David Holcberg

To Save Lives, Legalize Trade in Organs

If you were sick and needed a kidney transplant, you would soon find out that there is a waiting line–and that there are 70,000 people ahead of you, 4,000 of whom will die within a year. If you couldn’t find a willing and compatible donor among your...

Who Is Gouging Whom?

Last Wednesday the House of Representatives passed legislation instituting penalties of up to $150 million for companies and up to $2 million and 10 years’ imprisonment for individuals found guilty of gasoline “price gouging.” But the real gouger...

To Save Lives, Legalize Trade in Organs

If you were sick and needed a kidney transplant, you would soon find out that there is a waiting line–and that there are 70,000 people ahead of you, 4,000 of whom will die within a year. If you couldn’t find a willing and compatible donor among your...

Who Is Gouging Whom?

Last Wednesday 79 members of the House of Representatives introduced a bill instituting criminal and civil penalties on any corporation or individual found guilty of gasoline “price gouging.” But the real gouger driving up gasoline prices is not the...
“Price Gouging” Laws

“Price Gouging” Laws

The House has approved a bill that imposes criminal and civil penalties (up to $150 million for refiners and $2 million for retailers) on any energy company found guilty of “price gouging.” But selling at prices some people feel is too high violates no...

Human Organs for Sale?

The organ-transplant tragedy at UC Irvine Medical Center, where according to the Los Angeles Times “more than 30 people died awaiting liver transplants . . . as the hospital turned down scores of organs that might have saved them,” illustrates the terrible...

Human Organs for Sale?

As athletes from around the world gathered for the 2005 World Transplant Games in the city of London, Canada, a record 87,000 individuals who did not share the athletes’ good fortune stand on the U.S. national waiting list for organs. Of the 82,000 waiting for...
The Terrorists’ Motivation: From the Camel’s Mouth

The Terrorists’ Motivation: From the Camel’s Mouth

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, President Bush declared: “These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith.” But the Muslim murderer of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh knows better than our president,...