The True Story Behind Thanksgiving

In the wilderness of the New World, the Plymouth Pilgrims had progressed from the false dream of communism to the sound realism of capitalism.


How To Prevent The Next Paris Tragedy

“Thoughts and prayers won’t stop the next attack. This war against civilization must be fought or lost.”


The Moral Meaning Behind Thanksgiving

What should we really be celebrating on Thanksgiving?


Beyond Iraq: Growth Beyond the Risk of War

We may be facing an unusual moment in the history of market valuations in which both risk and expected returns are on the rise at the same time — and unfortunately, at the moment risk is winning. Clearly, fears of the domestic consequences of possible war with...

The Bull Case

Whether you look at it as a fundamental investor, a value investor or a technical investor, the market is getting ready to take a turn for the better. Let’s start with fundamentals. All the evidence shows that the economy is gradually improving —...

Putting a Terrorist’s Capture in Context

While one might have concluded that the weekend arrest of Sept. 11 attack coordinator Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was a fundamental blow to America’s enemies, such a conclusion would be a grievous mistake. Attorney General John Ashcroft, citing the capture, boldly...

“Diversity” For Thee, Not Me

My favorite salesman in my favorite camera store in Palo Alto, California, happened to mention that he lives in the town of Tracy. That is about an hour and a half drive to work in rush hour traffic. Why was this man spending three hours a day on the highway? Because...

Polls, Palestinians and the Path to Peace

Why are Palestinians so angry at Israel? There are two possible reasons. Political: They accept the existence of a Jewish state but are angry with this or that Israeli policy. Rejectionist: They abominate the very existence of Israel and want to destroy it. Which is...

Iraq: Waiting Game is a Fool’s Game

I have to strongly disagree with Mickey Kaus and Daniel Drezner — both have recently argued that it would be to President Bush’s realpolitikal advantage to delay the war against Iraq, and start it closer to the 2004 election. Kaus in Slate (2/28/2003) says...

An Open Letter On Revolution in Iran

The Internet is a powerful tool for international understanding. This writer, through a chain of various links, found the web log of an anonymous Iranian girl. She had quoted the parts of President Bush’s State of the Union speech on Iran. “Different...

Humble Pie: A Truly Sinful Dessert

While channel surfing the other day I saw a man telling his daughter to be proud of herself. The next channel had a preacher telling his congregation that pride is a “sin.” This little coincidence perfectly illustrates our culture’s schizophrenia...

The Withering Blix-Krieg

When the Bush administration agreed to subcontract its Iraq policy to a Swedish civil servant–chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix–many feared that Blix would be an accommodating diplomatic type, eager to smooth relations with his Iraqi handlers and play...
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