Archive for January, 2011

How to set up a free country (2011-1-29)

An open letter to citizen revolutionaries everywhere:
So, you’ve toppled your dictator and you’re celebrating your nation’s liberation from tyranny.
Congratulations!
Now what?
If you’re an aspiring tyrant yourself, you already know what you’re going to do. But if you’re like hundreds of millions of people around the world, you want to live in freedom. You don’t want to [...]

Steve Forbes at the Reagan Library (2011-1-29)

It was exhilarating to be at the Reagan Library, where a piece of the Berlin Wall marks the grave of the Soviet empire, at the very moment that citizens in Egypt and Jordan were defying tanks and curfews to demand an end to dictatorship.
“It CAN be done,” reads the small leather sign that sat on [...]

The Gypsy Rose Lee diet (2011-1-14)

America Wants To Know has a fondness for old burlesque comedy sketches, so when a friend was in a bookstore recently and saw Karen Abbott’s new book, American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare; The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee, he bought it and brought it straight over.
There are no comedy sketches in the [...]

Trigger Finger (2011-1-9)

Congratulations to the video game industry and the estate of Adolf Hitler. Both escaped blame this weekend for the savage and tragic shooting incident in Tucson on Saturday.
Twenty-two-year-old accused assassin Jared Lee Loughner was in custody at the time, so he wasn’t available to correct all the news reports that casually blamed the violence on [...]

Game over: NPR, racism and the Constitution (2011-1-6)

What is racism?
Dictionary.com defines it as “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.”
In October, National Public Radio’s senior vice president for news, Ellen Weiss, fired journalist Juan Williams [...]