The U.N.’s Distortion of Rights

In 1948, while America had just defeated one brutal dictatorship (Nazi Germany), another (the Soviet Union) was in the process of enslaving half of Europe. Never was the concept of rights more in need of a definitive statement and defense. Tragically, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — adopted by the United Nations 50 years […]

Environmentalists Kill “Free Willy”

The star of the environmentalist trilogy “Free Willy” movies, Keiko (Japanese for “Lucky One”), the Orca “Killer” Whale, has died in the misguided and costly attempt to put him back into the open oceans. Quoting the Globe and Mail: Keiko was released from Iceland in July 2002. He swam straight for Norway on a 1,400-kilometre […]

COP-9: Another United Nations Conference for Sustaining World Poverty

Milan, Italy — Here they go again. In this vibrant northern Italy city, with the snowy Alps in the background and the most gorgeous Gothic cathedral in Europe in the foreground, thousands of delegates from 188 countries have gathered for a United Nations conference to discuss how to implement the Kyoto Protocol, which seeks to […]

Justice for Serial Killer Gary Ridgway Means Death

Gary Ridgway has pled guilty to the murder of forty-eight women, making him the worst serial killer in American history. His expected punishment? Life in prison without the possibility of parole. What kind of justice is this? What is the point of the State of Washington having a death penalty if a man like this […]

Vote Democrat?

From The Wall Street Journal: “Republicans are bragging that by giving seniors a vast new entitlement they will sweep to victory in 2004. But the price of that “victory” has those of us who believe in limited government wondering what difference there is between the two parties.” (December 1, 2003) I’ll tell you what the […]

Shrillary from Hillary: Mrs. Clinton Accuses Bush of Undoing the New Deal

“There you go again,” said Ronald Reagan, during his 1980 debate against Jimmy Carter. His simple, gentle jab at his opponent for misstating the Reagan record brought down the house. Well, there goes Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., again. She accuses President George W. Bush of trying to “undo the New Deal.” What?! Undoing the […]

The Right To Have Your Life Supported By Someone Else

Q: I think Every US citizen is entitled to inexpensive and affordable health care, including preventive care. Dental care should be considered preventive care, too. Show me a Republican who cares that my sister lost a tooth because she lost her job. A: First of all, it’s Republicans who are passing the largest expansion of […]

Thomas Sowell’s Christmas Book Recommendations

When the joy of Christmas starts turning to the desperation of trying to find the right gift, that is the time to turn to that old standby — books. You don’t have to know someone’s measurements to buy a book, nor does it have to match their current wardrobe or fit in with the decor […]

Falling in Love with a Stock

The problem with investing is that, done right, it’s not all that much fun. It requires virtues for which you will probably be rewarded in heaven but that won’t provide you and your friends with much entertainment on earth: equanimity, restraint, moderation, discipline. On top of that, investing can be painful. You have to slog […]

Ignorant About the American Constitution?

I’d like to enlist the services of my fellow Americans with a bit of detective work. Let’s start off with hard evidence. The Federalist Papers were a set of documents written by John Jay, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison to persuade the 13 states to ratify the Constitution. In one of those papers, Federalist Paper […]

The Wright Stuff

One of the greatest inventions of the 20th century — indeed, one of the landmark inventions in the history of the human race — was the work of a couple of young men who had never gone to college and were just a couple of bicycle mechanics in Dayton, Ohio. That part of the United […]

Is Wal-Mart Good for America?

“Is Wal-Mart Good for America?” That is the headline on a New York Times story about the country’s largest retailer. The very idea that third parties should be deciding whether a particular business is good for the whole country shows incredible chutzpa. The people who shop at Wal-Mart can decide whether that is good for […]