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July 18, 2017 Chaos and Ruin Venezuela has been destroyed by unchecked inequality. Americans must learn from its tragedy.
July 4, 2017 Nail in the Coffin Minimum wage hikes won't destroy the low-wage job. Automation will.
June 20, 2017 Things Robots Can't Do The sale of a high-wage retailer to a low-cost competitor puts more working class jobs at risk.
June 6, 2017 Getting Us Nuked Growing tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran risk war in the Middle East.
May 23, 2017 Denial and Disingenuousness A one-state solution would bring a quick end to the Jewish state.
May 9, 2017 Fantastically Wrong Plans to build Martian colonies are long on fantasy and short on purpose.
April 25, 2017 Unacceptable Price War with North Korea may not end its threat. But it will certainly leave Seoul in ruins.
April 11, 2017 Standardized Abuse The airline industry has become rife with anti-consumer policies.
March 28, 2017 Invincible No More Mass protests in Russia show the limits of Putin's power.
March 14, 2017 Choosing Your Targets Americans are right to be cavalier about CIA hacking.
February 27, 2017 Red State Tortillas Trade has changed Mexico as much as America. Politicians wanting to roll back change must be stopped.
February 7, 2017 Crying Wolf Constant cries of outrage by Trump opponents is numbing the public to his future misdeeds.
January 24, 2017 Goodbye Cruel World
The Death of the Washington Consensus
The retreat of America and Britain from the global stage offers China new but unwelcome opportunities.
January 10, 2017 Hey Alexa Fusing voice commands and a stationary assistant may prove as compelling to the next decade as the touchscreen smartphone was to the last.
December 27, 2016 Agonizing Characters Newspapers must learn to ignore much of what the president-elect says.
December 13, 2016 Making America Bland Again Thank immigrants for America's thriving ethnic food scene.
November 29, 2016 Pitiful Subjects A Trump presidency will give Americans an unpleasant taste of populist rule.
November 8, 2016 Playing on the Riverside Urban waterfronts are becoming playgrounds for the wealthy.
October 25, 2016 Peasants with Pitchforks Trump's angry white men won't disappear after the election. Coastal elites would be wise not to ignore them.
October 10, 2016 Oppressing the Passive Majority Avoiding internet censorship is easier than ever. Fortunately for despots, most people don't bother.
September 27, 2016 Holiday in Baghdad Those who see hopelessness in the Middle East would be wise to learn from events in Colombia.
September 13, 2016 Remedial Civics Pledging to flee to Canada in the event of a Trump victory is a betrayal of democratic values.
August 30, 2016 Shaky Alliance Turkey's invasion of Syria has little to do with the Islamic State and everything to do with its war against the Kurds.
August 16, 2016 Unimpressive Specimens Physical abilities make humans unimpressive in the animal kingdom.
August 2, 2016 Defending the Deadbeats America's NATO allies are worried about Russia, just not worried enough to increase military budgets.
July 19, 2016 Bigfoot, UFOs and Racism Video streaming capabilities of mobile phones are dispelling some myths and proving others.
July 5, 2016 Sustaining the Sprawl Google's automotive projects offer unwelcome aid for America's suburban dysfunction.
June 21, 2016 Hitting the Target Anti-gun rhetoric is landing more weapons on American streets. It's time for a new strategy.
June 7, 2016 Not Quite a Hypocrite Politicians want government to stop rising inequality. Step one is to stop profiting from it.
May 24, 2016 Revisionist History America's foreign policy blunders can't be undone. Recognizing the mistakes can help the world move on.
May 10, 2016 Dirty Habits Canada is embracing new oil production even as Saudi Arabia turns away.
April 26, 2016 Milking It Apple may have sagging phone sales and a lack of new products, but that doesn't mean it can't be profitable.
April 12, 2016 Terminating the Terminator Scary-looking robots are the last thing Google needs to further its artificial intelligence ambitions.
March 29, 2016 Careful What You Wish For Donald Trump's destruction of the Republican Party could drive the ascendency of America's right wing.
March 15, 2016 Building a Legacy Ecuador's infrastructure boom is ending. President Correa leaves much to remember.
March 1, 2016 Zachary Taylor's Renaissance Ecuadorians are happy to take the dollar coins that Americans stubbornly refuse to use.
January 19, 2016 Dictator's Daughter The expected election of Keiko Fujimori may try Peruvians' patience for free market reforms.
January 5, 2016 Unwise Alliance Diverging interests between America and Saudi Arabia are straining an already questionable relationship.
December 22, 2015 Bad Plan The Western bombing campaign against the Islamic State in Syria is short on purpose and even shorter on allies.
December 8, 2015 Tired Old Lines America's gun control movement is a failure. It's time to try something different.
November 24, 2015 A Persistent Threat The face of terrorism has changed in the past generation. The threat to open borders has not.
November 10, 2015 Paradise Flawed Attacks on tourists at Arabian resorts are a reminder of just how lucky Americans are.
October 27, 2015 Challenging the Elders South Africa's angry students never lived under apartheid, only under the neglectful watch of the ANC.
October 13, 2015 Coming Home to Roost The Islamic State's attacks on Saudi Arabia are a problem of the kingdom's own making.
September 29, 2015 Just Not Worth It More Americans are dropping out of the workforce. Technology and politics will decide if this continues.
September 15, 2015 The End of Hope Russia's Syrian intervention will empower the Islamic State at the expense of the moderate opposition.
September 1, 2015 Schengen's Deadly Lie The European Union has failed to implement a region without borders. Refugees are paying the ultimate price.
August 18, 2015 The Lost Dream of Mr. Fusion Why futuristic visions from the 1980s didn't come to pass.
August 4, 2015 Wings of the Same Bird Both hopeful Cubans and distraught Puerto Ricans have distorted ideas about their economic future.
July 21, 2015 Running Out of Time An attack on Americans would derail efforts to keep American ground troops out of the war against the Islamic State.
July 7, 2015 Big Piles of Money Fears of declining profits at Google are a distraction from the company's more important value.
June 23, 2015 Epicenter of Violence Central American countries have devolved into the bad neighborhoods of a globalized world.
June 9, 2015 A Problem of Strength The total erosion of checks on the Russian president's power makes government action unpredictable.
May 26, 2015 Stealing Android Google is under threat from an upstart that wants to take away its mobile operating system.
May 12, 2015 An Ephemeral Outrage Bottling water in drought-ridden California is no more outrageous than bottling water in other areas.
April 28, 2015 Wallowing in the Past The world must remember the Armenian genocide. Armenians must put it behind them.
April 14, 2015 Shaming the Shamers Internet shaming often doesn't work. Even when it does, it can be dangerous.
March 31, 2015 Waning Alliance America is right to choose peace with Iran over accommodation of Israel.
March 17, 2015 Censorship American Style Decades of un-American censorship about travel to Cuba is finally coming to an end.
March 3, 2015 Risky Investments Panama's canal expansion project counts on shipping growth that may not come.
February 27, 2015 Surfing Like It's 1999 Only the luckiest in Cuba can access the internet.
February 23, 2015 Barely Rattling Along Cuba's social order relies on Venezuela's oil largess. This charity may not last.
January 27, 2015 A Welcome Resurgence Apple's gain in the mobile phone market is good news for owners of Android and Apple phones alike.
January 13, 2015 Distressing the Dictator Cheap oil is bad news for authoritarian regimes. Neighboring countries might not fare better.
December 23, 2014 Stuck in the Past NASA's Orion capsule offers the chance to send man back into deep space. Now man just needs somewhere affordable to go.
December 9, 2014 Injustice Revealed Catching bad cops on video doesn't prevent injustice. But it makes it impossible to deny unjust acts.
November 25, 2014 Holiday in Haiti? Haiti's tourism renaissance is off to a very rough start.
November 11, 2014 The Hero Turns A new turning point in Russian relations follows unintended consequences of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
October 28, 2014 Rewarding Bad Behavior Apple's new mobile payment system threatens to enrich the credit card industry for yet another generation.
October 14, 2014 Profitable Ignorance Aggressive marketing practices have ruined the credibility of food labels. Big businesses aren't the only ones to blame.
September 30, 2014 Stalling for Time Madrid is using the law as a tool for delaying a legitimate vote on Catalonian independence.
September 9, 2014 A Deadly Speed Bump The largest Ebola epidemic in history is a product of African growth. Panicked Westerners would be wise to take note.
August 26, 2014 From Luxury to Squalor Affordable Housing in America’s capital is as scarce now as it was 125 years ago.
August 12, 2014 Corporate Revolution Big businesses are teaming up to protect citizens from the tyranny of big government.
July 29, 2014 Foolish Investment Amazon's long-term growth might be better than short-term profits, but only if those profits eventually come.
July 15, 2014 Collateral Damage Countries aspiring to Western status must learn to be as high minded in war as they are at peace.
July 1, 2014 Pretty Words The Supreme Court has taken a strong stand against digital snooping, but it is unlikely to reign in the NSA any time soon.
June 17, 2014 Welcoming Kurdistan The collapse of the Iraqi army in the face of Islamist rebels has virtually assured the independence of Kurdistan.
