TCS Daily : November 2005 Archives

The Butcher and the Bard

Perhaps Saddam Hussein, the Butcher of Baghdad, has taken advice from Shakespeare's Dick the Butcher. In "Henry VI, Part II," Act IV Dick the Butcher blurts out one of the Bard's most misquoted and misunderstood lines: "The first thing we... Read More

Denying the Undeniable Design

"Divine messages etched in cells -- what bosh!" The professor rolled his eyes and drummed his fingers on the table. "It means nothing, nothing at all." "Professor," said the journalist, "with all due respect, I find that difficult to believe.... Read More

Ciao, California; Howdy, Kansas!

Great news for New Agers, Theosophists, spirit rappers, chiromancers, and advanced thinkers of every stripe! There's a new frontier a-beckoning, and you can get there by VW minibus. If you're not on the bus, you're off the bus, and last... Read More

It's Flex Time

A while back, I suggested that encouraging online shopping might be one way to promote energy conservation. Shopping online saves energy -- you don't drive from store to store, and the delivery vans that deliver packages to hundreds of customers... Read More

Know Your Friends, and Know Your Enemies Better

Prishtina, Kosovo -- Irving Kristol, the recognized father of neoconservatism, is said to have formulated an important rule of politics: "Know who your friends are." I would add to this advice that one should also know who one's serious enemies... Read More

Inflation Tango

The supportive pronouncements of Argentine economic policymakers on President Kirchner's summary firing of Roberto Lavagna, Argentina's erstwhile Minister of Economy and the country's sole remaining link with economic orthodoxy, has to remind one of the story of th Read More

Climate Policy Needs a Stern Review

Tony Blair's admission that any international climate change treaty to follow Kyoto is unlikely to be based on the same model is probably the best news this sterile debate has received in a long time. For too long now the... Read More

The Coming $100 Laptop Tragedy

The earliest mistakes in any major project are typically the biggest mistakes.* Early decisions are important because of all the downstream resources and actions that they commit you to. A case in point is the vaunted $100 laptop. In case... Read More

Bolivia's Nightmare

The forces of Latin American populism are arrayed behind Evo Morales, the former coca grower who toppled two Presidents of Bolivia through violent street action and promises a nationalist revolution if he wins the elections on December 18th. Although he... Read More

Climate Policy Needs a Stern Review

Tony Blair's admission that any international climate change treaty to follow Kyoto is unlikely to be based on the same model is probably the best news this sterile debate has received in a long time. For too long now the... Read More

Exit Iraq, But How?

The time to begin pulling out of Iraq is nigh. I say this neither as an antiwar zealot, nor as one who believes Iraq is a quagmire. Indeed, I think invading Iraq was the right thing to do. I also... Read More

When France Polls America...

The most recent AP-Ipsos poll, released on November 11, brought bad news for President Bush. The headline told the story: "Poll: Most Americans Say Bush Not Honest". Coming just after the indictment of vice presidential aide "Scooter" Libby for perjury... Read More

Central Bank Blues

It's an iron law of conflicted Third World countries that anything you do can get you shot at - including nothing. But whether it's tax harmonization or the Bolkestein-Frankenstein Services Directive the law seems, in its own way, to work... Read More

No Peace Without Syria

"No war without Egypt. No peace without Syria." - Arab proverb BEIRUT - Once again Lebanon's hot southern border is a frontline in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Last week it exploded in violence as Hezbollah fighters stormed across the border into... Read More

Are Wives Necessary? Welcome to Hef's World

Maureen Dowd is the most prominent female columnist in the U.S. today. And yet now she has made a disheartening discovery: Prominence in newspapers is not the same as pre-eminence in the bookstore. Of course, a well-read woman, such as... Read More

New York's Stockholm Syndrome

The New York Times recently published some disturbing news. The Big Apple's major business association, the Partnership for New York City, is pushing for a congestion charge on traffic in Manhattan, and City Hall is willing to consider it. Is... Read More

Sharon's Calculation

By reputation, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is the blunt, armored instrument of Israeli politics. On the battlefield, Sharon was something like the tanks he led, a visceral juggernaut of a commander dedicated to offensive action. His courage, audacity and... Read More

