January 2002 - December 2002

January 2002

Our national education system: A $49 billion dollar disaster: Alan Caruba bemoans the state of education in America today and what the federal government is really doing when it gets into the education business
It is finally Edward Kennedy's moment: Vin Suprynowicz is of the opinion that a Kennedy-Clinton ticket would restore the Democractic Party to the days of Mondale-McGovern glory
Constitution: Who cares?: Here's a fact that constitutionalists might have to come to terms with: People don't care about the Constitution. W. James Antle III explains
Promoting the socialist agenda: Charles Bloomer reacts to recent pronouncements by Senators Tom Daschle and John Kerry
Campaigns of terror: Steve Martinovich reviews Tammy Bruce's The New Thought Police: Inside the Left's Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds a guide to how the left terrorizes its opponents
The mysterious spy: Much has been written about British spy Anthony Blunt but Steve Martinovich thinks Miranda Carter's Anthony Blunt: His Lives goes the longest way to exploring who he really was
Desperately seeking sewage: Bruce Walker says Democratic attempts to smear the Bush Administration aren't working for one simple and powerful reason: Americans support Dubya
Short takes, January 2002: Lawrence Henry joins the blogger ranks with a column of short takes on contemporary culture and the news
Why won't the Kyoto Protocol die?: If you're wondering why you keep hearing about the supposedly dead Kyoto Protocol, it's because Henry Lamb says one thing is keeping it alive: money
The Enron sideshow: Forget about all the politicians that took Enron money, Jackson Murphy is more interested in the liberal and conservative pundits who had no problem holding out their hands for some cash
The manufacturing of a martyr: After September 11, anti-gun activists desperately needed a boost. They thought they got their answer with the death of Thomas C. Wales, writes Dr. Michael S. Brown
Do animal rights activists care more about animals than human beings?: It's a legitimate question considering some of the comments made by groups after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Brian Carnell provides some examples
Time to go: If anything, Colin Powell's push for Prisoner of War designation for Taliban detainees proves his time in George W. Bush's administration needs to come to and end, writes Tim Rollins
In defense of Michael Jordan: Remember the days when the media loved Michael Jordan? With the news of a divorce, pundits are scrambling to get in line to take the hero down a notch. Glenn Sacks rises up to his defense
Molding equal zeroes: Joseph Kellard calls on children's sports leagues that don't keep score to start doing so. Competition, he says, is a natural part of life right from birth
The great post office con game: A hike for the price of a postage stamp has got Tom DeWeese fuming. He explores the numbers behind the US Postal Service and why the increase is unnecessary
Is the U.N. running brothels in Bosnia?: Several people have made allegations that the United Nations personnel are aiding and abetting the prostitution of women in Bosnia and Wendy McElroy says the global organization is refusing to investigate
Dershowitz advocates making torture an option: Jeremy Reynalds wonders if celebrity attorney Alan Dershowitz is off his rocker. The question is legitimate after a recent comment he made about torturing members of al-Qaida
Let's leave law-abiding businesses alone: Brad Jensen shares his thoughts on several issues related to the collapse of energy broker Enron
Hollywood funding and ego can go a long way: What does the wife of the former defense secretary do when her gig at the USO is over? C.T. Rossi tells us
Argentina and paper money: Samuel L. Blumenfeld weighs in on the currency crisis in Argentina and what he thinks is the only thing keeping America from experiencing the same thing
An ordinary citizen's State of the Union: If Ted Lang could deliver the State of the Union address, he'd probably deliver this version
"Honest Bob" Schaffer teaches Congress about honor and principles: Dennis Polhill lauds Congressman Bob Schaffer for honoring his pledge to serve only three terms in the House of Representatives, especially in light of the reaction from some people in the business of politics
Bush: Year One in review: W. James Antle III passes judgment on George W. Bush's first year in office, which has mostly been a pleasant surprise for conservatives, and gives him some advice for the future
Mandatory volunteerism: In Steve Martinovich's new editorial, he decries a small but growing movement that would force people to serve the United States
What kind of nation building?: Although the people of Afghanistan deserve a stable government, Jackson Murphy would like to know what kind of stable government people have in mind for the war shattered nation
Enron answer: The Openness in Government Act: Bruce Walker wants to see an act which would force those in government to reveal any communication between them and a member of the public
Enron bet on the wrong horse: Henry Lamb details how Kenneth Lay and Enron put all their eggs in the government's basket and paid the price for it when George W. Bush was elected president
Yucca Mountain: The right place for spent nuclear fuel: Gerald E. Marsh and George Stanford think U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham made right decision in proposing nuclear waste be stored at Nevada's Yucca Mountain
A lack of reverence for truth: Charles Bloomer says that contemporary liberals have little use for the truth. The cases of Michael Bellesiles and planted lynx fur are ample proof of that
Men overboard!: Lawrence Henry says the Democrats can't pitch Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton over the side fast enough
An open letter to President George W. Bush: Paul Weyrich wants George W. Bush to remember not to make the same mistake that his father did
Brownfields revitalization cuts urban blight, suburban sprawl: Syd Gernstein writes that George W. Bush proves yet again that if you want environmental issues dealt with in a responsible, vote Republican. A recent example was the recently signed Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act
The "National Climate Service" scam: Heard the one about the federal agency that plans on predicting the weather a century in advance? Alan Caruba fills us in on the latest enviro-scheme
Smile, It's Patriot's Day! How to stop worrying and love April 15th: Americans already have a Patriot Act so George F. Smith thinks it would be a grand idea to create an entire day devoted to government mandated sacrifice to your country
New York's new mayor will fund abortion: Wendy McElroy firmly supports abortion rights but she has a difficult time with New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg's plan to publicly fund abortions
Do we have the will to fight?: Americans have consistently shown their support for battle but Charles A. Morse wonders if they'll go all the way
Does airline security hurt your feelings?: Don't like the new airline security measures introduced last week? Brad Keena says tough luck
What we should remember on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: If you have the day off on Monday, Edwin A. Locke would like you to remember that the fight against racism hasn't changed. It's still wrong to prefer or hate people based on the color of their skin
Why November 2002 looks great: Mid-term elections tend to go against the party that holds the White House, but Bruce Walker is confident that 2002 will be the year Republicans unite Congress and the big chair at Pennsylvania Avenue
The Best Books of 2001: ESR's first -- and completely subjective -- annual roundup of books that our book editor considers the best of 2001
Iraq next? Not yet: W. James Antle III believes that extending the war on terrorism to Iraq would be a hasty move for a number of reasons
China's September 11 trap for the US: Tom DeWeese argues that America's attention shouldn't exclusively be focused on Afghanistan and the war on terrorism
Feminists hit Ground Zero with WTC funds grab: Wendy McElroy relates how feminists like NOW President Kim Gandy are trying to play politics with money raised in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks
Allah attacks Aristotle: The philosophical roots of September 11: George F. Smith says a little more Aristotle in the world could have averted the events of September 11
A brilliantly clear choice: U.S. President George W. Bush has the chance to cut American funding to the U.N. Population Fund and Connie Marshner is urging him to take it
Muslim holy man or cop killer?: Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly known as 1960s activist H. "Rap Brown, is on trial for allegedly murdering a police officer, not because he's black and Muslim, argues Alan Caruba
Is face recognition just high-tech snake oil?: Mike Krause isn't sold on the claims made by companies selling their face recognition technology. A recent ACLU study found that at least one system wasn't all that it was cracked up to be
Freedom in Milwaukee: Chris Coval says that education in America would be better served if a little free market competition were introduced
The Four Horsemen of the Frankfort School: The penetration into American culture by the extreme left was the work of the Frankfort School writes Charles A. Morse
Gun laws breed corruption: Dr. Michael S. Brown says that gun laws, if anything, give police the ability to decide who and who cannot possess firearms
Why do governments hate money?: It doesn't take a genius, says J. Bradley Jansen, to figure out that the governments of the world are taking aim at the cash in your pocket and in more ways than one
The real threat to our energy supplies: Eric Daniels says that environmentalists, who cry that we can't produce enough oil, actually regard less production as morally imperative
Bill Clinton is no Harry Truman: Like Truman, Bill Clinton left office in disgrace. Unlike Truman, Clinton won't enjoy a better reputation out of office than he did in office, writes Paul Weyrich
The politics of horniness: Lawrence Henry asks, What does Andrew Sullivan really mean? Are Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson no better than Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden? Or are Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden are no worse than Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson?
Conservative bashing: Jeremy Reynalds addresses recent allegations that Democrats and their fellow travelers were planning to compare Christian conservatives to the Taliban
Stuck before you know it: Stop saying that you'll never accept global governance, says Henry Lamb, because you're already in its grip. When enough people realize that, only then will things change
In praise of Enron: Jack J. Woehr spares a few words for the gone and departed Enron. For the record, he never received money from the company
Power to tax; power to destroy: Tom Jipping addresses Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's recent comments about tax cuts and America's shrinking budget surplus
A vote for voting: W. James Antle III understands why some people believe that voting is tacit endorsement of Leviathan and therefore stop participating on Election Day but he argues that you have more to lose outside of the system than from within it
Best of 2001: Winners and Losers: Jackson Murphy runs down his list of the winners and losers of 2001. Don't worry, Bill Clinton and Al Gore both made the list
Telling the whole story: Steve Martinovich reviews Bernard Goldberg's Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News, an whistle-blowing account of media bias
Negroes with guns: Although liberals hate to admit that guns played a role in the civil rights movement, Dr. Michael S. Brown shows that some black leaders recognized early on that racist mobs were rarely stopped by words
Greens & other true believers lie because they think they are morally superior to you and I: Why are so many liberal scientists and academics being revealed as frauds? Alan Caruba says it's because they believe they have the moral right to lie to achieve their ends
How bad were they?: Lawrence Henry and his son agree that the death of Buddy, the former First Dog, proves how bad Bill and Hillary Clinton really were
Speaking safely on political issues: A guide for the confused: Speaking on political issues can be fairly difficult, George F. Smith says, so he offers a handy little guide to help you a long the next time you get into a dust-up
The airport security charade: Samuel L. Blumenfeld remains less than impressed by security at airports around the world. His advice? Passengers should get ready to deal with the next shoe explosive lighting nut job themselves
His noblest fantasy had little to do with elves and wizards: Vin Suprynowicz sees some pretty favourable politics in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and in the movie version of the first book
This could be the year: Henry Lamb pegs 2002 as the year that the global governance movement either becomes an unstoppable train or its agenda is derailed
Government should not dictate diversity: Wendy McElroy despises businesses which hire or promote on the basis of anything other than merit. That doesn't mean that she wants the government involved in fixing problems of diversity
Burbulous: A man who changed the face of history: Not too long ago the tenth anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union was marked. Although Boris Yeltsin is everyone's hero, Paul Weyrich asks us to remember the role Gennady Burbulous played
Why do they hate the Jews?: Charles A. Morse grapples with the question, why are Jews hated so much in the Middle East?
The "Grand Illusion" of Planned Parenthood: Jeremy Reynalds writes about Planned Parenthood and what Christian conservatives should be doing these days
One money - One rule - One master: James Hall weighs in on the world's newest currency, the Euro, and what it really represents
Lost liberties: Phillip J. Hubbell is tired of hearing that Americans are losing some of their liberties in the response to the September 11 terrorist attacks. He'd like people to take a look at the Bill of Rights before speaking on the subject
Tidbits ESR gives you the news items that you may have missed...or the ones the newspapers, magazines, or TV anchors didn't think you needed to hear
Farmers for economic freedom Updates about farmers fighting for economic freedom in western Canada
Site of the Month
Earth is Flat Award/Vinegar in Freedom Award
Lingua Publicus