June 3, 2014 Great Satan No More Getting a nuclear deal with Iran is far more important than getting nuclear concessions.
May 20, 2014 Blood and Sand Violence has once again erupted over control of the South China Sea. China risks driving its neighbors into the arms of America.
May 6, 2014 Death and the Benevolent Dictator Boardroom abuse will always exist, so shareholders must know about executive pay.
April 22, 2014 Unseemly Cause Left-wing Americans use rising inequality as a weapon to attack their enemies. Innovative thinking and sincere solutions are sorely needed.
April 8, 2014 Under Control? Trouble in Ukraine doesn't mean a new Cold War. It might mean something far more deadly.
March 25, 2014 Time for a Clean Slate Afghanistan's government can't survive without American support. That planned support isn't worth giving.
March 11, 2014 Interpol vs. the Poor Cracking down on stolen passports is less about fighting terrorism than it is about trapping the world's poor.
February 25, 2014 An Amicable Divorce The West wants to keep Ukraine together. It may be better to help it fall apart.
February 11, 2014 Dead-End Conspiracy A tradition of government meddling discourages Americans from changing jobs.
January 28, 2014 New Generation of Hype Fuel cell vehicles make great props for auto shows. Until fundamental problems are solved, that's the only place they belong.
january 14, 2014 Poisonous Mix Popular support for wealthy abusers highlights the moral bankruptcy of Indian society.
December 31, 2013 Pity the Petro-Citizens Violence in the world's newest petro-state is tragic even if it isn't surprising.
December 17, 2013 Democracy's Key Lesson Ukrainians are right to be outraged by their president's policies, but they'd better learn to live with them.
December 3, 2013 Exploitation's Favorite Face Mexicans fear being sold out to foreigners over oil. Sadly, Pemex has sold them out already.
November 12, 2013 Treating the Symptoms Promises to fight inequality are resonating with voters. Politicians must figure out a way to deliver.
October 29, 2013 Trust Them? Really? Raging German anger over American spying offers the best hope yet for reigning in the NSA.
October 15, 2013 Murky Future A Chinese company plans a new pan-American canal in just six years. Don't hold your breath.
October 1, 2013 Nothing to Lose America's political crisis has its roots in anger over the sagging fortunes of the middle class.
September 17, 2013 Not Quite Cruelty Free Walmart has won a political victory in Washington. Business success may not be so easy.
September 3, 2013 Ending With a Whimper America's prohibition of marijuana has ended. The drug war, unfortunately, lives on.
August 20, 2013 Squinting in the Sand The handheld computer's success has squashed the promise of e-paper.
August 6, 2013 New Era of Openness A cyberattack against the Tor privacy system highlights America's betrayal of internet freedom.
July 23, 2013 I Want It Now New innovations in retail delivery are a long time in coming.
July 9, 2013 Reckless and Stupid
The End of Egyptian Democracy
Egypt's liberals are cheering the downfall of the Muslim Brotherhood. They should be trembling in fear for their future.
June 25, 2013 Liberty Isn't Privacy The NSA's surveillance of ordinary Americans' is not a privacy issue. It is a fundamental betrayal of Americans' basic liberties.
June 4, 2013 Deficit Relapse Rising imports and stagnant exports threaten a half-decade of American progress.
May 21, 2013 Missing the Boat Ben Bernanke doesn't embrace the internet. Those who do likewise will be confined to a clunky, old-fashioned world.
May 7, 2013 Tragic Present, Glitzy Future Deadly conditions in a Bangladeshi sweatshop should make Western consumers think twice. For Bangladeshis' sake, they had better keep buying.
April 23, 2013 Worst-Case Scenario A resurgence of fossil fuel use will send atmospheric carbon levels soaring. Pray that climate alarmists are wrong about the effects.
April 9, 2013 A Bigger, Messier Lebanon The Syrian civil war is going badly for the government. Unfortunately, it is going badly for the people as well.
March 26, 2013 Sticking It to the Consumer Companies love to squeeze money out of consumers. Government shouldn't stop them, but it shouldn't help them, either.
March 12, 2013 Coming Drama America's surging stock valuations make bonds look like a bad deal. That's bad news for government finance, inflation or both.
February 26, 2013 That's Creepy
But He's Creepier
Human nature makes people untrusting of new technology. This often isn't justified.
February 12, 2013 Doomsday Scenario Automatic budget cuts are only a small measure of what is needed to put America's house in order. Those opposing them do so against their country's best interests.
January 29, 2013 Probation for the Huddled Masses Denying immigrants government services threatens to destroy America's culture of equality.
January 15, 2013 Bullets and Big Gulps America's gun nuts used to be vanguards of liberty. Now they're just nuts.
January 1, 2013 A Long Way to Go Sexual predators run rampant in India for a simple reason: people let them.
December 11, 2012 Solving the Unsolvable Several of America's seemingly unsolvable problems are suddenly getting better.
November 27, 2012 Illiberal Democracy India proves that democracy can work in some developing countries. Egypt may not be one of them.
October 30, 2012 Mobile Stagnation Innovation in mobile computing is nearing the end of the road.
October 16, 2012 The Never-Ending Party Cuban communism survives by letting the troublesome leave and finding other folks to pay the bills.
October 2, 2012 A Revolutionary Ending Great revolutionaries often make terrible governors. Georgia's Sakashvili did better than most.
September 18, 2012 Still Tarnished The end of the Bush presidency didn't stem Arabs' hatred of America. Arab ignorance and American policy are equally to blame.
September 4, 2012 Please Paint My Ceiling The American Dream isn't dead for working class Americans, but it has moved to different places. Unemployed workers would be wise to do the same.
August 21, 2012 Egomaniacs, Traitors and Crackpots The WikiLeaks case is full of strange characters. Yet the strangeness of activists does not invalidate their cause.
August 7, 2012 Beyond the Fancy Facade A security breach shows that Apple's walled garden isn't so safe after all.
July 24, 2012 Unilateralist Nostalgia America's drive for international consensus on Syria does nothing but serve the world's most repressive regimes.
July 10, 2012 Unholy Alliance The seedy partnership between politicians and gambling operators has gone too far.
June 26, 2012 Just Choose Women's efforts to juggle career and family have not been very successful. Perhaps "having it all" isn't all it's cracked up to be.
June 12, 2012 No War With Eastasia America's military shift to the Pacific makes sense, for reasons that have nothing to do with China.
May 29, 2012 Putting Jones to Shame It's tragic how many Americans died fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Glorifying these deaths does not serve the country.
May 15, 2012 Big Banks vs. Big Brother The best way to stop big banks' risky behavior isn't to regulate them, it's to eliminate them.
May 1, 2012 Who Will Do The Dirty Work? The era of cheap Mexican labor is over. America must loosen immigration quotas to find an alternative.
April 17, 2012 Shut Up and Eat While food allergies are rare, Americans with food issues are all too common.
April 3, 2012 A Wilted Figleaf The Supreme Court should invalidate not just the health insurance mandate, but strike down the 70 years of precedent that made it possible.
March 20, 2012 Old Country, Older Profession Widespread prostitution in the Dominican Republic isn't good for the country's future.
February 28, 2012 Time for a New Leaf Raising home prices isn't the answer to boost America's sluggish growth.
February 14, 2012 Patently Unfair Apple's war against Android proves how degenerate America's patent system has become.
January 31, 2012 Abusive Innovation Rapid innovation is driving congestion on America's data networks. Lack of innovation threatens to keep it there.
January 17, 2012 The Rise of Manitoban Sushi America's manic pursuit of the illusion of wholesome freshness is making times hard for the Hostess Twinkie.
January 3, 2012 The Resilient Empire America's withdrawal form Iraq is a symbol of the nation's resilience, not its decline.
December 20, 2011 Sagging Markets and Shaky Loyalties China's cowed citizens are looking less docile all the time. Economic pressure in the coming year could end Chinese allegiance to their authoritarian leaders.
December 4, 2011 Revoking the Irrevocable History has shown that adopting a common currency like the Dollar or Euro is not irreversible.
November 15, 2011 Old Stigmas vs. New Streetcars America's streetcar renaissance is more about style than transportation. In times of austerity, this is a tough sell.
November 1, 2011 Not Too Shabby The upper part of "the other 99 percent" has more in common with the rich than they think.
October 18, 2011 A Weak Case Against Filthy Oil Environmentalists have wielded a red state as an unusual tool in a pointless battle against the excesses of the oil industry.
October 4, 2011 The Ugly Alliance America's deep pockets have made a superficial ally out of a Pakistani enemy. Ending the payments could create a new war.
September 20, 2011 Stubborn Denial Instead of blocking UN recognition of Palestine, Israel would be wise to be its chief UN sponsor.
September 6, 2011 From Savior to Despot A rebellion against Apple's iPad subscription terms could be good for technology and newspapers alike.
August 23, 2011 Ready to Pop Bonds say no inflation. Gold says hyperinflation. Let's call the whole thing a bubble.
August 9, 2011 Welcome to Reality, Glad You Could Join Us America's public finances have been in sad shape for long before the S&P downgrade. Americans, like the rest of the rich world, must stop living beyond their means.