Ticking Tax Time Bombs

The first rule in government, as in medicine, is the Hippocratic one: Do no harm. Unfortunately, Congress is about to do severe harm to the U.S. economy if it fails to act in the next few months to stop three... Read More

Tyler Cowen's Law

"I just don't believe that any political party can be mass-captured by the intelligent and brought around to sanity." -- Tyler Cowen There are passionate Republicans and passionate Democrats. But I agree with Tyler Cowen that neither party is likely... Read More

Life in the Balkans is Not a Comic Book

DUBROVNIK, Croatia -- I write on the road to Kosovo, where I have come to pursue the work of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, of which I am executive director. The majority in Kosovo is Albanian, a people who always... Read More

The Altruism Boom

"Just as trade between countries is the best recipe for friendship between them, so exchange between enfranchised and empowered individuals is the best recipe for cooperation. We must encourage social and material exchange between equals for that is the raw... Read More

What (American) Wine Shall We Have for Thanksgiving?

Assuming a gathering of friends but not of wine snobs, you want good wines that will complement the food but not be the star attraction. Anyway, star attraction wines -- well aged clarets, cabernets, or burgundies -- don't mesh well... Read More

Germany's Grand Illusion

In the last quarter of 2005, Germany's economy is continuing down its path of weakness and fragility. Unemployment is rampant, economic growth has almost come to a halt and Germany's social security system and other welfare programs are chronically short... Read More

Incentives and Deadly Disease

The threat of bird flu has stirred up an enormous amount of free publicity for Tamiflu, which is manufactured by the Swiss company Roche. Few people know, however, that Roche did not develop the drug; it only purchased the license.... Read More

The Usual Suspects

HONG KONG - Hong Kong-based officials from the global NGO Oxfam have recently embarked on a WTO-bashing path. Their efforts are a precursor to the upcoming WTO ministerial conference to be held here in December. This is not entirely surprising. ... Read More

You Want to Keep This Revolution? Be Ready to Fight For It.

I've been writing about Internet free speech for a long time in Internet years. I've written about the new communications media's effect on old media, the challenge it poses to dictators, and its effect on U.S. elections. But the truest... Read More

You Want to Keep This Revolution? Be Ready to Fight For It.

I've been writing about Internet free speech for a long time in Internet years. I've written about the new communications media's effect on old media, the challenge it poses to dictators, and its effect on U.S. elections. But the truest... Read More

You Want to Keep This Revolution? Be Ready to Fight For It.

I've been writing about Internet free speech for a long time in Internet years. I've written about the new communications media's effect on old media, the challenge it poses to dictators, and its effect on U.S. elections. But the truest... Read More

Markets in Everything: What About Kidneys?

Britain is going to introduce a sobering bill in April that will finesse the issue of ownership of a newly deceased corpse. According to The Times, doctors are to be given the right to keep organs artificially alive after death... Read More

Fighting Selfish and Selfless Wars

As a general rule, foreign policy realists believe that nation-states are primarily motivated to rationally maximize their power. As a consequence, nation-states do not generally undertake foreign policy or military activities that do not have tangible and potentia Read More

Bad for Business

Adam Smith's "Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations" is still far from finished. Although we have an approximate understanding of the forces which influence the wealth-creating capacity of societies, mysteries remain. Some factors are beyond.. Read More

First Amendment, Cap in Hand

"The well-government and regulating of Printers and Printing Presses is matter of Publique care and of great concernment especially considering that by the general licentiousnes of the late times many evil disposed persons have been encouraged to print and sell... Read More

The Democrats' Vietnamization Strategy

The Democrats lost the election of 2004 not because millions of bigoted red necks stormed the polls to protest gay marriage, as the self-serving liberal mythology would have it. The Democrats lost because on the crucial issue of national security,... Read More

You Want to Keep This Revolution? Be Ready to Fight For It.