February 2002

The next moral crusade: Are America's lawyers preparing to sue the fast food and snack food industries to snatch billions of dollars? Steve Martinovich answers that question and what drives people who think it's a good idea
Class warriors exploit taxpayers: With elections looming in November, Democrats have once again brought out their fuzzy math and class warfare tactics, says W. James Antle III
Information war: Jackson Murphy weighs in on the controversy surrounding the Pentagon's plans to spread news items -- including fake ones -- to foreign media
Killing Daniel Pearl. You're next: Make no mistake about it. The militants who murdered Daniel Pearl would gladly do the same to you, asserts Alan Caruba
Greenbacks won't reform Red China: Imagine if someone said that trading with a slave owning South would have ended slavery. So why do people say it when it comes to China, asks Wayne Dunn
We have conquered the Iron Curtain; Now we must defeat the Great Firewall: What keeps Russia from reconstructing itself as the Soviet Union? It's the same thing that the citizens of China are thirsting for, says Paul Weyrich
Handicapped homes: A person's home used to be their castle but Gregory J. Hand reports that disabled activists are seeking to change that
Champion wanted: No experience necessary: Lawrence Henry re-runs a column he wrote in April, 1997, reminding conservatives how bleak things looked back then -- and how much better today
Ronald Reagan a leftist?: The Gipper's birthday earlier this month prompted Charles A. Morse to wonder why liberals are so kind to him now that he's out of the office
The man who could have been king: A salute to General Washington: Several school boards have been fighting to keep George Washington's picture out of their classrooms. George F. Smith paints a portrait of the man they hate
The war on "unalienable rights": Charles Bloomer wonders which of the rights Americans have left to be infringed upon by their government
The Green Matrix: Just like the computers in the movie The Matrix, the environmental movement relies on delusion to convince us what reality is, writes Diane Alden
Lies, damned lies and science: When scientific research is actually scientific sham: When it comes to science, writes Amy Ridenour, there's a lot of it that's more sham than fact
Lady, your slip is showing: It's not just the environmentalists. Wendy McElroy says that feminists love to play fast and loose with the numbers and few ever call them on it
Free speech, free thought and education under attack: Scott Tibbs reacts to a movement at Indiana University attempting to remove a mural that depicts the state's sometimes regrettable past
Revenge of the gun haters: Public opinion may be turning against the anti-gun lobby because of some of their questionable tactics, but Dr. Michael S. Brown says that doesn't mean they've given up
Premature death: A cautionary energy tale: Tom Randall has little time for those people who would roll back the achievements of civilization because of the fear of "premature death"
A doctor has a right to his own life: Your right to life doesn't mean you have the right to a doctor, writes Dr. Jonathan Rosman
Perpetuating cynicism, protecting incumbents: As you can expect, Charles Bloomer isn't a fan of campaign finance reform. Plain and simple, it's an attack on free speech and designed to help the people currently on the Hill to remain there
Judging a book by its cover: In the battle over campaign finance reform, Brad Keena urges us to remember that not everything is at it seems on Capitol Hill
Campaign reform counter-punch: Bruce Walker has the game plan that George W. Bush should follow on campaign finance reform and it obviously involves a veto
Liberty's latest cure: Campaign finance reform: If you want to fight back against campaign finance reform, writes George F. Smith, embrace the Tenth Amendment
Enron and bad laws: What has W. James Antle III worried about the Enron scandal are all the badly thought out laws that everyone is clamoring to support
Intimations of mortality: Lawrence Henry looks back 10 years, to the death of one of his oldest friends
On the Axel of Evil, the boredom of the Winter Olympics, and Amazon women: Even the figure skating scandal at the Winter Olympics has failed to change Jackson Murphy's mind that the two week extravaganza is a complete bore
Airline security, a no-win situation: After a recent trip Mexico Dr. Michael S. Brown isn't very impressed by airport security measures
National ID system fails the "duck test": A push to add sensitive personal information on the drivers licenses of Americans is nothing more than an attempt at a national identity card, says Peyton Knight
Let's hold global warming forecasters accountable... Brazilian-style: A Brazilian weatherman may go to jail for an incorrect weather forecast. Tom Randall wonders if the same shouldn't happen to those people predicting global warming
Stop worrying about Yucca Mountain: Gerald E. Marsh and George Stanford say storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain is not only safe, it's also responsible
Are you ready to pay your UN taxes?: A United Nations conference next month aims at more than simply looking for foreign aid for the third world. Alan Caruba says bigger things are afoot
America's tired of "Norman being Norman...": Recent comments by author Norman Mailer has made Jeremy Reynalds realize just what kind of man the famed novelist really is
Right down the toilet: Mark Trapp has few kind things to say about a push for separate washrooms for the transgendered at UCLA
Honoring Amherst's professors: Larry Kelley and Izzy Lyman have some awards for the academic elite that have made headlines in recent months. No deserving winner has been overlooked!
Presumed guilty: Vin Suprynowicz writes of a lovely system in Nevada that pulls a name randomly from a database of drivers presumed to have driven without insurance and sends a bill
Dismantling democracy through judicial activism: While Democrats continue to block George W. Bush's judicial nominations, Tom Jipping says Clinton appointees are doing a fine job making a mockery of their robes
Same old excuses: When Paul Weyrich hears a public figure step away from the limelight because they want to spend "more time with the family," he knows something is up
President Hillary Rodham Clinton: A bitter day for America: Doug Patton remains convinced that Senator Hillary Clinton will one day run for the presidency and it won't be a pretty picture if she captures the big chair
The beginning of the end of Scandinavian socialism?: Scandinavia is usually the last place the world looks to for lessons on conservatism but Jorn K. Baltzersen says things may be changing in a part of the world where Santa Claus comes to town every night
How the Internet is changing language ... imho: David Crystal's Language and the Internet contends that the Internet is having a profound effect on how we communicate with each other. Steve Martinovich reviews his effort
Riordanism and the Republican future: As more and more Republicans take their cue from former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and less from Ronald Reagan, W. James Antle III worries for the future of the party
"Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan": Charles A. Morse presents his plan to give Palestinian Arabs and Jews what they both want
Depends on what your definition of the word evil is: To hell with the French. Jackson Murphy says George W. Bush was right to use the words "axis of evil"
Security over freedom?: Paul Weyrich is worried that the Olympics in Salt Lake City will bring in even more pressure on the right to privacy
Defend industry against terrorism ... before it's too late: Man's method of survival -- adjusting nature to meet his needs -- must be defended against environmentalism's attack, writes Onkar Ghate
The cruelty in Klamath: Tom DeWeese believes that the fight in Klamath Falls between ranchers and the federal government had its roots in an international organization and its "laws"
Johnny Jihad: Stupidity is not a defense: Ignorance of the law isn't a defense, writes Alan Caruba, but neither is stupidity, something that especially applies to John Walker Lindh and his parents
The new Five-Year Plan: So much for the Republican Revolution, says Vin Suprynowicz. Vin wants to know why Congress is fighting to keep a 1996 law that was meant to slowly wean farmers off billions of dollars in subsidies
Birth of Big Brother: How the Court deep-sixed the Tenth: Want to how Leviathan grew to be what he is today? George F. Smith says you can blame the Supreme Court
A few questions for an Enron employee: Lawrence Henry watches the Enron hearings, and gets downright grouchy
A walk to remember: Let the critics declare it cornball. Jeremy Reynalds is happy that Hollywood is still making movies like A Walk to Remember
Of bleeding hearts and criminals: Doug Patton is angry that America still treats some people as regular citizens, especially after September 11
Is NOW pro-choice or pro-abortion?: The National Organization of Women's official position is that they are pro-choice when it comes to abortions. Wendy McElroy wants to know why NOW hasn't said anything about forced abortions in China
The left targets Pickering ... again: Bush nominee Judge Charles Pickering is once again under the gun by Democrats, says John Nowacki
The Enron distraction: If Ted Lang had his way, everyone in Congress would recuse themselves from investigating Enron, given that they're all in a conflict of interest
A first step and a new beginning: The fight over a British Columbia Liberal government's cutbacks are fueling anger on the left and Scott Carpenter is loving every minute of it
The charade of education reform: Education expert Samuel L. Blumenfeld joins the parade of critics attacking the Bush-Kennedy education bill
Patriot Act another RICO?: James Hall and Lee R. Shelton IV wonder if the Patriot Act is going to end up being another RICO Act. RICO was designed to be used against evil in America. Today, it seems nearly everyone can be targeted
The people v. Wen Ho Lee: What happens when an innocent man is accused of spying on his country? Steve Martinovich says My Country Versus Me: The First-Hand Account by the Los Alamos Scientist Who Was Falsely Accused answers the question
Rev. Dr. J.H. Jackson - A patriot of African-American history: For Black History Month, Charles A. Morse plans on celebrating the lives of men like Rev. Dr. J.H. Jackson. No, not that Rev. Jackson
Humans are using up too much sun: The latest travesty caused by our parasitic humanity? We're using up all the sun! Alan Caruba reports
An old man with a curious little metal cross: Everyone is being caught in the security net at airports these days, even a man that a president praised six decades ago. Vin Suprynowicz tells us the story
Making political reform winning issues for Congressional Republicans: Bruce Walker believes that Republicans should beat the Democrats at their own game. If they are truly serious about political reform, they should bring their own game plan to the table
A reply to Pat Buchanan: George F. Smith responds to a recent comment by Pat Buchanan that atheism is the new established religion of America
Utah governor sells out State's sovereignty: Charles Bloomer takes Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt to task for asking the federal government to take control of state land for another national monument
Leaning forward: Reflections on the State of the Union: Though many people didn't like aspects of George W. Bush's State of the Union address, Jackson Murphy thinks it was one of the finest delivered in a very long time
Reordering national priorities v. reviving big government: W. James Antle III was also a fan of the State of the Union address but he's also worried about what will come in the future
Be grateful: Lawrence Henry contemplates the miracle of grace and a transformed life
I was (almost) John Walker: Mystified as to why a middle class kid from the United States would join the Taliban? Glenn Sacks has an idea. He nearly was John Walker two decades ago
Jihad Johnny meets O. J. Simpson: Doug Patton's greatest fear is that John Walker gets the O.J. Simpson treatment and court and comes out of this with a book deal
Meaningful campaign finance reform: Gregory J. Hand says focusing on Enron and other scandals misses the point. The politicians who complain about money the most are just as in it as everyone else. Are we right Senator McCain?
Government without the consent of the governed?: Paul Weyrich discusses the latest push for campaign finance reform and what the possible outcome might be
Enron no excuse for attacking freedom: Scott Tibbs believes that campaign finance reform is designed to say one thing about the American public
Are fathers' rights a factor in male suicide?: A lot of men are killing themselves these days, and many of them share one thing in common. Wendy McElroy tell us what
The free ride is over: Up in Canada there is a revolution occurring in the province of British Columbia. An ostensibly Liberal government is making like it's anything but liberal, writes Scott Carpenter
For the love of God, will you guys just unite the right!: All Barton Wong wants for 2002 is a united right wing in Canada. Unless that happens, Liberal rule will be perpetual, he says
The Euro today...the Global tomorrow: Tom DeWeese is convinced that the Euro is just the first step to a global currency...and government
No child left behind - Republican ode to socialism: When it comes to education and the Republican Party, Steve Farrell has nothing nice to say, and he says that's the party's fault
Tidbits ESR gives you the news items that you may have missed...or the ones the newspapers, magazines, or TV anchors didn't think you needed to hear
Farmers for economic freedom Updates about farmers fighting for economic freedom in western Canada
Site of the Month
Earth is Flat Award/Vinegar in Freedom Award
Lingua Publicus

March 2002

More immigration, more government?: W. James Antle III argues that increased immigration only leads to more government and not increased support for the Republican Party as some people seem to think
What's really happening in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jail: Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be announcing soon whether or not he is running for governor of Arizona. Are the critics right about his record as sheriff?
Mexicans, Republicans and history: If history proves anything, says Bruce Walker, Mexicans should be firmly in the Republican camp
Bush embraces politics, abandons principle: It finally happened. Charles Bloomer says that George W. Bush has finally succumbed to playing politics the way its done in the Beltway
Shakedown: A shocker: That Jesse Jackson has done some disreputable things in his life is no secret but Kimberley Lindsay Wilson is shocked after reading a new expose of the man
The significance of grassroots activism: Here's some news for you: sitting on the couch and listening to Rush Limbaugh does not advance the conservative cause. Connie Marshner wants you to get out and start working
Defining social democracy: Few Americans like to be called socialists, writes Henry Lamb, and yet America is moving steadily in that direction
Fight the root of terrorism with bombs, not bread: George W. Bush should broaden our military action, not increase our foreign aid, if he wants to attack the "root cause" of terrorism, argues Alex Epstein
Rather's latest outrage: Murray Soupcoff is none too pleased with CBS anchor Dan Rather after an interview with al-Qaida and Taliban members was aired on that network
The shallowness of debate on campus: You know life has returned to a semblance of normality when campus newspapers once again run their unquestioning and ill-informed anti-American diatribes. Jackson Murphy reports
How communist is public education?: To answer that question, writes Charles A. Morse, just look to one of the heroes of American education: John Dewey
The autobiography of Sarah Brady: In A Good Fight, Dr. Michael S. Brown reports that anti-gun activist Sarah Brady comes across as a real life Maude Flanders
Garbage in ... garbage out: The Canadian drive to heavily regulate firearms continues to pay poor dividends, writes Jason Hayes
A bit of wisdom from the left: A recent book by two editors at the Washington Post on the decline of the media has earned Paul Weyrich's praise
Wrongful life: It had to happen sooner or later. Wendy McElroy reports on the newest lawsuits to be heard in courts. They are wrongful birth and wrongful life lawsuits
Antiwar advocates: Stifled dissent or beaten in debate?: Opposing the war on terrorism hasn't been going well for its critics, reports W. James Antle III, and a new group has sprung up to make sure it stays that way
Not much of an advantage: In Steve Martinovich's latest editorial, he takes to task a Canadian government official for defending the low value of Canada's dollar
Leftist viewpoint of Desmond Tutu: Bishop Desmond Tutu has joined the company of deep thinkers that sees no difference between the September 11 terrorist attacks and the current war in Afghanistan, writes Charles A. Morse
U.N. call for Palestinian state suicide for Palestinians: Yaron Brook believes that only individuals dedicated to freedom have a right to "self-determination" and to create a state
Their most dangerous meeting ever: Forget about anything else that is happening this week, writes Alan Caruba, a United Nations meeting in Mexico could decide what our future will be like
Copperheads!: It only takes a brief look at the history of the Democratic Party to know that they've never really changed. They've always been home to the Tom Daschles of the world, argues Bruce Walker
Republican rules for Republican rule: Republicans always seem to forget that there are rules governing how to play the political game, writes Lawrence Henry
The Zen of Republicanism: It's been about a year since former Democrat Jack Woehr made the move to Republicanism. He thinks he may finally understand his new party
For Mississippi, March metes madness: Brad Keena chronicles the blows that Mississippi has taken this month and notes March still has a ways to go before ending
Security and privacy: Can the two coexist?: Dan Arico says it is possible to institute a national ID card system that is both secure and protects your privacy
Thank God for this HMO: Although it's popular to deride HMOs as heartless, Jeremy Reynalds is glad they exist. His wife is alive this week because of one
Toward a wilderness utopia: Not many people know today, says Henry Lamb, of the organized plan to place as much public land in the hands of the government as possible
The return of college gun clubs: The times they are a changin'. Dr. Michael S. Brown reports that college students are once again embracing their Second Amendment rights
Twenty-first century feminism: Wendy McElroy believes we can all be feminists now, especially since the new feminism doesn't discriminate against half of the population
Daschle struggles to be relevant: Charles Bloomer says that Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has gone through bit a rough patch after launching a series of attacks against President George W. Bush. Although the rest of America is supporting their president, Daschle is criticizing on all fronts
Another Bush raises taxes: W. James Antle III is disappointed that George W. Bush went back on his word raised taxes, which is what the temporary steel tariff is
The importance of Bill Simon and George Bush: Although many are already comparing Bill Simon to Ronald Reagan, Bruce Walker says that the California gubernatorial nominee reminds him more of George W. Bush
Exploring the quick fix: Todd Gitlin's Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives could have used a more honest inspection of the author's role in the creation of today's media monster, writes Steven Martinovich
War on Terror report card: Half year point: With the war still raging in Afghanistan, Jackson Murphy grades the major participants in the War on Terror on the sixth month anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks
Preventing a Phase II fizzle: Salvaging the War on Terror: While Wayne Dunn likes what's happened to date, he believes that the War on Terror must be radically expanded if we are to ever declare victory
The lion in the third act: A brutal assault in January has actor and activist Michael Moriarty pondering a new and sharpened focus in his life
Drop the antitrust case against Microsoft: Onkar Ghate argues that the concept of antitrust itself is immoral and that it's time to let the case against Microsoft Corp. end
Forgotten heroes: On the six-month anniversary of the September 11 attack on our way of life, writes Onkar Ghate, justice demands that we acknowledge an overlooked hero: the businessman
Money and property rights: J. Bradley Jansen and Matt Sekerke argue that U.S. President George W. Bush should oppose any move by the IMF to bail out Argentina
A history of hostility: The United Nations and Israel: If history has proven anything, writes Alan Caruba, Israel shouldn't look to the United Nations if it wants an honorable peace with the Palestinians
The relentless march to world government: They are at it again. Henry Lamb reports on a conference next week that promises to be another attack on the sovereignties of the world's nations
Kofi Annan: UN tax consultant: Kofi Annan and his aides continue to deny any plans to institute global taxation are being considered. That prompts Tom DeWeese to wonder why Annan wrote a report calling for the very same thing
Alec Baldwin: The never-ending moron: Once again, says Murray Soupcoff, Alec Baldwin has spouted off on George W. Bush and the Florida election debacle. Remember the election debacle?
UNITA leader gave life for faith: Although it became fashionable in recent years for Jonas Savimbi to be described as a Cold War relic, Paul Weyrich says the late UNITA leader died for a honorable cause
The book on the side altar: An insight into Europe: Why is that Europe seems to be so contrary to North America? Connie Marshner says it's because they have a different sense of themselves
And that ain't peanuts: The humble peanut, writes Vin Suprynowicz has cost Americans billions of dollars in both government subsidies and inflated prices. So what's changing? Not very much
Identity politics dismisses shared humanity: A dust up about a transgendered poster on Ms magazine's bulletin board prompted Wendy McElroy to ponder the perniciousness of identity politics
Punk rock = capitalism: The "anti-capitalists" have it all wrong: Todd Anderson has a message for his peers in the punk rock community: what they've been preaching is the exact opposite of freedom and the DIY ethos
Bill Simon carrying on Reagan legacy: W. James Antle III believes California Republicans should pick Bill Simon to carry their banner against Gov. Gray Davis
Why not invite a patriot? A letter to the graduating class of 2002: Instead of inviting the usual suspects to a university commencement, Charles A. Morse would like to see some invited who has something a little different to tell America's young adults
Dell fiasco shows growth of gun rights community: Anyone who still thinks that the gun rights crowd is on their heels better take a lesson learned by the Dell Computer Company to heart, says Dr. Michael S. Brown
Jimmy Carter: The grand disappointment: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter slams current President George W. Bush for his "axis of evil" comment. Bruce Walker would like to remind the former president of his four years in office
The leftist prize: Jorn K. Baltzersen reflects on the history of the Nobel Peace Prize by considering some of the luminaries who have received it in the past
Whining from the has-beens: As long as the United States continues to place its security and well-being ahead of the bitching and moaning out of Europe, Charles Bloomer doesn't have any problem with complaining
Kamikazes and Islamic martyrs: Alan Caruba is reminded of a quote from the movie Patton whenever he hears about the latest suicide bombing in the Middle East
The terrorists you don't hear about: News programs are awash with stories about terrorists since September 11, but Tom DeWeese wants to know why groups that have committed hundreds of terrorist attacks in the United States have received little press coverage lately
What the Sixties were really like: Lawrence Henry takes a clear-eyed look at a supposedly romantic era. It wasn't all peace, love and dope
What's become of the Democrats?: Henry Lamb thinks that Tom Daschle and Fritz Hollings have truly gone off their rockers. The evidence? Some pretty weird things have been coming from their mouths lately
Modern education kills: Edwin A. Locke tells the story of hopeful pilot Andy Brown, someone who could one day be flying the airliner that's carrying you to that vacation or family visit
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the end of freedom in America: There's a battle brewing over elk hunting in Montana, writes Scott Carpenter, that shows what happens when the losing side calls on the government for assistance
Tennessee Shared Parenting Bill could help children, reduce divorce: Glenn J. Sacks reports on a piece of Tennessee legislation that gives both parents a role in raising children after divorce
Andrea Yates, NOW, and feminist jurisprudence: The national organization may be silent on the Andrea Yates murder trial but you can be assured that the Houston chapter is into it neck deep, writes Wendy McElroy
The judiciary: The strongest and most dangerous branch?: Diane Feinstein admitted what everyone already knew. When it comes to confirming judges, it isn't their competence that Democrats are interested in, it's their ideology. Thomas Jipping comments on the revelation
Texas: Police state: Your kid misbehaving in school? That could earn you a ticket if you live in Texas. William S. Lind says its another indication of the diminishing freedom Americans have grown to expect
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April 2002

