Is Your Personal Computer Protected From Terrorists? Part 2

There’s an old saying that goes something like this: “Just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.” I urge all of you to be paranoid to the nth degree with respect to taking precautions to protect your computer against viruses and hackers. Because, believe me, they are out to get […]

More Hypocrisy from the UN

The UN Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa recently adjourned. If you heard or read any of the Press coverage of this event, you know that the organizers and participants regretted that the conference became politicized. Disputes over Israel’s responsibility for the violence in the Middle East and […]

Self Defense is Job One

“Well, I just think that you’re painting a horrible picture of what we’re about,” said Senator Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., in response to the question I asked last week. My question that provoked such an indignant response? “Senator,” I said, “I heard one of the news anchors ask a politician the following question, ‘Do we have […]

Why Won’t Valuations Come Down? They Will!

A report Tuesday from Steve Galbraith, strategist at Morgan Stanley, slashed his 2001 earnings forecast for the S&P 500 from $51 to $46 — about a 10% cut. But from the 1092 S&P close the day before the September 11 terrorist attack through the 1003 close last Monday, when Galbraith presumably wrote his report, is […]

Why and How to Conquer the Savages

Our American leaders find our current war with terrorism to be a complicated and confounding affair. That is because they don’t understand the principles that have made America the most moral nation in history. America is based implicitly on the morality of rational selfishness. America recognizes the right of the individual to his life, liberty […]

Mandatory National ID Cards….for our politicians

Crisis is good for statist-leaning governments such as ours because it affords them the opportunity to package new oppressions under the guise of needed security. Lately, we’ve been treated to the idea of a national ID card so our police can tell good guys from bad ones. Such a system will never, of course, be […]

The “Trickle Down” Economics Straw Man

Among the suggestions being made for getting the American economy moving up again is a reduction in the capital gains tax. But any such suggestion makes people on the left go ballistic. It is “trickle down” economics, they cry. Liberals claim that those who favor tax cuts and a free market want to help the […]

Superfluous Airport Safety Regulations

Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta, Czar Norman, has ordered new, ill-thought out, oppressive airline regulations in the wake of recent terrorist attacks. Among them: a ban on knives — plastic or steel — anywhere in the airport and on airplanes, even in kitchens, no curbside check-in, restricted carry-on luggage, no visitors beyond security checkpoints […]

Justice and Self-Defense: On a Military Response to Terrorist Attacks

The case for large-scale, decisive US military action in response to the Sept. 11th massacres is two-fold: justice and self-defense. Justice consists of treating people as they deserve. It is exercised by rewarding and encouraging the good in others and by punishing and discouraging the bad. The murder and maiming of innocent people–thousands, on Sept. […]

The Lessons of War

Now that we have officially more or less committed ourselves to war, many will now object that this mission poses too many strategic pitfalls — that the Middle East is a vast quagmire, that the enemy is too elusive, that this will be “another Vietnam.” As always, many raise these objections, not as problems to […]

Is Your Personal Computer Protected From Terrorists?

Remember the movie Die Hard? At one point in the movie, Takagi (James Shigeta) says to Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), “You want money? What kind of terrorists are you?” To which Gruber replies in one of the more memorable quotes from the movie, “Who said we were terrorists?” I remind you of this because there […]

Nihilism and the War Against Western Civilization

The attack of September 11, 2001 was only one incident in a concerted war on western civilization. The attackers are united not by any organized conspiracy, but by a common hatred, and a common desire. Their hatred is of life and their desire is death. The attack takes many forms. Islamic fundamentalists proclaim the superiority […]