The Threat to Your Liberties Is Here

Authors of serious books seldom have cause to celebrate, but Larry Stratton and I have two reasons to open the champagne. Crown Publishing, a division of Random House, has announced a second printing of the second edition of The Tyranny of Good Intentions, and the noted civil libertarian and defense attorney, Harvey Silverglate, has just … Continue reading “The Threat to Your Liberties Is Here”

Another War in the Works

Does anyone remember all the lies that they were told by then-president Bush and the "mainstream media" about the grave threat to America from weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? These lies were repeated endlessly in the print and TV media despite the reports from the weapons inspectors, who had been sent to Iraq, that … Continue reading “Another War in the Works”

US Hypocrisy Astonishes the World

Americans have lost their ability for introspection, thereby revealing their astounding hypocrisy to the world. U.S. War Secretary Robert Gates has condemned the Associated Press and a reporter, Julie Jacobson, embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan, for taking and releasing a photo of a U.S. Marine who was wounded in action and died from his … Continue reading “US Hypocrisy Astonishes the World”

Succumbing to the Dark Side

Torture is a violation of U.S. and international law. Yet George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, on the basis of legally incompetent memos prepared by Justice Department officials, gave the OK to interrogators to violate U.S. and international law. The new Obama administration shows no inclination to uphold the rule of law by prosecuting those … Continue reading “Succumbing to the Dark Side”

Who Remembers ‘Guns and Butter’?

President Lyndon B. Johnson’s policy of Great Society spending and the Vietnam War is credited with the rising American inflation that persisted until checked by President Reagan’s supply-side policy. In Johnson’s time, the American economy and the U.S. dollar were strong, and there was no current account deficit. Yet LBJ’s policy of guns and butter … Continue reading “Who Remembers ‘Guns and Butter’?”