Brave New World V2.0: Francis Fukuyama argues in Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the biotechnology revolution that biotechnology presents more pitfalls than promise for humanity
Earth Charter undone: On Earth Day, we should celebrate communities like Sanibel, Florida instead of the socialist Earth Charter, writes Henry Lamb
Homegrown terrorism: We have seen the results of ignoring early signs of terrorist threats; Elan Journo asks why are we now disregarding the growing danger of eco-terrorism?
Is Bush vulnerable on the right?: Conservative criticism of George W. Bush is becoming louder, writes W. James Antle III, but it's unlikely that he will face a strong threat from the right
The UN votes against human rights: Recent shenanigans at the United Nations proves, argues Tom DeWeese, that the United States should leave the international body
Sheikh Tantawi grows in office: Sheikh Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi talked a good game about terrorist attacks after September 11 but Robert Spencer believes recent comments show his dislike of terrorism may have been an example of situational ethics
The two-Palestine solution: Charles A. Morse responds to a trial balloon which would see two Palestines in the Middle East, a proposal that all sides could agree on
And bid farewell to Ronald McDonald: The war against your right to eat what you like continues, says Vin Suprynowicz. Now Ronald McDonald is being compared to his old friend Joe Camel
The capital of war, the new Crossfire, same old government: Canadian Jackson Murphy is currently located in Washington, D.C. where he took in the sights of the city...such as CNN's new Crossfire
Do we need warning labels for lies in the libraries?: Linda Gorman illustrates that a number of books that you can find in your public library are filled with falsehoods
Fighter for the little guy is down ... and probably out: Democrat Jim Traficant says he won't resign after his conviction on bribery and conspiracy charges and that he plans to run again. Sadly, however, the House's most interesting member is as good as finished, writes Paul Weyrich
Suffering from Charitable Powell Syndrome: Bruce Walker believes that the United States can't afford Charitable Powell Syndrome especially with some of the people America is currently tangling with
The "C" word: An American taboo: Politicians, pundits, and professors love to describe conservative activity as conspiracy laden. Steve Farrell returns the favour
Boys: The new underclass in American schools: Glenn J. Sacks writes that millions of boys have resigned themselves to failing in school because the system completely ignores their needs
Gender feminism's global blackmail: Who is one the world's biggest advocates of gender politics? Wendy McElroy reports that the World Bank has become the bully on behalf of the feminist movement
Abstinence-until-marriage: Congress needs to know it's cool: Teens across the United States are increasingly choosing abstinence as a lifestyle choice. The problem? Connie Marshner says Congress seems to want to promote teen sex
A slice of life and a little blue pill at Joy Junction: Jeremy Reynalds presents us with one day in the life of New Mexico's largest emergency homeless shelter
On Tax Day thank the rich and support lifting the tax yoke off them: Lowering taxes on the rich is a just step toward letting the productive keep what they earn rather than forcing them to support the nonproductive, argues Edwin A. Locke
Should the Constitution be conserved or amended?: Every time liberals win a victory, conservatives try and respond with a constitutional amendment. W. James Antle III says the tactic is a dead end
Leadership lessons from the past: - Jackson Murphy reviews Warrior Politics: Why leadership demands a pagan ethos by Robert D. Kaplan, a book that argues the leaders of the past could have dealt with today's complicated world
Don't "Enron" Social Security? It already is: Democrats continue to attack George W. Bush's plan to allow Americans to invest a portion of their Social Security taxes in personal retirement accounts. Andrew G. Biggs says Dubya's proposal is a sound one
Arguing the obsolete approach: Steven C. Den Beste takes on a Philadelphia Inquirer columnist who obviously doesn't understand what's really going on in the Middle East
Arafat and Hitler: Although it's a popular activity among the left to compare Israel with Nazi Germany, Samuel L. Blumenfeld says it's Yasser Arafat who is following Adolph Hitler's game plan
U.N. Resolution 242: Charles A. Morse gives his take on what UN Security Council Resolution 242 really called for and how it allows Israel's current military campaign
U.S. confrontation with the UN: Now that the International Criminal Court has been ratified, Henry Lamb is waiting for the inevitable confrontation between the US and the UN
Pushy feminists dominate the college town I live in: What do you do when the college town you live in is a feminist paradise? The Republican Club at UMass called in Christina Hoff Sommers, reports Isabel Lyman
Policy discussion and debate vouchers: Public funding conservatives can support: Bruce Walker comes up with a plan that he believes reforms financial contributions and yet still gives citizens an opportunity to support their favourite causes and political parties
Our failed Congress: America's greatest enemy may not reside outside of her borders, writes Alan Caruba, it may be located in Washington, D.C.
Why confirm Estrada? Ask the Democrats: John Nowacki wants to know why the Senate has yet to confirm Miguel Estrada to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Could it be that Mr. Estrada is a Hispanic Republican?
New survey confirms men do fair share of household work: We're all ready for the hate mail. Glenn J. Sacks argues that a new survey shows that men really are doing their fair share of work at home
Victims from birth: Wendy McElroy weighs on the decision of Sharon Duchesneau andCandace McCullough, a lesbian couple who worked hard to make sure they would have a deaf baby
Defending terrorism: By refusing to explicitly condemn terrorist attacks on civilians, Steve Martinovich argues, the Organization of the Islamic Conference is implicitly demonstrating their support of suicide bombers in Israel
Israel is Palestine: Charles A. Morse believes that Israel needs to take some drastic actions in the near future to safeguard its existence
Considering Condi: The respect and admiration that Condoleezza Rice generates amongst Republicans is leading many to talk up a vice presidency for her in 2004. W. James Antle III ponders a Bush-Rice ticket
Cheney for Chief Justice: It would be a hard one to pull off but Bruce Walker thinks Dick Cheney should be nominated for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
The "Eleventh Commandment": David C. Wilcox says that recent election results prove that Gaylord Parkinson's "Eleventh Commandment" to Republicans is still valid
He can't help it: And now we'll break the Eleventh Commandment. John Burke says recent decisions by George W. Bush that are unpopular with conservatives and libertarians should have been expected
Learning from the left: Conservatives may enjoy a tremendous web presence, writes Dave Mohel, but when it comes time to leverage the power of the Internet they could learn a thing or two from the left
She's so, like, September 10th: Jackson Murphy isn't very morose about the news that Oprah Winfrey is scaling back on the number of her enormously popular book recommendations
Hate my father? No ma'am!: Children have been taught for years to hate their fathers but Glenn Sacks remembers the sacrifices made by his and millions of others for their children
Law school lawsuit threatens academic freedom: Wendy McElroy reports on a bizarre lawsuit which may one day result in college and university professors being held liable for the childhood traumas of their students
Just a matter of time: Eliminating the words "private property" from the final draft of the Declaration of Independence has given rapacious bureaucrats the ability for years to try and grab as much of it as possible. Albert V. Burns details the latest attack on American freedom
Giving with one hand, taking away with the other: A government agency promotes homeownership for minorities. The problem? Another government agency is doing all that it can to stop homeownership, says David W. Almasi
The good news about bad green lies: Our post-September 11 world does offer at least one redeeming thing: the fear-mongering of the environmental movement has been shown for what it is, writes Alan Caruba
On environmental issues, conservative groups and labor unions are natural born allies: Labour and conservative politicians have rarely gotten along but a recent Washington, D.C. rally shows that there is common cause on at least one area, says Tom Randall
To drill, or not to drill: One of those common fronts is oil drilling in the Arctic Natural Wildlife Refuge. Henry Lamb argues that the ANWR proposal must succeed to meet our energy needs
Sticks and stones and the Supreme Court: Connie Marshner is pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court showed some common sense in Owasso Independent School District v. Falvo, a case which was launched because someone's feelings got hurt
Duckudrama: Jack J. Woehr recounts the days when his whole family wondered whether Graham would live or die after his run in with the neighbour's dog
Arafat and after: Four months after the Israeli government declared Yasser Arafat irrelevant, writes W. James Antle III, no one still has any idea what a post-Arafat PLO future would be like
A false promise of peace: In his new editorial, Steve Martinovich is less than impressed by a Saudi peace plan approved by Arab leaders last week, especially given the conditions placed on Israel
From frat boy to president: Steve Martinovich reviews Frank Bruni's Ambling into History: The Unlikely Odyssey of George W. Bush and comes away disappointed at the missed opportunity
Notes from a healer: Steve Martinovich reviews Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, a surgeon's elegant look at his own world and what you should know about it
China's Second Cultural Revolution: Not only is China changing rapidly, writes Samuel L. Blumenfeld, but it's becoming an attractive place to live for anyone
Central data banks and American justice: What could a centralized government database do for you? You could be arrested for not returning a video you may never have rented, as Tom DeWeese relates
CFR and the road to Oceania: America's Constitution does allow the government to place some limits on speech, says Bruce Walker, but campaign finance reform is a step in an ominous direction
Republican Leftism: Beans to our borders!: Steve Farrell swears that Provision 245(i) means he will never again trust so-called compassionate conservatives
U.N. - Peacekeepers or money grubbin' communists?: What's a United Nations meeting without some old fashioned wealth redistribution? April Shenandoah is none too pleased
Churches duped by green extremists: Mainstream churches joining up with the National Religious Partnership for the Environment likely don't know who really is behind the group, says Henry Lamb
New strategy for culture war already in place: A reply to Philip Gold: The war over whether there is a culture war continues as William S. Lind replies to a recent editorial by Philip Gold
Doctors question teens without parental consent: Did you know that your children can be questioned without your consent or knowledge by doctors? Wendy McElroy reports on the latest intrusion into your family's privacy
Baseball 2002 preview: Who needs George Will? ESR's Jackson Murphy offers you his preview of the 2002 Major League Baseball campaign complete with projected World Series winner! Like we don't already know who that is...
Remembering Mr. Television in his own words: Brad Keena pays tribute to Milton Berle, the man who single-handedly shut down entire communities when he appeared on television
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May 2002