July 26, 2011 End of the Gravy Train The suspension of America's space program was long overdue.
July 12, 2011 Time For What Doesn't Feel Good America's policymakers have been leaping from one short-term fix to another since the start of the financial crisis. Now long-term problems are coming back to haunt them.
June 28, 2011 Shifting the Front America is right to wind down its war in Afghanistan -- not least because it may need to shift the front next door.
June 14, 2011 The Accidental Revolution Historical accidents in revolutionary times can have far-reaching effects. But just because we can't control change, doesn't mean we shouldn't welcome it.
May 31, 2011 Learning to be Boring Microsoft's decline in importance highlights the boon of the hyper-competitive consumer tech market.
May 17, 2011 Facing the Dictator Alone Western governments can't do much for pro-democracy movements, but there's nothing wrong with trying.
May 3, 2011 Dismantling the Nonsense The death of bin Laden provides a window to dismantling the worst of America's security industrial complex.
April 19, 2011 None Too Impressive America needs to get serious about tackling deficit spending before investors get serious with America.
April 5, 2011 Is It Yours? Media companies love to repeatedly charge customers for the same content. Digital distribution is only making the problem worse.
March 22, 2011 Scary Fairy Tales
The Irrational Fear of Radiation
Public fear created by the Japanese nuclear accident will probably doom the renaissance of nuclear power.
March 8, 2011 Short-Term Fluke
The Driving Force of Oil Prices
The coming crisis in oil prices has nothing to do with Arab unrest, and everything to do with the end of the recession.
February 22, 2011 The Leading Edge of Inflation Consumer price inflation is spreading around the world. It is just arriving on American shores.
February 8, 2010 Twitter Feeds and Tie-Dies Demographic trends, not Twitter, are responsible for revolutions in the Islamic world. America would be wise not to stand in the way.
January 20, 2011 Honking for Uncle Ho Vietnam's rapid development is good for its people, if not for its visitors.
December 28, 2010 The Bleeding Edge of Wireless America isn't quite ready for the fully wireless household. If carriers have their way, it never will be.
December 14, 2010 Embarrassing Indeed WikiLeaks' release of secret diplomatic messages may be embarrassing, but not half as much as America's heavy-handed response.
November 28, 2010 Pan-American Prospects The failure to complete the Pan-American Highway made northwest Colombia a backwater. Those days may be coming to an end.
November 9, 2010 Living Like There's No Tomorrow The Fed's plan to print more money makes it easier for politicians to put off cuts in spending. This won't end well.
October 26, 2010 News From the Forest The archaic process of manufacturing newspapers is symbolic of the industry's larger problems.
October 12, 2010 Saving the Suburbs Self-driving technology and electric drive trains offer a path to salvation for the suburbs most pressing problems. Are they too late?
September 28, 2010 Fire the Memory Sticks! An apparent Israeli cyber attack on Iran's nuclear facilities beats the violent alternative, but ordinary people around the world will still suffer the consequences.
September 14, 2010 An Unwelcome Consistency Consolidation in America's rental car industry is irrelevant so long as all companies continue to behave in exactly the same way.
August 31, 2010 Revolution of Idiots The Tea Party movement lacks the thoughtful leadership needed to turn populist anger into productive action.
August 17, 2010 Pashtun Poison
Peace Through Partition in Afghanistan
Afghanistan's Pashtuns are more trouble than they are worth. It's time to show them the door.
August 3, 2010 Repression's Global Creep Internet restrictions in China and Dubai are bad enough. Worse is the risk they will spread to the rest of us.
July 20, 2010 Deal With It
The Inevitability of a Nuclear Iran
Iran is about to become a nuclear power, and there is nothing that the West can do to stop it.
July 6, 2010 Double Dip Deceit A second stimulus package won't help America's economic recovery. In the long run, it would only make things worse.
June 22, 2010 The Unspeakable Exodus Emigration from Israel is currently unspeakable. Unless things change, it will soon be inevitable.
June 8, 2010 The End of Unity South Africans are unified by their pride in hosting the World Cup. But what will happen after the tournament is over?
May 25, 2010 The Erosion of the Private Garden The world's private areas are shrinking with the advance of information technology. People who value privacy must take responsibility for themselves.
May 11, 2010 Shaky Debts and Flagging Trust
The Dubious Future of Public Finance
Europe's bond market rescue won't stabilize international finance so long as national governments remain so awash in debt.
April 27, 2010 Stupid and Impossible
21st Century Immigration Law
Righteous anger over America's broken immigration system is piling bad laws on top of stupid ones.
April 13, 2010 Lessons From a Dead President Poland's recovery from the death of its president proves that all leaders are replaceable. American security officials should take note.
March 30, 2010 Hurricane Season
Awaiting Crises in an Unstable World
Two years after the financial crisis began spreading around the world, serious cracks in the status quo risk eruption into destructive crises.
February 23, 2010 Drugs and Fear in Paradise American drug policies are destroying lives and tourism in Mexico.
February 9, 2010 The Rise of the Rusted Curtain The defeat of reformists in Ukraine threatens to leave the country a miserably stunted Russian satellite.
January 26, 2010 Mr. Hu, Tear Down This Firewall Despite corporate and political collaboration with tyrants, America can still lead the battle for freedom on the Internet.
January 12, 2010 The Palinization of the News The much ballyhooed political segregation of the news media is nothing compared with the banishment of actual news from the broadcast media.
December 29, 2009 Google vs. the Anti-Cloud Axis 2010 is shaping up to host the biggest tech confrontation since the browser wars of the 1990s.
December 15, 2009 A Greek Canary in an American Mine Economists agree that government deficits around the world are unsustainable. The end may be coming sooner than they think.
December 2, 2009 A Welcome Police State A massive security apparatus is usually a bad thing. It seems to have done good things for Colombia.
November 17, 2009 While the Gettin's Good
Preparing for the Inflationary Monster
Rising asset prices and runaway government spending are bad signs for the future of the US dollar.
November 3, 2009 Dead Wood
The Unemployable Working Class
The dying manufacturing sector will keep America's unemployment rate high for years to come.
October 20, 2009 Broken Promise
America's Next Guantanamo
President Obama is breaking his promise to close down the abusive system at Guantanamo. The reason is far more self-serving than he would have you believe.
October 6, 2009 Do-Gooder Idiocy Left-wing elitists are planning to make Americans slimmer and better by taxing their soda. Who knows what they'll really do?
September 22, 2009 Abandoning Friends Ukraine's independence may be the ultimate casualty of America's military pullback from Eastern Europe.
September 8, 2009 The Curse of Overemployment Americans who fret about the plight of the underemployed would be wise to reconsider where the problem really lies.
August 25, 2009 Prosecute Them All
The Conservative Case for Investigations
The American right would be wise to support investigations of Bush-era abuses.
August 11, 2009 Smarter Than a Spendthrift America is coming out of its recession with its manic consumerism in check. Americans must rebuff short-term thinking that would reverse these gains.
July 28, 2009 Murdered By Law Brokering sales of human organs is against the law. The real crime, however, is the condemnation of tens of thousands of organ failure victims to a premature death.
July 14, 2009 Abused and Ignored Bloodshed in East Turkestan might lessen America's ignorance about the country whose people it has so abused.
June 30, 2009 Symbol of the Impossible America's proposed carbon limits are but a symbolic gesture toward an unachievable goal.
June 16, 2009 They Don't Need Us Israel has grown powerful enough to stand without its American ally. An attack on Iran could end the alliance forever.
June 2, 2009 Sustaining the Unsustainable The American government's takeover of General Motors is a doomed attempt to keep blue-collar workers in the American middle class.
May 19, 2009 Overflowing Airplanes, Overflowing Casinos, Overflowing Hype The response to America's economic crisis may be as unnecessary and as costly as the response to swine flu.
May 5, 2009 Liquidate Them Chrysler's bankruptcy is a welcome setback for an unwelcome government intervention.
April 21, 2009 Washington Gold Rush
America's New Extraction Economy
Lobbyists are raking in a windfall of new government spending for their corporate clients that dwarfs the California Gold Rush of the 1850s.
April 7, 2009 Abused and Ignored
The District of Columbia vs. the Constitution
A bill to give Washington, DC a vote in the House of Representatives is flagrantly unconstitutional. Given a choice between representation and the Constitution, the bill's liberal supporters should choose the latter.
March 24, 2009 From America to Zimbabwe America's decision to print money will prove addictive to the government, and may lead to an inflationary disaster.
March 10, 2009 Death of the Daily Big city newspapers are facing final collapse as innovative news organizations emerge from the rubble.
February 24, 2009 The End of Pakistan Violent insurgencies and an economic crisis will soon see the end of the Pakistani state. American policymakers must plan for this collapse.
February 10, 2009 Persistent Problems, Painful Solutions The downturn has given America a chance to steer its economy in a more promising direction. Short-term thinking and grandstanding politicians are squandering this opportunity.
January 27, 2009 Slick, Easy, and Free Video streaming is the future of television. The cable television industry isn't going to like it.
