John McCain’s Deadly Moral Code

John McCain is not shy about expressing his moral vision for America. When he officially announced his candidacy, he said, “I run for president because I want the next generation of Americans to know the sense of pride and purpose of serving a cause greater than themselves.” Recently, while speaking at the College of Charleston […]

A Green Dictatorship: Ralph Nader’s Vision for America

Green Party presidential candidate and “consumer advocate” Ralph Nader wants to “reform” America. In the past Nader has called for “free” education, advocated “free”, and “universal” healthcare, and attacked corporations. Evaluating Nader’s proposed “reform” of America requires a understanding the moral implications of his candidacy. Indeed, the technical details are unimportant in light of Nader’s […]

Isn’t Zoning Necessary to Prevent Nuisances? (Part 2)

The proponents of zoning claim that such initiation of force is necessary against developers to prevent the occurrence of nuisances. A “nuisance” is defined as the effect from an activity on others which unreasonably interferes with another’s lawful use of property, or causes undue inconvenience, hardship, or discomfort to another person. Examples aren’t hard to […]

The Evils of Zoning: Subjecting Landowners to Arbitrary Whim

Real estate developers have good reason to feel cannibalized when they attempt to develop something today. Building permits for their projects are often exceedingly difficult to secure, requiring thousands of dollars in architect’s and attorney’s fees, and months (if not years) of submitting plans to boards and commissions, sometimes a repeat number of times. Many […]

Colin Powell: A Future Speaker for the Democratic Convention?

On Monday night on the last day of July 2000, Colin Powell gave a truly awful speech at the Republican convention. It appears that he intends to move the Republican party even further away from individual rights and freedom and closer towards collectivism and altruism. Using the political bromide of “the children”, Powell used children […]

The Republican Convention Will Spotlight Statism

MARINA DEL REY, CA — The Republican National Convention will spotlight one thing: the Republican Party’s real goal is not increasing individual freedom but continuing state control over our lives, said a senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute. “George W. Bush and the Republican Party, like Gore and the Democrats, don’t trust the individual […]

Freedom is the Solution for Quality in Education

Despite the tragic results of public education, American parents have yet to realize that to properly educate their children, they must entirely reject the current state-controlled system. They must demand that government give them back their taxed money so they can assume sole responsibility for choosing and paying for their children’s education. The government has […]

The IMF in Asia: Please Hold Your Applause

Last week I noticed two important articles in the press regarding the Asian recovery. “Fortune” magazine, representing the new “establishment” view, ran an article celebrating the Asian economic recovery, giving the IMF credit for the improvements. In sharp contrast, The “Far Eastern Economic Review” published a more unorthodox article, suggesting that the Asian economies’ recovery […]

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home

When I began to write this review, I hemmed and hawed about where to begin. Flipping through the meaty 764 pages, I was amused to note that the authors began the section entitled, “Using The Well-Trained Mind Without Losing Your Own” with the upfront statement, “This is a very big book.” That fact alone is […]