The Bush-Putin summit: Do we recognize its true importance to America and the west?: Paul M. Weyrich believes that the Bush-Putin summit is yet another chance for the two former Cold War enemies to become true friends
Jimmy Carter and what might have been: Most conservatives have treated Jimmy Carter with respect for the kind of man they think he is. Bruce Walker asks them to imagine what the world would have been like had he won in 1980
Rejection of Palestinian state an obstacle to peace?: A Palestinian state is merely a matter of time, writes W. James Antle III, but that time is clearly not now
Duck!: Phillip J. Hubbell offers some tips and hints for those worrying about things like scuba-based terrorist attacks and the new climate of fear many Americans live in
The skyline of my youth: Dr. Michael J. Hurd says along with feeling saddness everytime we see the spot where the World Trade Center stood, we should also feel anger
Our crazy world: Jackson Murphy offers his insight into several of today's prominent news stories with an obligatory picture of MSNBC reporter Ashleigh Banfield included!
God, The Playwright: If all the world is a stage, writes Michael Moriarty, then God is the playwright of our lives. It's something the actor has taken to heart after some troubling years
Death as a window into a nation's beliefs: Steven Martinovich says Stuart Banner's The Death Penalty: An American History is a fascinating look into the history of the death penalty
Eco-theatre of the absurd: Behind "Campaign ExxonMobil": The Campaign ExxonMobil which officially kicks off May 28 is nothing less than an attempt to destroy an oil company by the lunatic fringe of our society
Obstruction in the Senate Judiciary Committee: The refusal to approve many of George W. Bush's judicial nominations is more than just ideology. Charles A. Morse believes it's also part of a long-term strategy
Unsustainable freedom: It isn't an choice of how much of sustainable development and freedom you want, writes Henry Lamb. You either take one or the other, but you can't have both
Feminists claim motherhood as liberal cause: Long attacked by feminists, Wendy McElroy reports that motherhood is the latest cause that feminists are trying to co-opt. How do they want to do it? Expanding the welfare state of course
Stay-at-home dads: A practical solution to the career woman's dilemma: If a woman prefers her career to staying home and raising her children, says Glenn Sacks, there's an easy solution to the problem. Dad can stay home and lead a fulfilling life raising them. And Mr. Moms aren't ever change a diaper?
Cultural left assaults Star Wars: For as long as he's been Hollywood director George Lucas has carried the liberal banner. C.T. Rossi says his latest movie, Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones, is once again drawing the ire of his former allies
Warrantless searches or constitutional protections?: A proposal to subject outgoing international mail to warrantless searches goes to far in protecting Americans in the current war on terror, argues J. Bradley Jansen
The sick man is Europe: It would almost appear that the aftermath of September 11 has cause more shocks in Europe than it has the United States, says Jackson Murphy, and there are a number of reasons why the patient is sicker now than ever before
Big government in, libertarians out: Libertarians have had it rough since September 11, writes W. James Antle III, but it's also given them an opportunity to fight for a more effective government
Not just total war - total victory: The United States must fight a total war against those who would endanger liberty, argues Bruce Walker, but it must only settle for total and complete victory over its foes
Running scared since September 11: The war against the west continues, says Alan Caruba, and we'd better learn the lessons of history. Those who would destroy us have to be destroyed first
The rule of innuendo: Phillip J Hubbell blasts the sordid accusations aimed at George W. Bush over the "warnings" that the administration received before the September 11 terrorist attacks
Should our race be private?: Some California trends aren't worth following but J. Bradley Jansen says the Racial Privacy Initiative is one the entire United States should seriously consider
Today's terrorist bank account number is...: To find out the bank account information of a terrorist organization, says Jeremy Reynalds, all you have to do is send them some e-mail
Graduation day values: Our college graduates must hold firmly to the principles of reason and individualism -- despite what they have been taught in their classes, writes Edwin A. Locke
Socialism by a landslide: Americans always reject socialism when asked but that leads Henry Lamb to wonder why they accept that government controls 40 per cent of all the land in the United States
The Mexican invasion: Tom DeWeese says that controlling immigration is a question of both national sovereignty and national security
The little country that couldn't: The long, strong arm of government is squeezing the very spirit from a once promising land called Canada, writes Randy Hillier
A vast left wing conspiracy: Conservatives have been muzzled by the liberal elite that rules the media, says commentator Dena Ross. So why aren't they taking advantage of the many-to-many medium right under their noses -- the Web?
Dear Dr. Progressive: The good doctor returns after an extended absence. This week he tackles a saucy question about suicide bombers
Poaching on the left's turf: The Marriage Amendment: Critics like to argue that the proposed constitutional amendment concerning marriage is an attack on individual rights. Connie Marshner says it actually enhances the rights of Americans
Gunsmoke: The arguments of those Americans who are opposed to firearms rights don't hold much water, as Ted Lang illustrates quite nicely
Revolution via home schooling: The real education reform revolutionaries aren't to be found in government or in the education system, argues Samuel L. Blumenfeld, you'll find them at home Lawsuits fueling health care
: If you're having a baby, don't do it in Las Vegas and several other communities across the United States. Wendy McElroy says mounting lawsuits are forcing doctors to refuse care
The left keeps trying -- and failing -- to smear Brooks Smith: The war against George W. Bush's judicial nominees continues, writes John Nowacki, and D. Brooks Smith is the latest victim. The game plan? Remember Charles Pickering?
A very special election: An election in Israel with an Ariel Sharon victory would be a bigger boon to the United States then even Republican victories this November, argues Bruce Walker. It would also send quite a message to Middle East tyrants
Self-loathing Jew: CBS newsman Mike Wallice believes suicide bombers are no different than the Zionists who fought the British to recreate the Jewish homeland, something that really steams Charles A. Morse
Is the American government requiring American companies to host terrorist web sites?: Last week Jeremy Reynalds reported on American ISPs who are hosting terrorist web sites. The past week, the story has become much stranger
The struggle for economic freedom: Brink Lindsey's Against the Dead Hand: The Uncertain Struggle for Global Capitalism makes the case for globalization and Steven Martinovich needs no further convincing
Bush fires a warning shot: Last week's American withdrawal from the treaty that creates the International Criminal Court is George W. Bush's warning the United States won't cede its sovereignty to anyone, writes Henry Lamb
Needed: A 21st century antitrust policy for a 21st century economy: The 19th century called and it would like the Sherman Antitrust Act back. Amy Ridenour argues that it's time to take a more enlightened view of mergers and monopolies and the realities of the modern marketplace
What's behind the Ashcroft shift: Although the gun control fanatics are screaming, Dr. Michael S. Brown says Attorney General John Ashcroft's recent announcement of what the Second Amendment means goes a long way to restoring one right of Americans
Property rights under assault in Arizona: Invoking the power of eminent domain used to be reserved for needed civic improvements. In Mesa, Arizona, says Vin Suprynowicz, it allows the city fathers to act like real estate agents
Who's afraid of the "No Fear" Bill?: Why is the Senate slowing down a bill that would make the federal government take responsibility for discrimination or silencing a whistleblower? Syd Gernstein says it's because Democrats don't want a Republican president to sign what is essentially a civil rights bill
Marching to shibboleth: One time Democrat Jack J. Woehr's Republican Party education continued recently with his going to the Jefferson County Republican Party's biennial assembly
Good year, bad year: Everyone's luck changes sooner or later, believes Brad Keena, and people like Chelsea Clinton, Jean Carnahan and Sen. John Edwards prove it
Fortuyn showed different immigration debate angle: Although the mainstream press won't tell you this, writes W. James Antle III, Pim Fortuyn had a lot of mainstream defenders for policies that most people consider quite rational
The posthumous mugging of Dutch activist Pim Fortuyn: If anything, says Murray Soupcoff, the murder of Pim Fortuyn proves that the old order will do anything to keep themselves in power especially since voters are increasingly rejecting collectivism
The Crusader flap: Ted Lang meditates on the controversy over the cancellation of the Crusader and what the job of the Department of Defence is
Are parents boycotting public schools?: Although not everyone is doing it because of James Dobson, a lot of people are being to withdraw their children from public schools, writes Wendy McElroy
California child support bill will help newly released prisoners rebuild their lives: Tens of thousands of California men and women who've spent time incarcerated emerge to find they owe thousands in child support. Glenn Sacks says that has to change
Welfare reform: Liberals were Chicken Littles: Back in 1996, liberals practically predicted the collapse of society if then-President Bill Clinton signed a welfare reform bill. Paul Weyrich says reality doesn't mirror their predictions
Groundhog Day in the Middle East: Like the groundhog does every year, Yasser Arafat has once again emerged to find a radically different world around him. Jackson Murphy believes this time might be his last time
Is American ISP hosting terrorist web site?: Jeremy Reynalds believes that American ISP Rackshack is hosting a web site that is collecting money for Palestinian terrorists
Israel confronts the radical Islamist/leftist Axis of Evil: In a speech scheduled to be delivered on May 7 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Charles A. Morse frames the conflict between Jews and Arabs
Welfare state begets family breakdown: W. James Antle III believes that George W. Bush's proposal to spend $300 million to promote marriage among those on welfare shows the link between the welfare state and the collapsing family
It's Miller time: Bruce Walker says that conservatives should welcome if Zell Miller decides to run for the Democratic nomination. Liberal though he may be, Miller is a man of integrity
The Bush-Powell conundrum: Take two: When it comes to Colin Powell, Lawrence Henry is reminded of an old Lyndon Baines Johnson quote about keeping your enemies close by
Towards a new elegance: In Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, William McDonough and Michael Braungart want to create an eco-effective world that still strives for profit. Steve Martinovich doesn't mind that objective
Bill Clinton live at $50 million a year: Given the free publicity, the Democrats should pay NBC $50 million a year for a Bill Clinton talk show. C.T. Rossi discusses the ex-president's future plans
Environmentalists attack Staples: Home Depot, Centex Homes, and Lowe's have all come under attack by the environmentalist movement and Peyton Knight says Staples is the latest victim
EPA hires million-dollar lobbyist: Henry Lamb wants to know why the EPA is spending millions of taxpayer dollars to lobby against freedom, private property rights and free-markets
Losing our freedom, our property and our nation: Every where you look, writes Alan Caruba, the freedom of Americans is being steadily eroded
Asbestos lawsuits: Putting retirements at risk: Hundreds of billions of dollars are being sucked out of the pockets of companies by lawyers and Amy Ridenour says you'll be the one paying the tab in the end
What price we pay for incompetent education: Plenty of people are worried about the quality of the education their children are receiving. James Hall says the problems start right at the top, as Rochester, New York has learned
Anti-gun myths harm women: Women are being given a raw deal when it comes to their Second Amendment rights, argues Wendy McElroy
Problems and opportunities for the NRA: Women, gays and the young are new allies for firearms rights activists, reports Dr. Michael S. Brown, something that causes no end of trouble and possibilities for the National Rifle Association
Protect our postal privacy: What's the latest government agency Americans should be wary about when it comes to privacy? Troy Felvor says it's the U.S. Postal Service
Beware legislators who approve cloning while pretending to ban it: Sen. Orrin Hatch talked a good game about being against cloning, writes Connie Marshner, but he threw his lot in with people in support of it
Anti-globalization: The left's violent assault on global prosperity: We should ignore the May Day protesters and welcome global capitalism as the best means of creating worldwide freedom and wealth, writes Edwin A. Locke
Just who are these guys anyway?: In June, anti-globalization protectors will descend on Calgary, Alberta on their way to the G-8 conference. Jason Hayes gives the city an idea of who they should expect
Nexus of evil: America's most dangerous enemy may be one of its friends. Steve Martinovich takes a look at Saudi Arabia on his new editorial
An exploration of a soul: Tamim Ansary struggles to reconcile his Afghan past and his American present in the compelling West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story. Steven Martinovich reviews his efforts
How McCain threatens Democrats: Sen. John McCain may be a pain in the neck to Republicans, but to Democrats he'd be sure death. Bruce Walker warns the other side to stop flirting with him
The city that never...stops spending, AOL slides, and French cheese: Canadian Jackson Murphy remains ensconced in Washington, D.C. where he offers observations on pork, AOL and European socialists
Americans for Gun Safety: A new group has been targeting gun shows in radio ads by claiming they are shopping markets for terrorists. Dr. Michael S. Brown gives us the skinny as to who is behind the campaign
Paul Craig Roberts, protectionist?: For decades Paul Craig Roberts was a staunch proponent of free trade. Over the last couple of years, says W. James Antle III, he's been moving in a different direction
Joe Sobran: Anti-Jewish?: Charles A. Morse has long enjoyed Joe Sobran's work but a recent column has him questioning the beliefs of the former National Review editor
Enough! Israelis, come live with us!: Alan Caruba argues that the land on which Israel sits on isn't worth the life of even one Jew. They'd be a lot safer in the land of the free
Why Americans support Israel: Why do so many Americans support Israel? Glenn M. Frazier says one reason is that Americans aren't Europeans
Dinesh comes to Amherst: Dinesh D'Souza braves the "tolerant" people of Amherst to give a speech on the superiority of Western civilization. Isabel Lyman reports Smart Growth: Gore's "wrenching" legacy: Al Gore may be long gone, writes Henry Lamb, but his environmental legacy continues to live on
Caring about history: - Had Eric Foner's Who Owns History? Rethinking the Past in a Changing World lived up to its name, Steve Martinovich might have enjoyed reading it
A man and the law: Ted Lang asks an important question: Should George W. Bush declare himself king? The answer relies on answering another question
The Bill of Intellectual Rights: Wendy McElroy proposes a list of societal reforms -- a return to manners really -- to promote civility when it comes to debating women's issues
Only one new NATO member makes sense: Russia: If NATO ever expands its ranks, William S. Lind thinks asking the Russian Bear only makes perfect sense
Stop loss: Although Americans continue to praise their military, George S. Kulas points out that few are actually enlisting in the war against terrorism
Daschle: Killer of permanent tax cuts: Read his lips, no permanent tax cuts. When Sen. Tom Daschle says permanent tax cuts are DOA, that means they are DOA, writes Paul M. Weyrich
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June 2002

Orwell, words, politics and the war for freedom: Thomas Jefferson was a revolutionary, reactionary, progressive, radical, liberal and conservative. What does that mean? Bruce Walker says absolutely nothing because words that define political principles no longer mean anything
Targeting Baghdad: Now that it appears the United States is moving against Iraq, whether covertly now or with open force later, Samuel L. Blumenfeld looks back on another attack against that rogue nation. One that occurred back in 1981
Sinking ships of accountability: It's not even a year since the September 11 terrorist attacks but that's not stopping people from continuing to use the aftermath for their purposes. Brad Keena reports
Plop plop fizz fizz: Things are getting so bad on Wall Street that politicians are even taking on domestic doyen Martha Stewart for allegedly trading stocks on inside knowledge, says Jackson Murphy
Government not the solution to all problems: Last week W. James Antle III tackled the subject of what role the state has in protecting its citizens. This week he deals with the resulting mail
Advancing a cure for Canadian health care woes: Steve Martinovich reviews Better Medicine: Reforming Canadian Health Care, the latest entry in the growing field of books trying to fix a beleaguered health care system
In search of the truth: The crew from is back with Everything You Know Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies and Steven Martinovich reviews their efforts
Relativism misunderstands reality: Patrick O'Hannigan tackles the subjects of relativism and multiculturalism and how they combine to create today's poisonous world
Just taxation: An early American primer: The theory behind "compassionate conservativism" is as weak today as it was in 1769 when a Presbyterian pastor named John Joachim Zubly addressed taxation in a sermon, writes Steve Farrell
Open appeal to conservatives: Paleoconservative James Hall issues an open appeal to those conservatives he believes have strayed from the original principles of what that word represents
Throw out "One Person, One Vote": Robert S. Sargent, Jr. argues that the current system that Americans use to elect their representatives is a creation of several 1960s court cases
Garden State snakes: Ted Lang marvels at the corruption of both Republican and Democrat politicians in the state of New Jersey and how everyone keeps getting off when they're charged
Sustaining nothing, losing everything: Make no mistake about it. If you are an American, H.R. 1433 and S. 975 are attacks on your property rights. Tom DeWeese explains why
Burn, baby, burn!: The latest spate of forest fires proves once again that Henry Lamb is right about environmentalists and the government that listens to them
Decline of the Violence Policy Center: The Violence Policy Center is an organization on the decline, says Dr. Michael S. Brown, and the evidence can be seen in a recent report on concealed handgun licenses in Texas
Dark cloud shades U.N. women's treaty: The push is on once again to ratify the U.N.'s CEDAW, a treaty that bars discrimination against women. The problem? Wendy McElroy says the U.N. is guilty of that very crime
Conservative governments in Europe: If they fail, what comes next?: Although many see the rise of the right in Europe as part of the cyclical nature of politics, Paul Weyrich believes what happens in the next few years is quite important
Why are there so many women in the fathers' movement?: The feminist movement doesn't like it but some of the biggest contributors to the fathers' movement happen to be women, write Glenn Sacks and Dianna Thompson
Daschle: How long can his iron grip last?: Paul M. Weyrich has seen a lot of Senate majority leaders during his decades in Washington, D.C. but he says none can compare to Tom Daschle. With few exceptions he treats his fellow Democratic senators like children
Help, help we're being repressed: "Prominent" Americans like Casey Kasem and Edward Said say they are being repressed during America's war on Islamists. Jackson Murphy has some thoughts on their statement
Turning freedom into free lunch: When you don't have to pay for freedom, you don't value it particularly highly. W. James Antle III believes that's the reality of America today
Dr. Laura for President?: This belongs in one of those Marvel What If? comic books. Bruce Walker imagines a scenario which sees Dr. Laura Schlessinger run for the nomination of the Democratic Party
Sanitizing Clinton: Repressing the lessons of non-history: Murray Soupcoff notes that Congressional investigations into the intelligence lapses before September 11, 2001 seem to have forgotten about anything that ever happened before January 20, 2001
Smarter, better & home schooled: The best argument for home schooling your children can be found in accomplishments by home schooled children and the state of public education, writes Alan Caruba
Arabs recognized Israel - 1919: Charles A. Morse wonders why Arab nations have difficulty in recognizing Israel's right to exist. Back in 1919, they had few problems with the concept of a Jewish homeland
Dealing with terror: Although Phillip J. Hubbell's account of a terrorist arrest is just satire, you get the feeling that it would actually play out this way
Natural disasters and national cataclysm: James Hall believes the federal organizations tasked to deal with disasters are more dangerous than the disasters themselves
Dispelling the myth of the demise of communism: If communism is dead, David T. Pyne would like to know why so many communists are running nations across the world
Green zombies: It doesn't matter what classes they take because students are being indoctrinated with the environmentalist credo at every possible moment. Henry Lamb explains how it's happening
GAO involved in "public-private partnership" scandal: Back in March the U.S. General Accounting Office released a report on child support enforcement program, one with a lot of interesting conclusions. Roger F. Gay elaborates
Abortion: A moral quagmire: Wendy McElroy knows the topic of abortion is a minefield of emotions but one thing she refuses to do is cede ground to extremists on either side of the debate
Tell your state legislator to scrutinize MEHPA: If you don't know what MEHPA stands for, you should read James Frogue's thoughts on this latest invasion of your privacy
Once more into the breach: Those prone to believing the conservative grassroots movement is dying should take a lesson from Connie Marshner
Bush's record calls into question his conservative label: Given how George W. Bush has governed since assuming office, David T. Pyne would like to know why he's still being described as a conservative. The evidence indicates otherwise
Missing in action: The post September 11 president has vanished: Remember that George W. Bush we all admired after the September 11 terrorist attacks? Murray Soupcoff would like to know where he went to
Keep the tax cut: It's been one year since George W. Bush's tax cut was signed into law but people are still trying to kill it. W. James Antle III believes that's remarkably foolish
Bush burned by climate report: Chill out! Henry Lamb says last week's news that George W. Bush had flip-flopped on global warming is completely out to lunch
Fire EPA's Christie Whitman!: Alan Caruba is of the opinion that EPA chief Christie Todd Whitman should be fired for the release of that global warming report since she's obviously not much of a Bush team member
Justice after three centuries: Arr matey! Ye doggs had better read the true story of William Kidd in Richard Zacks' The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd. Steven Martinovich found it an impressive defense of the man
No president is an island: - Jackson Murphy reviews Tevi Troy's Intellectuals and the American Presidency: Philosophers, Jesters, or Technicians? an account of the impact intellectuals have on presidents
The great tragedy of 1992: Bruce Walker believes things would have been a lot better for the United States had George H.W. Bush not lost in 1992 and he explains why
The morality of genetic engineering: The battle this week between the bio-tech industry and environmentalists will be a battle between those who hold human life as the basic value and those who don't, writes David Holcberg
Nuclear summer: The Pakistan - India conflict: Besides the potential for millions dying, Brad Keena says a nuclear war between Pakistan and India spells bad news for everyone
Sudan: Today's ignored holocaust: Millions have been killed in Sudan's 19 year civil war but it rarely makes the newspapers or nightly news broadcasts. Rachel Alexander wants to know if it's because black Christians are being slaughtered
Jihad for kids: Zayed Yasin was attacked because he wanted to use the word "jihad" in his Harvard University commencement speech. Robert Spencer says he admires the American Muslim but his moderate message is obliterated when games like Islamic Fun! come out
America's original terrorists: Charles A. Morse reminds us that al-Qaida isn't the first terrorist group to attack the United States. Not quite 100 years ago communists and anarchists launched a wave of attacks
Damn them! Can't they see I'm smoking my pipe?: Peter J. Fusco loves writing and the one thing that aids in the creative process: his pipe
Saving fat people from themselves: Carrying a couple extra pounds? You'll be happy to know that the United Nations has noticed and it wants to help. Alan Caruba reports on its latest campaign
Father's Day from two perspectives: Fathers may have a day to celebrate them but Jeremy Reynalds says the reality of Father's Day is less than impressive
This Father's Day, send justice: Wendy McElroy says on June 16, show your father how much you love him by ignoring the so-called feminist mainstream and standing up for him
National ID: Who will protect us from the "The System?": Contrary to what groups like the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators believe, securing a national ID system would be quite difficult. Computer consultant David Jansen explains why
A dearth of conservative leadership: W. James Antle III says there are few up and coming conservatives Republicans can look to for leadership though he isn't necessarily calling for another Ronald Reagan
Reevaluating a Canadian hero: - One of Canada's greatest war heroes comes under critical scrutiny in Brereton Greenhous' The Making of Billy Bishop. Steve Martinovich checks out his results
Changing the world: Doris Lessing's The Sweetest Dream: A Novel is a powerful indictment of a radical left that ignored its own ideals and instead celebrated the free meals at conferences. Steve Martinovich reviews Lessing's latest effort
Too many ceremonies, too little comfort: Alan Caruba is quite tired of all the ceremonies marking anniversaries since September 11. The next parade he wants to see is the one after conclusive victories in Afghanistan and Iraq
The back room deal to destroy America: In the year that Sen. Jim Jeffords left the Republican Party, he's shown why he never should have joined in the first place. Tom DeWeese details his efforts to push through bill S.975, the Community Character Act
Freedom in the balance: The election of George W. Bush put quite a crimp in the one world government crowd. That's why your vote is so important, writes Henry Lamb
The FBI's Orwellianspeak: C.T. Rossi is somewhat less than impressed by FBI Director Robert Mueller's announced reorganization of the federal law enforcement agency
Megatons of fun: 'The Sum of All Fears': What's the problem with the new movie The Sum of All Fears? Jackson Murphy says for one thing Ben Affleck as a spy reminds him of Derek Zoolander
Signatures of the gun culture: "Sigs", those little quotes or slogans at the end of people's emails can tell you a lot about a person. Dr. Michael S. Brown looks through the SIGs of the gun rights movement
Pakistan and India: Second cass nuclear powers clearly need manners: Stephen A. McDonald believes that nations with first class weapons also need some lessons when it comes to the etiquette of sabre rattling. Good teachers would be the United States and Russia
Of gravitas and connecting the dots: Face the facts: when it comes to using language to focus debate, the Democrats usually win. Peter Fusco would like that to change
A knight defending fatherhood: It used to be a matter of gospel that men were responsible for all the perceived wrongs in the world. Thanks to people like Stephen Baskerville, says Roger F. Gay, it's a lot harder to argue those kind of things now
When good women do nothing: Wendy McElroy says that a woman doesn't have to try and convince a old-guard feminist that her entire world view is wrong, but she can stand up for the right
Money laundering laws won't stop international terrorism: Bert Ely says that money laundering provisions contained in the USA PATRIOT Act do more to attack the liberties of Americans than it does to stop the flow of money to terrorists
Nationalism, superpatriotism, Americanism and Memorial Day: Bruce Walker was recently called a "superpatriot", a sobriquet he doesn't mind because he knows what the word really means
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July 2002

