January 2001 - December 2001

January 2001

California and Kyoto: What do the power shortages and the Kyoto Climate Control Treaty have in common? Alan Caruba says everything
Should Bush settle for Freeh?: George W. Bush has picked nothing but the brightest lights for his cabinet. That's why Paul Weyrich wants to know why he's keeping Louis Freeh at the head of the FBI
One last land grab before I leave: Do you have any idea how much land was removed from use by Bill Clinton? Tom DeWeese reports that he created new monuments just days before leaving the White House
Dear Dr. Progressive: The good doctor returns! Confused, liberal and radical? Dr. Progressive will help you sort out your problems
The labour productivity myth: Dr. Frank Shostak isn't convinced that labour productivity numbers are representing things as they really are
Ashcroft and the Rubicon: The battle over John Ashcroft's nomination has nothing to do with the "politics of personal destruction," writes Bruce Walker, but rather that enforcing the law be ideological in nature
To have peace, we must be strong: David Hackworth has some advice for George W. Bush on military matters. Bush was right about the state of the military and it's time to do something about it
The case for a national Right to Work Act: David Kendrick argues that a national Right to Work Act would allow employees to decide if they want to join a union -- and by extension what political causes they want to support
Bush inaugural address: The complete text of President George W. Bush's inaugural address on January 20, 2001
What would Martin Luther King, Jr. say?: Changes in America mean that the politics of race, at least as they exist today, won't work for much longer, says Alan Caruba. What do African-American leaders do then?
Chavez nomination hypocrisy: Like the title suggests, W. James Antle III is angered by the hypocrisy of the left over the Linda Chavez "controversy"...that and their racism. There, we said it
Time to fight the left: The left was ready for Linda Chavez and fought her hard. The right? Well, apart from some people, Leo K. O'Drudy, III says the right didn't do a heck of a lot to fight back
Norton's record bodes well for innovative new approach to environmental protection at Interior: John K. Carlisle says that Gale Norton's work in Colorado shows she will be an effective reformer when it comes to environmental policies
A successful politician?: In the waning days of the Clinton presidency, liberals are attempting to paint the president as a successful politician. Charles Bloomer respectfully disagrees
George W. may surprise us after all: Paul Weyrich is holding out hope that George W. Bush is going to be a better president then most are expecting
Reality strikes Wall Street as the economy stumbles: You know, if you had read Gerard Jackson's commentaries in ESR over a year ago, you would have known this downturn was just around the corner...and why
Eroding liberty through kleptocracy: In case you didn't know it, when Congress approves an international treaty, the Constitution can be read that those treaties are now the law of the United States. Linda A. Prussen-Razzano fills you in if you didn't know
The real gun safety crisis: One reason given by those who want to ban guns is to "protect the children." The easiest way to do that, argues Dr. Michael S. Brown, is to simply have them take a gun safety course
Clinton Island: Forget a staid talk show on NBC, Mark Trapp wonders why Temptation Island isn't Bill Clinton's vehicle for the future
Lead us not into temptation: Timothy Rollins uses the popular new Fox Television program to discuss the concept of temptation
UN ambassador choice is critical to US sovereignty: Tom DeWeese is worried that those under consideration for the post of UN ambassador are those more concerned with the UN's goals then American sovereignty
Text of Ashcroft Confirmation Hearing: John Ashcroft's testimony on January 16, 2001 before the Senate Judiciary Committee
Text of Ashcroft Confirmation Hearing: John Ashcroft's testimony on January 17, 2001 before the Senate Judiciary Committee
The knives are out for Norton: John Ashcroft isn't the only one who will go through a trial by fire during the upcoming nomination hearings. Alan Caruba reports that Gale Norton is being targeted as well
New oxymoron: GOP Senate leadership: Paul Weyrich attacks the deal worked out by Trent Lott and Tom Daschle to share power on committees with Democrats. He says it's a recipe for disaster
Loose money no way out: W. James Antle III explores what's behind the slowing economy what's the best way to avoid a recession
It's not about civil rights - it's about power: Lisa S. Dean argues Bill Clinton's administration was generally as white as bleached flour while Dubya's is a true representation of America. So what's the problem? Well, critics say George W. Bush's picks aren't the right kind of minorities
The consequences of morality: Bruce Walker argues that liberals confuse causes and consequence and that their belief in "root causes" overlooks why morality is important
Murdoch misses the message: Rupert Murdoch keeps opening his mouth about neo-socialism but Gerard Jackson asks, if he's so worried by it, why does he promote it?
Funding the war on the American West: In the first of a series, Diane Alden details how the war on America's West is being funded and by who
Gun laws offer no protection: How surprising. Seven people die at the hands of an armed mad man and the anti-gun lobby demands more gun control. What happens then? Dr. Michael S. Brown says more people are left defenseless
Carte blanche: Thomas L. Jipping says Bill Clinton is going out doing the same things he did the past eight years. He did it this time by once again breaking an agreement that Ronald Reagan made with the Senate in 1985
A time to hold and a time to fold: David Hackworth argues that the time is right for Army chief of staff Gen. Eric Shinseki to kill his idea of allowing everyone to wear the black beret of the Army Ranger
Ashcroft for Attorney General: The laughable claim that John Ashcroft is a racist could only come from someone as unprincipled as Jesse Jackson. W. James Antle III says there are plenty of good reasons to support Ashcroft
The Bush mandate: Save the economy!: If the headline didn't clue you in, Alan Caruba says George W. Bush's immediate priority is to ensure the economy doesn't go through another slow quarter
New Year's resolutions for President Bush: W. James Antle III knows he won't follow through on his own New Year's resolutions so he decided to make some for Dubya
The continuum of markets: Most people don't know what the term market means. After reading this, you won't doubt that Bruce Walker does
Please abuse your children daily: Have children? You and Shelley McKinney are guilty of child abuse. At least according to Prof. Peggy Kamuf
The NLRB and the long march from the Beck Decision: Reed Larson explores the battle involving unions and the Beck Decision. Don't know what the Beck Decision is? Not surprising
We'd better not forget 1992: Samuel L. Blumenfeld is of the opinion that liberals will use the first half of the Bush presidency with a potential recession to set themselves up for 2002
Happy New Year: Isabel Lyman gives thanks for what happened in 2000!
Senate should let Bush choose Ashcroft for AG: Paul Weyrich argues that the Senate should just suck it up and approve the nomination of John Ashcroft for Attorney General
The best Notable Quotables of 2000: The Media Research Centre celebrates the most outrageous and humerous quotes from 2000. See which ones were picked by a panel of 46 talk show hosts, magazine editors, columnists, editorial writers and media observers. PDF format
Tidbits ESR gives you the news items that you may have missed...or the ones the newspapers, magazines, or TV anchors didn't think you needed to hear
Farmers for economic freedom Updates about farmers fighting for economic freedom in western Canada
Site of the Month
Earth is Flat Award/Vinegar in Freedom Award
Lingua Publicus

February 2001

Arafat: Dead man walking?: Alan Caruba opines that Israel may not have to negotiate with Yasser Arafat that much longer. A Pax Hebraica imposed with the sword?
Forget Clinton: It's time to move on: Why is everyone still talking about Bill Clinton? W. James Antle III says conservatives have better things to concentrate on
The "fix" that's destroying education in America: Tom DeWeese is of the opinion that the restructuring of the American education system was done to deliberately create dumb people
Tragedy at sea: Former submarine officer Charles Bloomer explains sub operations and emergency main ballast tank blows in light of the Ehime Maru tragedy
Imploding a stadium and a mentality: Not only was Three Rivers Stadium an ugly example as stadiums go, but Eric Miller says the ideas behind these constructions aren't much better
Uncompassionate liberalism: Roger Banks believes that increased government spending isn't compassionate, but actually makes the average person less so
Death tax should be laid to rest: Nicholas Sanchez calls on Republicans to kill the death tax, not because it's easy, but because it's hard...that and other reasons
Dear Dr. Progressive: The good doctor is currently institutionalized after a major breakdown but he's still answering questions for confused liberals
Rich, the rich, and respect for natural and political law: Pardoning Marc Rich while insisting on an unfair and incomprehensible tax system undermines the moral authority essential to good government, says Bruce Walker
Bush makes move to end waste, fraud and abuse:Paul Weyrich says George W. Bush was right to order a review of how money is being spent by the military rather than simply dumping in a pile of new money
Health care economists or propagandists?: Andrei Kreptul takes issue with a recent report that says there are no problems with the Canadian health care system
Drug war very effective -- at bloating police, prison 'industries': If the drug war is good at one thing, writes Vin Suprynowicz, it's job creation
A double dose of discrimination: Dr. Michael S. Brown decries those who attack people who face the double discrimination of being disabled and gun owners
Let the nominations begin: During his presidential campaign George W. Bush promised to only nominate strict constitutionalists to the bench. John Nowacki says now is the time to walk the walk
Another Alcoa executive at Treasury: If Paul O'Neill performs only half as well at Treasury as another Aloca executive did once, Lawrence W. Reed says that he will have done a good job
Pass the Bush tax cut now: Only readers of the New York Times would be opposed to a tax cut, says W. James Antle III
An army of one: George S. Kulas is less than pleased by the recruiting tactics of the U.S. Army these days, especially their new slogan
Your kids are safe at school. Right?: Thanks to the government, your children at school are safe from being monitored and shown advertising on the Internet. Not really, says Jim Wilson
Indoctrination, not education: Alan Caruba denounces George W. Bush's education "fix" as an expansion of power for the Department of Education, an agency no one can find listed in the constitution
Dear Dr. Progressive: The dear Dr. Progressive is in the hospital after what the white coats called a major nervous breakdown. Despite that, he's still offering advice to the confused leftists of the world
Auditor General goes out with a bang ... taxpayers left to whimper: Canada's auditor general ends his term in March but Canadian taxpayers will be paying for a long time for the present government's waste, reports Walter Robinson
The Reagan surpluses: An overlooked legacy: Not content with calling him a genius last week, Bruce Walker returns this week to heap more praise on Ronald Reagan, who he says would have had surpluses in the 1980s if it wasn't for the Democrats
Reagan in retrospect: David Bardallis may have only been a teen when Ronald Reagan was in office, but he has some fond memories about his presidency
Broken promise land: Diane Alden writes that if Americans knew what their government was doing to the west, they would be outraged
The homeless are not helpless: Charges of increasing homelessness are going to be brought up during the Bush presidency. Leo K. O'Drudy, III says there are easy ways to counter the falsehoods
Missing the mark with religion: Marx and the worship of man: Steve Farrell asks, if leftists are so opposed to morality being brought up in public discourse, why do they do it themselves?
Solutions for California: Samuel L. Blumenfeld has some inventive solutions for the California power crisis. ESR could support the SUV proposal
Judges should apply law - and law alone: Thomas L. Jipping is worried about judicial litmus tests that are increasingly being used
Coerced compassion: Charles Bloomer doesn't have a problem with faith-based charities since many of them do good work. He just wonders why government has to be involved with charities of any stripe
Faith-based subsidies: Will they save or damn our Republic?: Steve Farrell takes a look at the funding of faith-based charities through the filter of the "Are we a republic or a democracy?" filter
The Bush education fix will only make it worse: George W. Bush's love of promoting education may be honourable, but his recently announced plans do nothing to fix the fundamental problems America's schools have, writes Tom DeWeese
Illiterate America: Alan Caruba is frightened by how dumb graduates are today. Judging by the numbers, people are plenty dumb
Reagan at 90: W. James Antle says that the prosperity we are enjoying today have nothing to do with Bill Clinton and everything to do with Ronald Reagan
Genius and greatness: Reagan and Churchill: Bruce Walker scorns anyone who questions the genius of Ronald Reagan, who celebrates his 90th birthday on February 6
Made in Sacramento: The political roots of the California power fiasco: The politicians in Sacramento better stop crying about the power problems California is facing. To begin with, they caused the problem, says Lawrence W. Reed
It's time to legalize drugs: New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson makes his case that the war on drugs has been lost and it's time to reassess the situation in this excerpt from After Prohibition: An Adult Approach to Drug Policies in the 21st Century
Zell Miller leads the way to unity in the Senate: You want bipartisanship? Paul Weyrich says Georgia Senator Zell Miller fits the bill. He may be a Democrat, but that doesn't mean he won't cross party lines to support a good thing
Budget, budget, we want a budget: Walter Robinson slams the Canadian government's decision not to table a budget this month
Let's give Bush a chance to settle in before we criticize: Depending on who you listen to, George W. Bush is either doing too much or not enough. Nicholas Sanchez counsels people to give Dubya a chance
Bush's second term: Bruce Walker is already thinking about Dubya's second term, something he thinks is a lock
Cleaning up after Clinton: W. James Antle III is cautiously pleased with the rightward swing that Dubya has brought to the White House
China policy -- A new realism: Notra Trulock calls on George W. Bush to take the China threat seriously, unlike what's been going on since 1992
Clinton pardons Deutch -- somehow misses Dr. Wen Ho Lee: S. Leon Felkins wonders why Wen Ho Lee's name wasn't on the list of Bill Clinton's pardons, especially given some of the names that were on the list
Dear Dr. Progressive: Confused, liberal and radical? Dr. Progressive will help you sort out your problems. This week, however, he seems a bit ornery
An inauguration diary: Isabel Lyman details a recent weekend which saw America's long national nightmare finally come to an end
Revealing the Soul: Steven Martinovich reviews Move Closer: An Intimate Philosophy of Art by John Armstrong and thinks the author failed on two counts
The fashion plate debate: Shelley McKinney is wondering what the heck is going on when parents allow their daughters to dress like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera
The biggest liars on Earth: The UN's Global Warming Panel: A recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on global warming has gotten Alan Caruba a little steamed
Media slant changing on gun issues: Dr. Michael S. Brown paints a future he believes is coming true...journalists less hostile to your Second Amendment rights
Notes to a friend: Please borrow liberally (A Taxpayers Throne Speech): Canadians find out this week what the Liberal government is promising over the coming year. Walter Robinson of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has some suggestions for Jean Chretien
Smoking and liberty: Hey smokers, asks Tom DeWeese, when are you going to be tired of being considered second class citizens?
The shared vision of hell: Patrick J. Michaels and Robert C. Balling discuss the hysteria behind global warming in this excerpt from their book The Satanic Gasses
Tidbits ESR gives you the news items that you may have missed...or the ones the newspapers, magazines, or TV anchors didn't think you needed to hear
Farmers for economic freedom Updates about farmers fighting for economic freedom in western Canada
Site of the Month
Earth is Flat Award/Vinegar in Freedom Award
Lingua Publicus

