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Archive | October, 2002

Boring Sportscasters: Fans Want to Watch Sports, Not Hollywood Gimmicks

There are people who find sports exciting and people who find sports boring. Unfortunately, the latter seem to be the ones in charge of baseball telecasts. And they seem to be trying to make those telecasts boring for the rest of us. Somehow the people who televise baseball games have become fixated on just one […]

Good Advertising is Salesmanship

Let us emphasize that point. The only purpose of advertising is to make sales. It is profitable or unprofitable according to its actual sales. It is not for general effect. It is not to keep your name before the people. It is not primarily to aid your other salesmen. Treat it as a salesman. Force […]

High Stakes Elections and Voter Turnout

During election years, people in the media seem to be forever lamenting the fact that millions of Americans who are eligible to vote do not in fact go to the polls. When speculating as to why those people don’t vote, the media often assume that there is something wrong with a society in which voter […]

More Gun Control, Please!

Gun-control proponents, predictably, in the wake of the Beltway sniper, urge still more gun-control laws. So, as news watchers sit through another round of softball interviews with gun-control advocates, we humbly offer Second Amendment-challenged hosts some suggestions for questions: Why does Switzerland, a country that requires a military-style rifle, plus ammunition, in every home, enjoy […]

Hate is not a Crime

Last month, the Canadian government detained several newsletters from the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) defending “Israel’s moral right to exist” out of concern that “they may constitute obscenity or hate propaganda.” Although the government later decided that the material did not constitute “hate propaganda,” so what if it did? What’s so wrong with hate? Government […]

Personal Health and Safety: Whose Business Is It?

My health and other aspects of my well-being are the business of whom? You say, “What’s it now, Williams?” I’m simply asking whose business is it if I don’t adequately plan for retirement or save money for my child’s education? If I don’t wear a seatbelt while driving or a helmet while biking, whose business […]

Islam’s New Strongholds

The recent bombing of a nightclub in Bali, Indonesia, killing at least 183 and injuring hundreds, fits into a larger pattern. Militant Islam used to be mostly confined to Middle Easterners, but in recent years it has spread to Muslims in other parts of the world. This can be seen especially in the cases of […]

The Foreign Policy of George Bush: A Grand Illusion

Somewhere, there is a warlike American administration obsessed with smashing an Axis of Evil, an administration itching to blow away any regime tainted by terrorism and willing to lash out preemptively and unilaterally, invading and occupying any country that resists. That administration is not, alas, the one in the White House. It is an administration […]

COPS Makes for Crooked Cops

Martin Chavez has a problem, and it carries a substantial price tag. Chavez, the mayor of Albuquerque, N.M., may have to find up to $7.6 million for his police department in the coming year. The city could wind up repaying the federal government $4.1 million it received through the Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program — […]

Bombings in Bali, Indonesia: Self-Inflicted Wounds?

It seems an open-and-shut case to many Americans. Car bombs go off in an entertainment district, leaving 180 dead and many more missing or wounded. It occurs in Bali, Indonesia, a country that has allowed terror groups–some affiliated with al Qaeda–to take root, that has resisted President Bush’s requests to take a strong stand against […]

Paralyzing America’s Producers: The Government’s Crackdown on American Businessmen Is Devastating Our Economy

When it comes to what to do about our teetering economy, nearly everyone is out of ideas. Economic analysts and federal officials are mystified after repeatedly seeing their predictions of an economic recovery fall flat. Republicans ignore the economy and offer no solutions; Democrats bemoan its decline and offer “solutions” such as repealing Bush’s tax […]

The Irrationality of Treating Dictators as ‘Rational Actors’

This piece is occasioned by the “discovery” that North Korea has been violating the Agreed Framework and working on nuclear weapons. However, it could just as easily have been written after the collapse of the Oslo Accords, after the discovery of Saddam Hussein’s subversion of the oil-for-food program, or any other broken promise from a […]