Human Flourishing Requires Energy—not Government Coercion

Individual rights include the freedom to use whichever sources of energy people and businesses want, as long as they don’t violate others’ rights.

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De-mystifying Democracy

The United States should not be fighting for a democratic Afghanistan. In fact, it should not be fighting for democracy at all–not in Afghanistan, not in China, and not even in America. Democracy and dictatorship are not rivals; they are brothers. In...

Campaign Finance Reform: Wrong Target

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R-Ariz., makes a lot of political hay portraying himself as the hero for campaign finance reform and against influence-peddling. He’s for restrictions on the “soft money” millions that flow into the campaign coffers of the...

The Source of Al Qaeda Terrorism: Saudi Arabia

The newest source of tension in the increasingly strained Saudi-American relationship is the revelation that nearly two-thirds of the 158 Al Qaeda terrorists being held at Guantanamo are citizens of Saudi Arabia. Prince Nayef, the Saudi interior minister, is demanding...

A Nation of Sheep: “Dependent on D.C.”

“The shift from personal autonomy to dependence on government is perhaps the defining characteristic of modern American politics. In the span of barely one lifetime, a nation grounded in ideals of individual liberty has been transformed into one in which federal...

Random Thoughts on the Passing Scene

One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain. Sometimes it seems as if love songs are being replaced by sex songs. I am going to stop procrastinating — one...

Bush Should Fire Colin Powell

America’s war policy faces a deadly roadblock. The problem is partly the recalcitrance of our so-called allies, from the quavering Europeans to the increasingly hostile Saudis. Most of our “coalition” wants us to declare victory in Afghanistan and go...

Education Reform: Half a Loaf

Time for a quick pop quiz. Can you identify the speaker? “Today, and for generations to come, America will benefit from this law, which expresses our national commitment to quality education for all children.” President Bush, who just signed a highly...

Politically Correct Art

Several columnists, most notably David Limbaugh and Kathleen Parker, commented on some of its lunacy. Shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, photographer Tom Franklin of The Record newspaper in Bergen County, N.J., captured the images of New York City...

Journalists and Economics 101

Is deficit spending “a potent recession cure when administered properly”? A newspaper business writer made this assertion in an article entitled “The Budget Deficit Faced by Many States.” But is it true, that it’s a good thing when...

Alex Haley’s “Roots”: Fact or Fiction?

“Roots” was the only book I knew my teenage son to read, aside from assigned school books, computer manuals and chess books. He was thrilled to receive a copy autographed by Alex Haley, courtesy of George Haley, his brother, whom I had met. Alex Haley...