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How Government Makes Disasters More Disastrous

OPED by Tom Bowden | Apr 2008

In a speech from New Orleans last week, Republican presidential candidate John McCain lashed out at the Bush administration for its response to Hurricane Katrina. McCain's remarks, which appeared calculated to make disaster relief a key campaign issue, revived harsh memories of the savage storm that


POV: How Not To Fight Against Socialized Medicine

Article by Ayn Rand | 1963

ARI’s Point of View on Health Care and a Free Society Government’s role in U.S. medicine has been growing for more than half a century. What explains this trend and why have opponents found it impossible to stop? In this article, originally delivered as a talk in February 1963,


“End States Who Sponsor Terrorism”

Article by Leonard Peikoff | Oct 2001

The following article appeared as an advertisement in The New York Times on October 02, 2001 . Fifty years of increasing American appeasement in the Mideast have led to fifty years of increasing contempt in the Muslim world for the U.S. The climax was September 11, 2001. Fifty years ago,


No More Green Guilt

Article by Keith Lockitch | May 2009

Every investment prospectus warns that "past performance is no guarantee of future results." But suppose that an investment professional's record contains nothing but losses, of failed prediction after failed prediction. Who would still entrust that investor with his money? Yet, in public policy


The Welfare State Myth – Part 3

Blog Don Watkins | Mar 2014

As I and others have pointed out, all of the risks that welfare state supporters say we need government “social insurance” to protect ourselves against — accident, illness, old age, job loss — can and were addressed privately and voluntarily before the creation of the welfare state: through private savings, insurance, informal help, formal charity and, notably, mutual aid societies.


Capitalism: the Unknown Ideal

Readers of Atlas Shrugged are struck by the moral fire of Ayn Rand’s defense of business and capitalism. She does not regard capitalism as an amoral or immoral means to some “common good” — as do most of its alleged defenders — but as a