I've been writing about Internet free speech for a long time in Internet years. I've written about the new communications media's effect on old media, the challenge it poses to dictators, and its effect on U.S. elections. But the truest... Read More

Pottering Around

Republicans for Voldemort! is having a resurrection. I've seen the mock campaign cropping up again around Washington lately.   For those who don't know who Voldemort is, there is a movie out this week called Harry Potter and the Goblet of... Read More

Sam Alito, Searching and Seizing

The Fourth Amendment protects individuals from "unreasonable searches and seizures." Accordingly, an understanding of how Judge Samuel Alito voted on Fourth Amendment cases is crucial to determining how his presence on the Supreme Court might impact one of our most Read More

From Seattle to Busan The Flashpoints of Modern Protest

When leaders from the 21 member nations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation met in Busan over the weekend, they were warmly receive by their host, Korean president Roh Moo-hyun. The leaders and people of Korea's second city, always eager to... Read More

A Book Like No Other

What possible interest could a war fought nearly 2500 years ago between two city-states on arid Mediterranean soil generate in the present? Forget the inevitable application to Iraq and the war on terror that any study of military history must... Read More

Sasol's Potential Climate Solution

SASOLBURG, South Africa -- During the Apartheid era, Sasol was the Afrikaner Parastatal synthetic fuel organization and a bastion of the nationalist state. Since it had no competition and was essentially pushing against the market, I was surprised to find... Read More

Revolution and Reform

Almost two years have passed since the "Revolution of Roses" in Georgia. On 23 November 2003 peaceful demonstrations forced the former long-time leader Eduard Shevardnadze to resign. Once one of the Soviet Union's most prosperous republics, Georgia was a mess.... Read More

Why People Hate Economics

"the separateness of these two mechanisms, one for understanding the physical world and one for understanding the social world, gives rise to a duality of experience. We experience the world of material things as separate from the world of goals... Read More

Global Warming, Global Goverance

The European Parliament this week adopted a resolution on a report authored by one of its MEPs. Entitled, "Winning the Battle Against Global Climate Change," it offers a new example of the institutionalized scare-mongering so characteristic of the current climate.. Read More

The Killer That Matters Most

A new study by a University of Wisconsin - Madison research group has concluded that global warming is causing the deaths of about 150,000 people each year. Part of the research draws upon World Health Organization (WHO) estimates from a... Read More

A Golden Opportunity

Okay, so I was wrong. Last month I predicted that the four initiatives sponsored by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger would carry during last Tuesday's special election. They did not. Mea maxima culpa. But what went wrong? And how can Arnold,... Read More

'Data Never Tell a Story; They Must Be Interpreted'

"One-third of patients with health problems in the U.S. report experiencing medical, medication, or test errors, the highest rate of any nation in a new Commonwealth Fund international survey." So reads the opening line of a November 3 press release... Read More

The Relevance of Romance

Historical romances are usually as much about contemporary times as about the past, and the new film The Legend of Zorro is a perfect example. Typically, historical romances center on the replacement of an unjust social and political order with... Read More

Golden Statement?

Okay, so I was wrong. Last month I predicted that the four initiatives sponsored by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger would carry during last Tuesday's special election. They did not. Mea maxima culpa. But what went wrong? And how can Arnold,... Read More

Holes in EPA's Ozone Policy

No sooner has EPA implemented its tough new 8-hour ozone standard, than the agency is considering a substantial new clampdown on federal smog limits.[1] The Clinton administration concluded back in 1996 that trying to attain the 8-hour standard would cause... Read More

Merkel Outfoxed, or Leading the Pack?

On her way to becoming Germany's first female chancellor, Angela Merkel has signed off on a policy platform that seems designed for failure: multiple tax hikes on a sluggish economy, modest restraints on state spending and virtually no initiatives to... Read More

Has the Coalition Used Chemical Weapons in Iraq?

The frenzy of the week in the blogosphere concerns the use of White Phosphorus as an anti-personnel weapon at Fallujah. After initial State Department denials that did little for the American PR cause, the Pentagon has now made a matter-of-fact... Read More

The Flu the Next Time

President Bush's plan to combat the threat of avian flu is borne of fears that the H5N1 viral strain closely resembles the 1918 flu strain that had leapt from birds to humans, killing 500,000 Americans and 20 million people worldwide.... Read More

The Flawed Philosophy of Intelligent Design

The time has come to be blunt. The problem with Intelligent Design is not that it is false; not that the arguments in its favor reduce to smoke and mirrors; and not that it's defenders are disingenuous or even duplicitous.... Read More

The Limits of Sovereignty

Syria has accidentally placed itself at the center of the debate about the limits of sovereignty and the legitimacy of collective action. On February 14, Rafik al-Hariri, former Prime Minister of Lebanon, was killed by a car bomb in Beirut.... Read More

