The “Great Satan” Arises From Its Sleep

On Dec. 7, 1941, Winston Churchill called President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. “What’s all this about Pearl Harbor?” the prime minister asked. “It’s quite true, they bombed us,” FDR replied. “We’re all in the same boat now.” Today, it’s America and Israel that occupy the same small craft in a storm-tossed sea. Sept. 11, 2001, was […]

Black Tuesday: Act of Crime or Act of War?

Some university professors have stated that Black Tuesday (911) “does not constitute an act of war against the United States.” What that attack constitutes, instead, is aggression by terrorist criminals, not terrorist governments. These professors are not alone in their thinking. Many believe the U.S. now faces an enemy “unlike” any the U.S. has confronted […]

The Mufti’s Message of Hate

In the summer of 1997, a young Israeli art student named Tatiana Susskin drew a caricature portraying the Prophet Mohammed as a pig and tacked up copies of it on Arab storefronts in Hebron. She could hardly have devised a more inflammatory insult. The crude leaflets provoked riots and calls for vengeance, not only in […]

NAACP Doesn’t Understand Hollywood

“There are practically no people of color at the top,” said NAACP President Kweisi Mfume. “There aren’t any African-Americans who can green-light a show, hire and fire a director or make any real decisions.” A genie suddenly appears. With a snap of his fingers, the genie grants Mfume’s wish for more black Hollywood decision-makers. Given […]

Microsoft: Out of the Fire and Back Into the Frying Pan

First the good news: The new administration’s officials in the Department of Justice have decided not to murder the Microsoft Corporation and carve up its corpse. Now the bad news: They have chosen the more humane option of slow torture. The Justice Department’s new policy is certainly better — or, to be more accurate, less […]

“Protectionism” Stinks

Free trade across international borders is not just good for business or good for job-creation. It is good — period. So said President Bush in a remarkable speech earlier this year, when he made the case for free trade on unabashedly moral grounds. “Open trade is not just an economic opportunity, it is a moral […]

A Really Bad Case of Gas

President Bush showed spirited common sense on environmental policies — before he got elected. “I don’t believe in command and control out of Washington, D.C.,” Bush said during the second presidential debate last fall. “Not all wisdom is in Washington, D.C., on this issue,” the Texas governor reminded eco-know-it-all Al Gore. Bush could use that […]

What is Economics?

To know what economics is, we must first know what an economy is. Perhaps most of us think of an economy as a system for the production and distribution of the goods and services we use in everyday life. That is true as far as it goes, but it does not go far enough. The […]

A Usable Black History

John McWhorter, linguistics professor at the Berkeley campus of the University of California, has written a compelling essay in the summer 2001 issue of City Journal titled, “Toward a Usable Black History.” Last year, he wrote “Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America,” arguing there’s a culture of black anti-intellectualism impeding academic excellence, resulting from […]

Property Rites or Rights?

With police on hand to try to maintain order, the Loudoun County (Virginia) board of supervisors recently imposed severe restrictions on the building of homes, despite angry protesters. The board’s plan allows only one house to be built for every 10 acres in some places and for every 20 or 50 acres in other places. […]

The President Has Spoken: No Microsoft Breakup

What inspiring, bullish news. It’s the dawn of a great new era. I can feel my animal spirits rising. That’s right. Didn’t you feel the same way yesterday when you heard that the Department of Justice wouldn’t seek the break-up of Microsoft? Doesn’t it just make you want to go out and buy a flag […]

The United Nations of Reparations Hypocrisy

Perhaps Secretary of State Colin Powell’s decision to pull the American delegation out of the so-called U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, will be just a footnote in history. But we can at least hope that it may be a turning point toward a future time when “racism” will no longer be […]

Teachers, Guns, and Zero-Tolerance Tyranny

When the new school year begins, Deena Esteban will not be among the legions of educators welcoming students back to class. That’s because Mrs. Esteban, a 43-year-old art teacher in Prince William County, Va., lost the job she loved after being convicted of a felony last fall. Her crime? Bringing a gun to school. Mrs. […]

Gangs — Society’s Fault?

“Society pushes you back into the same pile of s— you came out of.” Chino, a “hardened gang member,” offered this excuse as his rationale for joining a gang. Gang violence is up, says a chilling new Time magazine article on Los Angeles gangs. The article shows pictures of young, tattooed gang members kickin’ it […]

Dealing with the Media: Getting This Behind You

The predictable media reaction to Gary Condit’s bobbing and weaving has been to say that he should be candid, come clean and “get all this behind you.” It is the kind of advice that they have offered repeatedly over the years to people in trouble, whether Nixon in the 1970s, Clinton in the 1990s, George […]

Too Much Safety?

There’s the old admonition: It’s better to be safe than sorry. The fact of life is that one can be both safe and sorry — that’s if we acknowledge the consequences of having too much safety. Let’s look at it. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators blamed a fuel-tank fire for the July 17, 1996, […]

Supply Chain 103: EMC

Previously, I told you that I would offer up my opinion of the one technology company to watch for evidence of a broad recovery in the economy and the markets. Today I make good on that promise. I told you that my choice would surprise you. It’s not an obvious choice like IBM, Dell, Microsoft, […]

Greenspan Recants: No Catalyst, No Bull Market

Hewlett Packard buying Compaq isn’t exactly going to save the world. If that’s the best thing this market can come up with as a catalyst, we’re in a heap of trouble. About the only good thing you can say about the market right now is that the major indices have not made new lows versus […]