Archive | February, 2004

Haiti Problem

I was watching Geraldo’s “At Large” program this evening and to my horror both he and Col. David Hunt hypothesized that the only reason we aren’t intervening in this third world mess in Haiti is racial prejudice from the White House. Huh? The United States has already sent troops to Haiti once, and it achieved […]

Jesus Christ Superscar

Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (TPOTC), which was released in theaters this week, is, according to most accounts, two hours and several minutes of bloody Bible stories with subtitles and an unknown cast. Yet, one need not see it to sense that the spectacle offers a snapshot of today’s culture. From holy war […]

Don’t Narrow My Gap! Why Narrowing “Income Gaps” is Unjust

As the 2004 presidential election nears, Americans will increasingly hear the Democratic candidate and his supporters demand that we “narrow the gap” between the incomes of the rich and the poor. That gap, however, isn’t the injustice the Left portrays it to be. The Left’s portrait stems from its premise that economic inequality is inherently […]

Anti-Americanism: An Introduction

An excerpt from Anti-Americanism by Jean Francois Revel. From 1953 to 1969, living in Italy and then in France, I had watched and formed my opinion about the United States through the filter of the European press, which means that my judgment was unfavorable. Europeans at that time saw America as the land of McCarthyism […]

The State Should Get Out of the Marriage Business

Consider government-sanctioned or court-mandated same-sex marriage — somewhere, at some point — a virtual certainty. For the Massachusetts State Supreme Court recently advised its legislature that anything short of same-sex marriage constitutes a violation of the equal protection clause of its constitution. In San Francisco, the newly elected mayor, Gavin Newsom, advised local authorities to […]

Random Thoughts for February 2004

Random thoughts on the passing scene: People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything. My New Year’s resolution is to stop trying to reason with unreasonable people. This should reduce my correspondence considerably. Benedict Arnold was a war hero, wounded in battle — before he turned against his country. Hitler was likewise […]

Parents with a Backbone

Parents in Fairfax, Virginia, have succeeded in getting rid of one of the endless series of fad programs that distract American public schools from real education in real subjects. Like most fad programs, this one had a high-sounding name: The International Baccalaureate Curriculum. It also has a left-wing hidden agenda, as so many other fad […]

Congressional Miracles: Shooting Ourselves in the Foot

In Marcus Cook Connelly’s spiritual play, “Green Pastures,” God lamented to the Angel Gabriel, “Every time Ah passes a miracle, Ah has to pass fo’ or five mo’ to ketch up wid it,” and adding, “Even bein God ain’t no bed of roses.” That’s something our congressmen should think about when they set out to […]

Big Lie of the Year

It may be too early in this election year to determine which will be the biggest of the Big Lies in this political campaign. However, my feeling is that it may be “the working poor.” While there are working people who are poor, most poor people are not working full time, not working very long, […]

Flunking the Jargon Test

“With words, we govern men.” — Benjamin Disraeli A teacher’s job is to educate. To enlighten. To inform. But that can’t happen if students–and their parents–don’t understand what the teacher is talking about. That’s the problem with “edu-speak,” a form of jargon that’s taking over in our nation’s schools. Teachers are called educators. They give […]

The Big Lie: Intelligence Failure in Iraq

If you repeat a line over and over again, eventually people will start to accept it. In this case, the line is that we had a big intelligence failure in Iraq. Even Bush has caved in: he is appoint a “commission” to look into the problems with our “intelligence community.” There are so many things […]

Three Cheers for Wal-Mart

How would you like to be penalized because you do your work too well–for example, for running your business so effectively that it attracts hoards of happy customers? Well, this is what is happening more and more frequently to Wal-Mart. Recently the West Covina, Calif., city council voted to deny the sale of land to […]

The War on Terror: The Rest of the World Doesn’t Get It (Yet)

The conversation began harmlessly enough. Sunday morning, after breakfast, I walked out of the cafe and passed a gentleman sitting at an outdoor table. The man intently scribbled on a legal pad, engrossed in his subject. On the table among a stack of papers sat a book titled “Black History for Beginners.” I smiled and […]

The Scandalous Treatment of Dictatorships

A “scandal” surrounds a report that Saddam Hussein was without stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction when George W. Bush waged war against Iraq based on opposite intelligence reports. The president’s critics charge that he “lied” about the dictator’s actual arsenal. Yet these mostly Leftist critics level this unfounded charge knowing Hussein’s regime was thoroughly […]

The New Yorker on Michael Moore

There is so much that is overpoweringly vile about Larissa MacFarquhar’s portrait of Michael Moore in the this week’s New Yorker, that it is hard to know where to begin. Start with the multiple layers of radical chic phoniness entailed in the New Yorker celebrating for its wealthy Manhattanite readers this rust-belt working-class hero who […]

Miracle on Ice Offered an Escape From 1979

The thrilling 1980 Olympic hockey game between amateur Americans and athletes trained under the communist Soviet Union is rich with cinematic possibility. While Walt Disney Pictures’s Miracle falls short of the history mark, Kurt Russell’s performance recreates enough of the glory to honor the game that unified the nation. The year was 1980. The economy […]

The Dobbs Rogue Fund

Researching an article on outsourcing a week ago, I came across a remarkable list on the website of CNN’s Lou Dobbs. It was a sort of rogues’ gallery, touted nightly on the show. “These are companies,” says the Dobbs site, “either sending American jobs overseas, or choosing to employ cheap overseas labor, instead of American […]

The Equality Dogma

Some readers objected to a statement in this column that black students usually do not perform as well in school as white students or Asian American students. These readers seemed to think that this was a personal opinion — or even an immoral statement. It never seemed to occur to them that this was a […]

No Free Lunch: For Every Benefit There is a Cost

The first concept an economics student learns is that for every benefit there’s also a cost — or, as my longtime colleague and friend Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman has put it, “There’s no free lunch.” While the person who receives the benefit might not pay or even be aware of the cost, as sure as […]

Equality, Inequality and Fate

One of the confusions that plagues discussions of equality and inequality is a confusion between the vagaries of fate and the sins of man. There are plenty of both but they need to be sharply distinguished from one another. The plain fact that there are large differences among individuals in incomes, occupations and whole ways […]

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