Rent Control Hypocrites

Those who benefit from government coercion seldom like it when the gun is turned around and pointed at them. They have no hesitation to demand that government use compulsion for their benefit, but complain when compulsion is directed at them. As an example,...

Manifest Destiny

In 1839, John O’Sullivan, editor of The United States Magazine and Democratic Review, wrote a piece titled “The Great Nation of Futurity” in which he argued that the United States had a divine destiny to occupy the American continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific....

From Licensing to Censorship

Every day, millions of Americans dispense advice to friends, relatives, and complete strangers through blogs, websites, and a variety of online publications. And each time they do so, many of these Americans could be risking substantial fines and perhaps even...

Kissing and Coddling China’s Dictators

Our ruined EP-3 surveillance plane is still parked on that Chinese runway, months after it was forced down and its crew taken hostage. At least six Chinese-American scholars have been jailed in China on groundless spying charges; their families have not been allowed...

The Rule of Law in America

What should be the characteristics of laws in a free society? Let's think about baseball rules (laws) as a means to approach this question. Some players, through no fault of their own, hit fewer home runs than others. In order to create baseball justice, how about a...

July 4th: Love it or Lose It

We have belatedly come to appreciate "the greatest generation" that fought and died in World War II to preserve the freedom that Americans enjoy today. But the disappearance of history from our schools, and its virtual disappearance as a requirement for graduation...

Ignorance or Contempt of the U.S. Constitution

Congressmen, presidents and Supreme Court justices take an oath of office swearing to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution. As if the Constitution itself isn't clear about what they must do, in Federalist Paper No. 45, James Madison, the acknowledged father of the...

The Scientist Trap

Ten days ago, we saw the headlines: "Panel Tells Bush Global Warming is Getting Worse." According to dozens of press accounts, a panel of distinguished climatologists from the National Academy of Sciences had provided new confirmation that "global warming is real, and...

California’s Philosophical Blackout

With the arrival of summer's sweltering heat, California's electricity demand will rise as people engage in the perfectly natural act of manipulating the environment, as through air-conditioning, to make life better. But electricity supply will not be able to rise the...

Housing and Overpopulation: Shocked by the Obvious

The obvious makes headlines in California. Maybe this shows that a sense of reality or common sense is not something that can be taken for granted among Californians. A recent headline stretching across the top of the front page announced that "Population dwarfs...

Socialized Medicine in 10 Easy Steps

Republicans have never been big fans of reforming the health insurance system, nor have many of them ever taken the time to learn much about it. Of course, that won't be a surprise to anyone who has watched Republicans pass one bad piece of health care legislation...

The Essence Of Inspiration

Every expression that appeals to man's highest ideals is a source of inspiration. It is the quick route that bridges a man's emotions to his thoughts and reveals his innermost soul through his responses. The importance of inspiration for human life is based on the...

“Buying Nothing” Helps No One

While most Americans celebrated their blessings, both material and spiritual, on Thanksgiving last year, the anti-consumer movement united to celebrate Buy Nothing Day. They called for a boycott of shopping, buying . . . indeed, consumption itself. Adbusters, an...

Harry Potter and the Dragon of Health Care

A mature Harry Potter has traveled through the Outerland, to the banks of the Hogwash. From here he can see his final destination: the Ministry of the Village. The Villages' inhabitants, known as Republocrats, are faceless mutations of an old two-party political...

Cells Phones In Cars? There Ought To Be A Law!

New polls are showing increased support for banning the use of cell phones while driving. Here we go again. I have a better idea: why don't we simply hold people accountable for bad driving? If you drive poorly, then you should be held accountable whether you are...

South Korea Slips “Back To The Future”

Reminiscent of the "crony capitalism" that contributed to the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the South Korean government has recently bailed out several financially strapped chaebols, violating its own bailout agreement with the International Monetary Fund. But the...

Psst! Liberals, the ABM Treaty is Dead

A funny thing is happening in the debate over a missile defense. The president is getting more cooperation from Russia than from liberals in Congress. Indeed, a number of nations that for years pleaded with the United States to retain the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM)...

How Microsoft Competes

Beside Bill Gates, what does Microsoft have that contributes to their success? The authors spent a couple of years trying to find out. Their conclusions: seven complementary strategies and a small set of basic principals of operation. First, find smart people who know...

Broadband Bruise

The other day, I became a victim of a broadband crime that apparently is becoming more and more common. Allow me to explain. I have three static IP addresses on my home network. I am not without concern for security -- I run a firewall on each of my computers, I...

Green Bigots vs. Human Beings

The red-legged frog is only the latest of many supposedly endangered species whose habitats may be kept off-limits to human beings, even if that means stopping the building of much-needed housing. We have grown so used to having the interests of millions of human...

Free Trade with a Slave State?

Q: Should a free country trade with people who live under a dictatorship (e.g. China, Cuba)? And, if not, should the government of the free country restrict such trade with dictatorships? A: If you enjoy living in a free country, then you benefit from that freedom...

More Dads, Less Crime

"America's Greatest Problem: Not Crime, Racism or Bad Schools -- It's Illegitimacy," reads Chapter 5 from my book, "The Ten Things You Can't Say in America." Absentee, non-involved fathers are the primary reason behind recent Department of Justice statistics showing...

Black Students as Meal Tickets

THERE'S A STORY about a visitor to an Indian reservation who sees a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer uncontrollably crying. He asks, "Why are you crying?" The officer sobs, "My Indian died." The officer didn't give a hoot about the Indian, he was worried about his...

McVeigh: King of the Hippie Nazis

Q: You condemn Gore Vidal for claiming that Timothy McVeigh has a sense of justice. You're wrong. However unfortunate his target due to his ignorance of the presence of the day care center, remember that the Department of Justice and the FBI's HRT did know that there...