Is Microsoft a Hypocrite?

I was saddened to see the lead article in last Tuesday’s (12/5/00) Wall St. Journal “Microsoft Tries to Lob Monkey Wrench Into AOL-Time Warner Deal.” In the story, reporters alleged Microsoft might be cooperating with the Federal Trade Commission to provide evidence that an AOL-Time Warner merger plan should be killed or re-written by the […]

The Return of the Spotted Owl: Earth First, Means Humans Last

My friend Jack predicted this. When the first flurry of lawsuits was filed in Florida, he told me: keep an eye on the other news. Some government agency, he warned, will spring a new regulation on us — and they will get away with it, because everyone’s attention is distracted. And sure enough, Jack was […]

Crazy Double Standards

The Federal Trade Commission has released its year-long study showing how Hollywood’s film industry, the music industry and the video-game industry have been deliberately targeting and marketing all manner of filth and violence to America’s children. No less an expert on filth and violence, President Clinton ordered the FTC study after the deadly spate of […]

Tyranny is Creeping Up On Us

Tyranny is creeping up on us. If you don’t believe it, consider the most prominent hallmarks of the Nazi and Communist regimes, which sought to supplant democracy in the 20th century. In National Socialist Germany and the Soviet Union, there were no First Amendment rights. No one could voice an opinion contrary to the politically […]

Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else

Some books are good, some are bad, but very few are real gems. One of these few gems is the recently published book “The Mystery of Capital” by Hernando de Soto. The subtitle tells what it is really about: “Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else.” It is not really capitalism but […]

The Eng@ged Customer: The New Rules of Internet Direct Marketing

The following is an excerpt from the book The Engaged Customer: The New Rules of Internet Direct Marketing: It may sound odd, but the Holy Grail of Internet commerce and marketing is to provide the same kind of service that merchants and storekeepers did about a hundred years ago. At the turn of the last […]

UNICEF Kills the Little Children…

“Breast is best.” No, it’s not the new slogan for Hooters restaurant. It’s the mantra of breast-feeding advocates who promote their cause with a cult-like fervor around the world. Their extremism must be condemned. I have nothing against breast-feeding. After weighing the pros and cons, I’ve been nursing my 5-and-a-half-month-old daughter since birth. Mother’s milk […]

101 Things You Need to Know About Internet Law

The following is an excerpt from the book 101 Things You Need to Know About Internet Law by Jonathon Bick: #1. A parent is almost never liable for a child’s bad acts on the Internet. Three sets of apprehensive parents approached me recently. Each had a child who was particularly skilled in using the Internet, […]

Singapore Should Not Be Condemned By Its Neighbors, Rather Its Economic Practices Should Be Copied By Them

While Americans were home enjoying our Thanksgiving bounty of political controversy, Indonesia’s President Wahid Abdurrahman decided to raise a political ruckus of his own in Asia. At a recent meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Wahid launched into a diatribe of criticism against ASEAN’s wealthiest and most stable nation, Singapore. Wahid […]

The Amish Against The Feds

Everything I learned about the Amish, I learned from the old Harrison Ford movie, “Witness.” Members of this pacifist religious community don’t use electricity or listen to music. The women wear bonnets. The men drive black buggies. Thanks to principled elders, self-employed Amish people don’t pay Social Security taxes. And in a campaign for economic […]