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.

Keynesians Jump the Gun on Inflation

Advocates of government stimulus are running victory laps on recent developments that appear to vindicate their strategy. In particular, Paul Krugman compares the sluggish growth in Europe to the somewhat-less-sluggish growth in the US to prove that stimulus was more...

Obama on Capital Gains: No Winners

“If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes,” asserted President Obama in his State of the Union speech. For those with predominantly investment income, that would effectively double their capital gains tax rate from the...

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...

The Life of Six Year Old Elian Gonzalez

Elián Gonzales, a 6-year-old Cuban boy, found Thanksgiving Day clinging to an inner tube off the coast of Florida, is about to be deported back to Communist Cuba on January 14, 2000 if the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has its way. It was...

Why Racism Persists

"Any Day Now," a weekly sitcom on cable TV's "Lifetime" channel, chronicles the lives of two woman-one black; the other white - who have renewed their childhood friendship that began in Birmingham, Alabama, during the early 1960s. The show featured a special two-hour...

Rapid Climate Change and Human Intervention

The world's climate can change in just a few decades without any human intervention. Jeffrey P. Severinghaus of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, using a new method of analyzing gases trapped in Greenland ice, showed air temperatures warming rapidly at the end...

U.S. Schools Have Abandoned Knowledge for Emotionalism

"Vampires: The Undead," "The Biology of ER," juggling, witchcraft, UFOs -- all are courses taught in our increasingly anti-intellectual university system. However, the roots of anti-intellectualism are found not in the ivy halls but in kindergarten, said a senior...

Did Britain’s anti-gun laws save ex-Beatle Harrison?

"Thank 'My Sweet L-rd' For Gun Laws." A major newspaper opinion piece led with that headline. Ex-Beatle George Harrison, maintains the columnist, remains alive today only because of England's tough anti-gun laws. A few weeks ago, an apparently deranged man entered...

In Defense–and Against–the Euro

The following letter was sent in reply to John Lewis' article England, The Euro, and Socialist Europe. We present it followed by John Lewis' reply. In Defense of the Euro: Mr. Lewis: Painting Germany as a socialist planned economy that is stagnating is inaccurate....

In Defense of Martin Luther King III

"What's he really done in life?" A Montgomery civil rights worker posed this question about Martin Luther King III -- the eldest son of legendary civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Pretty heavy thing, being named King III, and now he stands accused of lacking...

George W. Bush’s Prosperity Against Your Purpose

Governor George W. Bush claims prosperity is not enough. Instead, he says, we need prosperity with a "purpose." The crucial question remains: whose purpose? In a free country, individuals are left free to decide their own purpose, so long as they do not impose force...