If Cities are in financial crisis, why aren’t they panicking?

If Cities are in financial crisis, why aren’t they panicking?

Most U.S. cities are experiencing an administrative and financial crisis. This appears to be at odds with the confident tone of recent budget hearings where most of the attention was placed on how to spend remaining 2021 federal relief funds and so called “discretionary funds.” Cities have been able to adopt viable budgets this year...

By Mark Moses

Our Ed School Slums

Our Ed School Slums

Many American schools of education are not worthy of existing. On June 29, the California Department of Education, in cooperation with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the State Board of Education, announced the first-ever release of statewide teacher assignment data. The report revealed that as of the 2020-21 school year, “83.1 percent of teacher...

By Larry Sand

When Will Government Unions Stand Up For All Workers?

When Will Government Unions Stand Up For All Workers?

Public sector unions have corrupted the ability of California’s governing institutions to serve the interests of the people. The consequences include a failing public education system, catastrophically flawed environmental policies, and an unrelenting attack on the ability of small businesses to survive. In each of these cases, there are plentiful examples of this corruption, and...

By Edward Ring

The Abundance Choice – Part 15: Our Fight for More Water

The Abundance Choice – Part 15: Our Fight for More Water

Editor’s note: This is the fifteenth and last article in a series on California’s water crisis. You can read the entire series including recent updates in his new book “The Abundance Choice, Our Fight for More Water in California.” There are plenty of ways to ration water, and California’s state legislature is pursuing all of...

By Edward Ring

How Much Fossil Fuel is Left?

How Much Fossil Fuel is Left?

Fossil fuel powers the economic engine of civilization. With a minor disruption in the supply of fossil fuel, crops wither and supply chains crash. With a major disruption, a humanitarian apocalypse engulfs the world. Events of the past few months have made this clear. Without energy, civilization dies, and in 2020 fossil fuel continued to...

By Edward Ring

The Abundance Choice – Part 14: Infinite Abundance

The Abundance Choice – Part 14: Infinite Abundance

Editor’s note: This is the fourteenth article in a series on California’s water crisis. You can read the entire series including recent updates in his new book “The Abundance Choice, Our Fight for More Water in California.” From the inaugural Stanford Digital Economy Lab gathering in April 2022, noted venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson posted the following quote to Facebook:...

By Edward Ring

The Abundance Choice – Part 13: The Lords of Scarcity

The Abundance Choice – Part 13: The Lords of Scarcity

Editor’s note: This is the thirteenth article in a series on California’s water crisis. You can read the entire series including recent updates in his new book “The Abundance Choice, Our Fight for More Water in California.” One of the farmers who supported our attempt to qualify the Water Infrastructure Funding Act for the November...

By Edward Ring

The Abundance Choice – Part 12: Fighting Scope Insensitivity

The Abundance Choice – Part 12: Fighting Scope Insensitivity

Editor’s note: This is the twelfth article in a series on California’s water crisis. You can read the entire series including recent updates in his new book “The Abundance Choice, Our Fight for More Water in California.” Scope insensitivity happens whenever a statistic has huge emotional impact but in reality has little relevance to the...

By Edward Ring

The Abundance Choice – Part 11: The Desalination Option

The Abundance Choice – Part 11: The Desalination Option

Editor’s note: This is the eleventh article in a series on California’s water crisis. You can read the entire series including recent updates in his new book “The Abundance Choice, Our Fight for More Water in California.” On May 12, the California Coastal Commission Board of Directors voted 11-0 to deny the application from Poseidon Water to build a desalination plant...

By Edward Ring

The Abundance Choice – Part 10: Time to Stop Wasting Wastewater

The Abundance Choice – Part 10: Time to Stop Wasting Wastewater

Editor’s note: This is the tenth article in a series on California’s water crisis. You can read the entire series including recent updates in his new book “The Abundance Choice, Our Fight for More Water in California.” If there is any source of water that ought to be optimized, it is the wastewater produced by...

By Edward Ring

Supreme Court Decision Advances Educational Freedom

Supreme Court Decision Advances Educational Freedom

SCOTUS declares that if a state subsidizes private education, it cannot disqualify religious schools. The latter case revolves around Maine’s town tuitioning law, which allows parents living in districts that do not own and operate elementary or secondary schools to send their children to public or private schools in other areas of the state, or even...

By Larry Sand

The Abundance Choice – Part 9: Can Reservoirs be Part of the Solution?

The Abundance Choice – Part 9: Can Reservoirs be Part of the Solution?

Editor’s note: This is the ninth article in a series on California’s water crisis. You can read the entire series including recent updates in his new book “The Abundance Choice, Our Fight for More Water in California.” In May 1957, Harvey Banks, then director of the California Department of Water Resources, submitted “The California Water...

By Edward Ring

The Abundance Choice – Part 8: The Union Factor

The Abundance Choice – Part 8: The Union Factor

Editor’s note: This is the eighth article in a series on California’s water crisis. You can read the entire series including recent updates in his new book “The Abundance Choice, Our Fight for More Water in California.” The moment we met Robbie Hunter, then president of the State Building and Construction Trades Council, we knew we...

By Edward Ring

The Abundance Choice – Part 7: An Environmentalist Juggernaut

The Abundance Choice – Part 7: An Environmentalist Juggernaut

Editor’s note: This is the seventh article in a series on California’s water crisis. You can read the entire series including recent updates in his new book “The Abundance Choice, Our Fight for More Water in California.” Environmentalists in California, who constitute much of the vanguard of environmentalism in the world, have normalized extremism. The...

By Edward Ring