Why we must build bigger and better on the World Trade Center site: Architect Sherri R. Tracinski wants to see a memorial at the site of the World Trade Center but she doesn't want that to be the primary focus. She also wants to send a message to those who destroyed it
Jim Traficant's case: The right to be judged by hypocrites: Listen up Jim: You know why you are one step away from being expelled from the House of Representatives? Paul Weyrich says it's because you told the truth too often
The man who changed the world: Charles Slack's Noble Obsession: Charles Goodyear, Thomas Hancock, and the Race to Unlock the Greatest Industrial Secret of the Nineteenth Century tells the story of a passionate genius who discovered a process that still affects your life on a daily basis
In the dark in Loudoun: Environmentalists, God bless them, don't know how to stop. Their latest campaign? Fighting light pollution. Tom DeWeese reports on a group in one county that's pushing hard for legislation protecting the sky
End the Superfund now!: The EPA's Superfund has spent billions of dollars since 1980 and today and no one can prove to any demonstrable positive effect on human health. Alan Caruba says it's time to kill this black hole of government spending
Hugo Black's legacy: Man of the century, or political apathy?: ESR favourite Nat Hentoff recently named Justice Hugo Black his "Man of the Century" for his cheerleading for the Bill of Rights. Robert S. Sargent, Jr. respectfully disagrees with Hentoff's reasoning
It's time to privatize marriage: Wendy McElroy believes there is no reason for government to have a hand in deciding what a marriage is. She thinks its time that marriage should be a contract between two people and not three entities
Worried about airport safety? Call the office of national hysteria: It's hard to believe but there really is a Office of Diversion Control and Office of Size Standards. Brad Keena says that's not enough and he's got some other government agencies that should come into being is back ... again!: A web site that ran statements from the Taliban and al-Qaida is back and Jeremy Reynolds goes on an investigation to find out why
Virtual visitation' is no substitute for a father: It's almost hard to believe, but a court thinks a father being in their lives via video conferencing is as good enough if he were there. Glenn Sacks and Dianna Thompson think Judge E. Chouteau Merrill is out to lunch
The rights of drug companies: Although it's a popular idea to grab the intellectual properties of allegedly greedy drug companies for the common good, Onkar Ghate says these companies should be admired, not vilified
The conservative response to big time corruption: Promote smallness: Bruce Walker believes that conservatives should step up for the little guy in this era of corruption both in business and government
When it comes to governance and accountability … the feds should practice before they preach: Walter Robinson says it's humorous to hear the Canadian government to talk up corporate governance and ethics considering how badly it runs its own operations
Minority report: Our civil liberties matter: Many Americans support all the infringements of their civil liberties because they are incremental and seen as necessary. The problem? Chris Nosko says this isn't a perfect world and sooner or later your rights will be stepped on
So far, the GOP is not giving conservatives reasons to vote on November 5th: George W. Bush may be popular beyond measure but Paul Weyrich says when November 5 rolls around, it's the Democrats who will be celebrating
No to the International Criminal Court: W. James Antle III is quite pleased that America's soldiers won't be persecuted by the International Criminal Court. No matter what's proponents say, the ICC is offensive to American principles
Profile of a scandal: The Boston Globe covers the recent sex abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church in Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church. Steve Martinovich reviews their efforts
Nothing elementary about marriage: In Surrendering to Marriage: Husbands, Wives and Other Imperfections, Iris Krasnow reports that being married is hard work. As obvious as that observation is, Steve Martinovich still thought the book had some merit
Socialization schmocialization: These teens tell it like it is: School may be out for the summer for those in the mainstream system, says Isabel Lyman, but homeschooled children continue to work hard. Lyman tells us what four have done over the past year
Losing our heritage, our land: It's not bad enough that the American government owns tens of millions of square miles of land, now it wants to control your private property through HR 2388. Tom DeWeese reports
Another blatant lie: Environmentalists lie and a recent report that stated the Earth may expire in 2050 is absolute proof of that, asserts Henry Lamb
The power of negative thinking: Steven Zak is proud of the way that law enforcement and government eliminated terrorism in the United States. All they had to do was not believe it existed and Victoria Hen and Ya'acov Aminov simply became dead, not victims of terror
Don't blame our intelligence agencies -- blame our unprincipled foreign policy: There is a way in which Sept. 11 could have been prevented-- not by more competent agencies, but by having a more principled foreign policy, argues Onkar Ghate
Real election reform: Given the history of dirty tricks by Democrats during American elections, Bruce Walker has some controversial measures to deal with them
Specious science in our schools: Want to know why American kids, on the average, aren't setting the world on fire when it comes to science? Alan Caruba answers by asking you to examine what they're taught
Put up or shut up: Her recent article on a poorly researched feminist study on gender bias in family courts has landed her in the middle of a war, writes Wendy McElroy
All bets are off for Internet gambling prohibition: Jonathan Stanewick reports on two House bills that address online gambling. Regardless of your position on gambling, Stanewick says these bills are a danger to everyone
Courting minorities A GOP challenge: The Republicans have always done poorly attracting minorities to its fold and it looks like it's getting worse. Despite that, W. James Antle III argues, minority outreach is still very worthwhile
A charmed life Steve Martinovich thinks Carlo D'Este's Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life is a fine piece of reporting about the military career of the man who would one day serve as a Republican president
Correcting a miscarriage of reporting: In September 1999, the Associated Press alleged American soldiers massacred hundreds of civilians at No Gun Ri during the Korean War. Robert L. Bateman answers their story in No Gun RI: A Military History of the Korean War. Steven Martinovich reviews his efforts
Foul play: The NCAA's desire for politically correct team mascots: The NCAA isn't interested in escalating drug use, illegal cash payments or the violence marking today's collegiate sports. No, as C.T. Rossi will tell you, they're more interested in making sure your university's mascot is politically correct
Judicial Accountability Act: America's courts have been getting a little frisky lately, writes Bruce Walker, and forgetting who really owns the country. He proposes a remedy for that
No, Alaska is not melting: Another day, another New York Times story about global warming. Alan Caruba has had enough of the newspaper's shoddy scientific reporting
Do guns save lives?: Dr. Michael S. Brown reports that Robert A. Waters has a follow-up to his popular book The Best Defense. In Guns Save Lives, Waters tells the stories of Americans who saved lives using their firearms
What the Israeli Defence Forces found on the web: There is the reason why the U.S. State Department issues warnings to Americans overseas. Jeremy Reynalds says the contents of a Hamas chatroom explains it all
Manley's first budget should get back to basics ... like ABCDEFG: Walter Robinson has some advice for Canada's recently minted finance minister: Spend the summer thinking about your first budget, not jet skiing or pulling couch time
To a young socialist: Glenn M. Frazier responds to a 15-year old socialist who wanted to trade web site links but didn't realize why a conservative might not want to do so
Breaking away? L.A.'s coming vote on independence for the valley: Steve Lilienthal believes the San Fernando Valley's drive to secede from Los Angeles is a campaign that conservatives should keep their eyes on
Colorado arsonist Terry Barton's smart strategy: When in trouble, blame a man: Did you start the largest forest fire in Colorado history and need a way to get off? Glenn Sacks says Terry Barton may have found the secret
More money for lawyers, right? The special interest issue in 2002: It's an election year so you know the cash is going to be rolling out for every candidate. Roger F. Gay reports on what that means for men
NOW court report lacks facts: A new NOW report alleges that women are getting a raw deal in family courts. Wendy McElroy isn't terribly impressed by the work by the chapter that produced the study
The real cause of gridlock: politics: The real reason why the highways are getting more congested by the day isn't a failure of technology, argues Daniel G. Jennings, but rather competing political pressures
Put the "independence" back in Independence Day: The forgotten meaning of America: This July 4 Michael S. Berliner would really like his fellow Americans to remember what it took to earn the independence of the United States of America
Rebels, they were not!: Contrary to what you might believe, the American colonies didn't rebel against England, writes Steve Farrell. What really happened was that England became a rebel against the law and liberty. The proof? Some British elites admitted as much
Goodbye Mr. Arafat: Steven Martinovich says that Yasser Arafat, whether he realizes it or not, is a spent political force. It took U.S. President George W. Bush to make that announcement
Rights, libertarianism and the Confederacy: Many supporters of the Confederacy love to portray it as a libertarian paradise but W. James Antle III says that's about as accurate as saying the Union was goodness personified
Profiles in heroism: New York Times bestseller Medal of Honor: Profiles of America's Military Heroes from the Civil War to the Present tells the stories of the heroes who earned their nation's highest military award for bravery. Steven Martinovich reviews Allen Mikaelian's marvelous study of courage under fire
Codependent bureaucracies: Why does the bureaucracy seem to be self-perpetuating? Bruce Walker says it's because each department and office overlaps and sustains each other. If you deal with one, you may as well be dealing with them all
Binding words for Americans: If last week's court decision declaring the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional showed anything, says Alan Caruba, it's that words continue to bind Americans
Imagine there's no September 11: There's been a lot of talk lately of who knew what about the September 11 terrorist attacks and when they knew it. Mark Vorzimmer runs through what could have happened
It's time for new owners: The biggest landowner in the western United States is the federal government and that means they're responsible for the forest fires that have destroyed nearly two million acres of trees, argues Henry Lamb
Memo to Commissioner Roy Romanow: A mind is like a parachute, it works best when it's open: It would appear that Canadians won't have to wait until this fall to find out how Roy Romanow thinks their health care system should be fixed. Walter Robinson says the former premier appears to have made his mind up already
E.J. Dionne, Jr. got it wrong: Robert S. Sargent, Jr. says columnist E.J. Dionne, Jr. was out to lunch when he criticized some Supreme Court justices for siding with an HMO over one of its clients
Picking the deepest pocket: Ohio's high court allows liability lottery to proceed: The Ohio Supreme Court recently allowed a lawsuit against the gun industry to go forward, something that Vin Suprynowicz says was a bad mistake
Today's criminal will become tomorrow's Islamic terrorist: You think Jose Padilla was the only militant to come out of a prison? C.T. Rossi says America's prisons are filled with men just like him
Catholic Church faces new sex scandal: The next sex scandal that will hit the Catholic Church isn't about the abuse of children, writes Wendy McElroy, but rather abuse of the brides of Christ
Amtrak: The moment of truth is at hand: Paul Weyrich believes that Secretary of Transportation Norm Mineta should have attached some big conditions to the $100 million in aid he announced for troubled railroad Amtrak
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August 2002

