Author Archive | Robert W Tracinski

Time to Fight the Real War

Four and a half years after September 11–which was supposed to awaken us to the threat of devastating attacks by state-sponsored terrorists–America is finally beginning to confront the world’s largest and most dangerous state sponsor of terrorism: the Islamic Republic of Iran. For the past week, newspapers and magazines have been filled with discussion of […]

Publish or Perish: The Lessons of the Cartoon Jihad

The central issue of the “cartoon jihad”–the Muslim riots and death threats against a Danish newspaper that printed 12 cartoons depicting Mohammed–is obvious. The issue is freedom of speech: whether our freedom to think, write, and draw is to be subjugated to the “religious sensitivities” of anyone who threatens us with force. That is why […]

Anti-Bushites for Bush

In the months before the 1972 election, Ayn Rand gave her recommendation for voting in that year’s presidential election: “I am not an admirer of President Nixon, as my readers know. But I urge every able-minded voter, of any race, creed, color, age, sex, or political party, to vote for Nixon–as a matter of national […]

The Collectivist Convention: The Democrats’ Bait-and-Switch Philosophy

What does America stand for? What are its founding ideas? In this contentious election, each side is trying to convince us that its policies and ideals are the answer to this question. The Democrats have traditionally relied on a simple technique: appeal to the values of American individualism, while actually selling the American people the […]

“Repositioning” Reality: The World of Non-A in Fallujah

The press has done its usual fine job of reporting on the siege of Fallujah–which is to say that it is impossible for the public to figure out what is going on there. The difficulty isn’t all a matter of bad reporting, though. The important thing to remember is that the Fallujah standoff is being […]

Martha Stewart: Guilty Until Somehow Proven Innocent?

As the Martha Stewart case finally goes to trial, it is clear that Ms. Stewart has already been convicted in the court of public opinion. Observe the undisguised delight with which reporters and pundits describe the prospect of seeing Stewart hauled up before the courts. Listen to the constant stream of jokes about jail cells […]

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 […]

“Hate Crimes” Law Undermines Protection of Individual Rights

Leaders from both parties–Republican Senator Orrin Hatch and Democrat Ted Kennedy–have vowed to push through a new, wide-reaching federal “hate crimes” bill before the end of the current session. A “hate crimes” law would make crimes motivated by enmity toward blacks, gays or other protected groups into a special federal offense. The ostensible purpose of […]

Elia Kazan Should Be Honored Because of His Testimony

Almost without exception, the obituaries of Elia Kazan–while praising his enormous talent as a director–are critical of his testimony against Hollywood communists. According to some, Kazan, a former member of the Communist Party, should never be forgiven for naming names of fellow party-members before the House Un-American Activities Committee. But Kazan deserves to be honored, […]

The ‘Sweatshop’ Scam: So-Called ‘Sweatshops’ Are Economic Opportunities for the Third World Poor — So Why Are American ‘Progressives’ Opposed to Them?

Well-off American college students and $25 per hour union workers have banded together in a growing movement for what they describe as a “progressive” cause and a battle against “exploitation.” Their goal: to take away economic opportunities from desperately poor people in the Third World. This is the vicious contradiction behind the recent campaign against […]

Martha Stewart is Attacked Because of Her Business Success

Why do so many people hate Martha Stewart? How does a home-decorating expert with a wholesome public persona come to be portrayed as a major cultural villain? Consider the latest media frenzy over Stewart’s indictment for obstruction of justice. If the arbitrariness of the charge weren’t enough to convince you that something is wrong–Stewart is […]

Reducto Ad Totalitarianism

Imagine a society in which an unelected, few people, qualified for power only by their mastery of esoteric terminology and incantations, are able to dictate our everyday lives in the most minute detail–growing rich in the process by siphoning off unearned billions from the nation’s economy. Does this sound like life in some dictatorship, like […]

The Road Map to Hell in the Middle East

After using America’s military to achieve a brilliant success in Iraq, President Bush is intent on using his new-found clout in the region to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict. But the means he has chosen is renewed negotiations and a new diplomatic “road map.” This effort is as misguided as every failed Middle East peace plan […]

The Road to Victory Goes Through Tehran

President Bush has declared the end of “major combat operations” in Iraq, but he has not declared victory in the War on Terrorism–and that’s a good thing, because the largest and most important battle in that war still remains to be fought. The road to victory goes through Tehran. An end to the threat of […]

“Iraqi Freedom” Requires Individual Rights

Having been forced to recognize that our soldiers won a brilliant military victory in Iraq, media commentators are trying to minimize that achievement by loudly proclaiming how much more difficult it will be to “win the peace” by establishing a stable and benevolent new government in Iraq. But the greatest threat to this goal is […]

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