Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy

Policy journal focusing on energy, environment, economic development, and science and technology.

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 4, Winter

Aging Gracefully?
The presidential race of 2000 taught us many things: subliminal advertising works best when it is in fact subliminal, our politicians' grasp of mathematics is a bit fuzzy, and the elderly vote counts--again and again and again in parts of Florida....
Arms and the President
Although the party oracles wailed about divisiveness in the nation, the Bush-Gore race has had much to offer the American people. Families have begun talking together around the kitchen table. Kids have discovered something besides the funnies in the...
Being and Havingness
Sustainability reaches to the core of human nature. If humans can learn to value being over having, sustainability can follow. Ever since the 1700s, when English economist Thomas Malthus predicted the collapse of human economies, social critics...
Dueling Statistics
The debate over gun control is often a war of statistics. Even more puzzling is that both sides in the debate often invoke the same statistics. [1] Research and public debate on gun control are quagmires into which the average academic, public policymaker,...
Going Armed in the School Zone
An unfounded faith in the power of laws to change criminal behavior disguises the root causes of juvenile violence. On the morning of April 20, 1999, two students drove onto the Columbine High School campus in Littleton, Colorado, equipped with...
Growing Business, Naturally
Businesses pursuing sustainability have made major strides, but the movement needs a much broader base of support, if it is to achieve its promise of transforming the economy. Although the term sustainability is barely more than a decade old, the...
Guns R Us
Pro- and anti-gun-control forces tend to use the same caliber of ammunition in their arguments: statistics or--depending on your point of view--lies, damn lies, and statistics. Nearly half of all households in the United States have guns. There is...
Of Arms and the Woman
One woman is teaching others to shoot straight, take control, and defend themselves from violent crimes. I used to be antigun. I feared guns, I never touched guns, and I come from an antigun family. As a matter of fact, my mother used to give money...
Pathway to Sustainability
Natural Capitalism offers our best hope for achieving a sustainable future. It's generally conceded that two great wars were the defining events of the 20th century. When future historians look back on the century, however, they may well decide...
Population in Need
Nursing homes get the lion share of public long-term care funds, but those monies might be better invested elsewhere. While the need for long-term health care can occur at any age, the elderly, especially those over 85, are the predominate users....
Self-Defense: The Equalizer
Experiments in tightening gun-control laws have eroded the right ofself defense and failed to stop serious crime. Reliable, durable, and easy to operate, modern firearms are the most effective means of self-defense ever devised. They require minimal...
Southern Exposure
New economic strategies are helping Latin America become a player in the global economy. After decades of relative isolation and a minor role in the world economy, Latin America has become an active player in the international marketplace. As a...
The End Game
The end of life places profound responsibilities on the elderly. To be old is to face the end of life. This is not to say that young people never die. Nor that the old have nothing else to do, no valuable contribution still to make. But after old...
The Graying of Rural America
The aging of the population poses special, and varied, challenges for rural areas. In 1998, 44.6 million Americans were elderly--that is, aged 60 and older. In general, rural areas throughout the nation have a higher proportion of the elderly than...
The New Century's Great Challenge
Can the world's great powers respond to a silent and slow-motion crisis? Global aging will be a test. Americans have a right to be pleased with the federal government's improving fiscal condition. Mired in large and growing deficits when the 1990s...
The Next Industrial Revolution
We're all passengers on Spaceship Earth, but a few centuries of destructive manufacturing practices have placed our vehicle at risk. Deep into his novel Ishmael, author Daniel Quinn uses a metaphor to describe our civilization as it has arisen out...
The Retirement Rush
Communities seeking to attract migrant retirees may not reap an economic windfall from the baby-boom generation. People who can afford to move upon retirement, purchase a new home, and settle into a new community are for the most part comparatively...
The Road Less Traveled
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. --Robert Frost Robert Frost undoubtedly wasn't thinking about business the day he penned these memorable lines. Nonetheless, the lines...
Victims of Violence
Gun-control policy has rendered the entire society, but especially poor minorities, victims of gun violence. For more than two centuries, lawmakers in the United States have attempted to formulate meaningful policies that protect individual rights...
Walk This Way
The Natural Step provides a clear path for achieving sustainability through increased product stewardship, environmental awareness, and respect for people and the planet. At its core, sustainability is about meeting human needs--now and into the...

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