Good News out of New Orleans

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many have blamed the New Orleans government for the city's poor preparedness -- and rightly so. But let's also give credit where credit is due: the city government is making good decisions about restoring... Read More

'Romantic Radicals'

It is the way of the bien pensant intellectual to reason thusly: Because Senator Joseph McCarthy was a demagogue, nobody in America was rooting for Josef Stalin or helped him. And here's the logical corollary, subscribed to by the bien... Read More

Europe's Kyoto Bill

No matter how clear it becomes that the Kyoto Protocol will not work, the European Union will not admit that its climate policies will do nothing to affect global climate but will have a hugely negative effect on the global... Read More

Un-Jolly Rogers

Long John Silver personified the romantic literature's image of the pirate. "Treasure Island's" pirate chief was a greedy killer, but his occasional displays of heart and humor elevated him above the usual sea mobster. Young Hawkins admired Long John --... Read More

The Future for The Unheavenly City

PARIS -- Of the riots here, there is both less and more than meets the eye.   Less, literally, because if you've been in this city for a few days, you wonder what the commotion is about. The restaurants, museums, and... Read More

Triumphalist and Disgraceful

British Labour Members of Parliament, who, throughout Tony Blair's administration, have merrily whistled through a vote to limit the right to trial by jury and just last week voted to remove our ancient right of double jeopardy, suddenly suffered a... Read More

Making Sense of Drug Safety

Have you ever tried to read the official FDA-approved labeling for a drug? It's tough going even for physicians who are trying to find something in a hurry, and almost impossible for non-experts. Although there is a standard format for... Read More

How Big Can Small Get?

A while back, I wrote on the question of whether small is the new big. But I think we're really too hung up on bigness, and smallness. Instead of focusing on size, we should probably be thinking more about relationships.... Read More

Is a Windfall Profits Tax a Good Idea?

Many people are surprised that oil company profits in recent months have been so high. Some politicians, including even some Republicans, have threatened to impose windfall profits taxes on oil companies to take some of these profits for the government.... Read More

A Grain of Salt

For Susan Jebb, head of nutrition and health research for the UK's Medical Research Council, the problem and the solution is really quite simple: Reducing salt intake can reduce blood pressure and dramatically improve Britain's health. Commenting at a recent... Read More

A bad proposal motivated by ugly politics threatens effective governance of the Internet. For years, there has been criticism of US dominance of global Internet governance, and calls-to-arms to do something about it have been floating around international policy ci Read More

American Interventionism Gets Results

It has been widely noted that the Jordanian terror attacks masterminded by al-Zarqawi signal a new low in al Qaeda's worldwide engagement. Again al Qaeda has been reduced to the killing of Muslims, in the name of Islam, and to... Read More

Tory Climate Change

The likely next leader of the British Conservative Party is David Cameron. He is a breath of fresh air in Tory politics, having a charisma and communication style well-suited to the early 21st century. The policies he advanced during the... Read More

Truth and Doodie

Welcome to the next installment of the continuing saga: Mary Mapes vs. the Blogs, in which, for good measure, she takes on reality, too. And at the same time, we can consider the rise, fall -- and possible comeback --... Read More

The Siren Song of Corporate Social Responsibility

Back in 2001 Henry Hansmann and Reinier Kraakman, of the Yale and Harvard Law Schools respectively, published a well-known essay The End of History for Corporate Law, in which they argued that global corporate governance rules are converging towards "the... Read More

A Smarter Boob Tube

In the early 1980s, computer users experienced a dramatic change, as keyboard and command function operating systems like DOS gave way to mouse-driven graphical user interfaces such as Apple's Macintosh and Microsoft's Windows OS. The television viewer may be about Read More

Is the WTO Relevant? Can It Be?

With major players doing their best to dumb down expectations for the WTO Ministerial next month in Hong Kong, it looks increasingly likely the meeting will produce, at best, an outcome far short of expectations set earlier in the year.... Read More

America's First War on Islamic Terror

Joshua E. London's new book on America's Barbary Wars -- Victory in Tripoli : How America's War with the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Shaped a Nation -- draws fascinating parallels to the current War on Terror. The... Read More

The UN's War Against Innovation

The leadership of the United Nations is truly the gang that can't shoot straight. Even if the recent incidents of corruption and profiteering -- exemplified by the Iraqi oil-for-food scandal -- are anomalies, as defenders of the UN would have... Read More

Did Bush Lie? Ask Google

President Bush came out swinging on Veterans Day in a speech accusing his Democratic war critics of re-writing history. Some war critics have mounted a campaign against him by boiling the entire pre-war history and post-invasion violence down to a... Read More

In France, An Islamist Opportunity?