March 2001

I love Starbucks a latte: Move away from the coffee! Aaron Lukas checks out a protest in Washington, D.C. against Starbucks and biotechnology and a counter-protest aimed back at them
Dismantling America: If Americans want continued prosperity they had better get on the government's back to get rid of insane environmental regulations, writes Tom DeWeese
Hoping for a depression: Alan Caruba unloads on people like United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan who would do material harm to the United States with their policies
Talking down Jonathan Alter: W. James Antle III is sad at the passing of Rowland Evans, especially if it means having to live with the reporting of someone like Jonathan Alter
Confronting leftist dominated institutions: The ABA and judicial appointments: The best defence is a good offence. When groups like the American Bar Association launch attacks, says Bruce Walker, conservatives need to attack right back
How to eliminate poverty and retire rich: Samuel Blumenfeld says he's had a plan to replace Social Security since 1982. Would it work? You be the judge
The citizen-legislature blunder: Steve Farrell praises the Democratic Party for saving the Republic. Yes, you did read that right. For good measure, he also thanks the Supreme Court
Dear Dr. Progressive: The doctor's story is becoming increasingly bizarre. He claims to have been kidnapped by aliens ... one of whom apparently answers to "Jane." Despite that, he still offers his advice to confused liberals
A short break: While on her way to George W. Bush's inauguration Isabel Lyman read political thriller The Unquenchable Thirst. Lyman says the idea behind the book is interesting but not well developed enough
Jane gives me a pain: Shelley McKinney reacts to Jane Fonda's announcement of $12.5 million to support the study of the role of gender in education. McKinney wishes that Barbarella was a little more logical about things
Arrogance of Army brass undermines leadership, morale: The idea that senior leadership often seems disconnected from reality doesn't come as a surprise to most people who wore a uniform provided by their nation, says Charles Bloomer, but the "beret fiasco" shows a different direction might be needed
Are you shirking your duty to help keep America free?: Are you a member of a legitimate militia? If you aren't, asks Vin Suprynowicz, why not?
Newspaper ad stirs controversy: John Nowacki blasts the disgraceful conduct of people angered by the slavery reparations advertising that David Horowitz has had run in some campus newspapers
Judging Bush's judges: Thomas L. Jipping has some cautious praise for President George W. Bush's judicial nominations, ones that are better than Texas Gov. George W. Bush's judicial nominations
The Police Corps: Not your ordinary federal program: Paul Weyrich says once in a long while a federal government program works as advertised. That program is called the Police Corps
Lone property rights case before the court this year: Palazzolo v. Rhode Island No. 99-2047 is the only property rights case to go to the Supreme Court this year and Vin Suprynowicz gives you a brief overview
The bullying boy and his mindless mommy: It may have been twelve-year old Lionel Tate stomped to death a six-year old girl several times smaller than him, writes Shelley McKinney, but his mother had a role as well
Sorry Ted: JFK cut taxes: So Ted Kennedy is angry because Republicans are quoting John F. Kennedy in the debate over cutting taxes? W. James Antle III asks who really cares
Misplaced priorities: The destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan was a sad event but Steven Martinovich is a little more distressed by another problem that nation is facing
A missed opportunity: Had Ronald Segal's Islam's Black Slaves: The Other Black Diaspora actually been about slavery under Islam, Steve Martinovich might have been satisfied. Instead, it was merely a veiled attack on the west
Devouring America's private property: Tom DeWeese says government and powerful groups are combining to slowly strip Americans of their right to private property
The grand strategist: ESR has been taking a lot of shots at Dubya recently so Bruce Walker has stepped forward to praise him for his leadership skills
Global warming: Lies, lies, damnable lies!: The media continues to run yet more lies about global warming and Alan Caruba has had just about enough
Dear Dr. Progressive: Dr. Progressive escapes from his mental hospital and is in seriously bad condition. Still, he soldiers on and provides advice for confused liberals
The shrew gets tamed: Fie, fie! Unknit that threatening unkind brow, and dart not scornful glances from those eyes. Isabel Lyman writes about feminist Laura Doyle's prescription for wives to get along with their husbands: surrender
Demographics will be the end of CPP: Politicians aren't going to be the end of Canada's pension system, writes Steven Martinovich, the elderly will be
ABA does not uphold the profession of law: John Nowacki argues that the American Bar Association no longer represents his profession given who they are giving an award to
Europe's court of injustice: What the European Community's Court of Justice did to Bernard Connolly is a good reason why people think these bodies are a threat to individual nations and their citizens, writes J. Bradley Keena
Lawyers and politics: Creating a necessary wall: Bruce Walker argues for changes to be made that would limit the role of lawyers in society. They would probably be pretty popular changes
What exactly is judicial activism?: In case you didn't know what the term meant, Thomas L. Jipping defines it in a rather clear manner
Getting real about tax cut numbers: W. James Antle says George W. Bush needs to promote his tax cut with a clear message...and make it bigger
Localized terrorism and our schools: The problem with all the laws enacted after shootings like that which occurred in Santee California is that they do not address the real problem, writes Dr. Jeremy D. Blanks
Should teachers be armed?: Dr. Michael S. Brown doesn't have a problem if teachers want to voluntarily arm themselves
Another school shooting: How could this happen? The answer: Government-approved drug addicts: What causes some school shootings? Tom DeWeese says it's because those "drug free areas" in and around schools don't really exist
Take back our schools! Save our children!: If you want to improve America's schools, says Alan Caruba, you merely need to take them away from government
A contrarian view of climate change: Steven Martinovich finds evenhanded arguments against global warming orthodoxies in The Satanic Gasses: Clearing the Air about Global Warming
Dr. Rushdoony and phonics: Samuel L. Blumenfeld reports on the recent passing of a champion of education, the Rev. Rousas John Rushdoony
The notch that never was: Ever heard of the "notch issue"? If you believe it to be true, Leo K. O'Drudy, III asks you to stop being gullible for a minute
Subverting the Bill of Rights: Clinton's war on UNITA: Just in case you thought America was aware of all of Bill Clinton's scandals, Cliff Kincaid has yet another one. We doubt the media will do any reporting on this issue
A new player at the table: Bill Hengst wouldn't dream of playing poker with George W. Bush. It would appear that other nations are learning that lesson
Repeal Depression-era libel law ... for starters: In Nevada, it's actually illegal to criticize a bank in print. Vin Suprynowicz is of the opinion this law should be put to bed immediately
What really is bi-partisanship?: Whatever bi-partisanship is, Paul Weyrich finds himself less than impressed by it
Bush is as green as Gore!: When it comes to global warming, George W. Bush may not talk like Al Gore, but Alan Caruba says the evidence suggests they are of like minds. Just ask Christie Whitman
Bush supports Clinton land grab: Wait, we're not finished attacking Dubya yet. Tom DeWeese unloads over the administration's plans to leave Clinton's national monuments in place. So much for property rights
Keeping stolen property: George W. Bush seems to have forgotten that his presidency only happened because of the Constitutition, says Charles Bloomer. Giving federally stolen land back to Americans would be a nice way to remember it
Monday I join the Republicans: Fed up with hypocrisy on the drug war, life-long Democrat Jack J. Woehr says he's joining the Republicans. Their leadership may not be much better than that of the Democrats, but in Colorado there isn't that much choice
Principle vs. pragmatism on the right: W. James Antle weighs on the vicious war between the writers at Lew Rockwell.com and The National Review
Jersey City mayor yields unity: Remember the name Bret Schundler. If you are an American, Nicholas Sanchez says you might be voting to put this guy in the big chair one day
Dear Dr. Progressive: The entire staff of ESR is fretting over the continued mental decline of Dr. Progressive. Severe as it is, the man continues to render help to the confused liberals of the world
Restoring honor to Democrats - President Bush's most vital task: By reappointing George McGovern to his United Nations post George W. Bush is sending a signal to members of both parties, writes Bruce Walker. A healthy nation has at least two parties capable of fielding moral candidates
Soccer moms meet guns: Karen De Coster is thrilled to death that the latest addition to the fans of firearms is none other than soccer moms
A sterling example: If you are looking at England as a model of gun control, says Kevin Baker, you'd best look elsewhere. There's plenty that the anti-gun nuts aren't telling you
The truth about western independence: Scott Carpenter weighs in on the all the reports over a growing successionist movement in Western Canada
Canada's mayors make good points but...: Walter Robinson says Canadian cities that complain about their lack of power should do something about it
Does McCain have a plan?: Remember, the stake goes into the heart. Paul Weyrich wonders what Sen. John McCain is trying to do...besides prepare himself for 2004
Another scandal, another commission: Spying? Just be aware that the most serious penalty for doing so in America is...the commission. Notra Trulock is tired of them
Some dumb ideas about tax policy: George W. Bush is getting a whole lot of budget advice right now, says W. James Antle III, most of it stupid
Throwing $5 billion down the education rat-hole: As the title of his essay would suggest, Alan Caruba is less than impressed by George W. Bush's plan to sink more money into education
Politics as usual v2.0: Steve Martinovich reviews How to Hack a Party Line: The Democrats and Silicon Valley by Sara Miles and finds out that the Democrats tried to take over Silicon Valley
Clinton scandals prove positive for Bush: Although the continuing Clinton scandals are blocking some interference for George W. Bush's agenda, they are also taking the focus off some important issues
Restoring the Constitution: Our good Supreme Court: Bruce Walker is convinced that the greatest threat to good government isn't government itself, but the Supreme Court
A sustainable development monster: Sustainable development is merely another word for managed development, says Henry Lamb, and only goes to destroy individual freedom
Dear Dr. Progressive: The good doctor remains in hospital and is even getting worse. Despite that, he still continues to lend a helping hand to confused liberals
Bonnie get your gun off: Jeremy Lott doesn't mind it one bit that Smith & Wesson is going through hard times. It brought them on itself
The unmerited inheritance tax: John Burke takes billionaire Warren Buffett to task for his stand on the Estate Tax
A victory in Elko: The Jarbidge Shovel Brigade won its fight in Elko Country, writes Vin Suprynowicz, which means the federal government may finally be utilitizing common sense
Voting reform: An idea whose time has come: Walter Robinson calls on Canadians to consider massive changes to the way they elect their politicians federally
Beware of anti-tax con men: You know all those guys with the clever arguments that income tax is illegal? Leo K. O'Drudy, III says they are full of it
What was the point?: U.S. and British warplanes bomb Iraqi positions yet again and Bill Hengst is still struggling to understand the point
Tidbits ESR gives you the news items that you may have missed...or the ones the newspapers, magazines, or TV anchors didn't think you needed to hear
Farmers for economic freedom Updates about farmers fighting for economic freedom in western Canada
Site of the Month
Earth is Flat Award/Vinegar in Freedom Award
Lingua Publicus

April 2001

Wal-Mart, immigrants and Thomas Jefferson: Three weeks ago in the pages of this magazine, Alan Caruba called for a massive reduction in immigration. This week, Eric Miller argues that America needs the exact opposite
Kyoto resurrected?: Like a monster from a bad movie, the Kyoto Protocol refuses to die. Henry Lamb says Jan Pronk was in the United States recently trying to revive the almost dead treaty
Prohibition didn't end in 1933: Did you know that 30 states still practice a form of alcohol prohibition when it comes to wine? Lawrence W. Reed gives us the skinny
The illusion of formal education: Bruce Walker makes it clear that he has little use for formal education. Ideas always trump a curriculum
Where trouble lives and is exported: Since everyone is fixated on China and the west's relations with that country, Alan Caruba would like to remind you that the Middle East is still a trouble spot
Tough guys can be really nice: Lawrence Henry ruminates about the kind of man George W. Bush is -- not that he really knows, you understand
China: Aiding and abetting the enemy: The China we know today is not the centuries old nation with a rich cultural history, say Tom DeWeese and Peyton Knight, today it is a tyranny -- plain and simple
Another UN slap in the face: Israel is bad, China is good. These and other United Nations votes have caused J. Bradley Keena to reach his boiling point
Economic freedom and prosperity are linked: Steve Martinovich is waiting for the day that El Salvador will be considered better than Canada in terms of economic freedom. It seems inevitable the way things are going
The drug war evaluated: J. Bradley Jansen believes that there are so many wrongs in the war on drugs that it is time to reconsider our approach
The conservatism of Benjamin Franklin: Conservativism would be well served if we were all like Benjamin Franklin, says Jack J. Woehr
'For handing out constitutional propaganda': Apparently it's against the rules for citizens to inform each other about the constitutional duties of a juror, reports Vin Suprynowicz
Obsessing about race: Thomas L. Jipping says the recent strife in Cincinnati proves that America's obsession over race hasn't declined any
The sanction of the victim: Why do environmentalists get away with the evil that they do? Tom DeWeese says it's because you let them
Global snake oil salesman: Alan Caruba is happy that Maurice Strong recently had his memoirs published. It gives every one a chance to see what a crackpot leftist is like
Who needs Earth Day?: Officially April 22 may be Earth Day, says Henry Lamb, but every day is earth day to people who own and work the land
Four days where life and death held hands: Steve Martinovich reviews In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors, the true story of the survivors of America's worst military disaster
Both taxes and spending must be cut: A $1.6 trillion tax cut over ten years, albeit small, is nice, but a $1.96 trillion budget for the next fiscal year isn't. W. James Antle III argues that both taxes and spending must be cut
The tyranny of complexity: Bruce Walker says liberals love to make things unnecessarily complex. It's what keeps them in power
Four traits common to bad parents: Avoiding these four bad parenting traits isn't going to guarantee a perfect child but Shelley McKinney says you'd still be better served
Towards a really conservative view: Whenever the American Empire gets Jack J. Woehr down, he thinks back to Roman writer Juvenal
Our old house: Lawrence Henry remembers a visit to the house where he grew up in Arlington, South Dakota
A trap for President Bush: Demanding that former Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic be tried by a U.N. tribunal would be a serious mistake by the United States, writes Cliff Kincaid
Waiting for the judicial nominations to begin: Thomas L. Jipping is confident that George W. Bush will appoint judges more interested in interpreting present law than making new law
Restore released felons' rights -- all their rights: Laws preventing people convicted of felonies from owning firearms or voting are blatantly racist, says Vin Suprynowicz
Fall budget? It's a pretty safe bet...: Walter Robinson is of the opinion that Canadians won't see a budget tabled until this fall at the earliest
Will McCain-Feingold backfire on liberals?: Democrats are counting on campaign finance reform to put a stake in Republican fundraising. Richard A. Viguerie and Steve J. Allen say it might actually do the exact opposite
McCain-Feingold First Amendment reform: John McCain is right, there is something broken with the current system, but W. James Antle III says his campaign finance reform efforts aren't the solution
A debt beyond evaluation: Steven Martinovich has nothing but praise for Rick Perlstein's Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus which tells the story of Goldwater's 1964 run for president and what it means to America today
The serious business of recreation: Recreation isn't just sitting around watching television, there's some serious business involved. Bruce Walker says that's why liberals want you to have less of it
Thirty years of California's opposition to energy: It only took three decades for Californians to realize that a modern society needs electricity, writes Alan Caruba
Getting the policy right: Henry Lamb says the energy crisis is finally forcing Americans to choose what side of the philosophical divide they stand on
Global warming vs. prosperity: A move to cut carbon dioxide emissions across the United States will only replicate California's problems, argues David Holcberg
Environmental slavery: Americans are being choked to death with environmentalist measures...except that those measures aren't designed to save the environment. Tom DeWeese says they are designed to kill off something else
Dear Dr. Progressive: We're not sure what to make of it. Dr. Progressive, after claiming alien abduction, is back home and answering questions as if nothing had happened ... except that he's in love
Twilight of the Bobos: Lawrence Henry discusses "Bobos" -- America's latest social and economic elite -- and the effect they are having in the country
It's time to make a stand: Bill Hengst wants to see a harder line taken against China in the continuing battle over a U.S. Navy spy plane and its crew ... and in general
Guns, health and busybody doctors: Doctors Against Handgun Injury? Why not Doctors Against Automobile Accidents or Doctors Against Accidental Drowning? asks Charles Bloomer. DAHI isn't concerned about handgun safety, they just want more gun control
Close the Department of Education: What's a few hundred million between friends? Recent testimony by a Department of Education official admitting massive waste and fraud is a good reason to shutter that federal department, says Vin Suprynowicz
The president deserves some patience: People, let's not forget that Dubya has been in office less then three months. Let's give the guy a chance before we jump on him, argues Paul Weyrich
Out of control immigration: Not that he has anything against immigrants given that he's a descendant of some, but Alan Caruba says America might have to close its doors for a while to ask itself some questions
Not quite on the money: Recent advice by Steve Forbes to pump more money into the economy is flat out wrong, argues W. James Antle III
What a lucky guy he is...: Notra Trulock says that Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham is one lucky guy. While everyone is fixated on the energy crisis a bunch of other important stories are being ignored
Compassion for spending addicts: Talk of triggers to stop tax relief tells Roger Banks that spendaholics are still in control of the Senate regardless of what party they belong to
Double trigger for tax cuts: Bruce Walker says he will go Democrats one better...he'll give them a double trigger to reverse tax cuts
Hail to the Chief: No Kyoto!: In the light of his decision on the Kyoto Treaty, Henry Lamb has nothing but good words for Dubya
A disgrace all right: Want to attack Bush's decision not to implement the Kyoto Treaty but don't have the time to write a reasonable commentary? Steven Martinovich finds one Salon writer who thinks an appeal to patriotism is good to use in a pinch
Invasion of the antigun doctors: Dr. Michael S. Brown reports on Doctors Against Handgun Injury, the newest group with nothing to add in the gun control debate
America's five-foot giant: James Madison: Vin Suprynowicz says that James Madison is the unrecognized giant of America's Founding Fathers
Parliament has become a dysfunctional disgrace ... but there is hope: The recent stupidity in Canada's Parliament should provide incentive for reforms, writes Walter Robinson
Less than the sum its parts: Given that no one has ever made an English language movie that concentrated on the Battle of Stalingrad, Steve Martinovich was hoping for a lot from Enemy at the Gates
Jesse Jackson's empire: Patrick J. Reilly has more than a few questions about the finances of the organizations that Jesse Jackson has founded or leads
Tidbits ESR gives you the news items that you may have missed...or the ones the newspapers, magazines, or TV anchors didn't think you needed to hear
Farmers for economic freedom Updates about farmers fighting for economic freedom in western Canada
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May 2001