January 13, 2009 The Rise of the Mutant Beast Deficit spending has replaced taxes as the primary fuel of big government, driving America ever closer to financial disaster.
December 30, 2008 The Temptress of Arbitrary Power The temptations that brought down the governor of Illinois nothing compared to those that face the new administration in Washington.
December 9, 2008 Meddling with Disaster Government meddling through an automotive bailout won't help America’s car companies. Bankruptcy offers the only hope for the future.
November 11, 2008 Obama's Kryptonite Mindless devotion to America's new president is bad for America, and could lead to his downfall.
October 28, 2008 Spending the Extra Money Spending habits from the 1930s show how wealthy Americans have become, and offer lessons for how they can reform their spendthrift ways.
October 14, 2008 Freedom of Stupidity The free market allows people to make the brilliant investments that drive the world economy, and sometimes make the stupid, hysteric decisions that have brought us to where we are today.
September 30, 2008 Circling Sharks and the Magic Hand The collapse of the Wall Street bailout plan is welcome news for those concerned about America's long-term financial health.
September 16, 2008 Stagnation's New Decade America's economy has drifted into stagnation. A corrective recession is starting to look better every day.
September 2, 2008 Yawning Toward Disaster Americans' complete lack of interest in considering their profligate ways spells bad news for the country's financial future.
August 19, 2008 The Reign of the Petro-Bully Russia's brutal invasion of Georgia was made possible by the rising price of oil. High prices mean there is little hope that the Kremlin will behave.
August 5, 2008 Aggravating the Hangover Home subsides are the cause of, not the solution to America's real estate crash. Creating more of the same will only make things worse.
July 22, 2008 Bankruptcy's Silver Lining High fuel prices and a slowing economy may soon kill off the worst of America's legacy air carriers.
July 8, 2008 Lessons for Victory in Afghanistan The near defeat of rebels in Colombia shows that victory is possible in the highly similar conflict in Afghanistan.
June 24, 2008 Higher Prices Now!
Weaning Consumers From Cheap Oil
Instead of protecting consumers from rising oil prices, political leaders should force costs higher to encourage changes in dysfunctional behavior.
June 10, 2008 Unsavory Product
The Tragedy of the American Tomato
Consumers are right to avoid supermarket tomatoes, but salmonella contamination should be the least of their concerns.
May 27, 2008 Tarnished Luster
The Decline of the Suburban Lifestyle
High fuel prices may lead to a long period of decline for America's sprawling suburbs.
May 13, 2008 Poisonous Windfall Events in Russia show how damaging petroleum wealth can be to less developed countries.
April 29, 2008 Tough Road Ahead Creative solutions to traffic problems are impossible so long as American cities enforce the undisputed primacy of the automobile.
April 15, 2008 Getting out of Rome
America's Role in the Future of the Church
The Pope's American visit highlights the Church's difficulty leading the world's Catholics so long as the Church remains a backward-thinking European club.
April 1, 2008 Tough Sell
The Threadbare Case for Free Trade
Americans' honeymoon with globalization is over. Hopefully its marriage with free trade can still be saved.
March 18, 2008 The Tyranny of the Irresponsible The regular use of credit spending to hide failure is casting a shadow over America's economic future.
March 4, 2008 Good Corp, Bad Cop? America's telecom companies deserve to be punished for betraying their customers, even if the Bush Administration is the bigger villain.
February 18, 2008 The End of Paper Distribution of information on paper will lose its dominance within our lifetimes.
February 5, 2008 Liberty in Unlikely Places Hamas' destruction of the Egypt-Gaza border is a victory for all who value liberty.
January 22, 2008 Criminal Treatment
My Time in a Mexican Jail
A run-in with the law can teach important lessons about the treatment of people on both sides of the Mexican border.
January 8, 2008 Costly Reading Parade magazine's coverage of the Bhutto assassination highlights the poor health and obsolescence of American newspapers.
December 25, 2007 Flat Earth Fundamentalism Politicians who reject basic tenets of modernity should be rejected as candidates.
December 11, 2007 Unstoppable Disaster
The Coming Conflict with Iran
Iran has not stopped its drive to build a nuclear bomb. Abuse of an American intelligence report suggesting the contrary may spark a regional war.
November 27, 2007 House of Cards
The Collapse of Credit-Driven Spending
Americans won't stop their irresponsible spending on credit until an economic crisis makes them. That may happen sooner rather than later.
November 13, 2007 A Dangerous Idea
Accepting the Existence of Group Inequality
The flawed dogma of group equality is beginning to crumble. Fortunately, lies aren't the only way to combat discrimination.
October 30, 2007 Daddy's Little Tramp Halloween has become a showcase of women's sex outfits, and a case study in excessively indulgent parenting.
October 16, 2007 Friend or Fascist? The debate over America's resolution on the Armenian genocide has exposed the ugliness of Turkey's lingering fascism.
October 2, 2007 Victimized by an Idiotic Mob The popping real estate bubble is putting financially responsible citizens at risk from the behavior of the irresponsible masses.
September 18, 2007 A Disastrous Status Quo America's surge in troops has accomplished nothing more than bolstering Bush's political position. Taxpayers and soldiers will pay the price.
September 4, 2007 Selfish Altruism Volunteering may serve to make people feel good, but it's usually not the best way to improve the world.
August 21, 2007 Is China Killing Your Baby? Safety scandals regarding Chinese manufactured products are fueling fearmongering and economic nationalism.
August 13, 2007 Triumph of Civilization
The World's New Urban Majority
The growth of the world's urban population is both a symptom and a cause of the welcome economic progress sweeping the world.
July 24, 2007 The Exodus Cometh A military withdrawal from Iraq will create a flood of refugees. America must find a way to welcome them.
July 9, 2007 Supremely Aged The Supreme Court's modernist-dinosaur divide is almost as striking as its more famous left-right divide.
June 26, 2007 Queens of Degradation Fragmentation of the entertainment market has dragged once high and mighty television networks down to the level of the tabloids.
June 12, 2007 Submitting to the Rising Tide Trying to stop immigrants from coming is like trying to hold back a rising tide. Given America's heritage of open immigration, it's wrong to even try.
May 29, 2007 An Exaggerated Death
The Growing Mess of DRM
EMI's decision to allow sales of unprotected music online won't end the problems caused by copy protection schemes.
April 29, 2007 Yes to Islam, No to Fascism Turkey should be rejected as an EU candidate, not because it is Muslim, but because it is Europe’s last unrepentant fascist state.
February 15, 2007 A Nation Doomed to Drought Australians are powerless over the future of their climate. It lies in the hands of Mother Nature and two billion Asians.
December 28, 2006 Fueling the Next Turkmenbashi High energy prices are encouraging despotism in Turkmenistan and throughout the world.
November 14, 2006 Embracing Your Green Friend Media fear-mongering has exaggerated the health risks of America’s produce.
November 25, 2006 Mexican Standoff New left-wing protest movements are intended to reform Mexico. Immature leadership will delay meaningful reform for the next six years.
November 14, 2006 Benign Indifference
The Strategic Irrelevance of Central America
Washington’s indifference toward Marxist governments and canal building projects in Central America is a welcome boon for the region.
October 31, 2006 Business as Usual
The Hollow Fight Against Online Gambling
Government efforts to squash online gambling are morally bankrupt so long as government lotteries continue to prey on the poorest Americans.
October 17, 2006 Freeing the Hostage
The Path to the Second Korean War
It’s time for America to take out North Korea. The alliance with the South must be the conflict’s first casualty.
October 3, 2006 The Redneck Club The Republican Party has devolved into an anti-intellectual club of redneck populists. America’s right wing is in dire need of a cerebral renaissance.
September 19, 2006 Useful Lies
Apple’s Non-Invention of the Movie Download
Apple didn’t invent the movie download. The company’s entry into the market, however, promises to expand movie availability and improve ease of use.
September 5, 2006 Taste be Damned Products in American supermarkets have become more convenient and more humane. Too bad these changes have come at the expense of taste.
August 22, 2006 The New Iraqi Dream
Hope for a Less Destructive Trajectory
The American government needs to abandon its dream of a democratic Iraq in favor of managing the country’s unstoppable civil war.
August 8, 2006 Who Will Kill the SUV? Electric and hybrid cars will remain niche products so long as Americans remain in love with the SUV.
July 25, 2006 The Terror Factory Israel’s assault on Lebanon goes completely against American interests. Worse yet, American taxpayers are getting the bill.
July 11, 2006 Breaking the Logjam
The Russian Alternative for Nuclear Waste
Allowing nuclear waste exports to Russia is a useful tool for reviving America’s nuclear power industry. Actually exporting the waste, however, would be a disaster.
June 27, 2006 Forever Taliban The comeback of the Taliban has nothing to do with Islamic fundamentalism, and everything to do with America’s dysfunctional drug policies.
June 13, 2006 The End of Oil High oil prices are bringing ever closer the end of boom times for oil producing countries.
May 30, 2006 Fat and Happy No More Congressmen are outraged at being touched by unchecked executive power. Too bad they kept quiet as it was directed at the rest of Americans.
