Archive | February, 2008

Africa: A Tragic Continent

President Bush’s trip to Africa and promise of increased foreign aid will do little or nothing to solve the ongoing tragedy in most places on the south-of-Sahara African continent. Kenya is on the brink of a civil war. Over 1,000 people have been killed and another 300,000 made homeless. Rebels have invaded Chad. In the […]

Cold Facts on “Global Warming”

It has almost become something of a joke when some “global warming” conference has to be cancelled because of a snowstorm or bitterly cold weather. But stampedes and hysteria are no joke — and creating stampedes and hysteria has become a major activity of those hyping a global warming “crisis.” They mobilize like-minded people from […]

A Lesson From Venezuela

People on the left often use other countries as examples of things that we should do. If other countries have a government-run medical system, then we should have one too, they say. If other countries control prices, then we should control prices — or so the reasoning goes. Almost never is there any suggestion that […]

“Supporting The Troops”

The Berkeley city council has made national news by telling Marine Corps recruiters that they are unwelcome in that bastion of the academic left. It is a shame that Berkeley is not on some island in the South Pacific, because then they could be given their independence and left to defend themselves. As it is, […]

Bad Times at The New York Times

The front page of the New York Times has increasingly become the home of editorials disguised as “news” stories. Too often it has become the home of hoaxes. Going back some years, it was the Tawana Brawley hoax that she had been gang-raped by a bunch of white men. Just a couple of years ago, […]

“Net Neutrality”: Destroyer of Internet Freedom

Advocates of “net neutrality” are apoplectic amid reports that ISP Comcast slowed down file-sharing programs on its network. The FCC is threatening action against Comcast, while advocates of a new net-neutrality law sponsored by Congressman Edward Markey are taking the occasion to claim such legislation is necessary to protect “Internet freedom.” But net neutrality is […]

Costs vs. Benefits

If we look to benefits only, we’ll do darn near anything because there’s always a benefit. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that there were 43,443 highway fatalities in 2005. If we had a maximum speed law of 15 mph, the death toll wouldn’t be nearly as high, probably not even as high as […]

What Universal Health Care Can Do For You!

There’s automatic cheering at her political rallies when Hillary Clinton tells the faithful that she’ll deliver “universal health care.” Her plan will “rein in costs” while simultaneously “improving quality,” she says, thereby insuring that “all Americans will have affordable, quality health insurance.” To hold down costs, the plan will run “without any new bureaucracy,” insurance […]

What is Fascism and Who is a Fascist?

Those who put a high value on words may recoil at the title of Jonah Goldberg’s new book, “Liberal Fascism.” As a result, they may refuse to read it, which will be their loss — and a major loss.Those who value substance over words, however, will find in this book a wealth of challenging insights, […]

The Media and Politics: Journalists Cannot Serve Two Masters

Even before Mitt Romney bowed out — with class, by the way — supporters of John McCain, and Republican party pooh-bahs in general, were chastising those conservatives in the media who had criticized Senator McCain. Those who leveled their attacks at Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and other conservatives who had criticized McCain’s record completely misconceived […]

They’re Coming After You

My February 2002 column, “They’re Coming After You,” warned that Americans who enthusiastically supported the anti-tobacco zealots’ attack on smokers were, like decent Germans did during the 1920s and ’30s, building the Trojan Horse that would one day enable a tyrant to take over. The whole issue of tobacco smoke nuisance is really a private […]

The New Rational Manager

In the 1960′s, Charles Kepner and Benjamin Tregoe translated a few key logical processes into simple, practical, teachable procedures. Since then, their methods have helped three generations of managers solve problems and make decisions at work. Their book, The New Rational Manager, explains their techniques. It is a classic. To understand what Kepner and Tregoe […]

Economic Facts and Fallacies

The other day, a reader e-mailed me to ask for an explanation of the gold standard. He had heard it advocated in one of the political speeches. Any responsible answer to his question would have taken more time than I could spare, but I looked through several introductory economics textbooks — including my own, “Basic […]

This Valentine’s Day Celebrate The True Meaning of Love

Every Valentine’s Day a certain philosophic crime is perpetrated. Actually, it is committed year-round, but its destructiveness is magnified on this holiday. The crime is the propagation of a widely accepted falsehood: the idea that love is selfless. Love, we are repeatedly taught, consists of self-sacrifice. Love based on self-interest, we are admonished, is cheap […]

Why Boycotting Berkeley is Important

I watched the video of the January 29th meeting of the Berkeley City Council where resolutions were passed telling the Marines that they are “unwanted and uninvited guests” with in city limits and applauding those who work to disrupt the Marines from their mission. As I watched the video, I was struck by the brazen […]

Silly Talk

It’s not easy being me. I’m disturbed by statements that many Americans accept or don’t question that are ludicrous, if not crazy. The terms “change,” “agents of change” and “change agents” are being bandied by presidential hopefuls, their supporters and media commentators. I’d like to ask Americans listening to these people whether they are for […]

Free-Market Health Insurance Is Not the Enemy

Much of the current debate about health care is between those who want the government to wipe all insurance companies out of existence and those who instead want the government to force everyone to buy regulated private insurance. Both sides ignore the fundamental context for any discussion of health care in America: individual rights and […]

Hillary Clinton and John McCain: What Kind of “Experience”?

The front-runners in both political parties — that is, Hillary Clinton and John McCain — are making “experience” their big talking point. But what kind of “experience”? Both have been around in politics for decades. But just what did they accomplish — and how did it benefit the country? Whether in Arkansas or in Washington, […]

Jesus in the Constitution?

A liberal friend phoned last week with his analysis of how the presidential race was shaping up. The news that morning was that both John Edwards and Rudy Giuliani had dropped out. “Same old,” he said, referring to the likelihood that our choice in November will be between John McCain and Hillary Clinton. McCain first […]

The Appeal of Ayn Rand

February 2 marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most controversial and inspiring writers, Ayn Rand. She continues to be wildly popular among the young: some 14,000 high school students per year submit entries to essay contests on her novels and, in the past two years alone, high school teachers have […]

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