Sheldon Richman

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:40

Brian Williams Helped Pave the Way to War

Of course so-called news people shouldn’t make up stuff to look good, but there’s something much worse: uncritically passing along official lies intended to prepare the American people for war.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

Two Kinds of Income Inequality

Income inequality is back in the news, propelled by an Oxfam International report and President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. The question is whether government needs to do something about this — or whether government needs to undo many things.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 14:39

Stop Those Who Would Stop Uber

What is the world coming to when any company can come to a city and arrogantly do business without asking permission, in essence, of those against whom it would compete? Does the new kid in town think this is America or something?

Friday, 31 October 2014 00:00

Obama Still Does a Good Imitation of Bush

After almost six years in office, President Obama is far more like George W. Bush in national-security matters than he led the American people to believe.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

Abolish the Income Tax and IRS

The IRS seizes bank accounts of people whose only offense is routinely to make deposits of less than $10,000. If you do this enough times, the IRS may suspect you are trying to avoid the requirement that deposits of $10,000 or more be reported by the bank. The IRS keeps the money, but the depositors need not be charged with a crime.

Thursday, 16 October 2014 18:00

The Politicians Are Scaring You Again

They are doing it again. “They” are the war-party politicians, Democrats and Republicans. “It” is scaring you into supporting another war in the Middle East.

With the United States dropping bombs on yet another Muslim country, we might benefit from a close look at President Obama’s anti–Islamic State strategy.

Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:00

Obama Follows Bush’s Iraq Playbook

U.S. politicians are exploiting the gruesome beheadings of two American journalists to whip up war fever against ISIS, the “criminal gang” masquerading as an organization of devout Sunni Muslims that controls large parts of Syria and Iraq.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 11:34

Mission Creep in Iraq

There are several reasons not to intervene militarily in another country’s conflict, even modestly. One is the potential for mission creep.

Saturday, 23 August 2014 16:50

Out of Iraq, Etc.!

The rise of the brutal Islamic State, with its unspeakable violence against innocents, is an appalling but unsurprising outcome of the last 100 years, including seven decades of neocolonialist American intervention.

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