Monthly Archives: May 2010

Column on Tea Party v. ACORN

Tea Party versus ACORN, etc. Tibor R. Machan It looks like the way the Right despises ACORN, the Left does the Tea Party. It may not even be so much about their political stances, although that is part of it … Continue reading

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Essay on Education: Philosophical verus Political Correctness

Education: Philosophical versus Political Correctness Tibor R. Machan You will know what I am after here when I tell you how much I dislike it when people talk of "her majesty" or "his highness" as they talk of various pretenders … Continue reading

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Column on Looking at Some Bright Spots

Looking at Some Bright Points Tibor R. Machan My specialty as a columnist is political economic commentary, with a good bit of cultural observation thrown in to round things off. So what my columns focus on tend to be unwelcome … Continue reading

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Column on Why Basic Rights Cannot Conflict

Rights May Never Be In Conflict Tibor R. Machan If rights were no more that fancy ways of expressing preferences—in short, if morality and politics could only produce emotional expressions—there would be no doubt about the possibility of conflict between … Continue reading

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Column on Are Kids Altruists?

Are Kids Altruists? Tibor R. Machan In The New York Times Magazine an article recently discusses whether babies have an inherent moral sense. It beings as follows: "A video featuring adorable cherubs — what’s not to like? But ‘The Moral … Continue reading

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Column on Who is Free To Discriminate?

Who is Free to Discriminate? Tibor R. Machan Everyone who is awake discriminates—it is what people do with their minds, it’s the way they know the world, more or less well. The kind of discrimination that’s objectionable is when people … Continue reading

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Column on Interstate Commerce Muddles

Interstate Commerce Muddles Tibor R. Machan In America most of the mild and Draconian intrusions in people’s economic lives are legally justified by the interstate commerce clause of the U. S. Constitution–Article I, Section 8 in particular. "Congress shall have … Continue reading

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Column on Dealing With Racists in a Free Market

Dealing with Racists in a Free Market Tibor R. Machan Finally, the Rand Paul furor, we have an issue in politics worthy of sustained, serious attention–How should people who act badly be dealt with? More particularly how should people who … Continue reading

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Column on Freedom of Association and Rights

Freedom of Association and Rights Tibor R. Machan A big flaw of the famous 1964 Civil Rights law is that it engages in regimenting who may or must associate with whom in private commerce. Among free men and women no … Continue reading

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Column on Chalres Krauthhammer’s Fallacy

Charles Krauthammer’s Fallacy Tibor R. Machan In a recent discussion about the war on drugs Charles Krauthammer, the most avidly conservative columnist in the nation’s capital (and who writes for The Washington Post), defended the war by comparing the abuses … Continue reading

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