Monthly Archives: October 2010

Column on The Observers

The Observers Tibor R. Machan Many contemporary intellectuals have a problem.  They are theoretically committed to the idea that they can be no more than observers of human life and make no value judgments about it.  This is because the … Continue reading

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Column on A Blatant Lie at The New York Times

A Blatant Lie at The New York Times Tibor R. Machan Nearly every day I check out The New York Times on line and there is no doubt in my mind that the paper is firmly partisan in favor of … Continue reading

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Column on Equality is Only A Cheap Dream

Equality Is Only A Cheap Dream Tibor R. Machan Two academic researchers, both of them psychologists, have recently rekindled all the fuss about inequality of income in the United States of America.  Mostly this topic has been the province of … Continue reading

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Column on Charity and Generosity that Aren’t

Charity and Generosity that Aren’t Tibor R. Machan In a recent stump speech urging people to keep Democrats in power, President Obama told his audience that America is a country based in large measure on the principle that “we are … Continue reading

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Column on Democracy and Human Rights

Democracy and Human Rights Tibor R. Machan Tim Snyder made a very important observation on democracy and human rights in a recent piece for The New York Review of Books.  He wrote, “As important as democratic procedures might be, opponents … Continue reading

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From Machan’s Archives: Yes, PBS (and NPR) Must Go!

Yes!  PBS (and NPR) Must Go!     We finally have the right idea about public broadcasting inthe air.  The New York Times reports that there is now a seriouscall in Washington for the total abolition or privatization of this wholly … Continue reading

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Column on Anti-Intellectualism among Animal Rights Advocates

Anti-Intellectualism among Animal Rights Advocates? Tibor R. Machan It is only a small sample but it comes from a significant corner of the academic community, a law school where I was invited to give a talk on the debate about … Continue reading

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Column on Why Obama Doesn’t Seem to Reate–Emotionally

Why Obama Doesn’t Seem to Relate–emotionally Tibor R. Machan       Most of the time when I hear about how President Obama lacks the emotional disposition that most Americans would like to see him demonstrate, I am disinclined to … Continue reading

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Column on the Amorality of Macroeconomics

The Amorality of Macroeconomics Tibor R. Machan In a surprisingly sensible essay in The New York Times, on Sunday October 17, 2010, David Segal gives a pretty good explanation of why macroeconomics is so unsuccessful.  It’s human nature, stupid.  People … Continue reading

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Column on The Adversarial System

In Defense of the Adversarial System Tibor R. Machan Every once in a while I get sucked into defending the way the legal system aims to secure justice in the criminal law. In particular, why do the accused or suspected … Continue reading

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