Pure Principles Platform Denver Amendments

2.2. The Environment

  1. Rename to "Environment and Resources", and add: Pollution of other people's property is a violation of individual rights, and so is verifiable endangerment of a species or ecosystem in which any non-consenting individual has a property right. Economic progress ultimately helps the environment, because as people grow wealthier they demand the cleaner environment that they become able to afford. Degradation of the environment only happens where there is no definition and enforcement of individual rights in resources like land, water, air, wildlife, and electromagnetic spectrum. Government is not only the biggest polluter, but it enables even more pollution by failing to protect those individual rights in resources. Markets are the best mechanism for protecting the environment, because they can factor the consequences of pollution into the cost calculations of each potential polluter, and encourage the owners of a resource to preserve it. Markets also allow consumers to reward and punish producers for their impact on the environment. Such market mechanisms are the only fair and effective ways to stimulate the technological innovations and behavioral changes required for protecting our environment and threatened ecosystems from such potential threats as anthropogenic global warming.
    • Supported by: Holtz

2.3. Energy and Resources

  1. Add: We support the development of an objective system defining resource rights as individual property rights. We oppose all government control of energy pricing, allocation, and production. The end to taxation would also put an end to government subsidies and tax-incentives. Therefore the market would quickly demand more efficient and renewable energy sources and systems. A privatized infrastructure would add democracy to creativity in the race to address climate change and sustainability. Solar, wind, nuclear, battery, and kinetic energy would soon dominate. A solar panel on every roof, a wind farm in every field, a reactor in every region.
    • Supported by: Howell
  2. Rename to "Energy", and add: We oppose all government control of energy pricing, allocation, and production. Changes in energy supply or demand anywhere in the world will affect energy prices everywhere in the world as long as energy is freely traded across borders, and the only way to change this would be to outlaw all U.S. imports and exports of energy. Markets are better at allocating energy than are bureaucratic regulations inevitably controlled by industry lobbyists, because market pricing induces consumers to economize and leads producers to innovate to lower the costs of satisfying consumers. Insurance markets and the courts are the proper way to regulate risks and liabilities such as those related to nuclear power.
    • Supported by: Holtz

2.8. Education

  1. Substitute: Recognizing that the education of children is inextricably linked to moral values, we would return authority to parents to determine the education of their children, without interference from government. In particular, parents should have control of and responsibility for all funds expended for their children's education.
    • Supported by: Haller
  2. Substitute: Parents, not government, should have the responsibility and the authority to decide what moral values their children develop through education. Government should not dictate to schools, teachers, or parents how or what children should be taught. Consumer choice, not government, should decide which schools and teachers are succeeding or failing, and thus which schools and teachers should get more resources or less. Parents should be free to choose who educates their children, and any funds for a child's education should follow the child to the chosen school or teacher. We advocate the government returning both control of and responsibility for education funding to parents. The government should no more own and operate schools than it should own and operate grocery stores.
    • Supported by: Holtz

2.9. Health Care

  1. Add: We favor restoring and reviving a free market health care system. We recognize the freedom of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want, the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions.
    • Supported by: Scott, Holtz

3.3. International Affairs

  1. Change: American U.S. foreign policy should seek an America a nation at peace with the world and its defense against attack from abroad.
    • Supported by: Scott, Holtz
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