May 16, 2006 Trolling Through Your Life
The Betrayal of Telecom Customers
Phone companies have betrayed their customers by voluntarily giving call records to the National Security Agency.
May 2, 2006 Dressing the Window
A Grand Jury Tale of Abuse
The federal grand jury system has evolved into a tool of law enforcement abuse. It must be reformed.
April 18, 2006 Hold Your Nose and Vote Voter anger at corrupt politicians can lead them to choose very unpalatable alternatives. The Palestinians chose Hamas. Will the Americans choose the Democrats?
April 4, 2006 Meet the Parasites Americans' prejudice toward Mexicans blinds them to just how hard working illegal immigrants really are.
March 21, 2006 Shrinking Singapore Singapore's low birthrate may end Chinese domination on the island.
February 14, 2006 Failed Revolutionary
The Java Computer Language Turns Ten
Sun's decade-old plans for a revolution in computing proved a miserable failure. Despite all its missteps, its Java brainchild lives on.
Januray 31, 2006 Enlightened Prejudice Left-wing prejudice against big business inspires lobbying that ultimately hurts progressive causes.
January 17, 2006 Ending the War on Terror America's restrictions on civil liberties might be justified at a time of war. Trouble is, the "war on terror" isn't much of a war, and it's time to end it.
Januray 3, 2006 The Rise of the Loony Left South America's left-wing political revolution shows just how morally bankrupt the region's leaders have become.
December 20, 2005 America Sold Short President Bush’s secret program of domestic espionage is a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment and a a high crime worthy of his impeachment. Sadly, reprehensible Democratic leaders have made this prospect impossible.
December 6, 2005 America’s Moral Downfall Secret prisons, CIA abductions, and allegations of torture have destroyed America’s reputation without enhancing its security.
November 8, 2005 Poor Little Big Business Businesses have manipulated bankruptcy and intellectual property laws beyond their benefits to modern society.
October 25, 2005 Worse than Worthless
The Coming Dependent Majority
Industrial job losses highlight the incompatibility between America’s beliefs in self-sufficiency and health care for everyone.
October 11, 2005 Fever Pitch
America’s New Irrational Fear
Irresponsible scare-mongering over a possible Avian Flu pandemic is a refreshing change from irresponsible scare-mongering about terrorism.
September 27, 2005 An Unaffordable Disaster Plans for massive government spending on Gulf Coast reconstruction show how irresponsible America's leaders have become.
September 13, 2005 Finding a Way Out
America’s Permanent Underclass
Hurricane Katrina has highlighted the unacceptably stagnant economic conditions of America’s poorest black citizens.
August 30, 2005 Hard-Line Disengagement An internal challenge to Israel's leader could lead to a more dovish prime minister.
August 16, 2005 Creating a Taboo
Consequences of America’s Disaster in Iraq
A disastrous outcome of the Iraqi experiment could prevent America’s participation in wars of liberation for years to come.
August 2, 2005 Curing a Blind Eye
America's Redemption in Uzbekistan
The American government should be commended for abandoning its alliance with the murderous dictator of Uzbekistan.
July 19, 2005 Unnecessary Risk Politicians must accept the fact that actions like the war in Iraq will inspire terrorism, and make decisions accordingly.
July 5, 2005 Confirmed Boredom The much anticipated Supreme Court confirmation battle is nothing but hype. Bush’s appointee will sail through.
June 21, 2005 Partners in Crime
The Fundamental Cause of Identity Theft
Attempts to protect Social Security numbers are a dangerous distraction from the severe problem of unauthenticated credit.
June 7, 2005 Shameless Politics
The Politicization of Human Rights
Partisan transgressions have ruined Amnesty International’s ability to shame Americans about Guantanamo Bay.
May 24, 2005 Obnoxious Whims
The Fighting Power of Underground Video
Technology has given consumers the power to overrule the obnoxious whims of the film industry, even if it means going underground.
May 10, 2005 Get Out of Town Some government agencies in Washington are right to fear their safety. They'd be well advised to leave the city.
April 26, 2005 Out of the Minivan
The Real Cause of Childhood Obesity
Lack of exercise, not fast food, is the main reason America’s kids are so fat.
April 12, 2005 Waning Monopoly Microsoft has failed in its quest to take over the Internet, and now its dominance has begun to wane.
March 29, 2005 The Unexpected Revolution The Kyrgyz revolution may be imperfect, but its inspirational value will be felt around the globe.
March 13, 2005 Backwater No More
Panama’s Return From Obscurity
Panama has suffered a half-century of obscurity due to the rise of airline travel in America. Now America’s insular attitude is giving Panama a chance to return to prominence.
February 15, 2005 Islamic Proliferation
America’s Foreign Policy Disaster
Iraq’s election results are great news for Islamists, but spell disaster for American policy.
February 1, 2005 Death by Hubris
The High Price of Rationed Medicine
Attempts to ration America’s supply of flu vaccine have been a fiasco, demonstrating the trouble with state-rationed health care.
January 18, 2005 Moral Bankruptcy
The Politics of Insolvency and Denial
Politicians who deny that Social Security faces bankruptcy are guilty of passing problems to future generations.
January 4, 2005 Let Them Die
The Ultimate Bad Service Solution
The government shouldn’t investigate struggling airlines’ bad service records. It should simply let them die.
December 21, 2004 Bury the Waste, Not the Debate Yucca Mountain is a reasonable short-term solution for nuclear waste. It would be a shame if it kept better disposal technologies from being discovered.
December 7, 2004 Spending Away the Dollar Irresponsible consumer spending, not government deficits, deserve the blame for the dollar’s decline.
November 23, 2004 Revolution for a Slow Decline Protesters challenging Ukraine’s rigged election are fighting for a bleak future instead of a really bleak future.
November 9, 2004 Listening to Osama Americans wondering why Arabs hate them should simply listen to what the terrorists tell them.
October 26, 2004 Gridlock is a Very Good Thing The best chance for stopping runaway spending under the Bush administration is a vote for divided government.
October 12, 2004 The Unreproachable Gulag Guantanamo prisoners are returning to the battlefields of jihad, highlighting the peril of detaining prisoners without reproach.
September 28, 2004 Invading the Next Frontier
The Coming Boom in Cuban Real Estate
The end of development opportunities on Mexico’s Caribbean coast puts Cuba on the frontier of North America’s beachfront development.
September 14, 2004 Round Two for the Terrorists Terrorism has sealed the coffin for democracy in Russia.
August 31, 2004 Breaking the Suburban Siege Congestion-based pricing is one way to address the disastrous consequences of free government-built roads.
August 17, 2004 The Unspeakable Obama Everyone knows that Illinois’ future senator isn’t like other black Americans. Hot button issues of race, and failed semantics, keep people from discussing and understanding why.
August 3, 2004 Nothing They Can Do
The Terrorist Threat to the World Bank
The World Bank’s leaders have been caught in the sights of al Qaeda, and there’s nothing meaningful they can do about it
July 20, 2004 Fleeing Into the Fire
The End of the Israeli Refuge
The anti-Semitism faced by European Jews is nothing compared with the everyday threat faced by Israelis.
July 6, 2004 Silencing the Anti-American Left The Supreme Court’s ruling against the Bush administration is far more meaningful to voters than the rantings of the anti-American left.
June 22, 2004 The Cheapest Rocket Manned space travel should be limited to cheap tourist flights, leaving robots to perform scientific missions.
June 8, 2004 Down With Democracy If democracy can’t succeed in the city of Washington, it doesn’t have much of a chance in Baghdad.
May 25, 2004 Bug-Eyed and Beautiful The sickening greed of America’s retired citizens makes even the creepy cicada look attractive.
May 11, 2004 Shoot First, Face Court Martial Later The torture of prisoners by American soldiers is not new. What’s new is the presence of digital cameras to provide convincing evidence.
April 27, 2004 He’s No Gipper Republicans should denounce Bush for betraying the Reagan legacy.
April 13, 2004 Debating the Draft A severe shortage of troops for Iraq has made the once unthinkable specter of conscription a dangerous possibility.
March 30, 2004 Damnation Obscured Saturation coverage of the mildest criticism from Bush's former counter-terrorism chief has obscured his more damning charges about the Iraq War.
March 16, 2004 Tragic Influence
Accepting a Terrorist-Installed Government
Leaders who put their citizens in harm’s way deserve to be fired regardless of whether it makes terrorists happy or not.
March 2, 2004 Suffering from Security Onerous security restrictions are spreading like cancer throughout America. These restrictions serve the security agencies, not American citizens.
February 10, 2004 Submitting to Animal Instincts
America's New Culinary Fixation
America's crazy love affair with starchy, fried foods is being eroded by an equally ridiculous low-carbohydrate fad.
January 27, 2004 Working For a Living A healthy future for the music industry exists in performing music, not selling recordings.
January 13, 2004 Alien to Reality Bush's plans for a permanent moon base and a manned mission to Mars defy both economic and scientific reality.
December 30, 2003 Those American Bastards American unilateralism, like single motherhood, is a natural development. European leftists and American rightists had better get used to both phenomena.
