FROM THE ARCHIVES.

Author:Boyd, Bill
 
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25

YEARS AGO

February 1993

"The conservatives who are entering political exile might find that their time would be well spent trying to produce art instead of constantly whining about the fiendish liberals. The right has too many policy analysts and not enough novelists and screenwriters."

MARTIN MORSE WOOSTER

"Culture Class"

"In the '80s, capitalism won its long political conflict with socialism. Nations in the former Soviet bloc abandoned their commitment to command economies, as the rest of the world rushed to embrace private property, free markets, and limited government. Meanwhile, an unprecedented wave of innovation swept over the capitalist West."

DAVID KELLEY AND JEFF SCOTT

"Gekko Echo"

"Ethnic loyalties are not only compatible with but essential to an international order based on individual liberty and the free flow of goods and ideas between nations. Throughout history, many of the most notable contributions in the spread of culture, technology, and commerce have come from precisely those transnational groups [such as Jews] who have had the most intense sense of particularist identity and connection to their mythic past."

JOEL KOTKIN

"The Difference Principle"

"At the very least, those who argue for U.S. military intervention have the burden of demonstrating some plausible link to national defense. In the case of Somalia, the interventionists have abandoned any pretense of doing this--without a word of protest from a single member of Congress."

JACOB SULLUM

"The Rescuers"

35

YEARS AGO

February 1983

"Social Security is a pyramid club, and like any pyramid club or Ponzi scheme, it must sooner or later come to a halt when it runs out of suckers."

ROBERT W. POOLE JR.

"Shore Up or Ship Out"

"As the Jeffersonians and Jack-sonians said, the free market allows people to achieve the greatest possible degree of equality of opportunity and outcome commensurate with human nature. That was one of the crucial ideas of 'the great system of liberty' held up as an ideal by both Adam Smith and the Founding Fathers."

JACK DOUGLAS

"Minority Myths, Uncomfortable Truths"

"Two of our greatest fears, taxes and old age, seem particularly pressing these days. The time to 'render unto Caesar' is upon us. At the same time, Americans face growing uncertainties about the solvency of the Social Security system, our supposed succor in retirement."

STEVEN K. BECKNER

"Money: IRA Alert"

"The overwhelmingly positive experiences of the Planned Parenthood affiliates...

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