William Ward: The Unseen Message Of The Hunger Games

Sparking a thirst for liberty?    Though the liberal media and leftist Hollywood are wrapping themselves in The Hunger Games, the book series' pro-individualism, anti-socialist/communist/totalitarianism message has thus far eluded them -- but the legions of children reading the books are getting the message. When I learned that my teenage sons -- macho young lads ... MORE

Shikha Dalmia: Forget About Income Inequality

It's economic opportunities that will help the poor. Reading David Grusky’s essay is a strange experience: with the wrong diagnosis, he gets half of the right cure. Grusky maintains that the central problem confronting America is income inequality. He argues that the root cause of this malady lies in how rich people acquire their pre-tax income—by rigging the ... MORE

VIDEO: Thomas Sowell - Human Livestock

S.F. GATE: Cops Pose As Bunnies To Write Seat Belt Tickets

And you thought bunnies were not in the rodent family? Officers in West Palm Beach, Fla., have come up with a diabolical new use for a giant bunny costume. According to the Palm Beach Post, a cop dressed in the costume Wednesday stood in a median with a sign that read “Have a safe, hoppy holiday. Buckle up!” While bemused motorists waved  ... MORE & VIDEO

Jacob Laksin: Obama's World Bank Pick Hates Capitalism

The president shows his true colors.   Imagine if President Obama appointed radical Noam Chomsky, who has denounced capitalism as a “murderously destructive catastrophe,” to head up a committee on economic growth. That’s less of a stretch than it may seem, considering Obama’s nominee to head the World Bank, current Dartmouth College  ... MORE

VIDEO: Public Pension Crisis: The Solution

Steve Chapman: Toward The Conquest Of World Poverty

Even communist eventually have to make peace with reality. Progress can often be defined as the stuff that happens while humanity is preoccupied with everything that is going wrong. On the surface, the first decade of the 21st century looks like an ugly parade of terrorism, war and economic convulsion. But in one important sense it stands as   ... MORE

Steven Greenhut: Californians Love Taxes

But they don't like government reform.  A funny thing happened after California officials announced the shutdown of 70 state parks in the face of an estimated $33 million in budget cutbacks: Private companies, wealthy donors, nonprofit organizations and local governments came up with ways to keep many parks open. Eleven parks have already been    ... MORE

George F. Will: Economic Liberty Needs Protection

Using regulations as a weapon.   Ali Bokhari, now 39, emigrated from Pakistan in 2000 and eventually settled in Nashville, Tenn., as a taxi driver, and soon experienced a quintessentially American itch, a nagging sense that “I cannot grow.” But he had an idea: “I can build a better business model for something Nashville has been missing.” He built it, and now knows ... MORE

John Stossel: Big Government Makes Us Small

Know-it-all politicians are job killers.   Politicians say they "create jobs." In fact, only the private sector generates the information needed to create real, productive jobs. Since this current post-recession job recovery is the slowest in 80 years, you'd think that even know-it-all politicians would want to sweep away the labyrinth of government regulations that    ... MORE

VIDEO: Public Pension Crisis: The Problem

Andrew Napolitano: Is The CIA In Your Kitchen?

The right to be left alone under relentless assault. If this question had been asked by a fictional character in a spy thriller, it might intrigue you, but you wouldn't imagine that it could be true in reality. If the Constitution means what it says, you wouldn't even consider the plausibility of an affirmative answer. After all, the Fourth Amendment to the       ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Back To The Future?

What lies at the bottom of slippery slopes.   When a 1942 Supreme Court decision that most people never heard of makes the front page of the New York Times in 2012, you know that something unusual is going on. What makes that 1942 case -- Wickard v. Filburn -- important today is that it stretched the federal government's power so far that the Obama  ... MORE

VIDEO: The 535 - Comparing Economic Power

Christopher Chantrill: The Science Of Half-Baked Ideas

Saving the planet from second-rate scientists.  The more we learn about climate science, the more we learn what a shabby, back-of-the-envelope business it is. Dr. Michael Mann, the climate science poster boy who simplified the global climate of the last millennium into a hockey stick, just came out with a book to remind us how anyone who disagrees with  ... MORE

Danielle Sullivan: Political Correctness Runs Amok In N.Y.

