A Superior Vision

The immorality associated with violation of the principle of self-ownership lies at the root of problems that could lead to our doom as a great nation.

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Expanding Definitions and Suspicious Statistics

One of the latest in the seemingly endless rounds of alarming statistics is that one out of 12 American children has some form of disability. With all the things that are supposedly getting worse, you have to wonder how our life expectancy keeps increasing. A cynic...

Society Says vs. Thinking

You will often hear experts in the media — particularly psychologists and the like — use the phrase, “Society tells us …” For example: “Society tells us that women should look perfect all the time.” Or: “Society tells us...

Capitalists vs. Crooks

Are American corporations being run by crooks in pinstripe suits? According to Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, “infectious greed” is to blame for the scandals engulfing firms like Enron, WorldCom and Global Crossing. On this view, which virtually...

Hauling CEOs Away in Manacles Makes Markets Soar!

Newsflash: Hauling CEOs Away in Manacles Makes Markets Soar! This is not a headline from The Onion, the satirical weekly newspaper that prints fake news stories. No, it is the story that was repeated last week by most of the nation’s supposedly serious financial...

Death by the FDA

Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories has developed an injectable antibiotic called Tigecycline. It can be used to treat resistant pathogens — bacteria that are immune to standard antibiotics. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has changed the rules for...

Indignation, Inc.

A recent front-page story in The New York Times was headlined: “In Ecuador’s Banana Fields, Child Labor is Key to Profits.” This is part of an ongoing orgy of indignation by the intelligentsia at low-paid labor in the Third World. The question they...

Pilots and Guns

In a stunning reversal, California’s liberal Senator Barbara Boxer has come out in favor of allowing airline pilots to carry guns if they wish, while the Bush administration opposes it. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has passed a bill to permit pilots...

Antarctica Is Cooling?

So the Antarctic is cooling after all. Years of news reports claimed that it was warming, and that gigantic icebergs would calve off and melt, turning New York’s Central Park into a pond. But the boy who cried “wolf” cried once too often. It turns...

The Soft Bigotry of President Bush?

“The soft bigotry of low expectations.” President George W. Bush once used this expression to chastise America’s education establishment for the underperformance of minorities, specifically blacks and Latinos. Bush urged teachers and administrators...

The Democrats’ Bad, Bad Boy

If Rep. James P. Moran of Virginia were a Republican, he’d be a household name by now — right up there in the infamous conservative pantheon with Jesse Helms, Strom Thurmond and Newt Gingrich. He’d be lambasted by leading opinion-makers for his...

Voucher Backlash

Opponents of school vouchers have grown desperate in the wake of the Supreme Court’s refusal to outlaw vouchers as violations of the First Amendment. And desperation seldom produces clarity of thought. It was particularly painful to read an outburst by Cynthia...