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Who Are the Freemen?

Trapped in their Montana farm, trying to fend off the feds, the worst crime the “Freemen” are accused of is attempting “to compete with the Federal Reserve,” according to the New York Times. Imagine. These people thought that private

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Crime and Moonshine

The jurors who tried the 14-year-old black boy who shot and killed three widows last year, one of them my own dear neighbor, found him guilty and gave him several life terms. By law, he got the maximum. He is

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Who Are the Taxers?

Never say Republicans can’t learn. After losing the presidency in 1992 on the tax issue, they now use euphemisms for their tax hikes and hide the increases with new and improved fiscal gimmickry. In this Congress, the word “reform” has

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The Truly Dangerous Snakes

Someone must have put a snake on a fence, because it’s raining for the first time in weeks. Jerry the Barber knows what causes weather changes, and if you are fortunate enough to count yourself among his clientele, he’ll explain

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The Mexican Bailout

The Mexican bailout was a bipartisan scheme, meaning that its details were kept shrouded in secrecy. The White House and the congressional leadership conspired with the banking industry, and Alan Greenspan even telephoned Rush Limbaugh and ordered him to support

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Withdraw from NAFTA

NAFTA will fail a thousand times before its advocates beg forgiveness. Not that an apology should be accepted, but justice requires, at least, that they admit their complicity in the century’s biggest intergovernmental financial seam.

NAFTA led (thanks to the

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The Contract

The contract with America did not exist before September 1994. This was a time of surprising national fragmentation. Only two months were left before the midterm elections, and all over the country, Republican candidates had built campaigns around radical anti-Washington

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A Political Obituary

When Jack Kemp ducked out of the presidential run, who really regretted it? Mostly, leaders on the left. He was their foil to the other Republicans. When Kemp yelped at voters for being insufficiently loving of the urban poor—nobody, not

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Universal Suffrage

Universal suffrage has long been the left-wing ideal, because of its egalitarian symbolism and redistributionist result. Those “nonpartisan” groups bugging people to “vote for the candidate of your choice” aren’t doing liberty and property any favors. The wider the franchise

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Proposition 187

Welfare benefits for illegal aliens must be eliminated, said Californians, and with Proposition 187 they did just this. Voters thus reaffirmed a basic principle of common-sense public policy: foreign lawbreakers should not be entitled to live off the earnings of

Political Trust-Busting
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Political Trust-Busting

In the “nihilistic politics of the 1990’s,” warns a newswriter for the Wall Street Journal, “party loyalty counts for almost nothing.” The writer means obeisance to the two major parties, which the civics books imply are ordained by God

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Consequence of Budget Cuts

Yetta M. Adams, an eccentric and meddlesome bag lady, died on a bench outside the concrete walls of the Department of Housing and Urban Development last winter. If this had been the 80’s, her death would have been cited as

Uprooting Liberty
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Uprooting Liberty

You may have thought this country’s problems stemmed from runaway central government, but Clint Bolick is here to tell you that the real threat is down the street. “Local government in its various forms is today probably more destructive of

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A Racket

Jack Kemp, an unemployed bureaucrat who’s never run so much as a lemonade stand, recently started an expensive newsletter to tell other people how to run their businesses. “Let’s Make America Prosper Again . . . Starting With YOU!” he

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Jack Kemp’s Mistaken Identity

President Bush suffered fierce attacks from conservative quarters as the 1992 election year came to a close, and many on the right even celebrated his loss. Fine enough, but after the election the message on the conference circuit and on

A Clearing in the Wilderness
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A Clearing in the Wilderness

“After all, money, as they say, is miraculous.”
—Thomas Carlyle

The economics profession, like many other branches of the social sciences, long ago had to decide whether to adopt positivist methods, as if its objects of study were organisms of

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After the Riots

After the riots, fires, and looting in Los Angeles, both Jack Kemp, secretary for Housing and Urban Development, and Jesse Jackson blamed the federal government—not for failing to send in the military, but for not providing enough social and economic

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Playing Market

Jack Kemp arrived in February 1989 at the dark halls of the Department or Housing and Urban Development (HUD). During the Energy Crisis, the lights had been dimmed to save electricity, but as secretary, Kemp ordered them turned up. With

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EZ Living

Enterprise zones have been a pillar of the Republican antipoverty agenda for at least twelve years. But today enterprise zones (EZs) represent little more than government welfare by another name. As such, they symbolize a general Republican ideological decline from

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A Healthy Suspicion

Americans have always had a healthy suspicion of government snooping. When George Washington’s administration undertook the first census in 1790, under the supervision of Thomas Jefferson, it only counted heads. Yet the public resisted on a massive scale.

At that

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Economic Man

Economists, with justice, are accused of holding a narrow, one-dimensional, and somewhat pedestrian world view. Noneconomic factors can determine how well a society is organized, say the critics. An efficient price system won’t solve all of society’s problems; there are

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Holding the Fort

John Cardinal O’Connor, the distinguished and controversial head of the archdiocese of New York, has played an important role in affecting American politics, both inside and outside the Catholic Church. He is the pope’s point man in the battle for