The axis of environmental evil: Here we go again. Starting on August 26, the international environmentalist movement will be meeting, this time in Johannesburg, ten years after the infamous Rio Summit. Alan Caruba says nothing good will come out of this conference either
The wilderness blob: The environmental movement is rapidly becoming like the creature from The Blob, says Henry Lamb. All it does is consume everything that gets in its way and leaves nothing but devastation behind
Keep Mr. Smith in Washington: Why is it that when conservatives attack that they save their worst vitriol for other conservatives? W. James Antle III says you can see it in action in the New Hampshire Senate race
The genesis of horror: Sebastian Haffner's Defying Hitler: A Memoir attempts to explain how Nazism and Adolph Hitler came to power. Steve Martinovich finds it powerful
The origins of American freedom: Robert W. Galvin argues in America's Founding Secret: What the Scottish Enlightenment Taught Our Founding Fathers that the Scots had a tremendous impact in the creation of the United States. Steve Martinovich is convinced
Fighting for freedom from within: - You might think that the hero of The Iron Road: A Stand for Truth and Democracy in Burma, a one James Mawdsley, is a little naïve in his quest for freedom in Burma. Steve Martinovich agrees but he also finds him inspirational as well
Human nature's unchanging folly: For the conservative student, writes Daniel Ryan, Charles Mackay's Extraordinary Delusions and the Madness of Crowds is one of those must reads
Sobran's Jewish obsession: Once again, says Charles A. Morse, otherwise sensible writer Joseph Sobran has taken aim at Jews. This time Morse reacts to a speech Sobran made on the "Holocaust story"
God help the United States, because the FBI isn't going to: Discovered a terrorist threat to the United States? Jeremy Reynalds advises you to only call the FBI during regular business hours
Child custody: Where men hit a glass ceiling: When it comes to child custody, argues attorney Rachel Alexander, men get the short and pointy end of the stick in courts of law
The Republican minority problem: African-Americans are doing better today by every measure than compared to just ten years ago. So why, Robert S. Sargent, Jr. asks, aren't there more African-American conservatives?
Guns, crime, and the news media: The truth that is concealed: Paul M. Weyrich writes that the murder of three women in Louisiana shows that when it comes to the truth about gun control, the media just don't get it
Major League Baseball fans with minor league standards: If baseball is a reflection of American life and vice versa, says C.T. Rossi, then neither is doing all that well these days. Barry Bond's 600th home run proved that
Senate must not ratify CEDAW: Wendy McElroy adds her voice to the growing chorus calling on the Senate not to ratify the United Nation's Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women
Environmentalism kills: West Nile Fever spreads: Alan Caruba believes you can blame the spread of West Nile Fever, at least in part, on the environmentalist movement
The people versus the preposterous: W. James Antle wasn't very impressed by Al Gore's recent diatribe in the New York Times. If he runs in 2004 like he did in 2000, Dubya is assured of another term
The failures behind September 11: The Cell: Inside the 9/11 Plot, And Why the FBI and CIA Failed to Stop It tells a story which many Americans won't want to hear. Steve Martinovich reviews John Miller, Michael Stone with Chris Mitchell's effort
No conflict between liberty and security: What we should be choosing between is not liberty and security, since the second is only a means to the first -- but between appeasement and security, writes Alex Epstein
Restore the House Committee on Internal Security: Rather than create an entirely new bloated government office, Charles A. Morse thinks the Bush Administration should push a solution from the past
Pravda and Izvestia: American style: No matter what their defenders say, Bruce Walker knows that when it comes to the media, "There is no Pravda in Izvestia, and there is no Izvestia in Pravda"
Army brats: The Corps of Engineers has too much power and too little sense: To put it mildly, Patrick O'Hannigan is no fan of the Army Corps of Engineers. The agency seems hungrier for power and money than its fulfilling its traditional mandate
Panacea: How a single executive decision can win conservatives victories on three fronts: As Machiavellian as it sounds, an invasion of of Iraq would solve a number of domestic problems for U.S. President George W. Bush. G. Stolyarov II explains
Pennsylvania abortion case raises question of choice for men: When it comes to reproductive rights, argue Glenn Sacks and Dianna Thompson, it's a one-sided street. Men have none and nor should they expect their interests be considered
Bush vs. UN's International Criminal Court: Stay tuned: The Bush Administration doesn't seem sure whether it wants to be a part of the International Criminal Court. Tom DeWeese says Americans are lucky that Congressman Ron Paul has the right answer
Guns -- not political correctness -- will thwart terrorists and killers: The federal government sometimes seems to be afraid to bring its full weight to bear against America's threats, but C.T. Rossi says Louisiana Governor Mike Foster certainly isn't
Big Brother really is watching: William S. Lind says the government is using September 11 to justify a lot of things. Including not allowing him to renew his driver's license
Government databases: The case against centralization: Centralized computer databases are a wonderful thing for benevolent governments, writes Christopher Kilmer, except when it comes to your privacy
What gives America the right to attack Iraq? It's simple...: Many people say that the U.S. has no justification to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein. Steven C. Den Beste responds that if it's justification you want, it's justification he'll give you
Create another Hoover Commission: If you want to hold the line on federal spending during the upcoming budget wrangling, Bruce Walker says you should look to the past with the Hoover Commission. He even has some suggestions as to who should sit on its sequel
The lone stranger: Emmy Award nominated actor Michael Moriarty tells a story that he knows all too well. Not long ago he lived it outside of a bar in Canada
The endgame for militant Islam: Steve Martinovich finds Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam to be a remarkable look into the world of militant Islam
The Iranian street: There are Iranians who are publicly protesting their desire for freedom and their friendship with the United States. Joseph Kellard says it's time the US put its money where its mouth is and throw their support behind them
August attacks from al-Qaida: That's the word from some: Ah, August. Hot, muggy weather. Politicians home for the summer. Quiet time on the beach. Oh yeah, and a possible terrorist this month courtesy of Osama bin Laden. Jeremy Reynalds fills us in
Sex, controversy and the Bible: The Same Sex Controversy: Defending and Clarifying the Bible's Message About Homosexuality won't end the battle over homosexuality in and out of the Christian church but W. James Antle III is impressed nonetheless
Practicing intellectual virtue: In this era of mudslinging and venom Wendy McElroy would like to reintroduce an old concept: Intellectual Virtues. Let's bring back civility to our public debates
Why is talk radio conservative?: Why is talk radio dominated by conservatives? Charles A. Morse says the answer is very simple. Americans listen to what reflects their belief system
Echoes of "Fahrenheit 451" haunt England: In England, writes Dr. Michael S. Brown, firearms make their proponents the targets of choice for society
Professor Katharine Butler's treatise on redistricting: Robert S. Sargent Jr. says if you're interested in redistricting, reading Professor Katharine Inglis Butler's recent article in the Richmond Law Review is a very good idea
Internet censorship: Will it become America's newest import?: Christopher Kilmer calls on his fellow Americans to oppose international efforts to impose censorship on the Internet. Oh yeah, and he once ran a web site devoted to bashing Fiona Apple. We don't know which idea we like more
Surrendering our privacy from cradle to grave: Since he's born, Doug Patton figures there are a lot of federal and state files with information about him out there
Israel's greatest enemy: American Jews: Stephen A. McDonald believes that the biggest threat facing Israel may not be the renewed Intifada, but rather Jews living in America
Palestinians have given up right to have US support: Basic legal theory, explains attorney Steven Zak, shows that the Palestinians should no longer have any expectation of support from the United States
The Green Party: Targeting capitalism: Many believe that the Green Party simply promotes environmentalism. The fact of the matter, as Alan Caruba easily illustrates, is that the platform of the Green Party is more Soviet Russia than Sierra Club
Hold tight the reins: Henry Lamb says it's time for Americans to begin making their voices heard when their government embarks on schemes that values the environment over human life and concerns
Decriminalization not the answer to marijuana issue: Michael Cust says the recent announcement by Canadian Justice Minister Martin Cauchon that he's thinking about decriminalizing marijuana is the wrong approach
Child Support Enforcement Act substitutes political grandstanding for leadership: Legislation recently introduced in order to pry money out of delinquent parents, writes Glenn Sacks and Dianna Thompson, is misguided at best and built on a foundation of illusions
Judged, but by whose standard?: Free Congress Foundation boss Paul M. Weyrich says he wishes the people over at the Weekly Standard would stop taking shots at him. All he did was tell Bill Kristol to shut up once
Saving the economy by wrecking it: W. James Antle III says if politicians want to fix the economy the best thing they can do is keep their dirty fingers out of the pie. If the government wants to do anything to shore up the economy, he argues, they can cut taxes and spending instead of passing new law
Congressional hysteria will not make every businessman honest: What is needed is a new moral philosophy and less regulation, writes Edwin A. Locke
What is killing the stock market? Government regulation: While scandals involving companies like Enron and WorldCom are having an effect, Yaron Brook and Alex Epstein say that government regulation is really to blame for the decline in the stocket market
Gephardt: Is he placing his party's best interest ahead of the USA's?: House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt wants Americans to lose as much money as possible in the stock market this year, writes Paul Weyrich, because he thinks it will improve his party's fortunes. Way to serve America Dick
The Posse Comitatus Act: Can we maintain American freedom without it?: Can't wait for the day when the U.S. military is stationed on every street corner asking you for your identification? Don't worry, says C.T. Rossi, some people are working to make it happen
What everyone should know about airport security: If you think airline security is better this year than last year, Dallas Pierce will tell you differently. How does he know? He works in the airline industry
In praise of Slander: Adam Daifallah has nothing but praise for Ann Coulter's Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right, a devastating attack on the liberal media
The how and why of blogging: Steve Martinovich reviews The Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice on Creating and Maintaining Your Blog and We've Got Blog: How Weblogs Are Changing Our Culture, two books that could serve as a training course for the aspiring blogger
The collapsing left: Bruce Walker believes that the left is in a state of total collapse? The proof, he says, is in their actions and not their words
Some things ought never be forgiven: Like Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, argues Steven Zak, terrorists might one day truly regret their crimes. That doesn't mean they should ever be forgiven for what they have done
Future learning: From 25 years in the future comes an example of the average student's essay! If you think Daniel Ryan's satire is off the mark, just remember what American English sounded like a little over 25 years ago
National ID: An American horror story: The drive to force an national ID card on Americans never ends. Tom DeWeese details the latest efforts
Ottawa's "leadership" flicks: B movies at best: Canada's summer movies, based on the travails of its political leaders, don't hold the same interest as Hollywood's summer flicks, argues Walter Robinson
The green plan for global domination: Think we're exaggerating with this essay's title? Alan Caruba would say that you've never heard of Randall Hayes and what he dreams of at night
Time to yank the tax money: Wendy McElroy believes that universities shouldn't be allowed to discriminate against men if they're going to accept tax dollars
What's fair for Chuck Schumer is not fair for litigants: When Sen. Chuck Schumer hammered away at Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen last week, argues John Nowacki, he showed he doesn't know what's important when confirming judges
FISA -- It's not everywhere you want it to be: Christopher Kilmer says the USA PATRIOT Act takes Americans back to the bad old days of the 1950s when little prevented intelligence agencies from spying on them
Farmers for economic freedom Updates about farmers fighting for economic freedom in western Canada
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Lingua Publicus

September 2002

If the American Left is dead, then what will replace it?: The right has been rejoicing about the left's collapse post September 11, 2001 but Daniel G. Jennings argues that the vacuum must be filled or new dangers can arise
Many governors not making the grade on taxes and spending: According to the Cato Institute when it comes to responsible spending there doesn't seem to be much difference between most Republican and Democrat governors. W. James Antle III says that means tax hikes to cover up their mistakes
Poverty of thought: Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien has once again declared that September 11, 2001 was caused by poverty. In his new editorial Steve Martinovich thinks there is a different reason for it
The maturation of an army: As Rick Atkinson's An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 points out, the American army that entered the Second World War wasn't the same one that finished its first major campaign. Steve Martinovich reviews his work
Reevaluating Captain Cook's legacy: Steven Martinovich found Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before a marvelous study of Captain James Cook and his legacy 200 years after his death
Validating truth: The Left and the Right: There is no point in arguing what the truth is with the left, Bruce Walker declares, because the left abandoned their quest for it long ago
America's Green Fifth Column: Even as America's military fights her enemies across the world, says Tom DeWeese, it faces one at home it's losing to
Saddam Hussein: The next Saladin?: For years Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been comparing himself to Salah al-Din. Charles F. Wickwire explains why that's an insult to the great Muslim soldier
A year later: The immigration mess: Not much has changed since September 11, 2001 when it comes to immigration. Alan Caruba says it's time to turn the tap off when it comes to America's borders
The meaning of Welch's cave-in: Capitalism cannot survive unless businessmen stand up for their rights, argues Edwin A. Locke
Cost-cutting at patients' expense: The inherent deprivation of statist health care: The travails that Portuguese drug companies are facing courtesy of that nation's government reminds Edmund Daleford why statist health care is a bust
A 10 per cent GST ... and that's just the beginning folks...: Walter Robinson says Canadians have plenty to fear over reports that the federal government is planning a massive new tax hike to support socialized health care
Radio static: The controversy at the Voice Of America: There is chaos these days at Voice Of America, writes Paul M. Weyrich, debasing what used to be a respected institution
Dirty dealings kill men's panel: Wendy McElroy tells the story of the first Commission on the Status of Men in the United States...or what would have been had leftists not killed it off
The betrayal of the Bush Doctrine: One year after his speech to Congress, Alex Epstein argues that U.S. President George W. Bush has failed to fight a real war on terrorism. His proclamations don't equal reality
September, October, and November:This time of the year always has Alan Caruba worried. It seems bad things always happen right about now
Pacifists and socialists: Exploiters of the wretched: As hard to believe as it is in these days of terrorism, writes Bruce Walker, pacifism remains a popular way of life with many Americans
Do Republicans stand for anything?: It's rarely popular to stick to your principles but W. James Antle III says the Republicans have to if they are to remain relevant
Bush calls for the U.S. to rejoin UNESCO: Charles A. Morse liked George W. Bush's speech to the UN last week...all except for that part about rejoining UNESCO
Advice from the past: Science fiction has always provided us with compelling visions not only of our future, but even our present. Charles F. Wickwire says that even applies to current events
The PM was not misquoted!: Canada's prime minister claims that comments he made laying part of the blame of September 11 on the U.S. were taken out of context. Walter Robinson doesn't believe him
Who decides our "rights"?: Roger Pilon recently stated that one of the reasons conservatives have difficulty during their judicial confirmations is that they don't understand the Constitution. Robert S. Sargent Jr. disagrees with that analysis
When is religion forced?: Steve Farrell dislikes hearing people talk about religion being forced down their throats. He thinks it's merely an attack on the public display of religious belief
Incapacitation: A recollection of the delusions of a modern humanitarian curriculum: G. Stolyarov II looks back on a high school education that included an attempt to make him "learn to see validity in views and beliefs other than their own." It wasn't as benign as it sounds
Seeing a problem where none exists: California educrats eye home schooling: Contrary to what state bureaucrats in California believe, writes Paul Weyrich, home schooling there isn't illegal
Bush does not need a declaration of war: Last week W. James Antle III argued in these pages that George W. Bush needs a Congressional mandate to invade Iraq. This week Alan Caruba argues that American history proves he does not
Why Congress still needs to vote on Iraq: Even Rush Limbaugh took W. James Antle III to task for his view that Bush needs Congressional approval for an Iraqi war. Regardless, Antle still says it's the right thing to do
Mission failure: Bill Gertz's Breakdown: How America's Intelligence Failures Led to September 11 investigates one reason why September 11 happened. Steve Martinovich reviews his effort
America's domino theory: For decades the domino theory was used to illustrate the dangers of America's enemies. Bruce Walker says the theory works when it comes to the danger of America to its enemies as well
Back to normal?: It's been a year since that day none of us will ever forget. Kimberley Lindsay Wilson wonders if things really have returned back to normal
Mr. Proof, Mr. Budget, and Mr. Don't Know Much about History: One place we know things haven't changed is Canada. Up in the Great White North, says Jackson Murphy, complacency still rules the day
What the loss of Brazil to "the Reds" would mean for the United States: Last week David T. Pyne warned you that Communists were in danger of winning Brazil's upcoming elections. This week he tells you what could happen if they do
Mugabe, the protesters, and the totalitarian alliance: G. Stolyarov II explores the links between Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, the protesters at the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development and the international body itself
Attacking America's heritage: That's right, there's yet another piece of legislation that threatens property rights in the United States. Peyton Knight explains the significance of H.R. 2388
Kyoto: A small word that evokes many questions: Walter Robinson believes there are far too many unknowns about the Kyoto Accord for Canada's Parliament to ratify it later this year
Miguel Estrada: Next victim of the Senate Judiciary Committee's "Gang of Ten"?: Paul Weyrich says that Miguel Estrada will get a hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee but will suffer the exact same fate as Priscilla Owen and Charles Pickering
Censorship on campus?: The college professors who are wailing about post-September 11 threats to their First Amendment rights are actually ardent opponents of free speech, writes Onkar Ghate
The NEA's at it again!: Once again the National Education Association is doing a disservice to students. This time, Jeremy Reynalds writes, it's their recommended lesson plans dealing with the anniversary of September 11
Growth often is not the sole culprit when affordable housing disappears: Everyone likes to blame growth for rising home prices but Eric Peters says reality isn't that simple. Nor or the "solutions" that people come up with
High-profile 'deadbeat dad' raids won't fix child support system badly in need of reform: Although arresting "deadbeat" fathers may have public support, write Glenn Sacks and Dianna Thompson, it doesn't do much to fix the real problems of the child support system
Calm down, Hootie: Wendy McElroy agrees with Hootie Johnson that the Augusta National Golf Club should be allowed to choose who its members are. She just wishes he had argued his point a little more wisely
Congress must declare Iraq war: U.S. President George W. Bush is being advised that he doesn't need Congressional approval for a war against Iraq. W. James Antle III doesn't believe that should be the case
The missing towers: There has been a lot of debate on how to redevelop the site of the World Trade Center. Alan Caruba says there is no debate: Rebuild the exact same two towers
America is not winning the war: Intellectual and moral uncertainty has undercut America's "War on Terrorism", argues Onkar Ghate
"Preemptive military action" or retaliation: What's so preemptive about striking America's sworn enemies, asks Charles A. Morse. They've already attacked us
Fueling up on intensity: It's that special time of year when another type of religious experience begins. That's right, the latest NFL season is about to begin. Joseph Kellard explains why it's so significant to him
We can do better than Kyoto: Jason Hayes argues that it would be foolish for the Canadian government to ratify the Kyoto Accord despite what the Pembina Institute says
Fuel efficiency regulations cost lives and money: Thanks to environmentalists, writes Mary Katherine Ascik, the car you are driving is less safe than it could be
Marxist may win the presidency in Brazil this fall: In the first of a two-part series, David T. Pyne examines the danger that a Marxist candidate poses in the upcoming Brazilian elections
Womenism and sports fairness: Feminists are finally reaping what they sowed after arguing for years that women should be allowed to play on men's leagues. Bruce Walker explains why
Answering questions about the Austrian School: Jason Kauppinen takes a look at The Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle and other essays, a collection that includes Ludwig von Mises, Murray N. Rothbard and Friedrich A. Hayek
Political train "railroading" Hatfill?: April Shenandoah says that Dr. Steven Hatfill, the man the FBI has been investigating as a suspect in last year's anthrax mailings, is getting a raw deal from everyone involved
An Objectivist condemnation of abortion: Although Objectivists are known for their support abortion rights, G. Stolyarov II argues that you can be both Objectivist and opposed to abortion
FDA approval for RU-486 ought to be aborted: Paul Weyrich argues that the Clinton Administration risked women's lives when it pushed for quick approval of RU-486, one good reason for the drug to be withdrawn
Mineta's maniacal madness: Jeremy Reynalds is of the opinion that Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta's security measures for airlines are completely out to lunch
The self-destructive snobbery of the left: Murray Soupcoff says Camille Paglia's recent assault on the snob left didn't go far enough
The conservative crisis: Tom DeWeese faults the conservative movement for largely ignoring one of the biggest dangers to American freedom: The sustainable development movement
The American socialist experiment: Those aboard the Mayflower were looking for religious freedom but Charles F. Wickwire says they were also arrived on North American shores to start a socialist experiment
Orson Welles then and Opie & Anthony now: The decline of shocking entertainment: Hoaxed Martian invasions don't have anything on the sad state of shock radio these days, writes C.T. Rossi
Conservative blacks: Who listens?: Part of the problem with Republican outreach to African-Americans, says Robert S. Sargent, Jr., is that they don't listen
An 'unreviewable and irreversible power ... to acquit': A wasted day as an alternate juror taught Vin Suprynowicz depressing lessons about today's legal system and the citizenry necessary to its functioning
Abused women have choices: Abused women aren't powerless as they are often portrayed, argues Wendy McElroy. She should know, she was in that position once
Farmers for economic freedom Updates about farmers fighting for economic freedom in western Canada
Site of the Month - No site of the month for September 2002
Earth is Flat Award/Vinegar in Freedom Award
Lingua Publicus

