Racism is Only a Conservative Problem, Right?

Last year, Representative. Bob Barr, Republican of Georgia, gave the keynote speech before the Council of Conservative Citizens. What is the Council of Conservative Citizens? It is a southern organization that considers whites superior to blacks and equates interracial marriage to white genocide. And Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) also has ties to the […]

Janet Reno: Rank Amateur

Dear Miss Reno: You’ve had some impressive victories lately. With a single press announcement, you’ve made Microsoft a marked company, targeted for the crime of promoting “unfair competition” – all because it insists that parts of its operating system be packaged with the operating system. But you’ve fallen short of your potential. You have a […]

Ten Things Everyone Ought To Know About Global Warming

With all the hype about global warming and climate disasters filling the journals and air waves, here are some facts that need to be more widely known: The climate is never just “average”; it changes all the time, from season to season, year to year, and over the millennia. And that includes not only temperature, […]

Mourning Bill Gates

Many people have wondered: Will the death of Mother Theresa be mourned as greatly as the death of Princess Diana? But personally, I have wondered how many people would mourn the loss of Bill Gates. The philosopher Ayn Rand taught us that man’s highest moral ideal is selfishness – living your life for your own […]

Egalitarianism in Football

The sports section of the November 18th edition of the Globe and Mail (Canada’s national newspaper) carried an article about Doug Flutie, the star quarterback of the Toronto Argonauts. The Argos are Toronto’s team in the Canadian Football League; they had just won the Grey Cup, the CFL’s national championship, a few days earlier. Flutie […]

A Double Standard of Justice Toward Microsoft

In 1988, Microsoft offered manufacturers of personal computers a considerable discount on the licensing fees they pay to install MS-DOS and Windows operating system on new PCs prior to their leaving the factory. In exchange it required manufacturers to pay for each computer they make, whether or not it included MS-DOS. Microsoft now requires PC […]

Antitrust Against Justice

The suit against Microsoft by the U.S. Department of Justice is, in fact, a grave act of injustice. To understand this, it is necessary to look at the background and legal context of this case. America’ antitrust laws are highly ambiguous. They create offenses for which there is no clear definition, such as “unfair competition,” […]

Supreme Court to Decide: Whose Kids Are They Anyway?

Do parents have the right to decide which friends or extended family their children will spend time with? On Jan. 12, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider this question when it hears oral arguments in the case of Troxel v. Granville. “The case’s larger issue is whether or not the Supreme Court will reaffirm that […]

Cop Haters Dearly Loved in Hollywood

Tom Alciere, an obscure Republican lawmaker from New Hampshire, received nationwide media attention this week for posting remarks on the Internet about killing cops. What a fool. If Mr. Alciere had written his crude rantings in rhyme and embarked on a music career instead of a political one, he’d be making millions of dollars and […]

The U.S. Government’s Assault on Microsoft

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently accused Microsoft of violating U.S. antitrust laws, and asked a federal court to fine Microsoft an unprecedented 1$ million per day until the “violations” cease. Microsoft’s “crime” was to include its Internet Explorer software program (for browsing the Internet) as an integral component of its popular Windows 95 […]

The Big Lie in Hollywood: The Hollywood Ten Were Not Victims But Villains

November 24 marks the 50th anniversary of fifty of Hollywood’s leading executives and moguls firing the Hollywood Ten. These ten filmmakers had been cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to divulge their political affiliations to the House Un-American Activities Committee [HUAC] investigation into communist infiltration in Hollywood. The anniversary of the Hollywood blacklist against […]

The Pied Pipers of Tribalism: The “Million Woman March” Should Have Promoted Individualism Not Tribalism

In nineteenth century Africa, blacks were sold into slavery by their community leaders. The leaders of the Million Woman March are trying to repeat history. The 500,000 attendees at the October 25, 1997 march in Philadelphia listened to speakers extolling the theme “Sisters Healing Sisters.” The mission statement says: “Great-grandmother taught grandmother. Grandmother taught mother. […]

Feminization of the Military

“Boy, what’s that @#&*! growing under your nose? It looks like a &@*@#. You’d better get that &@*#! off your face by the next formation.” It was July 1959. With about 60 other recruits, I was being welcomed to basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. According to John Leo’s “A Kinder, Gentler Army” (“U.S. […]

Economics of Unionism

The Teamsters’ strike, and its pending settlement, against United Parcel Service (UPS) gives us a chance to think about unions and labor issues. In a free society, people have the right to form voluntary associations. Therefore, any impediment, including so-called right-to-work laws, to people joining and forming labor unions is offensive. On the other hand, […]

Extortion or Voluntary Exchange

Last month, Autumn Jackson was convicted of extortion, con- spiracy, and crossing state lines to commit a crime. When sentenced in October, she faces up to 12 years in prison and a fine up to $750,000. Miss Jackson’s in hot water because she demanded $40 million from Cosby in exchange for her silence about being […]

Ayn Rand is Not Going to Go Away: A Letter By a Professor of Philosophy

On October 5, 1997, the New York Times Book Review section published a “review” of the Journals of Ayn Rand, ed. David Harriman (Dutton 1997) by conservative hack, David Brooks, of The Weekly Standard. The Standard, and related conservative groups, have embarked on a campaign publicly to distinguish themselves from individualist social/political thinkers and movements, […]

The Wrong Education Target

A Washington Post editorial (7/24/97) said that had the reading portion of the Stanford Achievement Test been used as this year’s criterion for promotion, 33 percent of D.C.’s third-graders and 29 percent of its eighth-graders would have been left down. Test results in math were just as dismal: three out of four eighth-graders and one […]