Editorial - no editorial written in May
Why the GOP can't get it right with Black outreach: Why should the Republican Party bother courting Black voters when gay voters seem more receptive? Star Parker isn't pleased with that line of thought
Middle as the left's mantra: Here we go again. The Republicans are being warned by no less than Anna Quindlen to move more to the middle. W. James Antle III responds
Fabian Conservatism: Most conservatives are disappointed by the slow pace of the Bush Administration. Bruce Walker thinks it's a strategy worthy of Quintus Fabius Maximus Cunctator
From across the Big Pond: UK election week 1: Andy Walsh reports that Britain's election isn't going all that well for William Hague's conservatives
Kalifornia's Fascists: Alan Caruba blasts a "suggestion" that California seize privately owned power plants and praises the Bush energy plan
Bush encounters the energy crisis: Nicholas Sanchez says Democratic charges about the Bush energy plan are completely out to lunch
Let the Pork Wars begin: In announcing why he would try to punish Democrats who voted for George W. Bush's budget, Sen. Robert Byrd was at least honest about his agenda, writes Vin Suprynowicz
From these infirm foundations: Part I: Diane Alden begins the first of a four part series on foundations and the negative influence they are having on America
A politically incorrect death: Hurt feelings at 36 000 feet: Shelley McKinney really sympathizes with Donna Beaulieu and her family because their vacation was ruined when a critically ill man was brought on board and later died
Flowers are good. Guns are bad: Dr. Michael S. Brown has to hand it to antigun activists. They know exactly how to get their message out to a sympathetic media
Federal funding of faith-based charities is wrong: Tom DeWeese knows that George W. Bush's heart is in the right place when it comes to funding faith-based charities. Good intentions, however, won't overcome the proposal's problems
Public money for private charity?: Bush's funding of faith-based charities reminds him of what happened in 324 when Emperor Constantine began subsidizing Christian priests and churches. The problem? Emperor Julian in 361
A jury that is meant to convict: James Hall takes aim at questions designed to weed out "undesirable" jurors during voir dire sessions
The US Supreme Court was right about the seat belt arrest: Terry Dunford says there is a conservative lesson to be learned from the US Supreme Court's upholding the arrest of a mom who didn't buckle up
Edwards seeking legislation from the bench: John Nowacki writes the only reason why Senator John Edwards wants to hold up Judge Terrence Boyle's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals is because of partisanship
Threat of "Know Your Customer" still lingers: It would have been bad enough had the Know Your Customer law passed into law but now an international organization wants to impose the same Big Brother program, says Lisa S. Dean
Tom Daschle is no FDR: Bruce Walker writes that George W. Bush reminds him a lot of John F. Kennedy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Well, the good parts of Kennedy and Roosevelt. Tom Daschle on the other hand, does not
Timothy McVeigh and capital punishment: W. James Antle III weighs in on Timothy McVeigh and his delayed date with the executioner
Why parents and taxpayers have no say in education: If people want to understand why their voices go unheeded in the debate over education, says Tom DeWeese, they should understand that there are a number of players behind the scenes
Greens vote to boycott oil companies: They may be known as Greens but Alan Caruba says environmentalists remind him of another colour
Eco-hypocrisy: The day the policy makers have to live with their own environmental regulations, says Frederick B. Meekins, the sooner those same regulations disappear
U.N.U. calls for global governance: Henry Lamb blasts the global governance recommendations promoted by the United Nations University. What? You haven't heard the recommendations? Read on
Banned from the ring: Real campaign finance reforms: Steve Farrell wraps up his look at campaign finance reform with his ideas of what would constitute real reforms to the system
It just ain't box office: One of ESR's favourite liberals, Andrew Sullivan, is wrong when it comes to the lack of gay leading men in the movies, says Lawrence Henry. He explains the facts of life according to Hollywood
A quick quiz: Take Dr. Michael R. Bowen's quiz and discover whether you came of age during the so-called progressive education movement
If AIDS doesn't kill you, the AIDS vaccine will: Cliff Kincaid is somewhat less than impressed by the idea of a mandatory HIV/AIDS virus
The streetcar makes a comeback: Of all things, writes Paul M. Weyrich, the streetcar is making a comeback ... perhaps even to your town
On sappy tributes to motherhood: Now that Mother's Day has passed, Isabel Lyman can safely say she hates the sappy tributes to motherhood
What has happened to our privacy?: House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, and Virginia Gov. James Gilmore are fighting the installation of cameras across America courtesy of the Interior Department, writes Lisa S. Dean
Repeal China's Normal Trade Relations status: Tom DeWeese argues that China considers the United States the enemy. Why is America trading with China as if nothing was the matter?
Interesting choices for UN Rights Commission: W. James Antle III thinks it's rich that the United States would be thrown off the UN Rights Commission but a brutal slave state like Sudan is welcomed
The day a nation grew up: Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor opens in theatres later this month. Steve Martinovich urges you to read Walter Lord's reissued classic Day of Infamy to find out where Bay went wrong
From across the big pond: The UK general election: By the time you read this, British Prime Minister Tony Blair may have already called an election. Andy Walsh says he's all but assured of another term in office
Broadway play ruffles PC crowd: Nicholas Sanchez says people are upset about The Producers, a Broadway play by Mel Brooks based on his 1968 movie of the same name, a man not to shy away from making people uneasy
Strategic Defense Initiative redux: Bruce Walker says Dubya's pushing a new version of the Strategic Defense Initiative is the right thing to do regardless of what the world thinks
Killing mosquitoes or killing humans?: Apparently the environmental crowd places more value in a mosquito than they do in a human being. The proof lies in their actions, writes Alan Caruba
Tightening the screws: Although the Clinton administration is only but a bad memory, the drive to displace humans from their land continues in earnest, reports Henry Lamb
(Roman) Republican values: Undoubtedly some empire-era Romans looked back with nostalgia at the Republic. Jack J. Woehr feels the same way when looking back at the America of old
Socialism and pine cones: Dr. Michael R. Bowen kills two birds with one stone: He gets his sons to clean up the pine cones from his lawn and teaches them what socialism really means
Steal it, Mr. Nordlinger: Lawrence Henry urges a National Review editor to re-publish a classic book on American citizenship - and perform some wicked agitprop, as well
Joe Camel noses onto the summer reading list: Clay Waters is outraged that books that contain characters who smoke are still on the bookshelves of schools and libraries
AG Ashcroft reaffirms his commitment to privacy: Lisa Dean lauds John Ashcroft's commitment to privacy. Of course, she also says you shouldn't take that for granted
Judging the future: Thomas L. Jipping attempts to divine the short term future when it comes to judicial nominations under the Bush administration
Gun control - What went wrong?: Remember the renewed push for increased gun control that seems to have disappeared? Dr. Michael S. Brown explains what happened to it
Rethinking open borders: The war over immigration continues! W. James Antle III argues that even a lot of free market adherents are wary of the idea of open borders
Three cheers for Balkanization!: Balkanization may be a dirty word to many but Bruce Walker thinks it's actually a very good thing
The doom and gloom will never stop: A new report states that global farming is as threatening to the earth as global warming. Steven Martinovich is immediately reminded of Grade 10 geography class
Endangered species? More green lies: Alan Caruba doesn't think much of the Endangered Species Act considering that not one animal has been removed from the protected list because of it
POPs may be hazardous to your lifestyle: An announcement that America will sign the U.N. Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants spells trouble, says Henry Lamb
The 'hundred days' of reform demur: James Hall deliberates on the first 100 days of the George W. Bush presidency. Not perfect but better than the alternatives
Ambiguous strategic ambiguity: Bill Hengst responds to George W. Bush's recent announcement that military force is an option for the United States if China decides to invade Taiwan
Ward Connerly visits Umass: Perhaps things aren't all that bad. Isabel Lyman reports that Ward Connerly received a civil welcome during a recent visit to the University of Massachusetts
Why I'm voting for the Marijuana Party: Canadians in British Columbia are going to the polls and Scott Carpenter says he's not voting for a mainstream party this time around
What Hollywood no longer knows: J. Bradley Keena says a recent report proves Hollywood wants the money in your children's pocket, not to create art
Move over Gray Davis...: Boy, that didn't last long. Remember when Gray Davis was being touted for the 2004 presidential race? He may need the job considering William Simon, Jr. could defeat him for California's governorship, writes Nicholas Sanchez
Time to protect whistleblowers: If George W. Bush really wants to contrast his administration with that of Bill Clinton's, argues Notra Trulock, he should better protect whistleblowers
Tax time again ... let's review where things stand: April 30 is the deadline Canadians face to file their taxes. Walter Robinson has a few more numbers for them to crunch
Tidbits ESR gives you the news items that you may have missed...or the ones the newspapers, magazines, or TV anchors didn't think you needed to hear
Farmers for economic freedom Updates about farmers fighting for economic freedom in western Canada
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June 2001