After two weeks of intense rioting throughout France, many observers are pointing fingers at Muslim fundamentalists. Some even allege that French Islamists, who find support in the country's poor Arab ghettoes, are organizing the riots. This theory is far-fetched. Read More

That Other Cultural War Grinds On

Movie buffs living in Iran got some bad news last month. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his ultra-religious cronies declared a jihad against movies containing "secular, feminist, liberal or nihilist ideas." It will be a few years before certified feminist and... Read More

I Am Privileged to Know Them

LIGONIER, PA. - I'll be at the corner of Market and Fairfield this morning with my orange reflective vest and radio, directing traffic away from the Diamond (our town square) while a small group of people gather for the ceremonies... Read More

It's Miller Time: An American Elegy

My father was in the service during World War II, though not in a combat role. In fact, he enlisted in 1940, after the war had begun in Asia and Europe but more than a year before the United States... Read More

Is There a Doctrine in the Haass?

Every few years, Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former official in the Bush Sr. and Jr. administrations, gets the itch to ask: What grand design should guide American foreign policy? He did it... Read More

Europe's OverREACH

As the European Parliament moves towards adoption of the controversial REACH Directive, it's worth looking at some recent studies that have looked at what effect the chemicals testing requirements would actually have. Recently, the European Commission-funded Europe Read More

Is Intelligent Design a Bad Scientific Theory or a Non-Scientific Theory?

In an election in Pennsylvania this week, voters tossed out eight members of the Pittsburgh school board who wanted Intelligent Design theory to be taught alongside evolution in school. But should Intelligent Design -- the theory that living organisms... Read More

Separation of Family and State

"The rioters are generally 12 to 25 years old, and roughly half of those arrested are under 18...Traditional parental control has disappeared and many Muslim families are headed by a single parent. Elders, imams and social workers have lost control.... Read More

Setting America Free or Shackling Us with Mandates?

In a recent speech at Georgetown University, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) outlined forthcoming legislation to "set America free" from "dependence" on imported oil. He wants to end both our pain at the pump and America's reliance on oil sheiks. But... Read More

Law and Order Conservatism Now; Economic Conservatism Later?

PARIS -- The French government knows exactly how many cars were burned by rioting Muslim youths in the blighted banlieues of its major cities Tuesday night: 617. But it has no idea how many Muslims live in the country.  ... Read More

Cry for Me Argentina

Last weekend, besides the official Summit of the Americas, another summit took place in Mar del Plata, Argentina. "La cumbre de los pueblos," the Summit of the People, was the main venue for protesters to manifest their opposition to... Read More

France Needs Evolution, Not Revolution

"Brennt Paris?" Adolf Hitler asked in August 1944. "Is Paris burning?" The Paris garrison commander, German Gen. Dietrich von Choltitz, finessed the Fuhrer's "scorched earth" evil. His forces put up a fight, but Paris wasn't torched and turned to ash.... Read More

Venezuela's Worrisome Export: Revolution

Over the weekend, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela once again asserted his place as the world's leading anti-globalization protester, hurling insults at George Bush and calling for the defeat of the Free Trade Area of the Americas. If all there... Read More

Pro-Growth Progressives and 2008

I got a copy of Gene Sperling's new book, The Pro-Growth Progressive: An Economic Strategy for Shared Prosperity the other day, and I couldn't help but think: "The pro-growth progressive? Let's hope that we have more than one!" That's... Read More

Internet Killed the Alien Star

If you're looking for one of those famous, big-eyed alien abductors, try looking on the sides of milk cartons. The UFO cultural moment in America is long since over, having gone out with the Clintons and grunge rock in the... Read More

Burn, Social Model, Burn

The intense riots that started in the suburbs of Paris and have now spread throughout France and even across Europe may have been triggered by a single event, but their real causes run deep and are complex. They are a... Read More

A Socialist Hemisphere?

