Wealth is Produced:
There is no such thing as a static "economic pie" that
must be distributed and redistributed, writes G. Stolyarov II. Wealth
is not zero-sum; it can be produced, created by
rational minds. This is why the producers are entitled to sovereignty
over the wealth they created: their property.
The Alleged China Threat:
Dr. Robert P. Murphy refutes the fallacious common view
that considers China a "national security threat" simply because China
trades with and invests in the United States to an extensive degree.
Natural Law and the
Impropriety of Self-Sacrifice: A Review of the "Chronicles of Narnia"
G. Stolyarov II reviews the recent film, "Chronicles of
Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" and derives useful
lessons from it about the universality of natural law and tyrants'
violation of it. However, Mr. Stolyarov also critiques the film's
treatment of self-sacrifice as a virtue, which it cannot be in the real
Why We Give Gifts:
Dr. Edward Hudgins explains the reasons for gift-giving
among selfish, rational, non-mystical, non-altruistic individuals.
Giving gifts to those one values is no self-sacrifice. Rather, it is an
affirmation of those values.
Intelligent Design is about Religion versus Reason:
Dr. Keith Lockitch has argued that "intelligent design"
is unacceptable as a scientific theory because its core proposition
implies a belief in the supernatural, a contradictory notion opposed to
reason and the natural law that science is supposed to study. Here, Dr.
Lockitch responds to criticism from another self-proclaimed atheist,
Robert Camp, who took issue with Lockitch's principled rejection of
Learn the Constitution, Or Else:
Dr. Gary M. Galles explains why Senator Robert Byrd's
recent proposal to mandate schools to teach about
the U.S. Constitution on a certain day is itself unconstitutional. The
true content, meaning, and significance of the Constitution are greatly
misunderstood by the majority of Americans today-- especially when they
are invoked to broaden the coercive power of the majority, a power the
Founding Fathers greatly feared.
The Greenhoax Effect:
Manmade "global warming" is a hoax spread by a "green"
scientific establishment more interested in propaganda and control than
in truth, writes Michael Miller. In fact, the burning of fossil fuels
only aids the growth of plants and the life forms that feed on them--
making the Earth a lusher place. The burning of fossil fuels is man's
biggest and most successful recycling project!
Campus Conscience Police?:
Political correctness, the belief that some ideas are
automatically intolerable and should be suppressed, is slowly losing
ground on college campuses due to valiant efforts by individual rights
organizations, writes Wendy McElroy. This means an improvement for the
market of ideas, where original thought will be encouraged, rather than
Abuse of Temporary Restraining Orders Endangers Real Victims:
A Santa Fe judge recently granted a
restraining order against talk-show host David Letterman to a deranged,
delusional viewer who thought Letterman was harassing her through coded
messages over the airwaves. When restraining orders are granted for
frivolous reasons, this trivializes the restraining order and
undermines the safety of real victims of abuse, writes Wendy McElroy.
The "Windfall Profits" Smear:
The suggestion that oil companies and other
corporations should be taxed on their "excess profits" is a heinous
insult to all producers, writes Alex Epstein. There is no market profit
or loss that an entrepreneur does not deserve, because all profit and
loss flows from the entrepreneur's decision to engage in economic
activity, including his decision to take risks that may result in
positive or negative consequences.
"Ecology is to biology what
astrology is to astronomy."
~ G. Stolyarov II