Yes, we did lose the culture war: Conservatives are only trying to shut the barn door after the fact, says Barton Wong, if they think they can still fight for socially conservative principles. That day is over, the movement is dead and we all march for Gay Pride
Animal rights terrorists gather to plot havoc: Animal rights activists are meeting this week to target those who use animals in medical research. Increasingly, their preferred method of intervention is the use of violence, writes Tom DeWeese
GLAAD's latest adventure in activism: Gregory J. Hand reports on the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's latest foray into activism. It would be scary if it wasn't pathetic
AMA president admits bias on gun research: New American Medical Association president Dr. Richard Corlin calls for more research into gun related deaths and injuries. Dr. Michael S. Brown is immediately reminded of Trofim Lysenko
Ideas of truth: Steve Martinovich is impressed by Louis Menand's The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America, just not the philosophy and the people behind it that the book documents
Choose Schundler in NJ: W. James Antle III fervently hopes that New Jersey Republicans choose Bret Schundler over establishment candidate Bob Franks in the race for governor
Democracy and the market of nations: Imagine a world of democracies where people can live in their ideological homes. Now that would be something, says Bruce Walker
Ideas and consequences: There's a lot of misinformation in the war against sport utility vehicles, writes Lawrence W. Reed. Most of it comes from the busybodies who feel compelled to put their nose into your business
Too much good news to ignore: Smile. Though everyone is in love with bad news and likes to bemoan the state of the world, Alan Caruba says that there's plenty of good news out there
You don't have children, do you?: You can spot 'em every time. Lawrence Henry says there's a certain kind of blindness in people who haven't had their eyes opened by their own children. Andrew Sullivan is no exception
Dear Dr. Progressive: The good doctor is back and continuing to dispense advice to all the confused liberals of the world
Hooray for Lithia Springs!: Town council making a mess of things and shredding freedom? Scott Carpenter says do what the residents of Lithia Springs, Georgia did: Vote the government out of existence
Queen Barbra addresses the serfs: Californians have a new voice for energy conservation, reports Shelley McKinney. It's none other than Barbra Streisand
Technology, sovereignty and the Third Wave: Steve Farrell continues his multi-part series Democrats in Drag with a look at the influences of Plato, Karl Marx and Adolph Hitler
Summer reading: Seven myths of gun control: Need something to read this summer? Dr. Michael S. Brown has a good recommendation for gun owners and defenders of the right to bear arms
Watch out for politicians promising us new 'rights': Vin Suprynowicz shakes his head at the thought of a "Patients' Bill of Rights." Once again the free market takes a hit from government
Health care policy: Unintended consequences: David M. Budge is distrustful of the Patients' Bill of Rights given the past history of health care reforms. Each one always brought new problems along with it
Paying for globalization: Tax proposals for the world economy: Tired of paying taxes to governments in your own country? Don't worry, says Carl Teichrib, soon you may have the opportunity to pay taxes at the global level. Yeah, we can't wait either
Filling small shoes: Paul Weyrich delivers a eulogy for Patricia Ireland's twenty-year presidency of the National Organization of Women
Blame the Bush girls: Stop whining about the media coverage surrounding Jenna and Barbara Bush, says Leo K. O'Drudy III. They are public figures and they broke the law
Addicted to abortion: Abortion rights activists are angry about a homicide conviction for a South Carolina woman who smoked crack while pregnant. Mark Trapp wonders if they've also been smoking something
In praise of the Enumerated Powers Act: W. James Antle III would love it if Rep. John Shadegg's bill, the Enumerated Powers Act, were passed one day. He, of course, isn't holding his breath
Michigan's diversity defense: Jay Bergman takes aim at University of Michigan president Lee Bollinger, who bemoaned the loss of racial preferences thanks to a federal district judge
How to make millions in politics: Steve Martinovich reviews the exhaustive Bad Bet on the Bayou: The Rise of Gambling in Louisiana and the Fall of Governor Edwin Edwards, a story of old-fashioned corruption
"Go outside!": Lawrence Henry contemplates the big ideas about how we are now, and how we used to be, and wonders if there's anything to be done about it
Greens say "Turn off your lights": Alan Caruba responds to a campaign launched by environmentalists urging you to shut off your lights this June 21
A response to Jamie Glazov: A recent article by Jamie Glazov calling for the dissolution of Canada has Barton Wong steamed
Democrats in drag: Third Way fall from grace: Steve Farrell launches his multi-part series on the state of the Republican Party today
When Truman blinked: Michael Moriarty argues that the final battle of the Vietnam War has yet to be fought. Time for George W. Bush to step up and make an announcement about North Korea
How to stop Palestinian terror: Samuel L. Blumenfeld has a proposal to stop the terrorist attacks against Israelis that preserves the memory of the dead and frustrates the fanatics
Mid-East situation critical: The Middle East is once again proving that the United States needs a self-reliant energy program, says E. Ralph Hostetter
Dems will shut down judicial confirmations: They can talk about being fair all they want but Thomas Jipping says the Democrats aim to reject as many Bush judicial nominees as possible
The Bush twins, drinking and me: The recent brouhaha over the Bush girls and underage drinking has prompted Kimberley Jane Wilson to remember her youth
Swordfish: A Carnivore at Waco: James Hall considers the movie Swordfish and government gone out of control. How much is real and how much is fiction?
Ban the mine: Alberto Mingardi reports that there is a campaign underway to have Solitaire removed from the Windows operating system. Think it can't happen?
High court OKs after-hours religious club: Vin Suprynowicz is in support of the Supreme Court decision allowing the use of public schools by religious groups
Pay hikes for everyone: Walter Robinson offers some observations on pay hikes that Canadian federal politicians recently received and has even composed a song to mark the last session of Parliament
Will America go high tech on the high seas?: James K. Glassman thinks that the government might be able to learn how to balance risks and benefits from drug dealers with the U.S. Coast Guard benefiting
Shameless leftist lies pushed by The Nation: Brian Carnell says leftist magazine The Nation has no credibility whatsoever after claiming that George W. Bush is supporting the Taliban
Grief's weight: Steve Martinovich reviews Catherine Merridale's Night of Stone: Death and Memory in Twentieth-Century Russia, which tells the story of death in Communist Russia and how the survivors have dealt with their grief
From across the Big Pond: UK election results: Andy Walsh recaps the results of the recent election in Britain and who the winners and losers were
How to shut down the federal government properly: The annual budget dance will begin soon and Bruce Walker has advice for George W. Bush on how to effectively shut down the federal government
Kidnapping an election: Steve Martinovich reviews At Any Cost: How Al Gore Tried to Steal the Election and comes away impressed with Bill Sammon's account of Al Gore's campaign after the election of the century
What is up with McCain?: W. James Antle III wonders where John McCain's political future is leading. Regardless of what happens, Republicans shouldn't be too worried
Pay more for better work? Sounds suspicious: Clark County has killed a program which saw some workers receive merit pay for doing a good job. Vin Suprynowicz tells you why
Liberal psychologists in the Brave New World: Jack J. Woehr takes on his former babysitter, Dr. Alan Leshner, and what his recent article means in the war against drugs
Dear Dr. Progressive: After a long and mysterious absence, Dr. Progressive returns to the pages of Enter Stage Right! Confused and liberal? Ask the good doctor for help
Reparations anyone?: Kimberley Jane Wilson is no fan of the reparations movement and believes we're going to hear a lot more about it in the future
Fathers count, yet many count them out: Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and his ex-wife Kayoko Miyamoto have what Americans think is an inhuman child raising arrangement. Amy Ridenour cautions us not to be so judgmental as it turns out many Americans have the same one
How I will spend my summer vacation: Phillip J. Hubbell's approaching summer vacation -- a road trip to Washington, D.C. with his family -- has him thinking about competing energy policies
McCain burns bridges - backlash building: If John McCain ever decides to run for the presidency again, he's going to need new allies after the screwing he's given gun owners, says Dr. Michael S. Brown
Let the sunshine in: If the switch in the Senate really is the dawn of a new era, James Hall says the two parties should come together in the spirit of bipartisanship and let the sunshine in
Senate power struggle: Should one man's decision transform the nation?: Paul Weyrich comes out in support of a proposal by Arlen Specter which would stop future power shifts in the Senate if someone decides to switch parties
The Greatest Generation's greatest failure: On the anniversary of D-Day, Lawrence Henry honors the greatest generation once again - but points out that the greatest generation also let the next generation down
Kyoto cover-up: TV news gives one-sided view on global warming: John K. Carlisle advances the theory -- and with some evidence -- that the media is biased towards news stories promoting the orthodox global warming line. Say it isn't so!
Information exchange dangers: J. Bradley Jansen is a little worried about the increased sharing of information between governments and agencies. The privacy chain is only as strong as its weakest link
In praise of consistency: When Steve Martinovich looks to commentators who consistently trumpet liberty, he doesn't always look to mainstream conservatives
Republicans on the brink: Let's see: when the Republicans move to the left, they lose elections. So what do the Republicans want to do now? Tack more to the left. Charles Bloomer lays out what the party should be doing
How they shrunk the tax cut: W. James Antle III says George W. Bush made a very bad mistake when promoting his tax cut. He named a specific number and that doomed it from the start
Tax cut nullification: Regulations rob taxpayers of any gains: Feeling good because that $1.35 trillion, ten-year tax cut finally passed? Alan Caruba says you shouldn't even expect a thin dime in savings
How things change yet stay the same: A history of the stock market that won't put you to sleep? It's true. Steve Martinovich reviews Toward Rational Exuberance: The Evolution of the Modern Stock Market
The President of the Senate: No matter who the whips and leaders are in the Senate, the presidency of the Senate never changes. Who's the president of the Senate? Why Dick Cheney of course. Bruce Walker writes that Cheney could play a very interesting role
The UN seeks global gun control: Tom DeWeese rails against the latest effort to grab your firearms. This time the effort is on a global scale
Why I write for the Internet: The pleasures of an Internet columnist. Lawrence Henry finds out that writing can be fun again
An amused Canadian writes: Canadian conservative Barton Wong pens a letter to his American counterparts to tell them things aren't so bad
From across the Big Pond: UK Election week 3: New week, same story. William Hague will lose and lose the British election badly. Talk has already turned to who the next leader of the Conservative Party, says Andy Walsh
A cultural syllabus for North Americans: Jack J. Woehr lists the books he thinks should be read by those aiming to be well cultured
Mainstream myopia: Torpor or just plain indifference: James Hall says that some of you out there -- whom he calls conventional conformists -- need to open your eyes. The time for "to get along, go along" is over
My case against affirmative action: Gregory Pomeroy lays out his case against affirmative action which he says is losing support. That's why you are hearing calls for more of it
Natural heat vent may counter global warming: A recent paper speculates that there could be a natural vent in the Earth's atmosphere that releases heat into space, reports John K. Carlisle
Civility in Senate is nonexistent: Recently, Democrat Joe Biden wanted to do something classy and help out Republican Strom Thurmond. The problem? John Nowacki says he made the mistake of asking his fellow Democrats if it would be okay
GOP needs a pit bull - not a cheerleader: Nicholas Sanchez says the talking heads who say Jim Jeffords' defection isn't a blow are flat out wrong. That said, it does give the Republicans a chance to change things around
Senator Jeffords did us a favor: Forget the Republican Party, writes Charles Bloomer, Jim Jeffords may have actually done America a big favor
Jeffords out of GOP: W. James Antle III is a little tired of hearing from the press that Jim Jeffords' decision was one of conscience
Liberty, as Sen. Calhoun said, is easier to get than to keep: What have you done to earn the republic? Veterans died safeguarding the liberties of Americans but Vin Suprynowicz wonders if today's government is any different then that of the British on April 19, 1775
The Beaver vs. the Eagle: Who's really the biggest tyrant?: Typical American: "Everyone knows that Canadians are really socialists!" Scott Carpenter's response: "Takes one to know one."
Time to kill the standardized test: Steve Martinovich scored some impressive results in the standardized tests he was given and yet left university without a degree. That's not why he's opposed to the tests
Saying goodbye to Citizen Black: International media baron Conrad Black recently announced he is renouncing his Canadian citizenship. Adam Daifallah says he can hardly blame the man
From across the Big Pond: The UK Election week two: Andy Walsh continues his reports on the front lines of Britain's election. It seems if you punch a protester, expect a bump in the polls
Questions deserve answers: Steve Martinovich reports that How Race is Lived in America is disappointing in its study of race relations but you can take some things away from it
The tide is turning against the UN: When someone like A. M. Rosenthal condemns the United Nations, you know that organization is in serious trouble, says Tom DeWeese
Wretched hive of scum and villainy: Thanks to all the slights that the United States has suffered at the hands of the United Nations, Frederick B. Meekins says it's time for America to disentangle itself from that organization
Calling a latter-day Howard Jarvis: Lawrence Henry reflects on the week's news from the Senate, and decides it's time to invoke one of the Marine Corps' celebrated uncompromising mottos
The impact of calling states early: Bruce Walker decries how the media went about trying to win the election for Al Gore, a charge supported in a new book by Bill Sammon
The real threat of the faith-based initiative: Star Parker joins the growing chorus to be less than enthusiastic about George W. Bush's faith-based initiative
The real energy crisis: Jack J. Woehr uses remarks by Dick Cheney and the energy crisis to address the issue of the personal virtue of Americans
Yes, the First Amendment applies to everyone: A Clinton appointee rules that free speech is a good thing, even someone foolhardy enough to wear a "Straight Pride" T-shirt, writes Thomas L. Jipping
Court limits handbilling, but splits on property rights: Vin Suprynowicz discusses a recent Nevada state Supreme Court ruling pitting free speech vs. property rights
Federal Bureau of Incompetence: Notra Trulock dearly hopes George W. Bush takes the opportunity to fix the problems at the FBI so children can once again grow up dreaming of being agents
Tidbits ESR gives you the news items that you may have missed...or the ones the newspapers, magazines, or TV anchors didn't think you needed to hear
Farmers for economic freedom Updates about farmers fighting for economic freedom in western Canada
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July 2001