December 16, 2003 The 166 Billion Dollar Man The Iraqi dictator has rightfully lost his freedom forever. But was it worth all the money?
December 1, 2003 Pitiful Conditions
False Hopes for a High Tech India
Don't pity America for losing tech jobs to India. Pity India for losing their best and brightest to the United States.
October 28, 2003 Imported Gimmickry
The False Promise of Canadian Drugs
Importing prescription drugs from Canada offers Americans great bargains. Doing so on a massive scale will ruin the strategy for everybody.
October 14, 2003 Modernizing into Obsolescence
China's Misguided Manned Space Program
China’s entry into the field of manned space travel is a testament to its misguided policy of idealizing mid-20th century technologies.
September 30, 2003 Constitutional Inconveniences
The Misguided Fight Against Telemarketing
A federal judge has rightfully declared the FTC’s do-not-call list unconstitutional. Technology, not government, is the solution.
September 16, 2003 Jailing the Peasants
The Social Value of Civil Disobedience
The recording industry is using lawsuits to scare people away from sharing music. It will be a shame if they succeed.
September 2, 2003 The Nonsense News Index The return of nonsense news to America’s front pages shows the national mood is recovering.
August 19, 2003 Back With a Vengeance Republicans have betrayed voters by returning America to an era of big government.
August 5, 2003 Enter the Worker Drones The American government has no business imposing longer work hours through regulatory incentives.
July 22, 2003 Out of the Sand!
America’s Failed Immigration Policy
America's immigration laws don't reduce immigration – they simply turn immigrants into outlaws.
July 8, 2003 Mugged By Grandma The new Medicare prescription drug benefit is intergenerational thievery.
June 24, 2003 Presidents Lie President Bush intentionally misled Americans about the threat posed by Iraq. This is not scandalous; it’s just salesmanship.
June 10, 2003 Turn This Car Around
Bad Behavior and the Road Map to Peace
President Bush has no chance of getting anywhere with his Road Map so long as Ariel Sharon behaves so poorly.
May 27, 2003 The Hidden Dividend America’s new tax cut encourages corporate dividends and helps limit government spending.
May 13, 2003 A Bloated Approach
The Real Reason to End the Shuttle Program
The space shuttle program should not be abandoned for safety reasons. It should be abandoned because it is an incredible waste of money.
April 29, 2003 Prescription for Corruption America’s prescription drug law has handed manufacturers a corrupt money-making scheme. The time has come to end it.
April 15, 2003 Neither Loyalty, Nor Morality
The Coming Partition of Turkey
Turkey’s humiliating rebuke of America should end superpower complicity in the repression of the Kurds.
April 1, 2003 A Treasonous Abandonment of Duty It is the patriotic duty of reporters to ask tough questions. Many American news organizations have abandoned this duty.
March 18, 2003 America Stands Alone Americans are alone in supporting the invasion of Iraq. Soft public opinion could prove dangerous.
March 4, 2003 Drinking Your Own Kool-Aid
The Terrible Costs of an Inevitable War
Dubya's warnings about “weapons of mass destruction” are disingenuous. The American public will pay dearly for believing them.
February 17, 2003 Chemical Assault Paralyzes Capital A massive dihydrogen oxide assault on Washington has caused widespread panic, but few deaths.
February 4, 2003 An Acceptable Risk
The Oxymoron of Safe Space Travel
America’s emotional public must learn to let astronauts accept the risks inherent to space travel.
January 21, 2003 A Fate Worse Than Death Liberal Americans won’t succeed in abolishing the death penalty until they learn to speak the language of the right.
January 7, 2003 Keeping the World Poor America’s newly defensive posture is hindering the world’s poorest people from improving their lives.
December 24, 2002 A Dangerous Distraction America’s focus on a war in Iraq is distracting the Bush administration from the far greater threat posed by North Korea.
December 10, 2002 Put Up or Shut Up After abdicating responsibility for their own defense, European governments have no right to complain about being ignored by America's war planners.
November 26, 2002 The Least of Our Worries Government incompetence keeps the Total Information Awareness Office from being a serious threat to America’s freedoms. Much greater risks exist with much simpler plans.
November 12, 2002 Avoiding the Doom of Irrelevance Hope for the Democratic Party lies in criticizing Bush's betrayal of an open society.
October 29, 2002 Money Out the Window Americans’ obsession with home ownership is creating gridlock, draining pocketbooks, and creating a real estate bubble.
October 15, 2002 Riding to the Buffet Thousands of tiny biases discouraging exercise and encouraging the over consumption of fatty food are responsible for Americans’ expanding waistlines.
October 2, 2002 Hopeful Young Turkics The generation coming of age in the former Soviet Union is free of baggage from the socialist system. They are the key to the future.
September 17, 2002 Bowling in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan is no longer an isolated Soviet backwater.
September 3, 2002 The White Supremacist Show People enjoy degrading reality television shows for the same reason white supremacists need people to hate.
August 20, 2002 Heating a Tepid Dissent
The Case Against War on Iraq
The problem with Dubya's war on Iraq isn't his failure to sell it to America's Allies, it's the total lack of benefit to Americans.
August 6, 2002 Selling Scholarship Increased commercialism has not tarnished the reputation of the Smithsonian Institution; the outright sale of scholarship has.
July 23, 2002 Democracy’s Evil Twin Widespread stock ownership and falling stock prices are creating a destructive populism that could damage the American economy
July 9, 2002 Un-American Populism God or no God, the American Pledge of Allegiance is antithetical to the values of its Founding Fathers.
June 25, 2002 Just Around the Corner
The Belated Arrival of Video-on-Demand
Media companies have been dragging their feet on video-on-demand for over 20 years. New technologies can give viewers the power that broadcasters and studios have denied them.
June 11, 2002 Losing the War on Terror The denial of civil liberties to an American suspect in a "dirty bomb" plot proves America's willingness to betray itself to further an unnecessary war.
May 28, 2002 Cherishing a Spectacular View The Memorial Day concert on the Capitol lawn is a testament to the good fortune that allows the building to remain standing.
May 14, 2002 Cynicism Triumphant
The Inevitable Fall of the Bush Presidency
Bush’s shameful support for the American farm bill shows how far he’s fallen from his promising start.
April 30, 2002 Segway to Obesity Enthusiasm for the Segway scooter could turn an overweight America into an obese one.
April 16, 2002 Abandoning a Sinking Ship World events are rapidly diverging the interests of Israel and the United States. It’s time for America to cut ties before it suffers the painful side effects of Israel’s doom.
April 2, 2002 Crossing Borders With Uncrossed T’s The INS has a terribly inefficient system. Immigrants are the victims, not the villains.
March 19, 2002 Bankrolling an African Dictator Mugabe’s victory is a defeat for all of southern Africa. And I’m partially to blame.
March 5, 2002 Waiting for Doomsday It is only a matter of time before nuclear-armed terrorists take out Washington or some other city. Humanity must learn to understand and accept the consequences.
February 19, 2002 Afghan Columbine John Lindh is an idealistic young Californian who doesn’t deserve to rot in an American jail. He deserves to rot in an Afghan jail.
February 5, 2002 More Evil Than Enron Enron’s corruption has nothing to do with campaign finance reform. Politicians who say otherwise are trying to exploit public rage to serve their own agenda.
January 22, 2002 Italian Driving Lessons Italy does not have the congestion and sprawl of America because drivers pay more to travel greater distances.
January 8, 2002 The End of Privacy Technology has made the fight against America’s national ID card a lost cause.
December 25, 2001 Do Cry for Argentina Argentina’s so-called experiment with capitalism was nothing of the kind. Hopes for positive reform will likely have to wait for a new generation.
December 11, 2001 Constitutional Rights: DENIED Ashcroft’s secret military tribunals strip the rights from almost 18 million American residents.
November 27, 2001 Shameful Comparisons Guatemala's growing liberties cast shame on declining freedom in the United States.
November 13, 2001 Irrational Destruction
Air Safety in the Terrorist Age
Americans’ irrational fear of travel is causing much more economic damage than any terrorist group could achieve.
October 30, 2001 Fighting Hate with Lies Cultural leaders are defending Islam for the good of America. It’s too bad they just can’t tell the truth.
October 16, 2001 A Dissident is Here Dissenters who don't fall in line during wartime quickly become dissidents.
October 2, 2001 Fighting Terrorists,
Like America
The United States cannot productively fight a war against terrorism without first deciding what the word means.
September 18, 2001 Going to War is Stupid America's unity is allowing unsound plans for war to go unquestioned.
September 4, 2001 The Defense of Racism Israelis should be the first to realize that Zionism, as practiced, is racist. Without reform, Israel eventually won't be around to defend itself.
August 21, 2001 Utterly Wrong Ten years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, it's not difficult to understand why so many Russians view its demise as a tragedy.
August 7, 2001 Imaginary Isolationism Charges of American Isolationism are ridiculous. The internationalist elite must wake up and realize the world has changed.
July 24, 2001 Welcome to the Former Indonesia The breakup of Indonesia has already begun. With luck, it might be a positive development.