MIAMI -- The disappearance in Aruba last June of Natalee Holloway, an American high school senior on a trip with her classmates from Alabama, received more press and television coverage in the U.S. than any other event taking place in... Read More

Reconsidering the Bush Doctrine

Recently, Commentary magazine put together a fascinating symposium on the Bush Doctrine, which includes the use of pre-emptive attacks and the strategy of bringing democracy to the Middle East. I strongly recommend reading the symposium, as well as other recent... Read More

The Black Tuesday of the French Army

This week marks the one-year anniversary of what French documentary filmmakers Stéphane Haumant and Jérome Pin have dubbed "The Black Tuesday of the French Army". On November 9, 2004, French forces opened fire on a crowd of protestors gathered in... Read More

Syria: The Ambiguous Islamist Angle

In the aftermath of the United Nations report on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, much attention has been focused on how to hold Syria to account. Indeed, the German investigator heading the inquiry, Detlev Mehlis,... Read More

Some Rare Good News on the Obesity Front

Most days the headlines about fat, filled as they are with the latest "study" on the dangers of obesity or the newest crazy proposal about preventing it, rarely make for encouraging reading. That's because so much of what passes for... Read More

Direct Dumb-ocracy: California Fruits and Nuts Against Agriculture

California's referendum process frequently leads to incredibly dumb issues appearing on the ballot -- and to some preposterous outcomes. Among the most egregious examples this year is Measure M, a Sonoma County anti-biotechnology proposal that would prohibit the c Read More

Eurabian Fights

PARIS -- As the Eurabian Nights' dream starts exploding in the face of France, mainstream media are counting the number of torched cars and explaining that the rioters suffer from poverty and discrimination. It would seem that Interior Minister Nicolas... Read More

"Red Belt" Riots

In December 1979, at 31, I first went to Europe. I was then an anti-Stalinist, revolutionary communist. I flew to London and after a boat-train trip to Paris, was met by comrades in the small movement to which I belonged,... Read More

Defining Dominance Down

This fall in New York, EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes took part in an international conference devoted to antitrust policy. In front of an audience of lawyers invited by the Fordham Corporate Law Institute, she tried to clarify the principles... Read More

The Green of Green Government

The Financial Times recently carried an op-ed by Harvard professor John Quelch that gushed over corporations electing the green business model (or at least green rhetoric). This paean to the erstwhile British Petroleum -- now BP: Beyond Petroleum -- epitomizes... Read More

Academic Minor: Why Are Blacks Underrepresented in Academia?

We have recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Million Men March, in which some 800,000 black men marched in Washington's National Mall to raise awareness of the systemic maladies of black America. Although the current condition of black America... Read More

Happy Anniversary, Reaganites!

Can you imagine the Dow Jones Industrial Average at, say, 3000? Can you visualize inflation and interests in double digits? And per capita income maybe two-thirds of what it is now? It's not so difficult to see those things in... Read More

Iran's Balancing Act

Make no mistake about it, Iran is anti-American and anti-Israel. While this is no revelation, an International Herald Tribune editorial (29/30 October 2005) arrives at this conclusion as if it were a hidden truth, saying: "at last no one can... Read More

Liberia: From Barbarity to Hope

Liberia, like too many other African countries, has gone through a long period of violence, mayhem and tragedy. But last month, Liberia held its first free and fair election, which offers the people an opportunity to leave their grisly... Read More

How Much Ice in the Global Cocktail?

One of the great fears generated by global warming is that the ocean is about to rise and swallow our coasts. These concerns have been heightened by the substantial uptick in Atlantic hurricane activity that began in 1995. The frequency... Read More

Much Ado About Meth?

Until Hurricane Katrina blew it off the front pages, methamphetamine was last summer's big story. Readers learned about jerry-rigged meth labs poisoning the ground water with toxic byproducts, jails overflowing with addicted inmates, foster care systems crammed wit Read More

Job Summit of the Americas

When the host country Argentina proposed as the subject for the IV Summit of the Americas "Creating Jobs to fight poverty and Strengthen Democratic Governance" it probably thought that this was the way to avoid discussing the Latin American Free... Read More

What's at Stake When Bush Meets with Lula

The show must go on. President Bush heads to the Argentine seaside resort of Mar del Plata later this week for a summit of Western Hemisphere leaders. Then he moves to Brasilia on Nov. 5 and 6 for talks with... Read More

Sovereignty Redefined

After reviewing hundreds of books on the popular Brothers Website, it's not surprising that the brother with the most blisters on his fingers, Orrin Judd, (who also contributes to TCS from time to time) has released a book of... Read More

Would You Like Boric Acid with that Boiled Diaper?

