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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Hong Kong’s Contradictory Property Policies

Once again, the Hong Kong government has swung from manic to depressive over its property market. A few years ago, in an attempt to gain popularity with the poor, the government reacted to high property prices by promising more government housing programs and more...

Shays’ Rebellion and the Spirit of Freedom

In 1786 New England farmers, oppressed by taxation, launched a series of rebellions against state authorities. Beginning with popular protests at town meetings, the demonstrations spread to local courthouses and legislatures. The statehouse in Hew Hampshire was...

Let’s Kill the Death Tax

On June 9th, by a majority of two thirds, Congress representatives voted to repeal the federal estate tax. The most impressive thing, however, was to hear arguments for the repeal being advanced on moral grounds. It seems that at least some politicians grasped the...

Krugman’s Green Cheese is All Rotten

I read a most outrageous article in last Sunday’s New York Times written by Paul Krugman, the Times’ Keynesian economist in residence. (Available with free registration) Entitled “Green Cheese Rules,” the article was inspired by a theory...

The Good Times of Johnnie L. Cochran

Look in the dictionary, under the word “gall.” You might find a picture of defense attorney Johnnie L. Cochran. If it doesn’t appear, it should. June 12, 2000, marks the sixth anniversary of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. On...

Gore’s Prescription Plan Is Unjust and Unhealthy

Al Gore’s vow to “take on” the prescription drug industry will continue the decades-long hobbling of the American health care industry, said a senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute. “Gore’s attack on prescription drug makers is based...

An Open Letter to Bill Gates

The Justice Department committed a grave injustice against you, Bill Gates. Your crime was to be too ambitious and too successful in a society riddled with envy. You were condemned for your ability, which made you stand out from the crowd. The wealth you own is the...

Elian Gonzalez and the Death of America

Back in April, on the day that Eliàn Gonzalez was taken into custody by the federal government, the San Jose Mercury News published a letter by a 14-year-old girl. She suggested that Eliàn should return to Cuba with his father. Then, when he was older, he could decide...

End the Social Security Ponzi Scheme Now

Presidential candidate George W. Bush’s call for the partial privatization of Social Security doesn’t go far enough — the only real solution is to eliminate it, said a senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute. “Social Security is not an...

On China: Put your money where your mouth is

Over the last month, we heard numerous discussions about whether granting Permanent Normal Trading Relations (PNTR) to China, in preparation for its entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO), was a good thing or a bad thing. Most who opposed the bill suggested...

“Gender Gap Solution”: Fire The Men!

Fire the Men! The government repeatedly informs us that women remain oppressed in the workforce, earning “only” 76.5 cents on the dollar compared with men doing the “same” work. “Wage discrimination,” says Labor Secretary Alexis M....

For Five Months Eli

It is obscene to argue, as the INS and Reno do, that in the name of a “father’s rights,” Elian should be shipped back to Cuba. There are no rights under Communism – there is only a slow, spirit destroying death. The fact is that once back in...