [PDF format]
- The Limits of Sprawl: This four-page White Paper shows that, if suburban sprawl continues at current rates, it soon will cover a large fraction of America's total land. [PDF format]
- The Parable of Unemployment: This four-page White Paper tells a parable about how an American economist solves the problem of unemployment in a remote farming community - and about a farmer who has more common sense. [PDF format]