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Author Archive | Thomas A. Bowden

Supreme Court Disappointments

Where do individual rights come from? You’d think that if anyone knows the answer, it would be America’s top judges. But you would be wrong. On this basic question conservative and liberal judges alike are locked into a crucial error about America’s bedrock constitutional principle: individual rights. The error consists in regarding rights as gifts […]

What About Private Health Emergencies?

Just when swine flu was expected to peak, it has mysteriously faded from view. Now that Americans are no longer queuing up for vaccine, some 71 million doses (part of a $1.6 billion tax-funded program) are likely to be trashed upon expiration. While baffled health experts investigate causes, it’s worth looking back at some important […]

The Joy of Football

As half the nation eagerly awaits the kickoff of the Super Bowl, the other half looks on in wonderment at what could be so enthralling about grown men running up and down a field carrying an oblong ball.   Football fans who cannot articulate why they feel such passion for the game may retreat to […]

Let’s Take Back Columbus Day

More than a century ago, America celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbuss voyage of discovery by hosting an enormous worlds fair on the shores of Lake Michigan. This Worlds Columbian Exposition featured statues of the great explorer, replicas of his three ships, and commemorative stamps and coins. Because Columbus Day was a patriotic holiday–it […]

Nationalization Is Theft

  For years, the Canadian operator of a huge Venezuelan gold project known as Las Cristinas has been seeking an environmental permit to start digging. Well, Crystallex International Corporation can stop waiting–the mine is being nationalized as part of dictator Hugo Chavez’s long-running program of socialist takeovers. “This mine will be seized and managed by […]

Let General Motors Go Bankrupt

General Motors, having sucked up $9.4 billion of taxpayer cash since Christmas, now desperately craves the remaining $4 billion authorized by President Bush for disbursement in February. And come March, once that new money has disappeared down the Detroit drain hole, renewed pleas for aid will undoubtedly land on President Obama’s desk. Will the new […]

Government Bailouts are Unjust: Let Bankruptcy Courts Take the Wheel

General Motors, having sucked up $9.4 billion of taxpayer cash since Christmas, now desperately craves the remaining $4 billion authorized by President Bush for disbursement in February. And come March, once that new money has disappeared down the Detroit drain hole, renewed pleas for aid will undoubtedly land on President Obama’s desk. Will the new […]

The Supreme Court’s Function is Not To Uphold Social Opinions But To Protect Individual Rights

No matter who wins the presidency–and with it, the power to appoint Supreme Court justices–America’s judiciary will remain locked into a crucial error that corrupts their interpretation of America’s bedrock constitutional principle: individual rights. That error consists in regarding rights as gifts from society, with judges as diviners of the so-called social will. The most […]

Columbus Day Celebrates Western Civilization

On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered the New World, opening a sea route to vast uncharted territories that awaited the spread of Western civilization. Centuries later, the ensuing cultural migration culminated in the birth and explosive growth of the greatest nation in history: the United States of America. It is fitting that we have […]

A Proper Public Policy for Dealing with Hurricanes and Other Natural Diasters

Overshadowing the third anniversary of Katrina, Hurricane Ike has laid waste to the Texas Gulf Coast and left many Americans pondering who should be expected to bear the burden of disaster relief. Disasters can sometimes shock a nation into questioning entrenched practices. But even Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters ever to befall […]

Let’s Stop Making Disasters More Disastrous

It’s the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the savage storm that inundated the Mississippi Delta in late August 2005, leaving more than 1,800 people dead and causing widespread property damage. Disasters can sometimes shock a nation into questioning entrenched practices. But Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters ever to befall America, has failed […]