Immoral Government: “Phasing Out” Fossil Fuels

Fonda’s attack on the oil sands is inconsequential; Trudeau’s is evil.

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David Ricardo on Wealth, Inflation, and Freedom (Economic Ideas)

David Ricardo (1772-1823) was one of the most influential economic theorists of the first half of the nineteenth century.

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Flourishing Business Needs Free Markets

iPhones would never have been created in a centrally planned economy where the government regulates the prices, from CEO pay to those of products.

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Why Israel Must Not Withdraw

Colin Powell has failed, so far, in his attempt to browbeat Israel into joining America's official surrender in the War on Terrorism. Yet Ariel Sharon has repeatedly stated that his armies will eventually withdraw from the West Bank, and that Israel does not intend to...

Smile, It’s Patriot’s Day!

It's a shame so many taxpayers get upset paying for their beloved government services. Why continue to let April 15th be a day of nausea and nose bleeds? We need a little attitude adjustment. Let's take a hint from Congress and their passage of the Patriot Act --...

Eliminate Double Taxation of Dividends

In attacking the credibility of many public companies' financial statements, and calling for yet more stringent regulations, the U.S. government claims to champion the small investor; but in reality its own dividend taxation policy is largely to blame for the problem...

Should Genes Be Patented?

On October 2000, I argued in "Who Owns Your Genes?" that naturally occurring genes should not be patented because they are not inventions, but discoveries of what already exists in nature. On January 2001, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued its...

Irrationality in Our Legal System

When the sentence for Andrea Yates' killing her five children was announced, most of the media reported it as a life sentence and some noted that she would be eligible for parole in 40 years. In reality, Andrea Yates can be freed at any time by any present or future...

The Price of Peace “At Any Price” is Death

You cannot make sense of the Israeli-Palestinian war without first making sense of 1993. That year found Israel in reasonably good shape. Its economy was the most powerful in the Middle East. Its military power was respected and feared throughout the region. Its...

Ozzy and Busta: MTV’s Drunken Stupor

Once again, MTV is basking in the glow of critical acclaim. This time it's a cultural breakthrough called "The Osbournes," a "brilliant" (Time magazine) reality show chronicling the family life of heavy metal has-been Ozzy Osbourne. It's "the most refreshing, funny...

A Reparations for Slavery Scam at Tax Time

At tax time this year, some blacks are going to end up paying more than they owe -- and not all of it to the Internal Revenue Service. Confidence men are especially targeting elderly blacks in the South, charging them a fee for filing claims for tax refunds based on...

Cloning In A Free Society?

"Life is creation, not a commodity," says President Bush, defending his view that all cloning should be permanently outlawed. Life is a creation of whom -- and for whose purpose? Do we make our own lives, for our own sakes, or is somebody else doing the making for us?...

Is America Winning?

With the war on terrorism now six months old, it's time to review the bidding. How goes the war? Let's grade four areas:* Military: The bulk of the war in Afghanistan was won in two months. Trouble was, to minimize casualties, U.S. troops avoided some of the dirtier...

Campaign Finance Reform Diversions

There's a story about Catholic priests who contracted to have a new church built for their congregation. When the church was completed, and just before the priests came for their final inspection, the contractor cemented a Buddhist statue in the center of the altar....

Live from Ramallah: The Theater of the Absurd

In the late 1940s, a group of playwrights started a movement called the Theater of the Absurd, based on the Existentialist notion that life is rationally incomprehensible. According to one description, practitioners of the Theater of the Absurd sought "to convey their...

Who is Janis Sposato?

In response to last week's DeadHijackerVisa-gate, the Immigration and Naturalization Service "reassigned" four managers to replace four other managers -- whom the agency refuses to name -- in order to "begin the process of accountability." Begin? Here's a closer look...

Cuba’s Bravest and Best

HAVANA -- "There are no banned books in Cuba," Fidel Castro declared in February 1998, "only those which we have no money to buy." Of course, books *are* banned in Cuba; just try to locate one that criticizes Castro. Bookstores and public libraries here carry works...