Words banned as protection from "unpleasant emotions." In an extreme case of political correctness, New York City has recently created a list of words that will be banned from New York State tests. You might be thinking that perhaps the words might be slanderous or even elude to atrocities, like slavery, and while words pertaining to slavery have ... MORE

Everybody's A Target In The American Surveillance State

by John W. Whitehead.   In the small town of Bluffdale, Utah, not far from bustling Salt Lake City, the federal government is quietly erecting what will be the crown jewel of its surveillance empire. Rising up out of the desert landscape, the Utah Data Center (UDC)—a $2 billion behemoth designed to house a network of computers, satellites, and phone lines that  ... MORE

Gene Healy: Busybodies Of The World, Unite!

Nannies seeking to deny you pleasure for your own good.   A smoke, a drink, and maybe a bag of chips in the privacy of your own home—they're the guilty pleasures of life for many of us. But it's increasingly hard to escape those who want to deny them to you—for your own good. To take one small but irritating example, this Wednesday, the city council of  ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel - Government Schools

Brian Phillips: Steve Jobs Versus Barney Frank

Steve Jobs and Barney Frank are very different men:   Jobs is a tech-savvy entrepreneur; Frank is a stodgy politician. Jobs is West coast; Frank is East coast. Jobs is easy to like; Frank is easy to loathe. But the differences go beyond the obvious. Steve Jobs creates delightful products that consumers willingly and eagerly buy. Barney Frank issues edicts... MORE

Katie Kieffer: Gays, Females And Equals

Gays are not merely bodies desiring homosexual action. Women are not walking uteruses. Gays and women are dignified human beings with reason, spirit and individuality. The Constitution considers Americans with respect to our humanity and citizenship, not our sexuality. So when politicians and sexual minority activists lobby for gay and female   ... MORE

VIDEO: The Reality Behind Minimum Wage

Robert Knight: Taming The EPA Monster

Supreme Court ruling strikes a blow in ongoing battle.   Slowly, inexorably, the monster is being driven back to its lair. Its days of terrorizing villagers may soon be over. I wish I were talking about the federal government, but it’s the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), better known as the Environmental Protection-or-else Agency.      ... MORE

John Stossel: Everyone Out Of The Pool

More money for lawyers! Every year, federal government bureaucrats work hard to come up with some 80,000 pages of new and proposed regulations. That's a lot of pages -- 23 feet high if you stack them in one pile. One rule that just went effect, which you can find by flipping to page 56,236 of the 2010 regulations, will require all hotels with a pool    ... MORE

Mark Steyn: The Sun Also Sets

National debt to enter its "sudden" phase. I was in Australia earlier this month and there, as elsewhere on my recent travels, the consensus among the politicians I met (at least in private) was that Washington lacked the will for meaningful course correction, and that, therefore, the trick was to ensure that, when the behemoth goes over the cliff, you’re not ... MORE

Walter E Williams: Why Racial Profiling Exists

Human beings do not have god-like insight. Right now, there isn't enough known about the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a black, by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old part-Hispanic, during his neighborhood watch tour in an Orlando, Fla., suburb. If evidence emerges that Zimmerman's actions were not   ... MORE

VIDEO: 3 Reasons to End Obamacare Before it Begins!

Doug Hornig: What If You Could Put On A Thinking Cap?

Could a nine-volt battery be better than coffee?  "Flow." Although it can be annoying difficult to define with any precision and virtually impossible to measure objectively, everyone intuitively knows what it is, and most people have experienced some form of it at one time or another. It's that state of effortless concentration that leads to superior performance, either  ... MORE

Anthony W. Hager: Pity The Poor Working Chump

50 years worth of war on poverty has produced little benefit, save for a few valuable lessons. For instance, we've learned about the valiant struggle the disadvantaged wage against capitalist oppression. The homeless, the hungry, and the downtrodden are victims of free-market greed. But there's one participant in Washington's war on poverty who's routinely ignored... MORE

Star Parker: ObamaCare Undermines Founding Principles

When we lose freedom, we lose everything. As the Supreme Court starts its three day marathon to hear arguments on the constitutionality of Obamacare, let’s be clear about their challenge, and ours. The challenge before the Court, a challenge it has often not lived up to, is to keep perspective that applying our constitution is not about splitting  ... MORE

Jacob Sullum: The Freakin' FCC

The incomprehensible ban on broadcast indecency.    My daughters, who range in age from 5 to 18, watch TV programs and movies on DVDs, on smart phones, streaming from Netflix through our Wii, on video websites, on our DVR, and on demand from AT&T U-verse. They do not know or care what “broadcast television” is, and they   ... MORE

Robert Goldberg: Drugs Of Choice

Some balk at FDA flirtation with medical freedom.  Next week, the FDA will be holding a hearing about letting consumers buy commonly used prescription drugs without a prescription, signaling FDA recognition that empowering consumers to make health care choices is the key to better health at a lower cost. The agency’s proposal is a refreshing   ... MORE