Most parents worry about the damage they may be inflicting on their children by following parenting advice touted by parenting guides, mental health professionals, school personnel and even talk show hosts. Even those uncouth parents who try to tune out... Read More

A European Defense Market?

European defense markets are fragmented into 25 different entities in which few common rules are applied and national interest prevails over economic rationales. This ends up costing consumers. Just how much European taxpayers are overcharged due to a lack of... Read More

Finding Hope Where the Streets are Named for Lenin and Mao

MAPUTO, Mozambique -- Driving around Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, is like driving through the pages of a socialist history book. Avenida Vladimir Lenin leads into Avenida Mao Tse Tung and Avenida Kim Ill Sung runs parallel to Avenida... Read More

Courage and Principle

Sometimes the greatest courage is shown by doing the simplest things. Rosa Parks proved that when she said no to giving up her seat to a white man in the colored section of a Montgomery, Ala., bus in December... Read More

Let the Saver Beware

Will Brussels bureaucrats ever let go of European citizens' financial privacy? If Laszlo Kovacs has his way, the answer is no. The EU commissioner for taxation and customs union wants to discontinue the "anomaly" of privacy for tax purposes.... Read More

An Ugly Little Reality

The bomb attack on the Palestine Hotel, in Baghdad, last week was typical of the vast majority of terrorist bombings in Iraq. It was a military failure, but to some extent a propaganda success in that it got the attention... Read More

Here We Go Again

Here we go again. Gasoline prices are dropping as usual with the end of the summer driving season. But oil companies are announcing huge quarterly profits, so the inevitable reaction has begun -- howls on Capitol Hill. Self-proclaimed friends of... Read More

The California AG Continues His Junk Science Crusade

"The junk-food industry is peddling junk science." -- Bill Lockyer, California Attorney General Apparently stung by the criticisms about his junk science crusade against acrylamide, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has come out swinging as only a trial lawy Read More

A Comeback Kid Makes His Moves

From the ashes doth the Phoenix rise. Last week was, as repeated ad nauseum, likely the worst week of the Bush presidency. From the 2,000th American death in Iraq, to the withdrawal of Harriet Miers, to the indictment of I.... Read More

The Depression of the Elites

Are the wheels coming off? Maybe, but whether you care may depend on which train you're taking. Peggy Noonan recently wrote that America is in trouble, and its elites are too resigned to the troubles to do anything, concentrating on... Read More

Sam Alito Will Play Reagan to Robert Bork's Goldwater

Like many Purple Americans, I set my clock radio to wake me with the soothing erudition of NPR. Thus on Monday I awoke in the midst of President Bush's announcement that he was nominating Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to... Read More

Paul Samuelson's Reverse Ponzi Scheme

I always find it interesting to speculate on whether seemingly unrelated events are in fact correlated. Of course, most of the time I'm wrong but there are three that have popped in recent weeks that do make me wonder. We... Read More

Iran's Declaration of War

'It was certainly undiplomatic of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to call for Israel to be "wiped off the map" at a conference on Zionism in Tehran. But the wave of Western fury, with countries such as Canada, France, the UK... Read More

The Eyes Have It: Florida's Hurricane Lessons

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. -- Hurricane Wilma was one of those either half-empty or half-full glass things. It's hard to say we were lucky to be hit so hard by the late-season storm, but the truth is that things would have... Read More

Blair Gets Real on Climate Change

Those who advocate stringent controls on carbon emissions have the mistaken notion that we can do something substantial about global warming in the near future. Well, we can't. With a continuing rise in demand for affordable energy, the global economy... Read More

Europe's Chechen Blind Spot

In late October, while the European Parliament was debating new proposals for anti-terror cooperation and legislation within Europe, the UK website and its affiliates in Germany and Belgium posted a statement from the Chechen "Commander in Chie Read More

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