Put "liberal" in front of Gary Condit's name: The way the media tells it, Gary Condit is an old fashioned Reagan Republican who only votes from the right. His record, says Bruce Walker, doesn't quite support the media's claim he's a "conservative Democrat." Far from it
Smaller surplus projections no reason to abandon tax cut: A whole lot of people who have never spoke the words "balanced budget" are suddenly very concerned about having one, says W. James Antle III
Yes to suckerfish. No to humans: The decision to shut off the water in Klamath Falls, Oregon is nothing less than an attack on the people who have lived and worked there for decades, writes Tom DeWeese
Klamath Falls' invisible foe: Henry Lamb is of the opinion that the people of Klamath Falls are suffering ultimately because of a foe they can't even see. A hint? It's everyone favourite world body
Environmentalism three ways: Pragmatists, primitivists, and watermelons: Thomas D. Cox presents a handy guide to classifying environmentalists. The most dangerous are the "watermelons"
Towards true insecurity, Part I: Linda A. Prussen-Razzano looks over several proposals that would change America's nuclear posture in these new days of peace. Some are worthwhile while others are a bit unrealistic
Take heart, Mr. Day: Michael Moriarty tells Stockwell Day that while he may have lost the battle, the conservative movement will ultimately win the war
Requiem for a political party: Jackson Murphy writes the obituary for the Canadian Alliance, Canada's populist right-wing political party. It was a nice ride while it lasted
"Oh no, the homeless people are coming!": When it comes to the homeless, says Barton Wong, a lot of people come down with "Not in My Backyard" syndrome
Looking forward to 1984: Is George Orwell's 1984 really a look at the past? Jack J. Woehr thinks it is just as applicable today as it was when it first appeared
Snobbish tendencies: He doesn't mean to go off on a rant here, but Gregory J. Hand has had enough of the snobbish attitudes of our supposed intellectual, cultural and monied elite
A tribute to a Chamber of Commerce musician: Lawrence Henry pays tribute to Dr. Theodore Schlosberg, head of the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts. As an added bonus, you can download the Ricola Alphorn sound from those commercials
Boston's ongoing reading problem: Boston is great at spending billions to build underground highways and roads but when it comes to teaching a child how to read the results are less impressive, reports Samuel L. Blumenfeld
"Road Trip": The idea of a road trip prompts Gary Aldrich to ponder several automobile related stories that the media have reported on recently
Overdosing on Coke: Soda machine falls on drunken idiot: Shelley McKinney begs the family of a man killed when he tipped a Coke machine on top of himself to stop pursuing their lawsuit
Campaign to Save Our Environment plays loose with the truth on arsenic: Tom Randall says that an environmental group isn't telling the whole truth in a series of television ads blasting Dubya's decision to "delay" new arsenic standards. Yes, we're shocked as well
Military base closings: Vin Suprynowicz wants to know, if all branches of America's military want fewer bases dotting the countryside, why isn't Congress closing a couple down?
The fight is not over!: Breathing easier since the Clinton era came to an end? Tom DeWeese says that conservatives can't just give up the fight because their man is in office. The danger is isn't over yet because Dubya is in the big chair
God bless Stockwell Day: Michael Moriarty puts on his armour and defends Stockwell Day, a man he considers to have the true virtues of a conservative
Shake up the House (and restore a Republic): Bruce Walker has an idea to make government better. Make it bigger...much bigger...in order bring it closer to the people
The Hearst lemonade stand: Michael Moriarty will be portraying the ghost of William Randolph Hearst in a new children's television series. He hopes the producers will allow him to reveal the true essence of the man
Bait and switch: Derek Bok's The Trouble with Government is billed as a treatise to reform government. Steve Martinovich found out that Bok had another agenda altogether
The complexities of left and right: Although there probably never was a day when the terms "left" and "right" were easy to define, W. James Antle III is of the opinion that it is particularly hard today
Don't fund the federal education system. End it: Alan Caruba says tens of billions of dollars have been shoveled down a dark hole with nothing to show for it
Mistaken about mistakes: When is something a sin and when something is a mistake? Phillip J. Hubbell believes it depends on the ideology of the transgressor
The FBI's "O" ring problem: After the Challenger disaster, a concerted effort was made to fix the problems at NASA. Former FBI agent Gary Aldrich wonders why the same thing isn't being done at the FBI
Still a nation of cowards: Dr. Michael S. Brown reviews Nation of Cowards by Jeff Snyder and declares it a masterpiece in the field studying the right to keep and bear arms
Dear Dr. Progressive: Dr. Progressive once again meets up with Dr. Reactionary...and continues to help the confused leftists of the world with his kindly advise
Democrats in drag, Part 4: Groveling in the gutter of the gulags: The pocket-bible of 1990's Republican Party Revolution was a Marxist, anti-American rant, says Steve Farrell, so why are so many shocked at the Republican parties decade long "drift" to the center
Is the Two Minutes of Hate over yet?: Jack J. Woehr says the hate people have for Clarence Thomas will only disappear once they realize what kind of man he really is
The man in the white coat: Lawrence Henry is sick and tired of government sponsored advertising and wants and end to it. It's robbery plain and simple
The Shakespearean drama unfolding on Canada's right wing: Canada's main right wing party is all but dead, writes Jackson Murphy. Yeah, you're right, it didn't take that long, did it?
A toast: To taking trophies and the end of gun control in Canada: Scott Carpenter believes that Canada's draconian gun control system is slowly dying. The signs are all there and he can't wait for the day it passes into memory
An establishment soirée: Barton Wong went to Toronto's recent Gay Pride parade and decides it isn't all that bad. Now that its been taken over by the establishment, there isn't that much to worry about
NOW v. George W. Bush: Gregory J. Hand reports on the war that Kim Gandy and the National Organization of Women have started against George W. Bush
What the Constitution giveth...the UN taketh away: If the United Nations wants to come for Bill Hengst's firearms, he says, they can come in person
The hidden war on academic achievement: A U.S. Supreme Court case is a good example for why Vin Suprynowicz believes the federal government should get out of the education business entirely
Prying eyes: The rise of the traffic light surveillance systems spells nothing but trouble for Americans, writes Lisa D. Dean. The time to act is now
Judges should stick to the law: Former Ohio solicitor Jeffrey Sutton, a Bush nominee to the Sixth Circuit, is in for the fight of his life because he stuck to the law in a controversial case, says Thomas L. Jipping
Not dead yet: Social conservatism: Two weeks ago Barton Wong declared social conservatism to be dead. W. James Antle III disputes that notion entirely. He says the movement has a long way to go before breathing its last
Bastiat in Canada: Canadian farmers fighting to get out of a state-controlled grain marketing firm remind Alberto Mingardi of legendary writer Frédéric Bastiat
Sniffing out political incorrectness: We couldn't make this up if we tried: Shelley McKinney reports that students at a Hopkinton, Massachusetts high school will be suspended if someone smells smoke on them
The sincerest form of something or other: Lawrence Henry wonders where his boys pick up their habits from. Of course, any parent knows that's the last thing they should be asking
An important moment in the gun wars: Can it be? Are Second Amendment activists actually winning the war? Dr. Michael S. Brown says no, but we are forcing the other side to tell the truth
Save the children: Give them guns: Scott Carpenter argues that if liberals really wanted their children to be safe from guns, they'd give them some training
U.N. gun burning just the beginning: By the time the United Nations is finished, writes Henry Lamb, personal freedoms will be a memory. People aren't noticing what's happening, he says, because the agenda is being instituted bit by bit
Dear Dr. Progressive: Dr. Progressive dispenses yet more advice for confused liberals of the world. This week: Has he met a reoccurring nemesis?
My reparations "hypocrisy": Is Barton Wong a hypocrite? He asks the question because he opposes reparations for the descendants of American slaves but supports it for descendants of Chinese who had to pay a head tax to live and work in Canada
There are no animal rights: Tom DeWeese says the animal rights movement is about violence and terrorism. It is anti-human to the core
Gingrich, Toffler, and Gore: A peculiar trio: Steve Farrell continues his Democrats in Drag series by looking at the connections between Newt Gingrich, Alvin Toffler and Al Gore
Unite the right: A.C. Kleinheider faces a peculiar dilemma. There are far too many parties proclaiming themselves to be supporters of the American Constitution. Time to pull up some of those weeds
Meddling celebrity liberals: If Republicans are the party of the rich and powerful, why are all the rich and powerful celebrities members of the Democratic Party. Jackson Murphy has had enough of celebrities who pontificate
McCain's support costs too: In a bid to get his campaign finance reform bill passed, John McCain apparently is attempting to strong arm the opposition. That opposition, writes Nicholas Sanchez, is largely Republican
Congress "protects" kids into the path of disease: Alan Caruba writes that Sen. Robert Torricelli and Sen. Patty Murray will be responsible if your children's school will be a haven for disease carrying pests
Dissin' 'Uncle' Clarence: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is still getting no respect, especially when it comes from the black community and the Hawaii chapter of the ACLU, writes Gregory J. Hand
Much ado about human cloning: Jackson Murphy reports on the debate over human cloning in the United States. The debate is raising some big questions
In defense of big pharma: The drug companies aren't evil because they refuse to give away their HIV/AIDS treatments for free to Africa, says Greg Pomeroy
Totems and taboos: Lawrence Henry expounds on mass delusions, cell-phones, cigarettes and global warming. Facts are in short supply when it comes to making decisions
Ambivalence on the Milosevic extradition: W. James Antle III isn't as pleased about the extradition of Slobodan Milosevic as the rest of the world is. That action has raised some very important questions and concerns
"To provide for the common defense": The creation of a missile defense system is not only prudent, but actually a responsibility the federal government has, argues Charles Bloomer
Public opinion, liberal style: The latest opinion polls show Dubya's approval rating slipping. Bruce Walker says he isn't surprised and nor does he care
Democrats in drag, Part 2, Clinton and Blair’s center-left democracy: Steve Farrell continues his look at what the Third Way really means when it discusses the future of democracies
An attempted literary mugging: Jack J. Woehr thinks Bombers, Bolsheviks and Bootleggers: A Study in Constitutional Subversion is at best superficial history
Jamie Glazov redux: Jamie Glazov's musings on the future of Canada have once again angered fellow Canadian Barton Wong
Driver's licenses and media bias in the Volunteer State: In Tennessee, anyone can get a driver's licence without a Social Security card, presenting some obvious problems. A.C. Kleinheider says the Tennessean's coverage of the controversy is biased beyond belief
New Internet Treaty readied: Henry Lamb reports on the latest attempt to police the Internet and shred your individual liberties at the same time
What free expression?: Scott Carpenter rails against a Canadian decision which shredded the right of free speech in favour of a group which promotes...wait for it! free speech
Should ideology matter?: Is ideology important in selecting judges? The answer is yes, says Thomas L. Jipping, if you aren't picking judges to apply the law and no more
Barring the people from the land: The ever expanding powers of America's federal government got another boost last week with a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge, writes Vin Suprynowicz
Caveat emptor with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Among all those privacy notices you have been and will be receiving in the mail, you'll notice that two organizations in particular haven't said you a thing, says Paul Weyrich
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August 2001

Bush vs. the world: As international organizations begin to assert their control of American institutions, Henry Lamb says it is time for George W. Bush to be the leader America knows he can be
Sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will send you to jail: Nicholas Sanchez wonders what's going on with the world when a white man faces the possibility of jail time for stupidly using the "N-word" on a black man who was assaulting his wife
The realists: At the very minimum, it would make for a very interesting race. Janet Reno is reportedly pondering a run for the governorship of Florida. So, by the way, is Michael Moriarty
Surplus shrinks, attacks on tax cut grow: W. James Antle III tells Dubya to stay the course: you promised tax cuts and you'd better deliver
Remembering the future, Part I: The Democrats: In the first of a three part series, the year is 2008 and a total of ten Democrats have lined up for the nomination. That ten includes Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., writes Doug Patton
Guns that kill: Gregory J. Hand weighs in on holding gun manufacturers for the actions of people who use them to kill in light of a recent California court decision
Whatever happened to Chandra Levy?: Regardless of who is responsible for Chandra Levy's disappearance, Kimberley Jane Wilson has some advice for younger women entranced by the older, powerful man
Proclaiming the absurd: Group says extreme right embraces eco-terrorism: Yes, we had to read Alan Caruba's headline several times to make sure it said what it said. The Southern Poverty Law Center says the right-wing admires the Earth Liberation Front
Getting recognition: If you don't know what a "blunt" is, chances are you haven't heard one of the most popular songs on the radio today. Jeremy Reynalds just turn it on and you'll probably hear the song in question
A different kind of drug war: Drugging America's school children: America's War on Drugs continues unabated! Well, except for the drugs your children are receiving at school, writes Tom DeWeese
Contract with America: The betrayal begins: Steve Farrell continues his multi-part series on the Third Way origins of the Contract with America. This week, how the Contract with America betrayed the Constitution
Five reasons why there has to be a merger between Canada's opposition parties, now: If a conservative movement is to remain alive in Canada, Jackson Murphy says the two parties to the right have to merge for several reasons
Suggestions for Greenspan's summer reading: If Alan Greenspan decides to spend any time on the beach relaxing, J. Bradley Jansen has some good reading tips for him
Legal Services Corp: Still corrupt after all these years: Paul Weyrich thinks the Lyndon Johnson-era Legal Services Corp., an agency created to provide legal services for the poor, is proving to be like a vampire from a horror movie: almost impossible to kill
The explosion of state and local government: Doug Patton says the growth of government on all levels has to be fought at the first level: the voter
The Clinton-Bush Administration: It's August and a majority of Bush Administration political appointments still haven't been confirmed by the Senate? Charles Bloomer urges Dubya to get on his horse and do something about it
Changing places: Did George W. Bush's successful run for the White House mean that the Republicans would lose some of the states? Paul Weyrich thinks that may be the case
Answering the Supreme Court's critics: Breaking the Deadlock: The 2000 Election, the Constitution and the Courts does what few other books have, defend the Supreme Court's role in the 2000 election debacles, says Steven Martinovich
The death of the liberal propaganda machine: Bruce Walker hails the death of the mainstream media. We don't much care what they think
Cheney on target on targeted attacks: Some weeks ago Dick Cheney obliquely agreed that targeted attacks by Israel were sometimes justified and was criticized for it. W. James Antle III is firmly on Cheney's side
Fantasy is the current test of reality: The approach of the next NFL campaign has James Hall thinking about the decline of the great game
The bard continues to shape the Canadian Alliance plot: The collapse of the Canadian Alliance reminds Jackson Murphy of The Taming of the Shrew with Stockwell Day playing the part of Kate
A strike a day: Last week's "strike" by federal employees in Canada leads Walter Robinson to believe that organized labour is disconnected from the average Canadian and increasingly irrelevant
Local schools? Don't make me laugh!: Alan Caruba says the days of the local school board running the show is long gone. Today the power resides far away and isn't very accountable to you
Unholy matrimony: John DiIulio's departure once again spotlights that the Bush Administration's faith-based initiatives are goodhearted but wrong-headed, writes Jeremy Reynalds
The West is burning. Again. Here's why: Once again the American West is the scene of massive forest fires. Tom DeWeese says there is a reason it's happening again
A window of opportunity that makes perfect sense: Gary Aldrich says now is the perfect time to fix the problems at the FBI. If the rest of America can re-imagine themselves, so can the government
The 21st Century's "New Idea" candidate: Steve Lilienthal provides an update on Bret Schundler's run for the big chair in New Jersey
Should Republicans do the Democrats' bidding?: George W. Bush's efforts to reach out to Hispanic voters is doomed to fail, writes Nicholas Sanchez
Jesse Jackson: Back in action: It's impossible to keep a good man down! Gregory J. Hand reports that Jesse Jackson is up to his old tricks: extorting money from companies for slights both real and imagined
UN race conference biased against West: W. James Antle III urges Western nations to stay far away from the UN conference on racism lest they be lectured on the sins that the complaining nations are actually committing today
Dear Charlton Heston: Michael Moriarty worked with Charlton Heston last year on a television project but the project he wants to team up on with the National Rife Association president is much more important
City suits are taxing: Even when those opposed to the Second Amendment lose their suits against the gun companies, we still pay in another way, says Guy Smith
Blood on their hands: The Endangered Species Act "saves" the lives of fish and takes the lives of four human beings. E. Ralph Hostetter tells you about it because the media didn't
Read my lips: No new killing: Doug Patton says Bush's (43) stem cell announcement last week reminded him of a promise once made by another Bush (41)
Wake up! The US is in a recession: The heart of the American economy has slipped into a recession and few people seem to have noticed, writes Alan Caruba
From killings to cover-ups, rogue agency has no place in free nation: Vin Suprynowicz calls for the abolishment of the FBI -- an organization he says can't be reformed and has no legitimate function in a free society
Who can sue whom: Liberalism's unequal playing field: Liberals have known for a long time that the way to win isn't to appeal to the public, but go to court, writes Bruce Walker
Try working with the media: Rather than complain about how the media is biased, Jeremy Reynalds urges the right to consider a novel approach: how about working with the media?
Loathing daycare: Karen De Coster knows it's a hectic world and parents don't have the time they used to, but that doesn't make her hate the idea of daycare any less
A "new" legitimate choice: Karl Brooks says third parties are having an impact on the two major parties and the Republicans had better watch out...Ross Perot hurt them once and someone like Harry Browne could do it again
The cult of Reagan: Ronald Reagan represents a glorious conservative past, exactly the reason why Seamus Heffernan wants conservatives to end their hero worship of the man
Vertical disintegration: Everyone's favourite mantra is that government should be run like a business. Henry Lamb says the role of government isn't to find efficiencies but something rather more important
How much do cars really cost?: Having his wife's Mercedes repaired has prompted Lawrence Henry to do some math on the cost of automobile ownership
Bracing for more United Nations' race baiting: Tom DeWeese says a UN conference later this month will simply act as a venue to demand reparations for slavery
Who is minding your business?: Walking down the street without a care in the world? Lisa Walker says you'll feel that way until you find out you are being watched
Left-wing group bullying Congress into campaign finance reform legislation: Campaign finance reform isn't even on the public's radar but Common Cause is still pressing the House of Representatives to vote on Shays-Meehan, writes Paul M. Weyrich
For the public good: Eric Miller reports that city governments are increasingly using the power of eminent domain not to improve their cities, but to shred the right to private property
Confirm Gerald Reynolds: The Democrats are at again! W. James Antle III reports that Sen. Ted Kennedy is opposing a Bush Administration nominee because he doesn't think how an African-American is supposed to...or at least how Kennedy wants African-Americans to think
"Yes, I'm a journalist, but I'm also a citizen": Jeremy Reynalds says we should send KRQE's Bob Martin and Dan Salamone some e-mail to thank them for doing what other journalists said was wrong
The strange case of United States v. Miller: Dr. Michael S. Brown discusses the case United States v. Miller, the last time the Supreme Court ruled directly on a Second Amendment defense
War: our proudest export: Vin Suprynowicz is thankful for the billions in aid American taxpayers send to the nations of the world. It goes a long way
The cold civil war: Michael Moriarty asks, does contemporary America still deserve the appellation "land of the free, home of the brave?"
Real changes in education: Greg Pomeroy likes what he sees in the education bills passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate and what they mean for the future of education
Bush is making progress on environmental issues: Although he finds the Bush record on the environment a little schizophrenic, Alan Caruba is generally pleased with how Dubya is handling things
Sustainable development is not sustainable: Plenty of communities around the world have attempted to become "sustainable." Henry Lamb says those plans will never work for one reason
Easy voting brings low participation: Paul Weyrich isn't too impressed by voting reforms presented by Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter that would make voting easier
A tale of two presidents: Bill Clinton opens his new office in Harlem while Maureen Dowd calls Dubya "small." Jackson Murphy contrasts the two very different men
The myth of busyness: Everyone says they are too busy. Bruce Walker says why that is so and also tells everyone to knock it off
The life and times of Harry McCreedy: Gregory J. Hand review's James Jeffrey Paul's Harry McCreedy, a novel with some very disfunctional characters
Hate by insinuation: What's hate? Lawrence Henry asks because conservatives are supposed to be filled with it. Well, that's what everyone says, right?
Are they willing to kill?: It's a legitimate question and Charles Bloomer wants to know. Would the U.S. Marshals at Klamath Falls use lethal force against American farmers to stop them from opening the floodgates in the future?
A people-less party: Janet Jackson says the Canadian Alliance started as a dream for her. These days it's anything but that as the party slowly chokes itself to death
A rat is a chicken is an animal rights activist: You can't help but laugh at PETA's web site. Scott Carpenter was quite amused by the concept of fishing for dogs
The insanity called "zero tolerance": Tom DeWeese says zero tolerance policies are nothing but a totalitarianism nightmare foisted on us by zealots
Mi casa, Su casa? "Juan Term" Bush and his amnesty offer: Isabel Lyman is less than impressed by George W. Bush's offer of amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants and Linda Chavez and Jeff Jacoby's defence of the proposal
Just what is national defense?: James Hall wishes we had a General James Mattoon Scott considering how far our foreign policy is out of whack
Senator Inhofe fights for military preparedness: Nicholas Sanchez lauds Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe for fighting to keep the Vieques Island training site operational
Desecration of the flag: Greg Pomeroy doesn't like people burning America's flag. That said, he would rather have that sort of thing going on then a constitutional amendment that actually limits the American freedom of speech
A conservative dissent on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act: As a pro-life advocate, W. James Antle III is sympathetic to the aims of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. He can't support it, however, on constitutional grounds
Environmental activists stumble into the obvious: Charles Bloomer reports that environmentalists are worried about a proposed ordinance in Escalante, Utah that would require mandatory firearms ownership by the heads of households. He says they finally learned what the Second Amendment was created for
Bush versus his critics: Democrats are dragging out their tired insult of "isolationism" when describing the fact that George W. Bush believes in defending America's Constitution, writes Jackson Murphy
What really matters?: Paul Weyrich was seriously ill for several weeks and didn't touch the Internet, television or newspapers. What does he think about the state of things now that he's back? Not much
The missing, presumed guilty!: Former FBI agent Gary Aldrich is less than impressed by the efforts of the Washington D.C. police in finding Chandra Levy
Everything you think you know is wrong: You might not think much of the "truths" revealed in You Are Being Lied To: The Disinformation Guide To Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes & Cultural Myths, but you probably will enjoy a few of them, says Steven Martinovich
The Third Way Part V: Eradicating the US Constitution by design: Steve Farrell continues his look at Third Way Republicanism with efforts to destroy America's Constitution through various means
The Chattering Class becomes the Stammering Class: It's been a long decline for America's elite, the Chattering Class, says Bruce Walker. He bids them a fond farewell
Is America becoming a superpower Sodom?: In many measures the United States is strong, says Alan Caruba, but when it comes to morality the nation is beginning to fall apart
Disloyal to the United States?: Attorney General John Ashcroft is "disloyal" to the U.S. because he believes in the Second Amendment? Vin Suprynowicz has had it up to here with people like Edward Kennedy and Charles Schumer
Addressing the "Judicial Vacancy Crisis": Sen. Patrick Leahy used to talk a good game about filling judicial vacancies in a timely manner. John Nowacki says Leahy is playing a different game today
Towards true insecurity, Part II: Linda A. Prussen-Razzano continues her look at proposals that would alter America's nuclear posture in a post Cold War world
Kyoto: Revival of the undead: Henry Lamb lauds George W. Bush for not bending by signing on to the Kyoto Protocol. That said, it isn't dead quite yet
Golf's forgotten prophet: Lawrence Henry says for those golfers who aren't as talented as Tiger Woods, and we think that includes everyone who isn't Tiger, you could do worse then listening to Lee Trevino
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September 2001