October 2002

Sniper opens new gun control debate: W. James Antle III explains why so many people are opposed to a "national ballistic fingerprint database", an idea gaining popularity thanks to a serial killer operating near America's capital and yet a dubious one at best
Exploiting mass murder: You had to expect that the usual suspects in the gun control debate would use the killer in the Washington suburbs in their fight against a constitutional right, says Dr. Michael S. Brown
South Dakota's Constitutional Amendment A: It deserves debate: For better or worse, writes Paul M. Weyrich, California leads the way when legal and political trends rear their heads. This time, however, South Dakota has a real good idea everyone should adopt
"I do not recycle and I do not feel guilty": Daniel G. Jennings doesn't belong to the cult of recycling and he frankly doesn't care if you don't like it
Kyoto's many questions all lead to the same answer: Referendum: The Kyoto Accord is an important enough issue, Walter Robinson says, that Canadians should be allowed to vote on the issue in a referendum
Living with dangerous UN illusions: The United Nations isn't dissimilar to the WNBA. Both succeed simply because people think they are good ideas not because they are actually are good ideas. Alan Caruba explains
Terror site provides detailed handbook for kidnaping Americans: It seems there are a lot of people who are working hard to make sure future terrorists learn how to do their jobs properly. Jeremy Reynalds finds one example on the World Wide Web
The announcement to end all announcements: After receiving the most inane Worldwide Caution Public Announcement from the State Department Mark Vorzimmer decides to craft his own
Men as dhimmi: The concept of "dhimmi" -- the way the "people of the Book" are treated under Islamic governments -- isn't far off from how extreme feminists view men, writes Bruce Walker
Fool's gold: The legacy of America's appeasing presidents: The true legacy of both Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton is North Korea's formerly secret nuclear weapons program, argues Murray Soupcoff
Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory: How we lost Korea: Charles A. Morse goes over the Cold War history that saw much of the Korean peninsula handed over to the Communist world
Purging the political correctness within: Political correctness is a learned attitude. Wendy McElroy offers some helpful hints and strategies for purging yourself of any politically correct attitudes
Would-be intellectual vandals get their day in the Supreme Court: Those who are spearheading the current legal challenge to the copyright law favor intellectual cannibalism masquerading as creativity and free speech, argues Amy Peikoff
Profiting from the work of others: Why weakening prescription drug patent protection is bad public policy: Weakening intellectual property rights is a bad idea when it comes to drug patent protection. Eric Peters says a bill by Chuck Schumer and John McCain will hurt everyone
Bush can lead on the economy: W. James Antle III believes that U.S. President George W. Bush can show the same leadership on the economy as he has on the war on terrorism
The Nobel Peace Prize should go to those who really support peace: Andrew Bernstein believes that Jimmy Carter has a couple of achievements to his credit, the Nobel Peace Prize should have gone somewhere else
Nothing to fear, but fear itself: Have faith in your country, Alan Caruba tells Americans, because you'll need a united country to confront the dangers ahead
Reversing Cochran's complaint: Bruce Walker finds a lot of problems with Johnnie Cochran's complaint that there are too few black NFL coaches
Human rights wrongs: In Canada, writes Jeremy Lott, "human rights" laws governing speech have proven only to silent unpopular or controversial speech
Individuals together: Many people have confused the concept of individualism with that of isolation. Eric Miller says that being an individual means being with other people as part of a society
How to stop covering up the ethics violations in Congress: Ever wonder why politicians in Congress facing ethics charges skate through them without suffering very much? Paul M. Weyrich says there is a reason for that
Ayn Rand Institute versus censorship: Gennady Stolyarov II is still steamed over the Canada holding pro-Israeli material at the border on the grounds that it may have been hate speech
State legislation protects abortion rights: Wendy McElroy says the next battle over abortion will likely pit the state of California against the federal government. The reason? Four laws passed by the state legislature that seemed designed to flout federal regulations
The Communist Party and the American media elite: America's mainstream media reminds Daniel G. Jennings of the former Soviet Union's top party leadership. The thought processes behind both organizations aren't all that different
When men's health doesn't count: When it comes to health care issues, men rate above monkeys but below women. Dianna Thompson and Glenn Sacks explain what that means
Nanny state says no smoking allowed: Even non-smoker W. James Antle III has had enough of the anti-smoking jihads that public officials have launched in the interests of a healthier society. The problem? The price is your liberty
The stories behind the bomb: Although it's the atom bomb that fascinates most people, Steve Martinovich says Brotherhood of the Bomb: The Tangled Lives and Loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller proves the people who designed it were just as interesting
Pardon me, but I don't give a damn!: Alan Caruba doesn't care what the United Nations has to say about a potential war in Iraq. It is irrelevant and nothing but a very bad joke
In the case of the diluting druggist, no good deed goes unpunished: In 2001 an Eli Lilly salesman came to the conclusion that a druggist was cheating his customers and he went to the police. What's the company's reward for saving lives? Horace Cooper says figure it out for yourself: there are lawyers involved
Jersey heat would favor Lautenberg: Regardless of what happens in the courts, Brad Keena says that Frank Lautenberg will be the next Senator from New Jersey
Might as well face it, you're addicted to power: The Robert Torricelli drama in New Jersey provided yet more evidence for Bruce Walker's contention that Democrats are only interested in one thing: power
Courting disaster, as the kingdom declines: James Hall says the Britain that we all know is a tourist's perspective. The real Britain is in sad decline
Property rights take a hit: The "Sawgrass Rebellion" may have fell apart before it even began, writes Tom DeWeese, but that doesn't mean that the fight has been lost
When it comes to safeguarding chemical facilities, the EPA is no Defense Department: New Jersey Sen. Jon Corzine wants the EPA to be in charge of security at America's chemical facilities, something Amy Ridenour says is inviting disaster given recent history
Talking trash at the Barbershop: Kimberley Lindsay Wilson was raised to revere men like Martin Luther King Jr. but that doesn't mean that she didn't find Barbershop to be a funny and warm look at a black institution
What your children will face in college: When you send your kids to college, writes Isabel Lyman, you had better prepare them for people like Dr. Noel Ignatiev
Okay, maybe it will be an 8.5 per cent GST: Walter Robinson says Canadians can expect a massive tax hike whether or not their political leaders will admit it
'Restorative justice' offers battered women more options: There is a lot of new thinking going on when it comes to the subject of domestic abuse. Wendy McElroy says one concept, restorative justice, deserves to be given more consideration
Can abolishing sole custody curb divorce?: Glenn Sacks and Dianna Thompson think that abolishing sole custody might eliminate one of the weapons used against men and promote a family working things out instead of opting for divorce
The conniving Gray Davis: Roger F. Gay is accusing California Gov. Gray Davis of putting money ahead of basic human rights when he vetoed a bill recently
The incredible shrinking Al Gore: Nobody has managed to diminish Al Gore more than the man himself. W. James Antle III says that was in evidence during his speech last week in San Francisco
The end of Arafat: Alan Caruba argues that the Israelis are showing the world -- a lesson America is beginning to internalize now -- how peace sometimes has to be obtained: with the sword
When it comes to Iraq, Bush's motives are sound: Stealing a page from David Letterman, Amy Ridenour presents the top ten reasons why we can trust George W. Bush on the question of invading Iraq
Replacing the United Nations: It's beginning to dawn on people that the United Nations has lost its relevancy. Bruce Walker says it's time to create a new international body
Isn't it time to take back our universities?: Academics may cry about censorship in these post-September 11 days but Murray Soupcoff says the universities still belong to them
Don't blame our intelligence agencies -- blame our unprincipled foreign policy: There is a way in which Sept. 11 could have been prevented-- not by more competent agencies, but by having a more principled foreign policy, writes Onkar Ghate
Jesse Jackson comes first -- God second -- in his own life's work: C.T. Rossi wonders if Jesse Jackson has anything better to do than attack a popular movie that dared to take a shot at him
Regulation in medicine kills: State control or interference in the medical profession inevitably kills, says G. Stolyarov II. A childhood friend of his learned that lesson the hard way
The GOP: Still trying to be a lily-white party?: The Republican Party talks a good talk about bring more minorities into its fold but when it comes to act their execution is nonexistent. Paul Weyrich says the proof is in the way Ron Greer being treated by the party
Direct shipment of out-of-state wines: Several recent court decisions regarding the inter-state transport of wine have prompted Robert S. Sargent, Jr. to consider what the right venue for pressing for policy changes is
Michigan reform plan fights rising paternity fraud: Glenn Sacks and Dianna Thompson report on legislation in Michigan that would take aim at the rising trend of men being forced to pay child support for children that they didn't father
Wildfires should motivate a new century of forest restoration: Dr. Thomas M. Bonnicksen says one of George W. Bush's positive legacies could be a rejection of the policy of total fire suppression when it comes to forest fires in favour of restorative practices
When your home is not your castle: Yaron Brook says that nationwide regulations dictating a home's color and design violate owners' property rights
Farmers for economic freedom Updates about farmers fighting for economic freedom in western Canada
Site of the Month
Earth is Flat Award/Vinegar in Freedom Award
Lingua Publicus

