S.M. Oliva

S. M. Oliva is president of Citizens for Voluntary Trade and a senior fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Capitalism.

The DOJ’s Case Against Mountain Health Care Demands Challenge

It's been nearly three months since public comments were filed in the Justice Department's antitrust settlement with Mountain Health Care. Nicholas Provenzo submitted comments on the Center for the Advancement of Capitalism's behalf, while I presented a 49-page filing...
Antitrust, Politics and the Media

Antitrust, Politics and the Media

On June 2, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on a new set of rules for media ownership. These rules dictate how many television stations can own, as well as cross-ownership of newspapers and television stations in the same market. The FCC's changes...

Capitalism Triumphs at Augusta

Mike Weir became the first Canadian, and first left-hander, to win the Masters. Weir triumphed in a one-hole playoff with American journeyman Len Mattiace after both players finished the tournament 7-under-par. Although the playoff was somewhat anticlimactic--a...

Property Rights by Popular Vote

While the Buckeye case may not serve as a turning point in the battle to restore property rights, it is nonetheless an ominous indicator of just how far we have to go.

The Sin of ‘Sin Taxes’

Like most states, Georgia is facing a severe budget crisis. Estimates place Georgia's deficit for the next fiscal year at between $800 million and $1 billion. To help remedy the situation, Governor Sonny Perdue is trying the oldest political trick in the book--he...

Untrustworthy Trust Accounts

Most Americans have never heard the acronym "IOLTA," but if you've ever been involved in a real estate closing or had an attorney hold your funds in escrow, than you've probably been affected by IOLTA. What does that mean? It means the government is taking money from...

Abortion and the Left: All the Rights But One

Abortion and the Left: All the Rights But One

Last month marked the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion case which overturned a Texas ban on the procedure. To commemorate that anniversary, the well-known abortion rights group NARAL hosted a public event that...

Justice is Blind to Property Rights

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear the case of Three O Realty v. Empire State Development Corporation, an appeal of a New York state court's decision to allow that state to seize a number of privately owned buildings (via eminent domain) for the...

The FCC and the Science of Tyranny

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell seems to long for his days as an antitrust lawyer in the Clinton Justice Department. According to news reports this week, Powell directed FCC economists to devise "an objective scientific formula" for the...

The John Adams Family

President's Day is the politically correct (and union-approved) way to celebrate the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, America's two defining presidents in the pre-20th century era. But while both men deserve much of the accolades they receive, they...

The Libertarian Anti-Manifesto

Susan Lee, a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, has an essay in Wednesday's edition of that paper arguing in favor of "libertarianism." Superficially, she makes a strong argument for the libertarian manifesto: [L]ibertarians are concerned with...

Money, Wealth, and the Corruption of Government

It was hardly the end of an era, but the opening of the 108th Congress on January 07, 2003, brought the curtain down on the short tenure of Minnesota Senator Dean Barkley, a longtime ally of now-former Governor Jesse Ventura who obtained his Senate post two months ago...

The Crusading Lawyers

Lawyers are supposed to act as advocates, defending the individual rights of their clients before the law. In any controversy, be it civil or criminal, the case must revolve around the parties, not their counsel. Yet that is no longer a guiding principle for many...

No Preschooler Left Behind

No Preschooler Left Behind

Thomas Watkins, Michigan's superintendent of public schools, is on a mission to expand his authority beyond the traditional K-12 boundaries. If given his way, every child in the state--practically from birth--would become the exclusive property of state authorities....

Discriminating Against Achievement

This weekend, the Duke and University of Connecticut's women's basketball teams will square-off in a nationally televised #1-vs.-#2 contest. Coincidentally, this matchup comes the same week that a Bush administration advisory panel completes its recommendations for...

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