A symbolic attack: For architect Minoru Yamasaki and many New Yorkers, the World Trade Center was a symbol of greatness and a belief in humanity. Eric Miller says the symbol was brought down but the ideals still live in the skyline of America's greatest city
Freedom at war with fear: The text of U.S. President George W. Bush's speech on September 20, perhaps the finest speech delivered since Ronald Reagan
A hell that orders created: Between July 26 and 29, 1950, American soldiers butchered several hundred civilians near a small South Korean village. Steve Martinovich reviews The Bridge at No Gun Ri which tells the story
I told you so is irresponsible: The paleoconservatives and their fellow travelers are on the war path, writes W. James Antle III, but their target is the United States. What goes around, comes around, seems to be their mantra
Peaceniks on parade: It didn't take long. Gregory J. Hand reports that anti-war protestors are already gearing up to oppose any American action
Terrorists exploit America's gun phobia: In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, a lot of people are angry that men with box cutters managed to hijack airplanes. That was a result of America's irrational fear of gun owners, says Dr. Michael S. Brown
All hell breaks loose: With the United States girding itself for war, Jack J. Woehr finds some wisdom from literature stretching all the way back to Plutarch
Reconciliation or retaliation?: Some people are preaching that America shouldn't be launching a war to avenge the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11. Henry Lamb is definitely not one of them
Debunking the myths: There is a lot of misinformation floating around out there in the aftermath of the attacks, writes Charles Bloomer, who takes it upon himself to try and set the record straight
Stiff Right Jab: Strange views on War Powers: Steve Montgomery & Steve Farrell are in full support of George W. Bush but urge him to get permission from Congress before declaring any war
What's the United Nations good for? Not much: If the United States does respond with military force, say some, it should be through the United Nations. Alan Caruba says given the history of the UN, it would be a bad idea
Keep the memory fresh: Adam Schorsch is worried that one day, the terrorist attacks of September 11 and the thousands of victims will end up just being a news story with statistics
First thoughts on the first day of the new war: Lawrence Henry weighs in on some of the events and incidents in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks
Dealing with the aftermath: It's not just children, says Jeremy Reynalds, who are having trouble dealing with the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. Everyone is troubled by the images they saw
Democratic hegemony: Doug Patton says American should soundly defeat its enemies. Then, like it has in the past, it should free them
Leading US institutions support groups opposing a US military response: Just who are these groups arguing against a military response? Amy Ridenour says they have a history of opposing these kind of actions...when America is the one doing the responding that is
The end of Clintonitis?: Bruce Walker is all for Dubya working with Democrats...just as long as they are the old school Democrats who love their country
The American prize: Will Americans fight on behalf of their nation? Tom DeWeese says damn right they will. They'll do it because America is different from other countries
"The Population Bomb" implosion: The United Nations announces that the population bomb is a non-story after decades of promoting the idea. Paul M. Weyrich reports on the story we're sure the media forgot to mention
Viva Francisco Marroquin University!: US Ambassador to Guatemala Prudence Bushnell has been smearing one of the founders of Francisco Marroquin University and J. Bradley Jansen is angry
Peace through our strength: The free world can no longer negotiate with nations like Afghanistan, writes Charles Bloomer. At best we get back empty words which make us look weak to the world
Stand united: W. James Antle says that the terrorist attacks have proved that political, racial and cultural differences mean nothing when events like the terrorist attacks occur
The second chance the United States cannot afford to pass up: Paul Weyrich argues that last week's terrorist attacks at least gives us the chance to grow closer with a nation we consider an ally
Amherst's bad timing: Isabel Lyman reports that on the evening of September 10, the town of Amherst, Massachusetts voted to ban the "excessive" flying of American flags. That decision was regretted only hours later
Islamic militants are like Medieval Christians: Wayne Dunn says history shows that Islamic militants aren't too different from Medieval Christians who took their faith to be more than just words in a book
Bringing war to the enemy: Bruce Walker advocates a very hawkish response to the terrorist attacks. How hawkish? Well, he calls for the invasion of Saudi Arabia for one thing
Musings of a former spook: John Gallagher, an intelligence officer with 34 years experience, gives us his take on the terrorist attacks
The war over history: When the barbarians rolled over Rome's hills and into the city, did they have the same sickening feeling we all did last week? Jackson Murphy wants to know as well
The opportunists: In these crass days it should have been considered inevitable. People on both the left and the right have been using the terrorist attacks to promote their own agendas, writes Barton Wong
As America mobilizes for the new war: Greens have undermined US military for years: Just when we need our army the most Alan Caruba says they've been under attack for years
Asking for trouble: Lawrence Henry finds himself speechless, at least for a while. Here is a column he wrote in December of 1999, and which applies to the present situation
Are gun owners an endangered species?: When it comes to eliminating gun owners in the United States, John Nowacki says the manner taken has been pioneered in other countries Resolve!: Tom DeWeese says that America is a different place today and that's not a bad thing. It at least reminded Americans what kind of people they are
It began as a normal day: One minute Jeremy Reynalds was waiting for his flight out of Los Angeles Airport. Then he heard why his flight was delayed
Now we know how Israel feels: Men like Osama bin Laden are merely bullies, writes Doug Patton, and there is only one thing you do to a bully
A new war: Jackson Murphy says the attack must absolutely be punished and America will win this battle
It's times like this we must remember history and learn from it: Daniel J. Jennings reminds us that our response to Tuesday's tragedy will be judged by history. Let's make sure that our response is the right one
Beyond contemptible: Some Americans are taking this opportunity to try and score political points against President George W. Bush and that has left Linda A. Prussen-Razzano shaking with anger
Don't let the terrorists achieve their greatest victory: Paul Weyrich urges George W. Bush to remember what kind of country America is in the aftermath of today's terrorist attacks
Back to sanity...the only course: William Westmiller says today's tragedies must be met with only one course of action: the continual fight for liberty
Stiff Right Jab: Level headed response: Respond to today's attack, say Steve Farrell and Steve Montgomery, but respond in the correct way
Text of President George W. Bush's statement on September 11, 2001
I'm sorry...: The delegates are flying home, everyone feels good about themselves, and dictators have received their apology. Gregory J. Hand has some thoughts about the U.N. World Conference against Racism
Advertising is good medicine: Wayne Dunn dismantles the arguments used to promote the idea that drug companies shouldn't be allowed to advertise their products
Marxist COWS vs. Realist mammoths: If politics is a baseball game, Michael Moriarty says the home team needs to adopt a new strategy and hit some out of the park
This editorial opinion was brought to you by...: Barton Wong responds to news that novelist Fay Weldon wrote a novel called The Bulgari Connection, commissioned by the Italian jewelers of the same name
Revenue collection masquerading as law enforcement: Public surveillance cameras are beginning to look less like tools to promote safety and more as a revenue stream for police departments, writes Charles Bloomer
The public be damned: Moral servitude creates masters: George F. Smith asks if you are going to defend capitalism on moral grounds, please choose the right morality before you do it
Altruism and charity are not the same: James Hall drills down to what the concept of altruism really means. As the title suggests, it is not the same as charity
Will Bush veto the CARA threat?: Peyton Knight says that George W. Bush is the only thing standing between Americans and the adoption of CARA
PETA, sharks, and a cure for cancer: PETA's response to a series of shark attacks this summer has Tom DeWeese shaking his head in disgust
A funny thing happened on the way to socialism: Samuel L. Blumenfeld reflects on William E. Simon's arguments about freedom and government and what the situation is today
Economic voodoo liberals do so well: W. James Antle III reports that traditional Keynesian economics is giving way to another form of voodoo economics on the left
Stiff Right Jab: Bush's "America First" foreign policy: Steve Montgomery and Steve Farrell both love and hate George W. Bush's approach when it comes to foreign policy
Refuting dark charges: Pearl Harbor Betrayed is the latest entry in the the literary battle in who is really to blame for the attack on Pearl Harbour. Steve Martinovich says he's convinced by Michael Gannon's efforts
The growth of science: Steve Martinovich says the epilogue disappoints but if you want to learn about the science of genetics and how Gregor Mendel launched today's bio-revolution, you could do a lot worse than the The Impact of the Gene
FDR and crisis: Any good politician well tell you that you have to wait for a crisis before you can bring in some really big spending plans. The master, writes Karen De Coster, was Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Who's the advertising man?: Anyone who tells you that no one knows what advertising does is plain out lying, writes Lawrence Henry
The poisoned well: Some people are suggesting that the two sides of the gun control debate seek some rapprochement. Dr. Michael S. Brown wonders what the point would be when one side refuses to tell the truth
Dear Dr. Progressive: After a short absence the good doctor returns once again to dispense his advice to the confused liberals of the world
A natural history of the spoiled brat: Daniel M. Ryan writes about that charming, agreeable and infuriating race: the spoiled brat
More than just a retirement: Phil Gramm may have announced his retirement last week for the reasons he announced, but Paul Weyrich says another fact may have been on his mind as well
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October 2001

