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 […]