The Experiment: Capitalism versus Socialism

There has been no clearer comparison between capitalism and socialism than the two Germanys that were created at the end of World War II -- socialist/communist East Germany, under Soviet hegemony, and capitalist West Germany, with strong ties to Western Europe and the United States. Clearly, West Germany's capitalist system produced better results for its people -- and only recently have East Germans begun to prosper after many years of freedom.

By |2016-09-21T22:34:12+00:00September 21st, 2016|Guest Insights|3 Comments

The Fall of the Wall and All

A 1985 newspaper assignment took me from West Berlin, a rich, vibrant, noisy, stylish, all-night reveling open city with symphony concerts next to live nude girl shows and fancy eateries, like New Orleans’ Bourbon Street on steroids – a glittering capitalist island surrounded by drab communist mediocrity – into East Berlin where I was to report on how the Soviet puppet state really worked.

By |2014-11-17T20:22:53+00:00November 17th, 2014|CFACT Insights|2 Comments

Can you define sustainability? ICLEI can’t…

The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) insists we embrace "sustainable development" to save the planet. But when CFACT asked ICLEI members at their "World Congress" in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, we got more "umms" and "uhhs" than anything else!

By |2012-09-19T19:13:12+00:00June 18th, 2012|CFACT TV, Videos|Comments Off on Can you define sustainability? ICLEI can’t…

Champagne Flows as Enviros Demand Lower Living Standards

The International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is calling for economic "contraction" in America and the rest of the developed world. Their "World Congress" conference in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, however, is a lavish affair replete with rich food, champagne and opulence. The blatant hypocrisy is stunning.

By |2012-09-19T19:13:12+00:00June 17th, 2012|CFACT TV, Videos|Comments Off on Champagne Flows as Enviros Demand Lower Living Standards

The Most Powerful Local Environmental Initiative Group You’ve Probably Never Heard of

Out of the frying pan and into the fryer.  ICLEI, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.  Imagine a large international organization that influences and implements environmental policies locally in over 1,200 cities worldwide.  Well, say hello to ICLEI.  Today, I took a flight from Rio to the city of Belo Horizonte to attend the 2012 World Congress that is put on by these sustainability doom and gloomers. It is truly shocking when you learn just how many internationally, well-funded, groups exist out there whose expressed purpose is to implement environmental rules and regulations about the environment.  The scariest part is [...]

By |2012-06-16T18:41:56+00:00June 16th, 2012|CFACT TV, Rio+20 Blog|Comments Off on The Most Powerful Local Environmental Initiative Group You’ve Probably Never Heard of

Socialism, taxes & Castro: Mission Rio+20 Day 2

Is Fidel Castro your eco-hero? Do you think we need confiscatory taxation, wealth transfers and socialism? Are you prepared to change your lifestyle and live as Greens gathered in Rio de Janeiro decide? If Europe is not sufficiently progressive and needs to shift further left, what are they planning for the United States? We're still at the planning conference for major groups. This weekend, 45,000 more people are traveling to this UN summit. It is hard to imagine what we are seeing and hearing multiplied by that kind of magnitude, but that is what's coming. Take a look at our video [...]

By |2012-09-19T19:13:12+00:00June 15th, 2012|CFACT TV, Videos|Comments Off on Socialism, taxes & Castro: Mission Rio+20 Day 2