Honor Veterans, Rebuff Sacrifice

As a former captain in the US Army, I can attest that I never encountered anyone who joined because of some masochistic yearning to transform himself into a sacrificial animal.

What We Owe Our Soldiers This Veteran’s Day

For an American soldier, to fight for freedom is not to fight for a “higher cause,” separate from or superior to his own life–it is to fight for his own life and happiness.

Health Care Is Not A Right

So long as people believe that socialized medicine is a noble plan, there is no way to fight it.

The Metaphysical Temper Tantrum of Islamic Terrorism

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., says it is time for the U.S. to stop being politically correct and focus its search on radical Islamists in Muslim communities. King tells Politico.com that while most Muslims are not terrorists, the international base for terrorism against...

The Purpose of a LePort Education: A Child’s Personal Happiness

Throughout the ages, cultures have held different positions on the core purpose of education. Some have seen education as a means to preparing children for war (Sparta), or preparing them for a monastic life (middle ages), or getting them ready for factory work (late...

Gold in the Crosshairs

In the opening years of the last decade, most mainstream investors sat on the sidelines while "tin hat" goldbugs rode the bull market from below $300 to just over $1,000 per ounce. But following the 2008 financial crisis, when gold held up better than stocks during...

Race and IQ

Years ago, while doing research on education and IQ, I happened to be in the principal's office at a black school in Cincinnati, as he was preparing to open a large brown envelope containing the results of IQ tests that his students had taken. Before he opened the...

Can’t Pin Fiscal Woes on W.

Facts often are the first casualty of any political battle, and never more so than during an election year. But sometimes the debate shifts from routine exaggeration and distortion and becomes flagrantly misleading. As with Al Gore's recent fusillade, including his...

The Republicans Impotence and the Future of Our Freedom

According to an article in the Washington Post, the Bush administration has decided to distance itself from the term "privatization" at the request of the National Republican Congressional Committee, claming the word never accurately reflected the White House's views....

How Today Show’s Matt Lauer Patronized Charlton Heston

Is it me, or does "Today Show's" Matt Lauer condescendingly give Republicans/conservatives the old "look-me-in-the-eye" treatment when asking questions? In an interview with President George W. Bush, for example, Lauer questioned the president about the environment....

Apply the Bush Doctrine to Saudi Arabia

Recent intelligence reports indicate that our desultory efforts abroad so far--and our fortress "homeland defense" mentality--will fail to prevent further horrendous attacks on the US. We're losing because Bush has defaulted on the "Bush Doctrine"--the idea that...

Hollywood Actors: False American Idols

The singer. The actor. The empty vessel. Many pundits believe celebrities are frivolously easy targets unworthy of our scorn. They must realize, however, that a single voice of a celebrity reaches more common Americans than a busload of think tank intellectuals. The...

Guns for Rapists, But Not For Potential Victims

A picture on the front of The Boston Globe's metro section last month showed a group of women waiting to apply for firearm identification cards at the District 14 police station in Brighton. They were in a line, the accompanying story noted, that stretched the length...

Terrorism: The Second-Biggest Threat to America

Throughout the "war on terrorism," we have all heard our nation's leaders pay extensive lip service to "protecting America." But if "America" is just a collection of people on a slab of land somewhere, then there's no significant difference between the United States...

Appealing to Reason in Killers

Police in Montgomery County, Maryland (where I work), and the Washington D.C. area are searching for two gunmen who are currently on a rampage against people going about their daily business. People filling their cars with gas; waiting for a bus; crossing the street;...

Department of Everything

At worst, DOE energy policies are wasteful, even harmful to the best interests of American consumers.

Open Source Socialism

At a recent Stanford University lecture, open source proselytizer Bruce Perens encouraged students to get involved in the open source political movement. A few folks were enthused, but many seemed confused by how a method of software production and distribution can...

Mad Dogs of War

My dog Clancy was an oversized Irish Setter with a blockhead and big paws and strong jaws who our son had rescued from the Humane Society after his friend's mom got rid of him because he had, as they say, some issues. One of Clancy's issues was that he had crashed...

Bilingual Education’s Voluminous Failure

If I were a Hispanic American, I would feel humiliated every time an automated telephone-answering system prompted me to press 1 for English, or 2 for Spanish. I would wince every time an ATM machine invited me to conduct my transaction en Espanol. It would mortify me...

Depression and Learned Helplessness

Depression has been defined as a persistent feeling of learned helplessness. For those who are depressed, this raises the questions: what do you feel helpless about, and why? What needs to change in order for you to feel less helpless? One area to work on is your...

Snoop Dogg, Miss Piggy, and Macy’s

Close call, "Middle America." The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Calvin Broadus, AKA Snoop Doggy Dogg, now sees himself as a mainstream commercial entity. That's right, according to the rapper, who says he no longer uses drugs -- "Middle America would...

Politicians Ignore Militant Islam–As It Keeps On Killing

Militant Islam keeps on killing, but politicians and journalists still avert their eyes. One terrible example comes from Pakistan, where a sequence of assaults on Christians, both local and foreign, has taken place over the past year: Oct. 28: an attack on St....

The Canadian Government vs. Free Speech

There are two principles that taken together are the cornerstone of freedom. One is that an individual has a right to his life. The other is that an individual has the right to speak uncoerced. Today, the 2nd right is under threat in Canada. According to Ray Girn,...

Censorship in Canada

The University of Toronto Objectivist Club is having an event this Sunday entitled "The Moral Case for Supporting Israel". The club ordered from the Ayn Rand Institute 350 complimentary copies of a pamphlet entitled "In Moral Defense of Israel". (PDF). Yesterday...

Who Do Democrats Hate More: Saddam or Bush?

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. Surely most Republicans observed in giddy delight as Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle did his best imitation of Jack Palance on the Senate floor, accusing President Bush of "politicizing" the debate over national security...

Anti-Capitalist Demonstrators and Freedom of Speech

Last weekend's anti-capitalist demonstrations in Washington were every bit what most observers expected them to be: sessions in idiocy, lunacy and general mayhem. As expected, portions of the city were significantly impacted by the demonstrations and despite almost...

Does waging war on a tyrant make one a tyrant?

Agitated reader: I just can't stomach your narrow minded opinions anymore. What gives the United States moral authority to wage a war against not just a tyrant, but innocent people? Dr. Hurd: What exactly would broad minded opinions consist of? Treating the government...

The Bear Market Makes the Case for Privatizing Social Security

The market is in another slump, and investors' savings have once again shrunk. So now is the perfect time to make the case for privatizing Social Security. This is not the conventional view on the subject. In the run-up to next month's elections, Republican...