Robert W Tracinski

Robert Tracinski was a senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute from 2000 to 2004. The Institute promotes the philosophy of Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. Mr. Tracinski is editor and publisher of The Intellectual Activist and TIADaily, which offer daily news and analysis from a pro-reason, pro-individualist perspective. To receive a free 30-day trial of the TIA Daily and a FREE pdf issue of the Intellectual Activist please go to TIADaily.com and enter your email address.

Time to Fight the Real War

Four and a half years after September 11--which was supposed to awaken us to the threat of devastating attacks by state-sponsored terrorists--America is finally beginning to confront the world's largest and most dangerous state sponsor of terrorism: the Islamic...
The Child Manipulators

The Child Manipulators

On Friday (June 29, 2001), ABC news correspondent John Stossel aired a hard-hitting report challenging the environmentalist movement and suggesting that "tampering with nature" makes human life better -- that such "unnatural" phenomena as clean water, heated homes and...

The National Academy of Dubious Science

The National Academy of Dubious Science

Imagine that you have invited a contractor to inspect your home and check for needed repairs. He tells you that, in theory, there might be a disastrous problem with the foundation. He can't actually prove that there is a problem, he says, and there are a lot of...

The Scientist Trap

The Scientist Trap

Ten days ago, we saw the headlines: "Panel Tells Bush Global Warming is Getting Worse." According to dozens of press accounts, a panel of distinguished climatologists from the National Academy of Sciences had provided new confirmation that "global warming is real, and...

Nations United Against Rights

On Friday, Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with congressional leaders to assuage their anger at America's ejection from the UN's Human Rights Commission. The meeting seems to have been a success; it looks as if Republicans in Congress will give up their attempt to...

Bush Energy Plan Caves In

President Bush's newly released national energy plan offers us more of what already threatens this country. No, I am not talking about the president's plans to allow oil drilling in Alaska, or to build more gas pipelines, or to license more nuclear power plants. All...

California’s Green Profiteers

Last week, a quarter of a million Californians had their power cut in a new wave of rolling blackouts. As one official admitted, "This is the situation everyone feared. Here it is May 7, and we already have rolling outages." This is only a warm-up for the summer, when...

The Amazing Disappearing, Reappearing Artic Ice Cap

The Amazing Disappearing, Reappearing Artic Ice Cap

"Danger lies not in what we don't know, but in what we think we know that just ain't so." So reads the e-mail signature of Greg Holloway, a scientist with the Institute of Ocean Sciences in British Columbia. The quote, from Mark Twain, is appropriate. On April 24,...

Green Thumbs Vs. “Green” Politics

Green Thumbs Vs. “Green” Politics

Every year, at about this time, I make my personal protest against environmentalism by going out and enjoying nature. How, you might ask, can enjoying nature be considered an act of defiance against environmentalism? Consider how -- and why -- I enjoy it. I do not...

America’s Problem with Prejudice

America faces the threat of a widespread, corrosive prejudice. I am not talking about racial prejudice -- though racial politics has something to do with it. The prejudice I am talking about is aimed at something much broader, much more important than any racial...

John McCain, Traitor

It is time to put the John McCain myth to rest. For years, the national media and a gullible grass-roots following have glorified McCain as a man of integrity who deals in "straight talk." They have promoted his image as a hero who fought bravely for his country in...

Hollywood’s War on Moralism

Is it possible to take a moral inventory of our culture -- to see, in a single event, what, if anything, the most influential parts of our culture hold as the good? There is an important forum in which we take such an inventory every year at this time -- and broadcast...

The Willy Sutton Theory of Government

Willy Sutton, in case you are wondering, is the 1930s outlaw who achieved immortality when a reporter asked him why he robbed banks and Sutton replied, simply, "Because that's where the money is." It is an amusing reply because it so utterly misses the point, which...

Our Inverted Budget Priorities

Five years ago, then-President Clinton stated before Congress the essence of his contradictory agenda: "The era of big government is over," he intoned, to great applause. Then he continued, "But we cannot go back to the era when people were left to fend for...

In Defense of the Wealthiest One Percent

On Thursday, President Bush sent his tax-cut plan to Congress, and it was met with an immediate chorus of class-warfare yelping from the Democrats. House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt led the pack, complaining that Bush's tax cuts will go to "just the top 1 percent"...

The Conservative Welfare State

The Conservative Welfare State

In 1960, the novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand pronounced conservatism dead. The conservatives' refusal to challenge the fundamental ideas behind the welfare state, she argued, would doom them to a policy of appeasement and timidity. Sometimes it may seem as if her...

The Politics of Evasion

There was a moment in the past weeks' confirmation hearings that reveals the root of what's wrong with our government. It was not in the most contentious or well-publicized hearing -- and indeed, it was a case where Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans and the new...

Clinton’s 29,000 Commandments

With just a week left before the new president takes office, our government is engaged in a frenzy of lawmaking.No, Congress has not convened to consider legislation, and no, your elected representatives will not decide whether these new federal rules go into effect....

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