Paul Venezia: Your Privacy Is A Sci-Fi Fantasy

Welcome to the twilight zone.  The assault on personal privacy has ramped up significantly in the past few years. From warrantless GPS tracking to ISP packet inspection, it seems that everyone wants to get in on the booming business of clandestine snooping -- even blatant prying, if you consider reports of employers demanding Facebook passwords   ... MORE

VIDEO: Walter E Williams - Two Of A Kind

Emily Dolhansky: Young & Disillusioned With Government

Government too involved in citizen's life.   The years between adolescence and adulthood can be among the most confusing. Plagued with conflicting ideas, rebellious tendencies, and peer pressure, some teenagers turn inward and develop anti-government attitudes turning to radical groups such as skinheads and anarchists. For years, these groups have     ... MORE

Karen Harned: Top 5 Freedoms Threatened By ObamaCare

Among many others.    The U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in NFIB vs. Sebelius, the cardinal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, on Monday, March 26th. As an indication of its importance, the Justices have allotted six hours for arguments  ... MORE

VIDEO: The Student Loan Crisis

Be afraid. Be very afraid.    Because you see, another financial crisis looms. Just as there were millions of people given mortgages they couldn't afford, a million graduates are about to discover they have a useless degree they couldn't afford.

Brian Koenig: HUD Awards Millions To Leftist Groups

Racist group La Raza among recipients. The Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) is doling out $42 million in federal funding for housing counseling grants to 468 local, regional, and national organizations. Intended to prevent foreclosures and assist new home buyers, the grants will offer free assistance on foreclosure avoidance as well as educate ... MORE

Anthony Randazzo: No, This Is Not A Housing Recovery

Those saying we're in a housing recovery are wrong. We have not reached the bottom of the housing market. I hate to say it. I really do hate to always be the pessimist. And I don’t say this because I’ve been steeped in a couple decades' worth of bitterness as a Red Sox fan. The numbers are just not adding up to recovery. It is all the rage these ... MORE

Deroy Murdock: The $100 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Don't be small-minded, America. From coast to coast, politicians want to hike the minimum wage. New York State legislators aim to lift it from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour. California lawmakers are weighing a boost from $8.00 to $8.50. Ralph Nader recently urged the Occupy movement to demand that the federal floor increase from $7.25 to $10.00. On March 6, former   ... MORE

John Stossel: What Is Fair?

President Obama says he want to make society more fair. Advocates of big government believe fairness means taking from rich people and giving to others: poor people; or people who do things politicians approve of, like making "green" energy equipment (Solyndra); or old people (even rich ones) through Social Security and Medicare.      ... MORE

VIDEO: Milton Friedman - Freedom vs Tyranny & Misery

Jim Garrison: Martial Law By Executive Order

Government puts itself above the law.    President Obama's National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order of March 16 does to the country as a whole what the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act did to the Constitution in particular -- completely eviscerates any due process or judicial oversight for any action by the Government deemed in the    ... MORE

P. Wolf & R. Maranto: Evidence That Vouchers Work

Competition increases student achievement. School vouchers have stalled in the Pennsylvania legislature, and President Obama's budget proposes to end the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which allows children from low-income families to attend private schools with government aid. This is despite a U.S. Department of Education  ... MORE

VIDEO: Spring Breakers Grade President Obama

Brian Koenig: Obama Takes Crony Capitalism To New Level

He who pays the piper calls the tune. President Obama raised several hundred million dollars during the 2008 election, more than twice what Republican rival John McCain raised and a far cry more than any other U.S. President before him. The result? Obama’s fundraising achievements have ushered in a degree of crony capitalism Americans have quite       ... MORE

Cal Thomas: Will The Supreme Court Protect Liberty?

What's at stake in the ObamaCare ruling.    Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three days of oral arguments in the healthcare lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, otherwise known as "Obamacare." We now know the law was based on phony predictions about its cost. After    ... MORE

Larry Neumeister: Jury Nullification Making Noise In NY

A government lawyer fears jurors voting their conscience.   A government lawyer on Wednesday vigorously defended the prosecution of a man who urges jurors to sometimes disregard the law and vote their conscience, calling him a “significant threat’’ to the integrity of the judicial system. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rebecca Mermelstein argued before   ... MORE

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr: The Overextended America

Rejecting the entitlement state for freedom and choice.   We in America today live in a country circumscribed by entitlement policies devised by an America that has steadily been disappearing. Those policies established over a generation ago cannot possibly in mathematical or demographic terms support the America of the present much less the America of the    ... MORE