July 10, 2001 It's the Kids, Stupid As long as Americans continue to expect all students to perform at the same level, there is no prospect for true educational reform.
June 26, 2001 Worse Than Nothing
Regulating Efficient SUVs
The feds think they can promote fuel conservation through even more regulation. So far, they've only made things worse.
June 12, 2001 Back in My Day
Longing for the Dead Dot Coms
The craziest of the Dot Com companies deserved to die. I miss them, anyway.
May 29, 2001 Not Bad, For a President George W. Bush has been doing some good things in the past few months. That's rare for a president, and its about to become even rarer.
April 22, 2001 Primitive Perspectives
Information Age vs. Stone Age
People who doubt the power of the Internet revolution should spend some time in primitive societies.
March 11, 2001 Apartheid Unvanquished As long as South Africa continues to maintain two distinct societies, it risks increased emigration and decline.
February 20, 2001 Tunisian Feminism American feminists who complaign about their plight should get a good look at the Arab world.
February 6, 2001 Soaked by the Taxman
Meet the Posterboy for Bush's Tax Cut
President Bush's tax cut plan isn't half-bad. Good chances for passage mean good news for deduction-deprived taxpayers like me.
January 23, 2001 Unrealistic Fantasies
The Future of International Organizations
The presence of free-lance foreign policy agents like George Soros is good for the world. Keeping them away from government-funded bureaucracies is even better.
January 9, 2001 Crediting Idle Bullies
Who's Responsible for the Economic Boom?
Politicians are not responsible for economic booms. At best, their bragging rights are limited to boasts of not screwing anything up.
December 26, 2000 Saved From the Hype
The State of the Internet Economy
Reports of the death of the Internet economy are as overblown as last year's dot-com stock valuations.
December 12, 2000 Cracking the Monolith The biggest untold story from America's election is the passage of ballot initiatives marking the beginning of the end for the war on drugs.
November 28, 2000 Mr. Bush, Tear Down That Wall Mexico's incoming president Vicente Fox has proposed opening the border with the United States. If George W. Bush becomes president, he may be the man to do it.
November 14, 2000 Don't Be Bosnia America's partisan squabbling over the election results is creating a dangerously polarized atmosphere that betrays the liberal ideals of the country's founding.
October 31, 2000 An Astronomical Failure Efforts to commericalize space have been a complete failure. Without wasteful government spending, space industries will suffer a serious decline.
October 17, 2000 Terrorizing Words The proper use of the word "terrorist" is one of the first casualties in the latest conflict in the Mideast.
October 3, 2000 Securing a Closed Society The most famous American symbols in Washington, D.C. are under siege from security tyrants who intend to limit public access at the expense of historic splendor.
September 19, 2000 A Severe and Enviable Wrath Massive protests against European fuel prices are an anti-tax activist's dream. Too bad the American tax structure doesn't cause as much public fury.
September 5, 2000 Making Jack a Dull Boy Despite huge and rising incomes, Americans appear completely unwilling to give up part of their salaries in exchange for more free time.
August 22, 2000 Soul Search Attempts to determine ethical limits for human cloning research will fire an exciting debate about the origins of the human soul.
August 8, 2000 Staged Embraces
The Belated Arrival of Political Tolerance
America's major parties continue to exploit minorities for political gain, despite the development of a much more tolerant and sophisticated society.
July 25, 2000 Crack Pipe Prospects
The Case Against D.C. Statehood
The movement for D.C. statehood is disingenuous. If voting rights is the real issue, far simpler solutions are readily available.
July 11, 2000 Pitiful Rivalries The history of ethnic warfare in Northern Ireland provides a perfect example of just how pitifully futile tribal rivalries are in the modern world.
June 27, 2000 Profoundly Evil
The Deadly Face Modern Migration
The British government is responsible for the deaths of 58 Chinese migrants. Efforts to push the blame off to human smugglers ignore the fundamental evils of restrictive immigration policies.
June 13,2000 Destructive Forces The court-ordered breakup of Microsoft will do more harm than good. The software giant will lose its dominance from the power of the market, not the courtroom.
May 30, 2000 Barbarians at the Gate
The Yokelization of the Suburbs
The country folks are taking over the suburbs. It's time for the city people to retreat.
May 16,2000 American Shantytown A quarter century has passed since the fall of Saigon. It's time to evict the Vietnam veteran squatters from the National Mall.
May 2, 2000 Imaginative Bankruptcy
The Ideological Void of Defense Policy
The proposed American missile defense system looks expensive. In reality, it is still one of the few worthwhile programs in a grossly bloated and misdirected American defense budget.
April 18, 2000 Breaking the Bank Washington's anti-capitalist protesters are right to seek the closure of the World Bank and the IMF. Too bad they have no comprehension of why they should be eliminated.
April 4, 2000 Lessons of the Conquistadors America's immigration policy is leading to nothing but terrible human rights violations. The government must choose between even more brutal measures and a relaxation of controls.
March 21, 2000 Concluding an Appalling Silence The pope should apologize for the Vatican's reprehensible silence during the Nazi Holocaust. Immediately thereafter, he must condemn Israel's government for its repression of Christian and Muslim minorities.
March 7, 2000 Innocent Casualties, Irrational Fears DoubleClick, Inc's retreat from building consumer profiles on the web is bad news. Targeted advertising should not be feared -- it's actually good for everybody.
February 22, 2000 Discarding Bad Apples
The Role of Prison in a Meritocratic Society
The problem with the American prison system isn't that it locks up too many people, it's that it puts the wrong people there in the first place.
February 8, 2000 Fascist Etiquette
Learning to Live With Your Right-Wing Neighbor
The European Union's punishment of Austria for electing Nazi sympathizers is a little too self-righteous. If Europeans were to examine their own governments' actions, they'd realize they're nothing but watered-down fascist hypocrites.
January 25, 2000 Injustice of the Peace
Delegalizing Heterosexual Marriage
Extending legal marriage to homosexuals is a dumb idea. To make things fair, let's end public recognition of heterosexual marriages.
January 11, 2000 Global Enrichment
The State of the World in 2100
Here are David G. Young's predictions for the next century. The big story will be just how wealthy those non-Europeans have become.
December 28, 1999 Calculated Risks
Why I Chose to Fly on Y2K
Y2K hysteria is disgusting groupthink that must be rejected. I have weighed the risks and plan to spend the early hours of the year 2000 on a plane out of Mexico.
December 14, 1999 Anti-Government Instinct
My Subversive Desire to Eat Raw Eggs
Big brother wants even more control over the eggs you eat. The proper response is to throw egg in his face.
November 30, 1999 The Frontline of Free Trade Peru has shown that free trade and free markets create jobs and improve the environment. The WTO Protesters in Seattle ignore this evidence for their own selfish interests.
November 16, 1999 Foreign Substance
The Growing Prominence of International Policy
As the government becomes ever more irrelevant to the domestic economy, the importance of foreign policy increases in the American presidential election.
November 2, 1999 Managed Hatred
The Misguided Effort to Reform Health Care
Congress' "Patients Bill of Rights" is no solution to America's managed care woes. Patients will never be treated with respect until they pay for their own health care.
October 19, 1999 In Defense of Qu?bec There is no reason the establishment of an independent Qu?bec can't be a positive development. Instead of standing in the way, North America's leaders should work to make the outcome as healthy as possible.
October 5, 1999 Engaging in Political Blasphemy Pat Buchanan and Jesse Ventura should be rewarded for speaking with candor, not vilified. Whether or not you agree with their statements, their presence on the national stage nourishes healthy debate.
September 21, 1999 Meddlesome Tampering
Europe's Self-Destructive Attack on the Internet
The European Union's regulatory designs on the Internet will only widen the technological gap between Europe and America.
September 7, 1999 An e-Transplant Prophecy The organ donation system in the United States is on the brink of collapse. A shift to the widespread sale of human organs is inevitable. Internet technologies may hasten this revolution.
August 24, 1999 Flawed Methodologies
Anticipating the Scientific Rule of Law
The legal profession's scientific ignorance is a dangerous threat to the rule of law. Reform must not stop with the use of scientific advisors. It must force adoption of scientific methods as an integral part of the judicial process.
August 10, 1999 Unimaginable Consequences
America's Simple Choice for Gun Control
Lack of imagination and ignorance are at the very center of America's standoff over gun control. Americans must choose to accept a certain number of firearm deaths as the price of gun rights, or they must give up those rights.
July 27, 1999 Panic Attacks
The Advancement of Hypochondria by the Press
Female-oriented news reports have created millions of hypochondriacs. The effects of the hysteria have begun to hurt American society.
July 13, 1999 Deficit Nostalgia Taxes from rising American incomes are sending fuel into the fire of government spending, as taxpayers become ever more complacent.
June 29, 1999 First Do No Harm
The Evil of Government-Sponsored Gambling
Instead of condescendingly protecting people from private Internet gambling, American governments should stop using gambling as a tool to exploit their poor and ignorant people.
June 15, 1999 Promoting Obnoxious 'Burbs
How the Government Creates Gridlock and Sprawl
New laws to limit suburban sprawl will accomplish nothing as long as the government provides the free highways that fuel growth.
