History Itself Is About to Become History

History is, generally, a subject that studies what happened in the past and determines why it happened. When historians begin to say that nobody can be certain of anything that happened and that anyone’s guess as to why it happened is as good–meaning as subjective–as anyone else’s, it is safe to assume that history itself […]

How Best to Improve School Productivity? School Choice!

Although it’s only seven years since Caroline Minter Hoxby received her Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the brilliance of her subsequent research at Harvard University into the effectiveness and cost of public education has established her as one of the leading economists of the day. What is particularly striking about Hoxby’s […]

“We’re Going to Conquer America”

‘Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country,” said President Bush shortly after Sept. 11, noting that they are “doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads.” He later added that “there are millions of good Americans who practice the Muslim faith who love their country as much as […]

The Myth of the Arab Country of Palestine

A common misconception about Arab terrorism against Israel is that it is committed in an effort to derail the “peace process.” President Bush echoed that fiction on Sunday when he commented on a wave of ghastly attacks that had just killed 26 Israeli civilians and maimed scores of others. “Clearly there are some in the […]

Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams: Grace Under Fire

Someday, many of their critics will apologize. Who am I talking about? Two economists, who happen to be black, Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams. For over 30 years, Thomas Sowell, currently with the Hoover Institution, and Walter Williams, chairman of the economics department at George Mason University, led the charge against the “victicrat” mindset. Through […]

N.Y. Port Authority’s Forgotten Heroes

“Billy Blazes,” a New York firefighter action figure, is one of the biggest-selling items on the Christmas toy market this year. Also high on the holiday gift list: “FDNY” and “NYPD” caps, shirts and sweaters. The two city departments earned global fame — and a permanent pop culture niche — for the courageous sacrifices of […]

Why Christmas Should be More Commercial

Christmas in America is an exuberant display of human ingenuity, capitalist productivity, and the enjoyment of life. Yet all of these are castigated as “materialistic”; the real meaning of the holiday, we are told, is assorted Nativity tales and altruist injunctions (e.g., love thy neighbor) that no one takes seriously. In fact, Christmas as we […]

A Lesson in U.S. Foreign Policy for India: With Friends Like Us …

India is beginning to learn what Israel has learned, brutally, over the past year: the U.S. State Department loves to betray our friends. It is now more than a week since Pakistan-backed Islamic terrorists shot up the Indian Parliament in New Delhi, killing 12 people and leaving the Parliament building pocked with bullet holes — […]

Value Judgments, Ideology, and Writing Editorials

There’s an interesting methodological difference between Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) op-eds and the usual ones you read by non-Objectivists (and boy, there sure are a lot of non-Objectivists around, aren’t there?). I can best illustrate the difference by a kind of lampoon. Suppose a Congressional leader had proposed taxing people on their IQ’s–with the more […]

How John Walker Turned into a Taliban Terrorist

It isn’t the case that the parents of John Walker — the Marin County child of privilege turned Taliban terrorist — never drew the line with their son. True, they didn’t do so when he was 14 and his consuming passion was collecting hip-hop CDs with especially nasty lyrics. And true, they didn’t put their […]

The Virtue of Individualism

At my high school, like most other schools, speaking at commencement is a great honor. The commencement committee carefully reviews each speaker application and judges each candidate on grade point average, difficulty of classes, extracurricular activities, and an essay. This year, the commencement committee chose me to speak at the ceremony with three other individuals. […]

Yassar Arafat’s Suicide Factory

In declaring his own war on terrorism last week, Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon made a surprising claim. He said that Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader, “is responsible for everything that is happening here,” a reference to the onslaught of four suicide operations that had just left 26 Israelis dead and some 200 wounded. To […]

Rocky Mountain Bigot?

NBA Denver Nuggets coach Dan Issel, after another tough loss at the buzzer, walked off the court toward the locker room. A fan, however, taunted the white coach, calling out, “Issel sucks.” Issel angrily fired back, “Hey, go buy another beer. Go drink another beer, you f—ing Mexican piece of s—.” (The fan denied being […]

Support the Liberty Bill Act And Put the Constitution on our Dollars

Congressional office-holders take an oath that says: “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic . . .” Wouldn’t it be nice if the Constitution had an amendment requiring office-elects to prove they actually understood the document they solemnly swear to […]

University Professors vs. America

Many simply shake their heads in confusion and disbelief at reports of peace rallies on college campuses from coast to coast. At such an unprecedented time of pro-American sentiments, and in light of the magnitude of horror of September 11, it seems almost impossible to imagine anyone calling for love and compassion as a remedy […]

Two Kinds of Tax Cuts

[http://www.CapitalismMagazine.com] Politicians are considering tax relief to help a sputtering economy, but not all tax cuts are created equal. There is a vast difference between “supply-side” tax cuts and “Keynesian” tax cuts. Supply-side tax policy focuses on how to reduce marginal tax rates in order to increase incentives to work, save, and invest. Keynesian tax […]

Health Care is a Privilege, Not an Entitlement for All

I must say that one of the best things about the Clinton presidency was that he was not able to pass his health care plan. The proposed system was nothing more than a step toward complete socialization of health care in this country, and it overlooked one simple fact: health care is a privilege, not […]