VIDEO: Economic Freedom & Income Equality

Ken Klukowski: Eric Holder's War Against Gun Rights

Attorney General looks to curb, not protect, individual rights. This week we've seen confirmation that the National Rifle Association has been right all along about President Obama's choice for attorney general to lead the Department of Justice. Taken with Eric Holder's arguments at the Supreme Court, and Operation Fast and Furious, the picture    ... MORE

Washington Times: Obama Wants To Track You

Justice Dept seeks cellphone location information.    Consumers love their iPhones, Androids and BlackBerrys. With built in GPS navigation, these handy little gadgets can point the way to the nearest gas station with a low price or the highest-rated restaurant within a few blocks. Results can be personalized based on the user’s location at any given moment     ... MORE

VIDEO: What Are the Dangers of Too Much Debt?

Victor Davis Hanson: A Gasoline Nightmare

5 reasons Obama's oil tactics won't work. Obama is barnstorming the west — blasting oil companies, trying to convince voters that he supports an “all of the above” policy, and reminding them that drilling has increased since his tenure. But that won’t work for five reasons. 1) No one believes that Obama is sincere. In 2008, in the hope-and-change  ... MORE

Jonah Goldberg: The Federalist Solution

Disempower the national elites. The bleating about broken government and partisanship continues: “Why can’t those boobs in Washington agree on anything?” We’re constantly told that the way to fix the country is to dethrone the Left and the Right and empower the middle. Americans Elect, No Labels, the Gangs of Six and Fourteen, conservative Democrats, and  ... MORE

Russ Vaughn: Fast & Furious Was Gun Control To Die For

Operation Vast & Obvious grows ominous. When Operation Fast & Furious first broke into the news, many of us immediately questioned the DoJ's irrational rationale. The proffered assertion that the program was designed to track firearms purchased in America to leaders of the Mexican drug cartels simply made no sense. The glaringly obvious flaw in the ... MORE

Jacob Sullum: Dharun Ravi's Hateless Hate Crime

Punished for his dead roommates's imagined feelings.    After Dharun Ravi was convicted of "bias intimidation" crimes that carry a penalty of up to 10 years in prison, many people wondered why he had rejected a plea deal that would have kept him out of jail. Ravi's lawyer explained that the 20-year-old defendant's parents "didn’t believe their son acted with  ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel - Obama's Case For More Debt

Christopher Chantrill: The Optics Of Obama's Failures

Of socialized medicine, green energy and Keynesian economics. People are starting to worry that President Obama might be wobbling on his visionary "all of the above" program to bring on the green energy millennium, what with $5.00 gas in the Northeast states. But don't worry. Even though the administration will be changing its "optics" on energy by featuring   ... MORE

Michelle Minton: Let States Regulate Internet Gambling

Government should protect, not restrict, freedom. This country has many serious problems to address, but an activity that millions of people around the world voluntarily enjoy, mostly without incident, is not one of them and it certainly does not warrant a big new federal regulatory agency. In a recent op-ed in The Washington Examiner, former Pennsylvania    ... MORE

VIDEO: Challenging California's Open Carry Ban

John Hawkins: 5 Reasons Socialism Is Inferior To Capitalism

Economic liberty means people getting what they want.   "The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries." - Winston Churchill. Saying that capitalism is better than socialism is like saying that winning a million dollars is better than being in a high impact car crash.    ... MORE

Rich Lowry: The Sad Plight Of Obama's Edsel

Chevy Volt is the Solyndra of automobiles.   President Barack Obama says he wants to buy a Chevy Volt when he’s out of office in five years. If getting into a General Motors electric automobile means so much to him, he’d better hope he loses in November. What the president dubbed the “car of the future” in a visit to a Volt plant may not make it to January 2017.      ... MORE

Josh Barro: Santorum Promises Broad War On Porn

The busybody candidate's quest to save us from ourselves. The Daily Caller flags a little-discussed position paper on Rick Santorum’s campaign website—his pledge to aggressively prosecute those who produce and distribute pornography. Santorum avers that “America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography.” He pledges to use the    ... MORE

Goose Bumps And Yawning Signs Of Potential Terrorism?

Homeland Security's latest scheme to spot terrorists. The office of Homeland Security is warning that apparently innocuous behavior in passengers could be a sign that they are a terrorist. A presentation released by the New Jersey office of the agency warns  that passengers yawning, developing goose bumps and appearing fidgety could all be      ... MORE