June 1, 1999 Spying an Unconscionable Reality The Cox report on Chinese espionage against U.S. nuclear laboratories shows no practical effects. Those who say otherwise are exploiting the report for their own ends.
May 18, 1999 A Long Time Ago &
The Flawed Vision of Star Wars
The dated technology and social structures in George Lucas' original film show just how far we've come since 1977.
May 4, 1999 Creating Violent Monsters
The Deadly Effects of Parental Irresponsibility
Blame for the massacre at Columbine High School belongs to the teenage killers and their parents. People who focus on guns, video games, and Hollywood are guilty of shamefully manipulating a tragedy.
April 20, 1999 Compelling Sympathies
The Emerging American Propaganda Machine
Reporters who criticize Serbia's shameless propaganda machine should focus first on the shortcomings of the American press corps.
April 6, 1999 The Loose Grip of Repression
America's Secret Alliance with Serbia
The Clinton administration's adamant opposition to Kosovar independence is a huge boon to Milosovich. The time to reconsider the inviolability of sovereign states is long overdue.
March 23, 1999 Protectionism Out of Prosperity The crisis in emerging markets has created the world's greatest clearance sale. America's misguided moves toward protectionism could spell trouble for the future.
March 9, 1999 Constitutional Apartheid
America's New Political Underclass
The Supreme Court's Reno decision has stripped the constitutional rights of over 16 million U.S. residents. The victims, this time, were immigrants. Could you be next?
February 23, 1999 America Undefended
The Waste of Intervening in Kosovo
Hundreds of millions of American lives are endangered by rogue nuclear missiles. So why is the defense budget going to an intervention in Kosovo rather than defending Americans?
February 9, 1999 Freedom of Access
MindSpring's Betrayal of the Internet
The decision of MindSpring to close of the Nuremberg Files web site may herald the end of the Web's status as a refuge of unusual ideas.
January 26, 1999 Avenging an Evil Plan
The Hastened Death of Social Security
Clinton's plan to save Social Security may make it easier for younger Americans to end the program.
January 12, 1999 Sacrifice upon the Altar of Democracy New lawsuits against the gun industry show that U.S. juries are too democratic.
December 29, 1998 Dangerous Jargon So what if Microsoft's systems aren't open?
December 15, 1998 Vamos Federales!
Why the Federal Government Fears Puerto Rico
It shouldn't be surprising that Puerto Ricans don't want their island to be a state. Talk of creating an Enhanced Commonwealth should be taken seriously - for Puerto Ricans, other nations, and even American states.
December 1, 1998 Witnessing the Torture of Cambodia Cambodian democracy has been postponed for another generation. The best hope is for stability to allow economic development.
November 3, 1998 The Demise of Canadian Culture The free exchange of ideas is eroding national cultures. Canada's is the first to go.
October 20, 1998 Conjunction Junction, What Disfunction! Amtrak's demise is long overdue. An alliance with environmentalists and mass-transit activists might kill it yet.
October 6, 1998 The $50 Million Carnival Ride Senator Glenn's return to orbit highlights the worthlessness of the manned space program.
September 22, 1998 ADM: Supervillain to the World Farm subsidies are a corrupt payoff for ADM's political donations.
September 8, 1998 The Crisis of Anti-Capitalism Cronies and idealists have harmed the cause of capitalism. The absence of a credible opposition is dysfunctional and dangerous.
August 25, 1998 The Defeat of Anti-Tobacco The anti-smoking crusade is dead.
August 11, 1998 Discarding the Bottom Feeders Those Year 2000 Programmers are a bunch of bottom feeders. Let's trash them and their systems.
July 27, 1998 The Disposable President White House and Capitol security measures should reflect the ease of replacing politicians.
July 14, 1998 Armed Gangs
The Source of Police Brutality
The police are an untrustworthy armed gang. They deserve strict supervision.
June 30, 1998 Atomic Capitalism
The End of Government's Nuclear Monopoly
The nuclear industry of the past is dead. Privitization may offer hope for the future.
June 16, 1998 Evading the Tibetan Pariah Tibetan independence may be nice, but Tibetan freedom would be nicer.
June 2, 1998 The End of American Technology
The era of national technology is over. Borders cannot stop the flow of ideas.
May 18, 1998 Boom Times
India's Atomic Attack on the Free Market
India's atomic tests threaten the future of global markets.
May 5, 1998 Organic Feces
People who say they want organic food deserve exactly that.
April 21, 1998 A Severe Shortage of Common Sense Technology companies are responsible for the labor shortage, but it's no reason to keep out valuable immigrants.
April 7, 1998 The Rise of the Mommy State
Lowering the legal limit to 0.08 is a bad idea.
March 24, 1998 America Libre The U.S. embargo against Cuba represses Americans. It's time to end it.
March 10, 1998 Your Friend the Monopolist
Bill Gates could use an image makeover. It's too bad that it's come to this.
February 24, 1998 Brewpubs and Atom Bombs
Pick the Real Threat to American Security
It's time for the national defense budget to be used for national defense.
February 10, 1998 Waxman's Smoking Gun
Blame Rep. Waxman for the protection of tobacco companies at expense of smokers.
January 27, 1998 Pardoning "Schmucko"
Who Cares If the President is a Liar?
President Clinton was elected on a platform of philandering and lying. Deal with it.
January 13, 1998 Defending the Unibomber
Forcing an insanity defense on the Unibomber is wrong. Let him defend his actions, if he can.
December 30, 1997 Denver's Folly
How NOT to Build an Airport
Airport designers should learn from Denver's mistakes and create a more distributed transportation system.
December 16, 1997 Death in Siberia
Cities in the Russian Far East look terribly bleak. Some may not survive.
December 2, 1997 Vacationing in Fargo Global warming could offer positive benefits. Don't let U.N. bureaucrats squash our future.
November 18, 1997 Booty Recall
Barbie's redesign to a more 'realistic' shape threatens the titillation of men and the health of women.
November 4, 1997 Sherman's Grudgematch
The Coming Irrelevance of Monopolies
The U.S. Government's anti-trust case against Microsoft is a worthless artifact of the industrial era.
October 21, 1997 Censor This, Senator
Senator McCain's television rating plan smacks of censorship, but his efforts are futile.
October 7, 1997 Seeing the Whites of Their Lies
The Social Security Budget Beachhead
Don't spend the budget surplus on Baby Boomers' retirement.
September 23, 1997 Consumers Vs. the Outhouse Economy The debate over fast-track authority for NAFTA expansion ignores consumer rights.
September 9, 1997 Take Care of Your Own Kids Taking care of kids should be the responsibility of parents, not taxpayers.
August 26, 1997 The E. Coli Cookbook Irradiation could have kept the whole E. coli outbreak from happening. Hudson foods may not be innocent, but activists and an ignorant public are guilty as sin.
August 12, 1997 Marlboro Renaissance
The Future Resurgence of Tobacco
The failed anti-smoking movement is only a fad. Smoking will live on.
July 29, 1997 Burying Hitler's Ghosts
Celebrating the Millennium without Pol Pot
Pol Pot's removal from power symbolizes the end of a century of statist experimentation..
July 15, 1997 Privatizing America the Beautiful Don't tax people to retire the national debt. Sell federal land.
July 1, 1997 The War to Remember World War II The proposed World War II memorial glorifies repression.
June 17, 1997 Saving the Planet with Clones Cloning technology will force cultural changes.


Editorials: (Sporadically)


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February 23, 1999 Erection 2000 I think I've heard quite enough about Bob Dole's sex life. For the sake of his wife's campaign, maybe he should just pipe down.
December 19, 1998 The Disgrace of a President Now that he has been impeached, Clinton is irrevocably disgraced.
November 25, 1998 The Adolescent Nation Al Gore's spat with Malaysia shows just how immature the country is.
September 17, 1998 We Don't Need You, Mr. President Congress must force Clinton to resign.
August 17, 1998 Subpoena His Ass The President has defied the rule of law. This is grounds for impeachment.
April 30, 1998 Resuscitating the Boogeyman Think the war on tobacco is bad? A new war on drugs could be worse.
March 18, 1998 Disemboweling Your Friends Clinton's rape of Kathleen Willey's reputation deserves his resignation.
January 28, 1998 Prune Juice in Florida
Your Tax Dollars at Work
Clinton's plan to 'save Social Security first' screws Generation Xers.
January 8, 1988 Welcome, Clone Dr. Seed's plan to clone humans is a welcome move.
December 15, 1997 Mr. Happy Comes to Dinner Let's be sneaky about irradiated beef.
November 4, 1997 Getting Porked How dare Senators override Clinton's line-item veto!
October 5, 1997 The Swarm of the Savior Bees Groups of religious men aren't too fun. Bring on the babes.
September 26, 1997 Sharpen the Tax Man's Hatchet Don't let the Senate make the IRS your friend. Collecting taxes should be a dirty business.
September 1, 1997 Royal Irresponsibility Don't blame photographers for Princess Diana's death.
August 3, 1997 Screw the Single Guy The 1997 budget deal shifts the tax burden to working singles.