After the 9/11 Attacks, American politicians invented the "they hate us because we're free" explanation of why the US was a target for international terrorism. The slogan has been especially effective among very ignorant sectors of the population who seemed to be under the impression that the United States had been engaged in non-interventionist foreign policy prior to the 9/11 attacks. "Why, we were just minding our own business," came the shocked and exasperated claims of the know-nothings. "T... (more)
Washington DC – It was recently revealed in declassified documents that US and NATO war games nearly sparked a nuclear war with the Soviet Union in 1988.
At the height of the cold war, the US military took part in a massive exercise in Europe called Able Archer that the Soviet Union interpreted as a possible warning sign of an attack. Luckily, the Soviet military decided to hold off on engaging with the western forces that were amassed in an unprecedented display just beyond their... (more)
In 2015, a new world record will likely be set: humans will record fleeting moments of their lives at least one trillion times over the course of the year. That's how many photos we'll snap, up from 810 billion in 2014, according to InfoTrends' Worldwide Image Capture Forecast. About three-quarters of them will be taken with smartphones, which didn't even exist a couple of deca... (more)
"Sometimes standing against evil is more important than defeating it," wrote novelist N.D. Wilson. "The greatest heroes stand because it is right to do so, not because they believe they will walk away with their lives. Such selfless courage is a victory in itself."
In the last six of his 49 years of life, brought to an untimely end by tuberculosis, the classical liberal Frenchman Frédéric Bastiat produced an astonishing volume of books and essays in defense of free markets an... (more)
When Murray Rothbard was a young student, he wrote under the pen name Aubrey Herbert. I thought he made it up. Not so. There really was a man named Auberon Edward William Molyneux Herbert. He was a member of the British Parliament. He lived from 1838 to 1906. He was a disciple of Herbert Spencer who kept Spencer's youthful idealism long after his mentor lost it. He was the author of "The Right and Wrong of Compulsion by the State."
For 150 years the American Lincoln cult denied what it called a "rumor" that, after a string of devastating battlefield defeats, Abraham Lincoln in 1862 offered command of the U.S. Army to an Italian mercenary named Giuseppe Garibaldi. The "rumor" was proven to be true, however, when an Italian historian named Arrigo Petacco discovered in an Italian archive a faded letter from Garibaldi to King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, telling the king of the offer (See Rory Carroll, "Garibaldi Asked by Lin... (more)
Ever wonder where all the insane new perpetually outraged social justice warriors sprung from?
Evidently, their ideas took hold in Britain in the 80's and created what they called the "loony left," a group of people which embody the political ideals of today's so-called "social justice warriors."
Death from yellow fever complications claimed journalist William Leggett at the tender age of 38, days before he would have assumed his first political office. President Martin Van Buren had just named Leggett US ambassador to Guatemala. In the early 19th century, as temptations were rising to divert Americans’ constitutional framework toward bigger government, Leggett (to borrow a phrase from 20th-century journalist William F. Buckley)... (more)
A disturbing report published Wednesday by Human Rights Watch details how the Colombian military callously murdered thousands of innocent civilians and dressed their lifeless bodies in leftist rebels' uniforms, just to artificially inflate the body count for a period of at least six years. The commander of the armed forces and other senior army brass knew about it the whole time.
Somewhat euphemistically termed "extrajudicial killings," the practice has been recogniz... (more)
Yesterday the Washington Post carried a fascinating article about a small town in Cuba named Hershey. The history of the town provides valuable lessons about America's heritage of economic liberty as well the socialist economic system established by Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
As the culture wars intensify in America, let’s consider some of the roots of these contentious conflicts.
With the “Age of Enlightenment” of the 17th and 18th centuries, a “modern” narrative was invented to explain the history of the West, the wider world, and humankind’s place in the universe. This narrative claimed that liberty, democracy, republicanism and religious tolerance could only be achieved through an “Enlightenment project” of secularism taking control of both the pub... (more)
A Florida appeals panel recently upheld an order to deport General Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova. A former defense minister of El Salvador, Casanova is accused of gross human rights violations, including the 1980 murder of three nuns and a missionary. He was granted entry into the United States. in 1989. Now, a unit of the U.S. Immigration and Custom... (more)