The UN’s International Kangaroo Court

America’s court system — the most fair, free and transparent in all the world — isn’t perfect. But that doesn’t mean its power should be usurped by jurists 8,000 miles away who are not elected, selected or directed by anyone responsible to American voters. Yet that’s exactly what the International Court of Justice (ICJ) tried […]

Social Security’s No Accounts

Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt, the saying goes. It’s exactly what we’re getting from opponents of Social Security reform, who have staged sign-wielding protests in more than 40 cities to convince Americans that the premier New Deal program is healthier than they’ve been told. The program’s looming financial problems are easily fixed, critics […]

The War Against Boys

The motto used to be: “Boys will be boys.” Today, the motto seems to be: “Boys will be medicated.” Of nearly 20 million prescriptions written last year for drugs to treat “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,” most were for children and most of those children were boys. This is part of a growing tendency to treat […]

Emasculation of American Intelligence Services

Aren’t you a bit perplexed at how rapidly our FBI and CIA identified, arrested or detained so many people involved in the terrorist attack? The answer’s easy. The FBI and CIA had a lot of information about terrorists and their organizations before the attack, but they were hamstrung. According to a Sept. 24 Human Events […]

An Interview with The Skeptical Environmentalist

Bjorn Lomborg isn’t one to abandon his politics just because he strays from the established line on the environment. The Danish statistics professor would rather solve the pressing problems of the world effectively. Tech Central Station’s James K. Glassman spoke with Lomborg about how his views have evolved into book entitled, “The Skeptical Environmentalist.” The […]

Keep the The Star-Spangled Banner as the National Anthem

Heard the one about the Georgetown lawyer held captive by a British naval commander while his fleet bombarded an American fort? Being an attorney he liked words, and after witnessing a barrage lasting longer than a day, he felt inspired to write a poem on the back of an envelope. Later he revised his writing […]

A Slackening Nation of Work-Avoidance Wimps

The first newspaper job I ever had was a very brief summer stint as a press inserter. You stand in front of a mammoth piece of machinery along with a dozen or so other workers. Grab a pair of earplugs and haul a 25-pound stack of advertising supplements over to your station. Bend down, pick […]

The Battle Over Islam

The Islamic-Christian Summit met, after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, for two days in Rome. They sought to issue a joint statement of condemnation of the terrorist attacks. Nineteen Christian and a dozen Muslim delegates — members of the clergy, scholars and theologians — assembled. But the delegates smashed into a roadblock. The Islamic delegation […]

Helping Argentina Recover, Without IMF “Help”

Argentine officials visited Washington last month to discuss the country’s efforts to address its economic crisis with the International Monetary Fund. They recently received a temporary reprieve when the IMF agreed to speed up a $1.2 billion payment of its existing loan, originally scheduled for September. The primary purpose of their agenda, however, was to […]

Loose Lips in American Academia and the Press

Some of the intelligentsia are yelling louder than ever that they are being silenced. Professors, journalists and others who have made grossly offensive remarks in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attack are shocked that other Americans are criticizing them for it. To them, apparently, free speech means being free of criticism by others […]

On Sept 11: Open Letter to University Students

The events of September 11 have been the primary subject of discussion on college campuses across America. A patriotic fervor has been revived, with flags popping up in virtually every yard and on every car. However, after reading the editorials that appeared in last week’s school paper, I am afraid that many people do not […]

The American Taliban is All Green

On September 11th, the Environmental News Service, {} one of the main sources of every bogus environmental claim, shed big crocodile tears about the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. The event evoked a sudden realization by Jerry Kay, ENN’s general manager. As he was riding his bicycle to work, he concluded that […]

Forty Centuries of Wage and Price Controls

Even the Department of Energy’s study found that price caps — which, let’s not forget, are what got California into this mess in the first place — won’t improve the energy situation. In fact, they’ll likely make it worse. The study concluded that a $150 “hard cap” on electricity bills — like the one proposed […]

Bioterrorism: Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

Here is the surest way for government officials to stoke nationwide fear about bioterrorism in this country: Treat the American public like children. Public-health bureaucrats have grown smugly accustomed to telling us what we should think — instead of what we should know. The federal administrators of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are […]

The Many Faces of Islam

“The terrorists’ directive commands them to kill Christians and Jews, to kill all Americans and make no distinctions among military and civilians, including women and children.” So said President Bush in his September 20th address to Congress and the nation. “I also want to speak tonight directly to Moslems throughout the world. We respect your […]

King of Sluggers: Barry or The Babe?

This season, Barry Bonds has been a Giant in more than name. While baseball fans and the media have been focussed on his record-breaking home-run feats, far less attention has been paid to his other feats that have been even more spectacular — and, in fact, unique. Barry Bonds is the first batter in the […]

Violinist Isaac Stern’s Inspiration

Life goes on in the post-9-11 world. So, alas, does death. [Last month], world-renowned violinist Isaac Stern left us after 81 blessed years. He died of heart failure. What a huge, roaring heart it was. As we continue to mourn and tremble and rage in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on America, we can […]