The final nail: Julian Simon tried in vain to convince the doom and gloom crowd that they were wrong. Bjorn Lomborg tries again with The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World and Steven Martinovich is incredibly impressed
Stimulating economic illiteracy: W. James Antle III can only shake his head when he hears talk about stimulus packages designed to give America's economy a boost
All roads lead to Iraq: Wolfowitz & the hawks versus the coalition builders: Jackson Murphy reports on the battle between those who want to expand the war on terrorism to Iraq while others believe such a move would be destabilizing
Why attacks changed gun attitudes: The September 11 terrorist attacks have made many people change their opinion of the Second Amendment, Dr. Michael S. Brown says
Ending campus fascism: Bruce Walker has had just about enough from the last stronghold of anti-Americanism, one once again making its voice heard today: Academia
America is the home of the brave: National Anxiety Center founder Alan Caruba says if you are afraid in these uncertain times, he has some things for you to do
Cutting through the anthrax hype: Lawrence Henry is asking you to stop calling the police every time you found same white powder somewhere
Washington, our no-spine zone: George F. Smith is beginning to regret that contract he signed with "Fed." The bill keeps going up but the results are always the same
Time to lead by example: Vin Suprynowicz lauds Americans for being calm about the threat of anthrax. He just wishes that America's political leaders showed a little intestinal fortitude
The McKinney letter: Kimberley Jane Wilson responds to Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney's letter to Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal asking for the $10 million that Rudy Giuliani
Not wrong at all?: Mark Trapp says it abortion that has created a society where Peter Singer could state out loud that sometimes it's okay to kill infant children
Looking for the next Cal Ripken: Paul Weyrich is tired of people wistfully sighing that there we'll "never see another like him." Are his virtues really a thing of the past?
The new face of the Democrats: Nancy Pelosi was elected the new minority whip in the House of Representatives last week. Gregory J. Hand dissects what that means for both Democrats and Republicans and who the real winners are
America's secret heroes: Steve Martinovich reviews By Any Means Necessary: America's Secret Air War in the Cold War, a book that tells the story of the men who flew missions so secret that those who died or were captured weren't acknowledged by their own government
The last good liberal Democrat: Disagree with his politics if you like but Bruce Walker says Mike Mansfield, who passed away on October 5, deserved the respect of everyone
Crisis not solved by abandoning Constitution: W. James Antle III wants America to remember its foe lives in Afghanistan and is not the Constitution. More damage has been done to that document lately than to the Taliban
Will American freedom pay the price because Congress did not read the fine print?: Paul Weyrich bemoans the fact that a desire to get out of Washington, D.C. might have caused the erosion of liberty
Will there always be an Israel?: When asked that question, Alan Caruba unfailingly answers in the positive
Can Chrétien be Canada's answer to DeGaulle?: Michael Moriarty has some advice for Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien in the war against terrorism
Yes, we're at war ... against sick Americans: Although everyone is focused on the war in Afghanistan, Vin Suprynowicz points out that the war against medical marijuana continues unabated
A conversation with a "sensitive" male: Women have begun to realize they like "real men" in the wake of the September 11 attacks, writes Barton Wong
This is heaven: A recent fall day in a public park and his two sons reminds Lawrence Henry of why America is at war in a distant country
"Need to know" vs. "Want to know": Charles Bloomer says George W. Bush is entirely justified in attempting to limit the intelligence information that members of Congress receive about the war
What really happened on Flight 93?: Stuart Buck wonders if United Flight 93 really was brought down by passengers fighting the terrorists or if someone else was responsible
Terror on the horizon: George W. Bush has to resisted pressure to turn over America's war to against the Taliban and al-Qaida to the United Nations. Henry Lamb hopes he continues to do so
Enough Gandhi, already!: Patrick O'Hannigan says Gandhi was a fine lad and all but the path of nonviolent resistance some are advocating isn't the way to go when dealing with the Taliban
Syria on the Security Council: Phillip J. Hubbell responds to the news that Syria has been named to the U.N.'s Security Council. It hasn't been a good year for the United States at the U.N.
Is "PC" dead?: Gary Aldrich wonders if the politically correct approach to threats to America is now and forever dead. The course George W. Bush is taking is far different from that of Bill Clinton
Oh say can you see: With the best of intentions, some people want to change America's official national anthem. George F. Smith reminds us why The Star-Spangled Banner came to be
Bankruptcy ... not bailout: Michael and Susanna Dokupil would rather airlines to go out of business then receive government handouts
Dear Dr. Progressive: The good doctor returns to dispense more advice to the liberals of the world in these troubled times of ours
When war comes to a peaceful nation: Ignore the sheep bleating about the need for peace, writes Doug Patton, they haven't opened a history book lately
Will history be on George W's side in 2002?: Mid-term elections typically go against whoever is in the White House despite their popularity and Paul Weyrich wonders if history will repeat itself with Dubya
The bimbo and the frat boy: The Coulter/Goldberg imbroglio: Barton Wong weighs in on the National Review's firing of Ann Coulter and the subsequent debate surrounding Jonah Goldberg's decision
Pacifists, take up the flag!: George F. Smith says that today's peaceniks should actually be supporting the military strikes against Osama bin Laden. After all, he's a capitalist pig
America's mysterious ally: Stephen Kinzer's Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds tells the story of a nation which represents the struggle between East and West, writes Steven Martinovich
Thanks but no thanks, Larry Ellison: W. James Antle III thought it was real nice of Larry Ellison to offer to help with the introduction of a national ID card system. Antle, however, will take a pass on it
The U.S. in Wonderland: A place where enemies become allies: Alan Caruba wonders if he's in through the Looking Glass. He can't tell who are America's allies in the war against terrorism and who are just pretending
Not his father's war: Charles Bloomer writes that only George Bush (43) seems to realize that he's not fighting the same kind of war as George Bush (41)
They still have it: Will America's children fight today's war? Dr. Michael R. Bowen says you only have to look at the faces of past American soldiers to know that today's kids are all right
Exploiting tragedy: Are emergency appropriations bills being held hostage so that pork can be added in? Henry Lamb thinks it's a good possibility
The need for a memorial tower: Rebuild on the site of the World Trade Ceneter, says Samuel L. Blumenfeld, but make sure it's a memorial as well
So where were the leaders?: Kimberley Jane Wilson wonders why men like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have been largely silent following the terrorist attacks. If they are leaders, shouldn't they be leading?
The incredible shrinking nation: The Canadian establishment has been lecturing that when it comes to Canada's military and responding to terrorism, we can't trapped in "old think." Jackson Murphy says what's really happening is "no think"
Airliners and muggers: Tom Clancy's Every Man a Tiger illustrates the gapping holes that leave airplanes easy to hijack, writes Lawrence Henry
Trying bin Laden and his SS: Bruce Walker says that there is much to be said for putting Osama bin Laden and men like him on trial rather than killing them outright. It would show to the unbelieving, once and for all, the type of evil he represents
Stiff Right Jab: Out of the rubble - The new Soviet Union: Continuing Russian actions have convinced Steve Montgomery and Steve Farrell that they aren't as close allies as George W. Bush would like to think
Times like these: Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills and Nash doesn't think much of George W. Bush. Jeremy Reynalds is happy to point out that Nash doesn't represent America despite what he and the band thinks
Hyperbole should take a holiday: John Nowacki hopes that these days, calling a Republican a "Nazi" or "mass murderer" won't be as acceptable as it once was
Izzy and friends go to a peace rally: Isabel Lyman and a few friends decide to check out a peace rally in Amherst, Massachusetts and come away less than impressed
Making a mockery of protest: Amy L. Fletcher blasts the new anti-war protesters, a mix of has-beens and those wishing they had been around in the 1960s
A remarkable life of science: Glenn T. Seaborg's Adventures in the Atomic Age has elements which may irk some people but overall Steve Martinovich has nothing but praise for the story of one of the greatest scientists of the 20th Century
Half-measures in the Klamath Valley: Vin Suprynowicz provides an update on the latest goings on in the Klamath Valley
The Amtrak Reform Commission's finest hour: It would appear that reform may finally come to the perennially money losing Amtrak, writes Paul Weyrich
What was missing from the Bush speech to Congress: Lawrence W. Reed says that George W. Bush's speech on September 20 ranks as one of the best ever. Unfortunately, Dubya missed a couple of important points
Speech by Tony Blair, Labour Party conference, on October 2, 2001: Probably the only time ESR will ever carry a speech by British Prime Minister Tony Blair and a good reason why America looks to Britain when it thinks of the word "friend"
Casualty facilitators: The fact that Reuters reporters and editors can't refer to the people who flew airliners into the World Trade Center and Pentagon as terrorists betrays the fundamental principles of journalism, writes Steven Martinovich
Big spenders spot their chance: Well, it didn't take long. Vin Suprynowicz reacts to all the companies with their hands out in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks
Four more years: Lawrence Henry has no problem whatsoever with Rudy Giuliani trying to get around his two-term limit. Who else would you rather be leading New York right now?
US must avoid extremes in responding: In an effort to prove how tough they are, some people are calling for responses that include carpet bombing the Middle East. W. James Antle III is advising George W. Bush to ignore them
The plague: In about a year or so, when the war against Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaidia network has been joined, Jack J. Woehr wonders what our appetite for battle will like
Take terrorist's rights, not ours!: Gary Aldrich has had enough of people falling over themselves to give up their constitutionally guaranteed rights. Americans aren't the criminals after all
Canada's national embarrassment: When the United States and Britain launch their attacks against those responsible for the terrorist attacks, it will be a fact that Canada won't be participating. Jackson Murphy tells us why
Blowing up the Pentagon: Jeremy Reynalds reports on a University of New Mexico professor who joked about the terrorist attack at the Pentagon says he shouldn't be fired because he was engaging in academic freedom and expression
Collateral children: Michael Moriarty says it's inevitable that a lot of youth in North America are going to be protesting any military action the United States undertakes in retribution of the terrorist attacks
"Growing" in office: The only people who think George W. Bush has "grown" in office are those who didn't have a good opinion of him, asserts Dr. Michael Bowen
The man we're all counting on: People like his friend Bill are the ones that Lawrence Henry is counting on. It will be people like Bill who will safeguard America and hunt down Osama bin Laden
Joy returns: Steve Martinovich reviews of O Joy! Occasional Verse from Joy Skilmer - Volume 1, a bonus for the Lyn Nofziger fans who purchased his book of poems last year
Don't expect much from politics: As Lawrence W. Reed grows older, he realizes more and more that not much good comes out of politics. Case in point: Max Kennedy
Another victory for freedom: Right to Work in Oklahoma: Bruce Walker says that a recent victory in Oklahoma proves that freedom is alive and well in the hearts of Americans, especially those in certain parts of the country
Looking for what lies behind the union label: A union is responsible for Paul Weyrich being unable to listen to his favorite radio station on the Internet. No wonder Americans are leaving the movement in droves
Tidbits ESR gives you the news items that you may have missed...or the ones the newspapers, magazines, or TV anchors didn't think you needed to hear
Farmers for economic freedom Updates about farmers fighting for economic freedom in western Canada
Site of the Month
Earth is Flat Award/Vinegar in Freedom Award - No awards in October
Lingua Publicus

November 2001

Editorial - No editorial in November
Our new best friend: Despite what many conservatives say, George W. Bush's growing friendship with Vladimir Putin and Russia is a win-win proposition and one that is absolutely necessary if we want a safer and saner world. Steve Martinovich explains why
Vladimir Putin: America's "trusted friend": Steve Montgomery and Steve Farrell disagree and think that Vladimir Putin can't be trusted and is certainly no friend of the United States
Government shouldn't be grabbing new powers: W. James Antle III doesn't want to repeat himself but he will. The federal government should not be using the terrorist attacks as a pretext for collecting new powers
Trying Osama bin Ladin: Bruce Walker has some thoughts on what should be done with Osama bin Laden after he's captured including what kind of trial should take place
Confessions of a warhawk: defending the American Empire: Libertarians like Lew Rockwell have been going ballistic over some of America's actions after the terrorist attacks. Jackson Murphy tells them to ease up on the throttle
Confessions of a repentant cynic: The pre-September 11 Barton Wong declared social conservatism dead and was a self-described cynic. The post-September 11 Barton Wong has some new feelings on both subjects
Who is the more dangerous enemy?: Moral self-doubt, inculcated relentlessly in our college classrooms, is a more virulent enemy than the Taliban, writes Edwin A. Locke
Potter's morals vs. Bible's magic: ESR staff take to their bunkers as Wayne Dunn asserts if parents want to keep their children away from magic, they should be on guard against the Bible and not Harry Potter
Conservative solutions for an oblique world: Jeremy Reynalds comes away impressed with Write Winger: Solutions for the Politically Oblique, a collection of columns by Phillip J. Hubbell
New perspectives on gun control: Now that gun control has moved off America's radar, Dr. Michael S. Brown thinks its time to learn what's happened over the past ten years. One good way to do that, he says, is to read Armed: New Perspectives on Gun Control
Arm the Afghan women: Wendy McElroy wants Afghan women to enjoy the same rights as their male counterparts, and that includes the right to self-defense
Say that again, Sam?: Gary Aldrich is all for increased security in these new days but he does wish that George W. Bush would do something about the bureaucracy while he was at it
You know you're getting old: One day you turn around and notice that everything is different, and has been for a long time. It's age, writes Lawrence Henry
The UN Kyoto Climate Treaty is DOA: The recent International Climate Summit in Marrakech proves that the Kyoto Climate Control Treaty is dead for a number of reasons, writes Alan Caruba
A surprising victory for the taxpayer: Every now and then, the little guy manages to avoid Washington, D.C.'s big hammer. Paul Weyrich details how you got lucky
Will banks hand over your money without a warrant?: Vin Suprynowicz details the battle between Las Vegas resident Irwin Schiff and the IRS and whether the federal agency needs warrant to take your money if you don't play ball
No surrender in just war on terrorism: W. James Antle III says that the critics of American reaction after September 11 have offered no credible responses that could have been carried out. Making war against al-Qaida was the only justified response
Ending tyranny while protecting Islam: Bruce Walker postulates that if we want to show Islam that America and the West is its friend, we should take out one of its enemies. Hint: it's a country close to the United States
He who decides the meaning of the word is the master: Remember when Rush Limbaugh said "Words mean things"? Thomas Jipping says the war on terrorism proves that thought true, except when someone decides to change what a word means
Nuclear power plants in the age of terrorism: Safer than many think: Worried about what would happen if an airliner were crashed into a nuclear power plant? Gerald E. Marsh and George S. Stanford says you shouldn't be
American heroes: This year, as you sit down to your turkey dinner, there are a lot of people you should be thanking or remembering in your prayers, writes George S. Kulas
Behind the veil: Isabel Lyman tells her story of participating in a recent parade wearing the burquas so favored by the Taliban and their supporters
Selling out Israel. Selling out ourselves: Alan Caruba is angry that it appears that the White House is selling out Israel in order to maintain support for its war in Afghanistan
The laughing sheiks of Saudi Arabia: Rather than create a Palestinian homeland in the midst of Israel, Doug Patton has some other suggestions of who should play host
Jackson stirs controversy to advance his agenda: In order to maintain his status, Jesse Jackson has to keep people angry. Paul Weyrich reports on Jackson's latest work
The virtue of profit: Profit is a dirty word and shouldn't be, writes George F. Smith. He looks at how it's become corrupted and the solution for restoring its virtue
Goodbye, Twins: Baseball decides to "contract." It's an inevitable consequence of grabbing for too much for too long, but it's still sad, writes Lawrence Henry
Why the Nobel Peace Prize is worthless: We suppose the title explains it all. Tom DeWeese gives his take on the work of the Nobel Prize for Peace committee
Internet target of new treaty: Henry Lamb documents the latest assault on the Internet, this time conducted by the United Nations
I dreamt of Canada: In a recent speech, newspaper titan Conrad Black details why he believes Canada is "a plain vanilla place" and why he became a British citizen
Learning the wrong lessons from 2001 elections: W. James Antle III is of the opinion that Republicans will have learned from the 2001 elections, just the wrong things of course. Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan, embodies the party's mistakes
The Republican Revolution has expired: The Republican Revolution, ongoing since 1994, is as of November 6 dead. Charles Bloomer tells us why
Diseases and cures: Benjamin Netanyahu has a prescription for terrorism in his recently re-released Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and International Terrorists. Steve Martinovich isn't sure if Americans are willing to swallow the foul tasting medicine
It's going just fine: Stop your worrying, writes Lawrence Henry. The war against terrorism is progressing nicely so just relax
The tip of America's spear: As The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228 illustrates, when the Taliban learn how sharp the eagle's talons are, they'll have likely bumped into Navy SEALs. Reviewed by Steven Martinovich
Go ahead, show a little spunk: George F. Smith says that besides our heroes, the people who have shown spunk have kept our spirits high. A little defiance will help carry us through
Congressmen in Wonderland: Thank God Congress has their priorities right. Vin Suprynowicz says the war on terrorism has claimed another victim: online gambling
This war of "ism" needs clarity: Thomas L. Jipping would like America's politicians to make it completely clear to the people they serve who they are fighting and why
Making money the old fashioned way: Steve Martinovich reviews Obscene Profits: The Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age, which purports to tell the insider story of the kings and queens of online porn
Pity the anti-gun lobby: The anti-gun lobby has faced a number of defeats recently, but Dr. Michael S. Brown cautions Second Amendment activists not to get too comfortable
A historian's shot in the dark: Dr. Michael R. Bowen has little time for Michael A. Bellesilses and his book Arming America which purports to destroy the commonly held belief that America has always been an armed nation
Will America free itself of the UN myth?: The fight to get the United States out of the United Nations is far from over, says Tom DeWeese
U.N. opens in a changing world: Henry Lamb hopes that the September 11 attacks won't usher in a world with even more global governance
GOP needs distinction -- or face extinction: Face it, Americans would rather vote for the Democrats. That said, Paul Weyrich says the best way for the Republicans to succeed would be to differentiate themselves from their liberal rivals
Let's roll: Since all but one of the major networks neglected to air a war time speech by the president of the United States because it was sweeps period, ESR brings you the text of George W. Bush's speech on November 8
Berkeley's boycott: Since its city council voted a few weeks ago to criticize America's war in Afghanistan, Berkeley has learned that most Americans don't share their views. How? Gregory J. Hand says where it counts most: the pocket books of local businessman like Lee Jester
Stakes could be high for GOP: W. James Antle III reports that the 2001 elections could spell big problems for the Republicans, just as off-year elections caused Bill Clinton no end of grief
Open letter to businesspeople: Wayne Dunn pays tribute to the productive achievers of the world. The world may praise the altruists but Dunn prefers the truly virtuous
Our defeatist press: Alan Cariba has had enough of a press which seems more interested in the American-led strikes in Afghanistan failing
The war of semantics: Angie Wheeler is tired of the Nice Guy approach America is taking to the war in Afghanistan. It's time to take a hard line and start acting like a nation at war
Why we fight! Using government to sell America: Bruce Walker calls on the federal government to engage in some old-fashioned pro-America propaganda
Islamic terrorists and the UN: A record of evil: Osama bin Laden may have decried the United Nations as a tool of the West this past weekend but Tom DeWeese says the organization has always been opposed to Israel and the United States
Meet the new boss ... same as the old boss: The anti-war protesters of the Vietnam War generation promised that if they ever managed to take over, things would be a lot different. Vin Suprynowicz agrees, things are a lot different at American universities these days
Doing battle with a hydra: George W. Bush has said that America is essentially fighting a war on two fronts. George F. Smith agrees but says some of the opposing soldiers operate behind the front lines
Departing the Popular Front: Oliver Stone's comments: Ron Capshaw agrees with Christopher Hitchens: Oliver Stone has lost his mind. There's only one thing for the maverick director to do now
Rush is deaf: Dittoheads across the United States reacted with sadness to Rush Limbaugh's announcement that he was going deaf. Lawrence Henry didn't...he knows what kind of man Rush is
A book that can pay for itself: Stephen M. Lilienthal praises Cuttie Bacon IV's recently released book, How to Teach Kids to be Millionaires, a must read given the current economic climate
Derailing progress the American way: Say what you will about the other nations of the world, when they want a new train corridor they get it done. The United States, however, is a far different story, writes Paul Weyrich
The empire of oil: The war in Afghanistan, writes Alan Caruba, is also a war over oil and the players are more than just the United States, the Taliban and al-Qaida. Plenty of other nations, such as Russia, are also interested in what results out of the war against terrorism
The United Nations on the sidelines: The United Nations has been keeping a low profile while the U.S.-led attacks continue against the Taliban and al-Qaida. Charles Bloomer explains why
The eco-terrorist anthrax connection: Tom DeWeese finds it completely plausible that the radical environmentalist movement is behind the anthrax attacks in the United States. It's not like they haven't committed terrorist attacks in the past
Project focuses on freedom at state level: What happens when you get a bunch of libertarians together in the same state? Naturally they try and take it over. W. James Antle III reports on the efforts of the Free State Project
The new America First: Ron Capshaw isn't particularly enthused about supporting the left or right during the war. It's a little like choosing between Nazis and Communists
Feed your spirits: Many people are still having difficulty with life after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Joseph Kellard shares some of the things that have kept his spirits healthy
The postman rings twice: Jack J. Woehr has an illuminating conversation with his postman, someone less afraid or angered by anthrax attacks than by the changes to America they are ushering in
Can our government protect us?: Samuel L. Blumenfeld says that question was answered by former President Bill Clinton. He and officials in his Administration have a lot to answer for
Tiptoe through the tulips and never fight back, no matter what: Shelley McKinney reports on Robert Teska who is being honoured for teaching students that they should never fight back regardless of the provocation
Korea: No-win precedent for Afghanistan?: The war in Afghanistan have Steve Montgomery & Steve Farrell looking back in history at another American war
The buck stops with us: George Smith calls on his fellow Americans to stop looking to Washington, D.C. for everything and start to be more responsible for themselves
Who are we?
: The Who stole the show at the Concert for NYC, and for good reason. They're a tough, cynical man's band, and they were playing for tough, cynical men, says Lawrence Henry
The N-400 and me: A Canadian expatriate living in California, Anna Zetchus Raetz wonders whether she should take that next step
American Tories: American conservatives in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks remind James Hall of James Chalmers, a contemporary of Thomas Paine but a man who was his polar opposite in thought
Declare war or get off the pot: All Phillip J. Hubbell wants is for his government to formally declare war against the Taliban and al-Qaida
The new America: Jeremy Reynalds is saddened by what has happened to his country after September 11. A people have turned fearful of anything that might happen
Home is where the end of the line is: Steve Martinovich reviews Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail, the story of a migrant family from Mexico seeking a better life in the United States
Gun rights decision may sound the death knell for gun bans: The media has largely ignored a recent Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Second Amendment guaranteed an individual the right to bear arms. Steve Simpson breaks it down for you
Pat Leahy's passive aggressive game: John Nowacki details the game Senator Patrick Leahy is playing and what he wants before he speeds up the confirmation of Bush nominated judges
CNN: Where propaganda can masquerade as journalism: A lot has changed behind the scenes at CNN, writes Paul M. Weyrich, except for one thing. That network's reporting still leaves a lot to be desired
Tidbits ESR gives you the news items that you may have missed...or the ones the newspapers, magazines, or TV anchors didn't think you needed to hear
Farmers for economic freedom Updates about farmers fighting for economic freedom in western Canada
Site of the Month
Earth is Flat Award/Vinegar in Freedom Award
Lingua Publicus

