Thank You

Most are thankful to God. I am thankful to man — specifically, to those individuals who (over the centuries) have created the countless things I need for survival and enjoyment: automobiles, plumbing, mass produced food, medicine, electricity, computers, televisions

Defend the United States By Allowing Israel to Destroy the PLO

It is time that the United States recognize the true nature of Yasser Arafat and his regime. The PLO has been engaged in a terror campaign against Israel for decades, and today supports fanatical suicide bombers, who deliberately target and murder innocent civilians. The recent murder of the Israeli minister of tourism, Rehavam Zeevi, was […]

Banking on American Stupidity

Some American banks just don’t get it. Here we are, at war with deadly foreign terrorists who exploited our lax immigration policies, and what are these U.S. financial institutions doing? Making it easier for illegal immigrants to do business inside our borders. Earlier this month, California-based banking giant Wells Fargo proudly publicized its plan to […]

Shallow Hollywood Double Standard

So, here’s the movie pitch: There’s an average-looking guy seeking a lifelong female companion, who adamantly adheres to one rule — no cigarette smoking. He meets, however, an attractive, smart, witty, vibrant person of good character with one flaw: she smokes. What to do, what to do? But, voila. A friend hypnotizes him into ignoring […]

The Underminers, Part II

Why do they hate us so? And what can we do to understand their point of view? These seem to be the big questions for a large segment of the intelligentsia, whether in the media or academia, as well as various politicians and activists. Many of the very people who ask such questions are themselves […]

War Powers Without War

There has been much talk recently about using lawsuits or congressional hearings to challenge the expansion of presidential power since Sept. 11. Immediate congressional action on this issue is crucially important — not to revoke these powers, which are mostly justified, but to take the one action necessary to ensure that they will be limited […]

Profiling Needed

Standing in long lines to pass through airport security, I thought: Where’s racial and sexual profiling now when it can benefit most, if not all, passengers? You say: “What’s wrong with you, Williams? Everybody knows that profiling has been declared racist and sex profiling is no better?” Let’s look at profiling as a principle. Suppose […]

The Underminers

The headline on the cover of the November 12th issue of The New Republic magazine read “Losing the War,” and the cover featured a caricature of President Bush in a ridiculous pose, and with a ridiculous expression on his face, winding up to throw missiles. This issue appeared just before the series of stunning victories […]

A Patriotic Professor is Falsely Accused

A week after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America, four Muslim students claimed that their public college professor called them “Nazis,” “murderers” and “terrorists.” The media ate up the story. Muslim activists rallied. School officials panicked. The college administration kicked the political science professor — Kenneth Hearlson of Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, […]

A Dynamite Economics Department

Reporting their findings in the February 2001 Applied Economics Letters — a British professional journal — Professors Franklin G. Mixon Jr. and Kamal P. Upadhyaya rank economics departments in the U.S. South. The rankings are based upon faculty research productivity. As former chairman of George Mason University’s Economics Department, having served the last six years, […]

California to Punish Excellence

University of California Regents recently voted to change their admissions criteria. Previously, the UC system (consisting of nine universities) chose half of its incoming class primarily on test scores and grades. The admissions department selected the remainder based on an array of criteria, including, but not limited to, credit for “overcoming adversity.” Now, the admissions […]

Celebrity Lawyer Erin Brockovich: The Real-Life Sequel

Celebrity Lawyer Erin Brockovich: The Real-Life Sequel

Unlike Emma Bovary and Scarlett O’Hara, Erin Brockovich is a real, live person. She’s a 41-year-old mother of three with a gift for publicity. Julia Roberts won an Oscar playing her in the eponymous movie about a legal assistant who got 650 prospective plaintiffs together in 1993 in the desert town of Hinkley, Calif., to […]

The Bernstein Declaration: On the Principles and Possibilities of Capitalism

Capitalism is the only system based on the recognition that each individual owns his life. Capitalism is the only social system in which individuals are free to pursue their rational self-interest, to own property and to profit from their actions. It entrenches individual rights, limited Constitutional government, and political/intellectual/economic freedom. The more capitalist a culture […]

A Recipe for Safer Skies?

Looks like the White House has already traded in its recently adopted motto, “Let’s Roll,” for a new slogan: “Let’s Roll Over.” With a submissive stroke of President Bush’s pen, nearly 30,000 airport screeners gained lifetime public employment this week. President Bush wanted a more limited government role, but he immediately gave in to Democrats’ […]

Drugs and Politics

A tourist in New York’s Greenwich Village had his portrait sketched by a sidewalk artist, who charged him $100. “That’s expensive,” the tourist said. “But it’s a great sketch, so I’ll pay it. But, really, it took you just five minutes.” “Twenty years and five minutes,” the artist replied. The same misconception of costs runs […]

Getting Out Of Bondage

First, a confession. Nearly 20 years ago, when I was in my mid-thirties, I got a chance for the first time to manage my own tax-deferred retirement portfolio. I was confronted with the same choices as the 42 million Americans who now have 401(k) plans and the millions of others with federal Thrift Savings Plans. […]

Free Dr. Kevorkian

The Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed last week the murder conviction of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who was sentenced in 1999 to 10 to 25 years in prison. He was convicted on charges of second-degree murder in a clear-cut case of assisted suicide. Was justice done-or betrayed? Suppose you had a devastating terminal disease, such as […]

Mary Kay Ash: One of America’s Great Entrepreneurs

Mary Kay Ash, one of America’s great entrepreneurs, died Thanksgiving Day at 83 in Dallas. She was 45 when she started a company (with just $5,000) to sell cosmetics through home and office demonstrations by sales reps – the best of whom were awarded pink Cadillacs. Last year, her company had sales of $1.2 billion […]