November 2002

Don't turn back on welfare reform: The welfare reforms signed into law by Bill Clinton have worked to reduce welfare rolls, help people find employment and strengthen families. W. James Antle III urges George W. Bush and the Republican Congress to continue reforming the system
The Saudis: Insular and insecure: Alan Caruba says that there isn't much holding together Saudi Arabia today besides American technology and Islam
The case for Hebron: The city of Hebron proved once that Jews and Arabs can live together in peace. This can happen again, says Avi Davis, if Arab leaders stop calling for the murder of Jews
Temper Tantrum Tom: Bruce Walker doesn't think much of Sen. Tom Daschle's charge that "Rush Limbaugh wannabes" were making his life hell. Daschle apparently doesn't listen to the invective his own side dishes on a daily basis
Why can't Europe understand Bush: David Harsanyi believes that Europeans hate George W. Bush but it's not for the reason that most people think
The embarrassments of September 11: Americans Behaving Badly: Greed, Blunders and Scandal in the Aftermath of the Terrorist Attacks on America tells the stories of Americans who didn't have pure thoughts following September 11. Steve Martinovich reviews Jake Easton's sordid stories
Al Gore in 2004?: Al Gore keeps saying he won't make a decision about Election 2004 until after Christmas but Carol Devine-Molin says he's running a campaign nonetheless
Brave investigative reporter battles evil snipers: Dr. Michael S. Brown documents how one television journalist tried to advance a gun control agenda by linking gun shows to snipers
Why the left is so afraid of Bill O'Reilly: Rachel Alexander says the controversial host of the O'Reilly Factor is popular with a lot of people for a few simple reasons
CIA Director George Tenet: The right man, but is he in the right job?: George Tenet is a fairly decent guy but running the CIA might not be the right gig for him. Paul M. Weyrich has a good idea what Tenet's next job should be
The War on Terror: Where did the liberals go?: They were there behind the president for the first few days after September 11 but Stephen A. McDonald is curious to know where all the liberals are today
National security: The real reason behind the Democrats' defeat: We promise this is the last November election article we'll run this year. Daniel G. Jennings argues that domestic issues couldn't hold a candle to the importance of national security and the Democrats paid the price for it
Whither property rights?: Whenever Paul J. Cella III hears the words "land reform" he gets a cold chill down his back. It never means anything good
Latest Kyoto plan equals more corporate welfare: Walter Robinson says Canadians shouldn't think much of the federal government's latest plan to bring about the goals of the Kyoto Protocol
Families and the war: Can a soldier, captured in battle by the enemy, be arrested once he returns home for failing to pay child support while a POW? Don't think so? Dianna Thompson and Glenn Sacks says it has happened
Rights and responsibilities: Although a lot of feminists don't like to hear it, with reproductive rights come responsibilities. Wendy McElroy explains it to them
My journey to Ramallah: Avi Davis decides to spend his vacation in the one place that most of us would avoid even if heavily armed. Davis visits Ramallah, home to some of the bitterest fighting between Palestinians and Israel
Hating George W. Bush: For years the press loved to portray conservatives as trapped in the tar baby of Bill Clinton hating. They seem to be ignoring the bizarre hatred of George W. Bush by the left, says W. James Antle III
Why November 2004 looks great: In January, Bruce Walker made a series of predictions about the November mid-term elections that were right across the board. He will now try and do the same thing for the November 2004 election. The short story? It's going to be good for the Republicans
Homeland Insecurity: Deconstructing the Constitution: The mid-term elections may have been an overwhelming Republican victory, writes Tom DeWeese, but constitutionalists and conservatives don't have much to cheer about in the coming months
A land of hope and fear: - Mary Anne Weaver's Pakistan: In the Shadow of Jihad and Afghanistan paints an uncomfortable picture of Pakistan, one of America's closest allies. Steve Martinovich reviews her efforts
The final days of Iran's religious dictatorship?: Although the Western press doesn't seem interested, Steve Martinovich says big things are happening in Iran right now. The Axis of Evil might be short a member real soon
Jonah Goldberg versus the wimps: Canadian Jackson Murphy responds to Jonah Goldberg's National Review cover story calling Canadians wimps
The Ironman cometh: Isabel Lyman's husband Wid recently competed in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and couldn't be prouder. ESR also reaches a milestone: Our first picture of a man in really tight pants
The tyranny of "endangered" animals: Now that the Republicans control both the White House and Congress, Alan Caruba says it's time to kill off the Endangered Species Act
Campaign finance reform: Straight talk is exposed as double talk: Paul Weyrich remains unimpressed by both Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and his battle for campaign finance reform
Senate Republicans: Do they have the guts to force Democrat filibusters?: Margo Carlisle hopes that Republicans in the Senate exercise their new power the same way the Democrats were famous for
Pelosi, Delay represent their party philosophies: Doug Patton thinks that the next session of Congress is going to be a very interesting one
English immersion wins big in Massachusetts: It wasn't only the Republicans who won big earlier this month, says Samuel L. Blumenfeld, immigrant children in Massachusetts should be happy as well
Noam Chomsky: Terrorism apologist speaks in Austin: Brendan Steinhauser reports on a recent visit to the University of Texas by Noam Chomsky. As you can expect, Chomsky floated some real beauties
What we learned about peace: Peter and Helen Evans have backgrounds as religious science ministers but they say that doesn't mean they don't know how real peace is achieved
The elephant in the mosque: Thoughts on the New Cold War: Whether people like to admit it or not, John Bush says the West is battling another cold war and the same dedication to fighting it as was present during the first one is necessary again
Turkey: Europe's sober second voice: Michael Leverone isn't a particularly big fan of the European Union but he thinks that it's making a big mistake by not including Turkey among its ranks
Is President Bush "legitimate?": We'll say it again. George W. Bush is the legitimate president of the United States. Why? Robert S. Sargent, Jr. says some people just won't accept that fact
Thank you, Harry Potter!: The Harry Potter books, by depicting a world in which good triumphs over evil, give us strength to face real enemies, writes Dianne L. Durante
Urban legends: Along with being shrill, politically correct feminism is well-known for one other thing. Wendy McElroy says it's the quality, or more accurately the lack of quality, when it comes to research
Why males don't go to college: Why are a lot of men turning away from going to college? Glenn Sacks says a lot of men, if they do go, are wondering why they bothered. Being called a rapist isn't fun
The House Democrats: Do they need a confrontational leader?: Rep. Nancy Pelosi appears to be the next House leader for the Democrats. Paul M. Weyrich doesn't think that bodes well for the short-term future of the party
America is the future, Europe is the past: It's a reality that most Europeans haven't been willing to accept for decades. Alan Caruba says the Old World lives up to its name
Hating America: Steve Martinovich finds The Eagle's Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World to be a not very thinly veiled attack on America and its values
Veteran defends Constitution: W. James Antle III thinks James B. Plair's Three Score and Thirteen: A Study of the United States Constitution and the Federalist Papers is an impressive study of America's constitution
Al-Qaida recruitment videos placed on web: If you've always wanted to watch video tapes designed to attract new blood for al-Qaida, writes Jeremy Reynalds, you can now find portions of them online
Bowling for Columbine, it's not about guns: Dr. Michael S. Brown expected some sophisticated anti-firearm propaganda from Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine. He got a bad comedy instead
A regime we can trust?: A lot of people are fans of the new Russia and its president Vladimir Putin. Steve Farrell is definitely not a member of that fan club
Giving real meaning to Veterans Day: Honoring our past soldiers requires that we ask our future ones not to sacrifice their values, but to uphold them, writes Edwin A. Locke
State legislatures: Still the real victory: Just about two years ago Bruce Walker said that winning state legislatures would be the key to future Republican victories. Last week's election proved him right
Advantage Bush: The Republican victory last week not only offers short term advantages for the party, says Gerald Jackson, it also promises a bright Republican future
Democrats: No vision means no majority: Being a minority party means you have to take a risk and put forward a compelling vision to voters if you're to become the majority party. Amy Ridenour says the Democrats learned that last week
Now President Bush's judicial nominees will get a hearing and a vote: There is no guarantee that George W. Bush's judicial nominations will be confirmed, writes John Nowacki, but at least they'll get a chance to be heard
A bigger, grander UN "world capital building": Tom DeWeese comments on the torrent of money that pours into the United Nations and what happens to it
Equal access does not guarantee equal outcome: Every election cycle feminists complain that not enough women were elected to office. Wendy McElroy says they're completely wrong
Elections have consequences: This year's mid-term elections may remind you of Seinfeld -- they're about nothing -- but W. James Antle III says they are nonetheless extremely important
The left's sudden, frantic problem with gerrymandering: For years the Democrats have had little problem with gerrymandering because it kept them in power in Congress. Now, writes Bruce Walker, they're getting the pointy end of the stick from Republicans using the same tactics
Give President Bush credit for putting his popularity to work: Unlike Richard M. Nixon and Ronald Reagan, writes Paul M. Weyrich, George W. Bush isn't afraid to expend his political capital by battling for Republicans in races across the United States
The meaning of the right to vote: On Election Day remember that it is freedom, not voting, which makes America great, argues Alex Epstein
Life during wartime: Steve Martinovich finds Bill Sammon's Fighting Back: The War on Terrorism from Inside the Bush White House a little too laudatory
A life in and of politics: Steve Martinovich reviews Think Big: Adventures in Life and Democracy, the political memoir of Preston Manning, the Canadian conservative political leader who sparked a revolution
Bashing America: Why freedom must be defended!: Even after September 11, 2002, some people feel the need to put America in what they think is its place. Alan Caruba isn't happy with that line of thinking
Does raising taxes and increasing spending aid economic recovery?: Politicians who claim that it is necessary to raise taxes and increase spending in order to hasten economic recovery never bother to explain how their macroeconomic plan works, and maybe it's because even they don't fully understand it, argues Rachel Alexander
Why liberals should embrace federalism: Liberals have relied on the U.S. Supreme Court to advance and entrench their agenda, writes Robert S. Sargent, but recent events have shown that the institution can bite the hand that believes in it
Immigration insanity: Peyton Knight says it is absolutely crazy to allow illegal immigrants free access to the United States. It's time to tighten those borders up
As unfolding scandal indicates, Bush is right on Homeland Security: Christopher Burger believes it's right that US President George W. Bush wants the power to fire incompetent federal employees especially when it comes to something like protecting America
How to make a nuclear bomb: You're just one click away: Lucky for Americans that the FBI can proactively surf web sites to see what's going on. Jeremy Reynalds says you can find some scary stuff on the World Wide Web
Not yet a beautiful friendship: Some leading Democrats play politics on Iraq: Outside of a few Democrats, says Amy Ridenour, most are just trying to earn points with their supporters when it comes to opposing a war against Iraq
President Bush: Will his plan end Leahy's "gotcha" politics over court nominations?: US President George W. Bush has put forward a sensible plan to ensure there are no judicial vacancies when a judge retires or decides to quite. John Nowacki hopes the Democrats adopt his proposal
Flawed court report reveals feminist desperation: The National Organization of Women has revised a recent report claiming that the courts were biased against women. Wendy McElroy says the new report is no different from the old one
What's wrong with the American news media?: Journalist Daniel G. Jennings has come up with what he believes are the three fundamental problems of the American media
Paul Wellstone: His passion should be missed by those who won't miss his votes: Conservatives loved to hate his politics but Paul M. Weyrich says they should admire the passion that Paul Wellstone brought to Washington, D.C.
Paul Wellstone, RIP: Along with passion, writes W. James Antle III, Paul Wellstone brought his conscience and a firm commitment to his principles
Economics for dummies: Diane Coyle's Sex, Drugs and Economics purports to be a fun and easy guide to economics. Steve Martinovich thought it was an excuse for Coyle to display her political biases
Preemptive strike on voter fraud: Chances are if you've recently died you'll be voting for the Democrats in November. Bruce Walker says that voter fraud will hurt the Democrats in 2002 not help them
Going crazy on Maple Street: Kimberley Lindsay Wilson vowed not to write a word about the shootings in the Washington, D.C. area until those responsible were caught. Now she can unload about all the things that bothered her
Democratic Party chairman at odds with his party's rank-and- file?: The greatest danger to the Democratic Party may not be the Republican Party or a popular president, argues Horace Cooper, it may be Terry McAuliffe
Property rights loss invites anarchy: Whether or not the United States goes to war with Iraq, says Tom DeWeese, some Americans are already fighting a war and the front maybe your home
Paralyzing America's producers: If Americans want a healthy economy, argue Yaron Brook and Alex Epstein, they would do well to stop demonizing business and give it the tools to do its job properly
Not worth the paper they're printed on: If Jimmy Carter can win the Nobel Peace Prize you know Bill Clinton will be nominated at some point. Murray Soupcoff says the man's international accomplishments should be graded an F
Will a 'lame duck' session of Congress kick-start legislation?: Republicans may recapture control of both houses of Congress, Paul Weyrich writes, but it likely won't be much of a victory
Baseball's World Series offers a too-rare celebration of goal-achievement: Don't feel bad that you "wasted" your time watching the World Series. Thomas A. Bowden says you were actually doing something very valuable
Living in a bipolar world: Mark Vorzimmer takes an online test sponsored by Lilly and not surprisingly finds out that he may be suffering bipolar disorder
Battered Women's Syndrome: Science or sham?: Wendy McElroy questions whether Battered Women's Syndrome is a legitimate psychological condition or a creation of the feminist community
Consumer credit: The shaky foundation upon which America's economy rests: Credit is necessary for the functioning of a modern economy but Daniel G. Jennings says too much of a good thing is causing some big problems
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The conservative case for a single federal code: Bruce Walker argues that a big federal government isn't necessarily a bad thing and offers a few benefits if done right. The federal/state/local split Americans have now is outdated, ineffective and a fraud
Drugging our children to death: The drugging of America's children continues to grow, writes Tom DeWeese, whether or not some of them die as a result
After Lott, GOP can show the way on race: W. James Antle III believes that Republicans can take advantage of the change in Senate leadership to push for truly colourblind policies
Bill Frist's election as Senate Majority Leader would represent a stunning setback for pro-life conservatives: David T. Pyne says that anyone opposed to abortion should also be opposed to Bill Frist becoming the next Senate Majority Leader
Trent Lott: Leading the way to better policing for African-Americans: Long after he's gone Trent Lott will be remembered for making a remarkably stupid statement. Former Robert F. Kennedy aide Adam Walinsky says we should remember him for at least one other thing
McCarthyist race-baiting by the left: Ferreting out Republican racists: In a liberal world, voting for Clarence Thomas proves that you are a racist. Murray Soupcoff believes the McCarthyist campaigns of the left will only spur more anger and resentment
A Lott of shame: Bob Weir doesn't believe that Trent Lott should have stepped down for his idiotic remarks but after that interview on Black Entertainment Television he's pretty happy that the senator did
The Terror Masters: Carol Devine-Molin reviews of The War Against the Terror Masters, Michael Ledeen's look at terrorist organizations and how they operate
Should conservatives support a war against Iraq?: Contrary to what many liberals believe, not all conservatives have lined up behind the notion of sending America's military to anwering the Iraq question once and for all. Rachel Alexander makes an appeal to them
Fourth Generation Warfare: Is it coming live to a theatre near you?: Al-Qaida is fighting a new kind of war against the West, argues Paul M. Weyrich, and wouldn't you know that they learned how to do it from the Great Satan
The Balkanization of college campuses: Martin Luther King, Jr. may have decried "manacles of segregation" in his famous "I have a dream" speech but universities and many minorities who attend them are working hard to destroy what's left of his legacy, says Robert S. Sargent, Jr.
The world according to Jean: Truthful Liberal talking points: Canadians don't have the pleasure of an annual address like the State of the Union speech so Jackson Murphy has penned what he thinks Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien would likely tell them
Voting – a dangerous placebo?: Well, we haven't gotten anyone really angry at us in a while so here goes: Ted Lang argues that voting is a useless right and dangerous to boot
Sustainable living: Few of us would go out in the wilderness and become self-sufficient but Henry Lamb says the principles needed for that level of commitment are transferable to your life
Compassion, kindness killed by fear, paranoia: There used to be a time when we used to look at each other as fellow human beings and not threats. That day is rapidly disappearing, says Wendy McElroy
Reaction to Lott shows conservative progress on race: Although it's common to portray conservatives as racists, W. James Antle III says it was they who condemned Trent Lott and his comments while the left and the press ignored the story
The GOP's solution to resolving the Trent Lott controversy: David T. Pyne has a plan that would see Trent Lott depart as Senate Majority Leader and would accomplish several important goals for the Republicans
For now, Trent Lott should have our support: Paul M. Weyrich has known Trent Lott for years and he knows that the senator is no racist. For that reason alone, says Weyrich, conservatives should be supporting Lott
Advice to Trent Lott: Quit while we're all ahead: Murray Soupcoff says Trent Lott is now more useful to the political left than the right, another reason why he should quit
A thought experiment: There has been a lot of ink spilled over the past year trying to explain why America is so hated. Bruce Walker joins that flood with an interesting experiment for readers of his essay to perform
America's happy ending: After September 11, Americans badly needed a happy ending and the rescue of the Quecreek miners gave it to them. Steve Martinovich reviews Our Story: 77 Hours that Tested Our Friendship and Our Faith, the men's side of the story
The sensual pleasure of cooking: Why is Steve Martinovich reviewing Nigella Bites, a cookbook? He has a thing for the author and it's not like conservatives don't appreciate making a nice meal
Camus as conservative: A post 9/11 reassessment of his work: Even in these upside-down days Albert Camus probably wouldn't consider himself a conservative but Murray Soupcoff says the philosopher would have little to do with today's leftists
Peacenik warmongers: Whether members of the current anti-war movement believe it or not, argues Alex Epstein, they are no less responsible for the deaths caused by the evil governments of the world
No more land for government!: Henry Lamb says government ownership of land is out of control and has to be stopped. There's no reason for government to own tens of millions of acres of land that would be better used by the private sector
The new last refuge of scoundrels: When someone wants to score some points, writes Alan Caruba, it's environmentalism that they fall back on
The gun control experiment - two more data points: The furor over the cost overruns in the Canadian firearms registry, says Dr. Michael S. Brown, has a parallel in Tacoma, Washington
A New Mexican reflects on Jordan: At the end of a week long trip to Jordan, Jeremy Reynalds has some final and warm thoughts about the Middle East country
Higher education's reversal of values: A pair of recent stories about shenanigans at some of America's university's has C.T. Rossi wondering what the heck is going on these days
Affirmative action insults immigrant contributions: Wendy McElroy wonders how generations of immigrants from all over the world who also suffered systemic discrimination managed to make it in America without affirmative action
War and morality: George W. Bush's policy toward Saddam Hussein is doomed to failure because it refuses to evaluate the conflict with Iraq in moral terms, argues Peter Schwartz, and if anything the battle with Iraq is a moral conflict
Jordanian journalist skewers American Middle East policy: Jeremy Reynalds talks to a Jordanian journalist who likes America but doesn't much care for those policies that influence the Middle East
The real costs of Canada's firearms registry: In his new editorial, Steve Martinovich asks the Canadian government to put its national firearms registry program out of its misery
Exploring America's cultural history: Love him or hate him, Louis Menand is a writer and cultural historian of remarkable skill. Steve Martinovich reviews a collection of his essays entitled American Studies
New economic team in the offing: It was necessary for George W. Bush to fire Paul O'Neill and Larry Lindsey, writes Carol Devine-Molin, in order to signal that the economy remains a priority of the administration
Homeland Security? Don't make me laugh!: No matter how many new departments America's government creates, argues Alan Caruba, the fact is that nothing can stop terrorists from striking again
Political issues in a post-leftist world: The day is coming, says Bruce Walker, when we'll be able to have a serious discussion and resolution on the major issues of the day
Bush taking on issues, Dems taking on Rush Limbaugh: There is still plenty of time for things to go real bad for George W. Bush, writes W. James Antle III, but given the way the left is acting it's doubtful that trouble will come from there anytime soon
The Left: Conspiring to defeat themselves: Paul Weyrich loves the notion that Tom Daschle is spreading, that the Republican National Committee is controlling several media outlets. It promises to keep Democrats in the wilderness for quite some time
What is the Republican agenda?: We're all happy that the Republicans are running things in Washington, D.C. Tom DeWeese does have one question: What exactly are the Republicans going to do with this power?
Mississippi tort reform: Mississippi has long been known as the place to go if you want to file a lawsuit for massive claims. Robert S. Sargent Jr. praises legislation which may put a stop to that
Unlimited liability: We've been told for decades that blaming an entire class of people for something committed by a small number of its members is morally wrong. Alex Epstein says if that's the case, why is America's business community being scapegoated?
Stand up for yourself: Regardless of who you are debating the issues of the day with, asks Wendy McElroy, please treat the person with some respect
The vital mission: Restoring honor to Democrats: As he has argued in the past, Bruce Walker says one of the most important challenges for George W. Bush remains restoring the Democratic Party to its honourable past
Is supply-side economics returning?: Regardless of whether supply-side economics are making a comeback, as some believe, W. James Antle III says George W. Bush should continue to promote tax cuts to strengthen the economy
Hollywood's endangered species list: Avi Davis explains why he thinks Hollywood Jews don't come to the support of their brethren in Israel
The Libertarian Limbaugh: There's not much better than a new Larry Elder book. Steve Martinovich reviews Showdown: Confronting the Bias, Lies, and the Special Interests That Divide America
The return of one of America's most controversial commentators: Steve Martinovich says that Charles A. Morse's The Gramsci Factor: 59 Socialists in Congress continues to prove the Boston talk show host as one of the more outspoken commentators working today
Short memories and present dangers: Alan Caruba urges us not to forget that the Axis of Evil isn't just limited to Iraq. North Korea has been busy the last couple of weeks as well
Understanding the roots of militant Islam: Even over a year after September 11, Islam and its militant splinters remain a mystery to Americans, writes Carol Devine-Molin
A New Mexican looks at Jordan: At the start of a trip to Jordan Jeremy Reynalds visits that most American of institutions: The mall
Why greens are on the wrong planet: Why is John G. Lankford unimpressed when he hears environmentalists talk about extinct species? Because humanity could be wiped out at any time thanks to supervolcanos. It already nearly happened once
Repeal the 17th Amendment: John MacMullin calls for the repealing of the 17th Amendment and because this is ESR we even have a constitutional solution to offer
Criminal Code proves Chretien is an oxymoron: Jane Gaffin says Canada's Criminal Code has turned the country into a sham democracy that casually infringes its citizen's rights
Chanukah Prayer: Charles A. Morse offers the traditional Jewish prayer to those we have lost over the past year and to those we should thank
A reply to Senator McCain's Worth Fighting For: Even 13 years later the controversial Tower nomination hearing continues to rankle many. Paul M. Weyrich defends his campaign to block the nomination of John Tower to the post of secretary of defence
Feminist fighting: Aren't we all women?: Why do many people now automatically doubt a story of spousal abuse? Wendy McElroy says you can thank the feminist movement for that
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