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Economic justice & fairness

By Ralph R. Reiland
“What constitutes fairness and justice has been debated for centuries,” wrote Walter Williams, economics professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., in a column last month. “Widespread agreement has proved to be elusive at best.” First, contended Williams, to ...

‘No man, no problem’

By Ralph R. Reiland
“Death solves all problems — no man, no problem,” stated Joseph Stalin, dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, who consolidated his reign of terror by executing political rivals and shipping opponents to forced labor camps. One of Russian ...

The hazards of blind obedience

By Ralph R. Reiland
“It is only those who hope to transform human beings who end up by burning them, like the waste product of a failed experiment,” wrote Christopher Hitchens, years before ISIS released a video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive. ...

Fixing a subpar economy

By Ralph R. Reiland
A basic economic principle, illustrated by the demand curve in Econ 101, says price increases generally will cause declines in demand, a drop in unit sales. Conversely, price decreases generally will cause increases in unit sales. That’s why stores have ...

Obama’s words & reality

By Ralph R. Reiland
The economic message from President Obama was upbeat in his State of the Union address: “At this moment, with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, booming energy production — we have risen from recession freer to write our own ...

Good intentions & bad results

By Ralph R. Reiland
A “nation of economic illiterates” is “easily misled by leaders who tell us of their good intentions — their passion to solve our problems.” In their book “Common Sense Economics,” the above statement is a candid warning by James Gwartney, ...

Good & bad economics

By Ralph R. Reiland
“A book so powerful in its clarity and simplicity that we can declare, without question, that it has shaped our world,” wrote Nobel Laureate F.A. Hayek regarding the intellectual and policy impact of “Economics in One Lesson,” a best-selling and ...

A closer look at Obama’s applause lines

By Ralph R. Reiland
Here is the official text of President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech, beginning with the speechwriters’ initial applause lines: “Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since ...

Of fatwas & snowmen

By Ralph R. Reiland
You hear some funny and unsolicited commentary when you write a weekly column. The best last week was from Dominic, a retiree I cross paths with from time to time at a breakfast place. “Did you see Putin wants to ...

Violence & civil rights

By Ralph R. Reiland
“Law-enforcement sources said protesters displayed photos of slain cops Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu while chanting slogans comparing the NYPD to the KKK,” the New York Post reported. Such chants reveal an ignorance of even the most basic facts ...

Flawed surges

By Ralph R. Reiland
On Jan. 10, 2007, President Bush in a nationally televised address announced major changes in the direction and tactics of America’s failing policy in Iraq. “This will require increasing American force levels, so I’ve committed more than 20,000 additional troops ...

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