December 2001

ESR's Sixth Annual Person of the Year: As one person wrote, how could this selection go to anyone else this year? Over half of you agreed that U.S. President George W. Bush should be accorded Enter Stage Right's highest honor, amazing considering how many deserved the award
Conservatives approach the New Year: Although Republicans have provided inspirational examples in 2001, W. James Antle III wonders what 2002 has in store for conservatives
Rudolph Giuliani: Dionysian Catholic: Michael Moriarty has some thoughts about outgoing New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, the recently chosen Time Person of the Year
2001's green lies: Alan Caruba lists the top environmental scare stories of 2001, ones that all but disappeared from the headlines after the tragedy of September 11
Caught in the crosshairs: Henry Lamb isn't surprised that employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service faked evidence of Canadian lynx's in two national parks. It's like having bank robbers guarding the vault
Maurice Strong: Godfather of the international environmental movement: Who's one of the leaders of the international environmental movement? Most people have no idea who Canadian Maurice Strong is, but his effect is felt by all, writes Neil Hrab
Kill the globo cop biz before it kills the USA: All David Hackworth wants for Christmas is to have America's soldiers to come home and for his nation to stop being the self-appointed guardian of Western civilization
Making the case for Iraq: Like it or not, says Steven Martinovich, we may need to expand the the war against terrorism to Iraq
Stock prices and the 'wealth effect' myth: There are a lot of myths about what causes the "wealth effect". Gerard Jackson gives us the straight dope
v England's lion: Roy Jenkins' Churchill: A Biography is an impressive effort with some serious shortcomings, writes Steven Martinovich
David Satcher, National Food Critic: Phillip J. Hubbell reacts to the latest government sponsored jihad, U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher's recently announced war against obesity
Walker must not be let off the hook: Paul Weyrich is sick and tired of hearing people say that the U.S. government should go easy on American Taliban member John Walker
Good will toward men: Despite what feminists tell you, men aren't the enemy. This Christmas, writes Wendy McElroy, show some good will towards the men in your life
Why Christmas should be more commercial: We're ducking right now. Leonard Peikoff argues that Christ should be removed from Christmas, turning the holiday into a celebration of material goods
What is the meaning of New Year's?: Scott A. McConnell investigates the philosophical rationale behind celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of another
Redemption at Ground Zero: Amherst is now best known as the town that voted down the American flag hours before the September 11 terrorist attacks. Town resident Larry Kelley goes on a mission to try and erase that legacy
Reflections on Dick Armey: W. James Antle III eulogizes the career of House Majority Leader Dick Armey, a man that any conservative could love
Kiss Arafat goodbye!: Alan Caruba reacts to the news that PLO chairman Yasser Arafat is now considered "irrelevant" by the state of Israel
The Arab legacy of hate: Samuel L. Blumenfeld surveys the history of relations between Israel and her Arab neighbours to illustrate why Israel should be defending herself using everything possible
John Walker: A man of no importance: Barton Wong is curious why commentators are spending so much time discussing American Taliban member John Walker. He's a traitor and nothing more
Showing the colors: Vin Suprynowicz is plenty proud of U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Martha McSally, a woman suing the military for forcing her to wear Muslim clothing when she's off base in Saudi Arabia
Lessons from victory: Connie Marshner asserts that the Reagan Revolution was reborn on September 25, the day that Oklahoma voters went "Yes" during a right to work referendum
Merry Christmas, 2001: Lawrence Henry reminds you to remember what's most important this holiday season: family and togetherness
Birth of a champion: Avoiding victimhood through spiritual strength: George F. Smith is inspired by the story of Teresa, a 19-year old teen who suffered a tragedy and is determined not to let it hamper her
Thank God for Jesse!: Henry Lamb is grateful that America had a Jesse Helms around to protect her soldiers from the International Criminal Court
Gun shows - The truth comes out: For years, gun shows have been described as "Tupperware parties" for criminals and everyone accepted it. A new DoJ study refutes that conclusively, writes Dr. Michael S. Brown
The Constitution: On being a citizen and person: James Hall ruminates over the Fourteenth Amendment and citizenship and how it relates to the individual
Who hijacked Canadian feminism?: Although everyone excoriated Canadian professor Sunera Thobani for her post-September 11 comments, Linda Lebrun says the group she used to head isn't much better
"Boss Tweed" feminism: Wendy McElroy discusses how feminists have tried to rig elections to ensure the election of women
Feminists attack judicial nomination process: The latest group to try and stop George W. Bush's judicial nominations are none other than feminists. John Nowacki reports
Attack on the home front: Not that the one in Afghanistan is over, but Bruce Walker believes it's time for George W. Bush to launch another war. Liberals are on the run, exposed for what many of them believe, and the high ground is being held by Dubya. Attack, attack, attack, says Walker
We have only one president: The idea of military tribunals may make them uneasy but Charles Bloomer wants to know if Democrat senators forgot that they voted to support George W. Bush's war against terrorism
The American way of war: Dr. Michael R. Bowen believes that it's good for America's enemies for the U.S. to win wars. After it's over, Americans just want to go home
Is America is helping to build a new terrorist threat?: Although everyone's attention is focused on Afghanistan, Tom DeWeese wonders if we won't be having to deal with China in the same way too one day
Millions die when warnings are ignored: Back in 1942, Gerhart Riegner tried to warn the west about the massacre being perpetrated on the Jews by the Nazis but was ignored. Alan Caruba says America received its warning as well a couple of years ago
We held the sword: In case you missed it, a transcript of Ariel Sharon's speech on December 3 declaring Israel's new war against terrorism
True grit: It's a fact that it's ordinary men who become our war heroes, a fact ably proved by Ronald J. Drez's Twenty-Five Yards of War: The Extraordinary Courage of Ordinary Men in World War II. Steve Martinovich reviews this latest entry into the field of personal war stories
Is it wise to purchase an SUV?: Although everyone is rising up to their defence, Rachel Alexander remains a committed foe of the sport utility vehicle and all that it represents to her
Who was that woman on Meet the Press?: Doug Patton watched an engaging woman on Meet the Press on Sunday, then he realized who she was
Civil rights for dummies: US Commission on Civil Rights chair Mary Frances Berry is battling George W. Bush over a recent appointment. Gregory J. Hand reports
Conflict at the Civil Rights Commission: Is Berry right or her opponents? W. James Antle III has an opinion on the controversy and the state of civil rights work today
Fight over gun law exemption for officers: There is a battle brewing over allowing former law enforcement personnel the right to carry concealed weapons. Dr. Michael S. Brown weighs in with his opinion
A snowball bound for hell: Remember, you heard of it here first. Henry Lamb reports on the World Summit on Sustainable Development which will take place in September 2002
Baseball's Mexican standoff: Is baseball making money? Losing money? Who cares. Jackson Murphy reports on the latest story documenting the national past time's woes
Letting the people speak: Walter Robinson lays out the election gag law history in Canada for the past 30 years to the Issue Advocacy, Soft Money & 3rd Party Advertising Panel Discussion at the 23rd Annual GOGEL Conference in Kentucky
NRCC's Texas candidate may prove self-defeating: Paul Weyrich wants to know why Republicans are trying to knock off Representative Ralph Hall (D-Tx), a Democrat with a better voting record than half of the Republicans in the House
Call me 'anti-woman': Some feminists are dissing Laura Bush and the Bush administration's recent support of the Afghan women and Wendy McElroy has had enough
Fare Enough: If liberals really want to pay more in taxes than Angela R. Wheeler says George W. Bush ought to give them the opportunity
Senator Leahy does not meet his own standards: Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy continues to tell everyone he's confirming George W. Bush's judicial nominees at a fair pace. The facts, says John Nowacki, dispute that assertion
The Belgian Follies: Gregory J. Hand writes that with its best years far behind it, Belgium decided in 1993 on a new way to impose its will on the world: pass judgment on it. That means trouble for both Yasser Arafat and Ariel Sharon as they are each being investigated for crimes in places that Belgium has no jurisdiction over
Good-bye, George: Lawrence Henry eulogizes The Quiet Beatle, George Harrison, who never pretended he was more than what he was and still managed to be the coolest of The Beatles
George Harrison, RIP: George Harrison's passing leaves a hole in our souls but W. James Antle III says we'll always have his music
Inspiration or substitute heroes?: George Harrison's death has prompted James Hall to ponder whether celebrities have taken the place of true heroes
A feast of lard: Even if America's economy is in a recession, says Vin Suprynowicz, Dubya's stimulus package isn't going to do anything to right the ship
Misplaced optimism: Edward Greenspon and Darrell Bricker's Searching for Certainty: Inside the New Canadian Mindset argues that Canadians are newly confident and ready to take on the world. Steve Martinovich would like to know where they got that idea
The coalition quivers: Charles Bloomer doesn't care if other countries are opposed to the U.S. extending its war against terrorism to Iraq, he's just making sure to warn them to stay out of the way
Journalism, liberalism and war coverage: Bruce Walker tackles the issue of liberal journalism and the coverage of war and along the way compares this magazine with CBS News
Farewell to Osama: Barton Wong pens a farewell letter to Osama bin Laden, a rich and pathetic loser who ultimately had too much time on his hands
The new UC admissions guidelines will destroy the integrity of the admissions process: Edwin A. Locke is less than impressed by the University of California's new university admissions policies, ones he says downgrade academic qualifications
Hang male-bashing out to dry: Robert Rowan has been charged with stealing 21 ceramic penises in Boulder, Colorado. Wendy McElroy tells you why he did the right thing
"Safety" is not even worthy of our consideration as an issue: When it comes to your Second Amendment rights, Jeff Snyder says that the issue of freedom is more important than the issue of safety
Federal "no growth" blueprint is unrealistic: Nancie G. Marzulla reports on 2 000 page blueprint that will control every aspect of land use in America. She hopes Mel Martinez does the right thing
Too late to stop national ID: Roger F. Gay wonders why people are so up in arms over the concept of a national ID card. A central system to track you has already been set up and few people complained at the time
The con of conscription: Thank God for al-Qaida. Without it, the proponents of conscription were fighting a losing battle, writes George F. Smith. Now they have a new weapon on their side
A love of characters: Steve Martinovich reviews The Corrections, the most hotly anticipated novel of the fall and the recent National Book Award for fiction winner
The health care debate: Harris squawks, Chretien screams, Romanow racks up air miles: Walter Robinson weighs in on the recent verbal sparring over the Canadian health care system by Jean Chretien and Mike Harris
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