World Trade Center to Fly Flag Over Aircraft Carrier Stennis

A precious cargo is winging its way across the Pacific–a 12 by 18 foot American flag, salvaged from the rubble of the World Trade Center. It will soon be the battle colors of the aircraft carrier USS JOHN C. STENNIS as she takes her station in the war against terrorism. On September 15, 2001, Sergeant […]

Remember September 11th

“I’ve known preparations for war as a Marine, but I have never known war–I’ve never felt it on the perceptual level–until today,” says Provenzo. “I live and work less than 10 minutes from the Pentagon–the crush of it exploding shook my apartment. There are reports that the casualties here in Virginia may be in the […]

The ‘Next Big Thing’ in Technology?

You may know Jim Jubak from his frequent appearances on CNBC. Jubak, the senior markets editor at MSN Money, holds a core investing principle: the conventional wisdom is always wrong. Suffice it to say that this guy has an independent streak, which is a great virtue for the long-term investor. And while I don’t believe […]

Arab World Poverty: Whose Fault?

“I don’t have the knowledge to blame a government,” said Bakhtiar Khan, an Afghan man in his mid-twenties. “I don’t know about politics, but for our problems I blame the world community. All humans should be equal, but we are not. You ask me who is to blame. You find out who is to blame.” […]

Saudi Arabia’s “Devotion” to the United States

To hear Prince Bandar tell it, Saudi Arabia is devoted to the United States. “Our role,” the Saudi ambassador said in a CNN interview some weeks ago, “is to stand solid and shoulder-to-shoulder with our friends, the people of the United States…. In 1990, when we needed your help, you came through for us. And […]

Diversity vs. “Diversity”

Sometimes it seems as if “diversity” is going to replace “the” as the most often used word in the English language. Yet the place where this word has become a holy grail — academia — shows less tolerance for genuine diversity of viewpoints than any other American institution. In a book titled “The College Admissions […]

Bill Clinton’s anti-American speech at Georgetown University

Nothing is an outrage when the reigning fad is being non-judgmental. So perhaps it is not surprising that there has been no nationwide chorus of condemnation of Bill Clinton’s anti-American speech at Georgetown University. According to the former president, America is “paying a price today” for slavery in the past and for that fact that […]

Zero Tolerance for Red Cross Moochers…and Government Looters

Hold the Red Cross accountable! The headlines seemed unmerciful. Red Cross CEO Bernadine Healy, on the job only two years, suddenly announced her retirement. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Healy resigned … saying she had been forced out by her board over policy disputes.” A USA Today editorial urged Americans to hold the Red […]

On Shovels, Caterpillars, and the Capital Gains Tax

I live up a narrow, one-lane private road that winds up a steep, wooded canyon in Northern California. A couple years ago, during the El Nino winter that dropped record rains here, a side of the canyon collapsed and a massive mudslide closed the road. Heading uphill toward home, I was the first car to […]

U.S. Kids Speak on the War

Why did 19 Islamic extremist terrorists attack America on Sept. 11, 2001? Why do so many hate America? Here’s how some American children answered those questions. Josh, age 12: “I just think (Osama bin Laden) needs to find something a little bit like the Nazis did, and he thinks that because of the Iraqi War […]

Unfinished Civil Rights Agenda

When the NAACP, Urban League and black politicians talk about civil rights, they talk mostly about how many blacks are in college, the racial composition of schools and neighborhoods or the number of blacks employed in what positions. The Institute for Justice has taken up the challenge of economic liberty as one of the most […]

Paul Krugman: Another Ivy League Pseudo-Economist

Like one of those football mascots — a poor, sweaty guy dressed up in a giant fuzzy costume of a shark or an eagle (or whatever his team’s symbol is) — Paul Krugman is dancing and clowning around in the field and among the fans trying to whip up martial enthusiasm, during an intermission in […]

Disband the Coalition

They tell us not to bombard the Taliban too severely–because its “moderate” factions need to become part of any new Afghan government. They urge us to cease military action during the month of Ramadan–giving the killers further opportunity to plan their next attacks. They insist that we avoid Afghan civilians in our strikes–inviting the opposing […]

The Economics of War

National emergencies are notorious for giving free reign to bad economics. In the panic of a crisis, people grasp desperately for solutions. And thanks to generations of bad economics education, they are offered a wide range of economic errors to grasp at. The most ominous error masquerading as an economic truth is the proposition that […]

Elitist Contempt for American Values

College campuses are home to elitists who are out of touch with and have contempt for American values. Let’s look at some of their statements after the recent terrorist attacks. Hours after the terrorist attacks, University of New Mexico History Professor Richard Berthold told his students in his Western Civilization and Greek history classes, “Anyone […]

The Justice Department’s Unjust Monopoly

If nothing else, the Microsoft case showed how ferocious federal prosecutors can be in fighting “monopolistic predators.” Let a company try to stifle competition, let it be accused of obstructing the market or blocking other companies’ access to customers, and odds are the Justice Department will come after it hammer and tongs. Unless, of course, […]

No More Jury Trials for Terrorists

When American pacifists talk about seeking “justice” for terrorists, here is what they mean: More than $7 million in U.S. taxpayer funds went to lawyers who defended Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-‘Owhali, Khalfan Khamis Mohamed, Mohamed Sadeek Odeh, and Wadih El-Hage. Translation services alone totaled $1.4 million, according to a New York Times report earlier this […]

The Moral Thing to Do

The motive behind the attack by Mideast terrorist nations and their hired gun assassins—who flew planes they could not build into skyscrapers they could never erect to kill people whose virtue they could never equal—is quite simple and quite viciously evil. They believe that brutish tyranny, fetid poverty and premature death are the means to […]