The Truth About Climate Change

The small warming that we do have is something to be welcomed and celebrated—not something to be feared or curtailed.

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“Negotiating” From a Position of Blackmail

According to Fox News, Iranian President Ahmadinejad would not elaborate on the announcement, but said within the next few days Iran will unveil "big new" nuclear achievements and that his country is ready to revive talks with the West but not "enemies" who act...

Individual Rights and Government Wrongs: Life

An excerpt from Chapter 1 of Individual Rights and Government Wrongs. Once upon a time, there existed a nation that respected and protected individual rights. In that nation, individuals were free to live their lives as they judged best. Nearly half of the mail was...

The Law of Supply and Demand: Part II

A series of essays based on portions of Objective Economics: How Ayn Rand’s Philosophy Changes Everything About Economics by Northrup Buechner. In my previous posting on this subject, I noted that both the proponents and opponents of the law of supply and demand...

"Pure and Perfect" Competition? By What Standard?

This article is an adaptation of a lecture Mr. Salsman gave at Harvard University, in May of 1999. The print version has been edited lightly in order to retain it's spontaneous quality. Mr. Salsman has not reviewed the edited version.I've mentioned some of the...

Regis Philbin Feels Our Pain

"Can anybody explain this to me -- why is it that nearly all our contestants are white men? I'm a white man, so you know I have nothing against them, but come on. We would really like a little more diversity." Last week, Regis Philbin, host of "Who Wants To Be a...

Psychotherapy, Self- Initiative, and Self-Confidence

A good therapist can offer you something most other people cannot: psychological information on how to explain troubling emotions, better manage stress, and obtain an objective perspective from somebody not involved in your personal life. No therapist, however, can...

Pragmatism, Altruism, and Businessmen

Question. In a recent program, you claimed the actions of several businessmen were driven to do business with the government by the morality of altruism. Isn't pragmatism a more accurate description? Given the extent to which property rights have been eroded, long...

The Problem of World Hunger

President Clinton is angry because Americans supposedly waste too much food, especially at holiday time. World hunger is not a problem of redistribution. World hunger does not exist because you throw out half a stick of butter or an unfinished Coke. The real problem...

Socialism: Clinton’s Health Care Legacy

Bill Clinton is not leaving quietly, certainly not when it comes to health care. In a Presidential and Congressional election year and in a cultural climate where the public has been "educated" to believe that health care is an entitlement, Clinton is again...

The Moral Inversion in Seattle

The rioting and demonstrations at the World Trade Organization in Seattle offered us a view of a world in which everything is upside-down and backwards. It is a world in which hordes of middle-class students and $25-an-hour union workers band together to take away...

Hollywood: Another Casualty in the War on Drugs

Two hundred eighty-six million dollars last year. This year, $1.6 billion goes from the United States to Colombia to fight the "war on drugs." "Clinton spent more federal money in the war on drugs in his first four years than was spent during Reagan's and Bush's 12...

A Sin to Deport Elian Gonzalez

It would be a sin to deport Elián Gonzalez. To send a child to rot in the prison of Cuba for the alleged sake of his own well-being is criminal hypocrisy. To send him there in order to preserve his father's rights is absurdity, since there are no parental or other...

Keep Elian Free

The debate over Elián Gonzalez, the 6-year-old Cuban boy whose mother died trying to bring him to America, hinges on one essential question: Is freedom a necessity of human life? For our own sakes, we must answer this question with a resounding "Yes"--and keep Elián...

Hollywood should thank Al Gore

THANK YOU, Donna Brazile. If Hollywood is smart, they would send this lady a dozen long-stem red roses. I'll explain. NBC, along with the other major networks, faced an NAACP boycott for failing to increase minority hiring. Under pressure, NBC just agreed to add...

Taiwan: Stumbling in the Dark

Political news shook Taiwan's economy last week. The tumultuous chain of events began with a cancelled power project, led to a cabinet shakeup, a warning to investors, and then a run on the stock market. Afterwards, Taiwan 's recently elected President Chen Shui-bian...