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Sheldon Richman is vice president of The Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of FFF's monthly journal, Future of Freedom . For 15 years he was editor of The Freeman , published by the Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington, New York. He is the author of FFF's award-winning book Separating School & State: How to Liberate America's Families; Your Money or Your Life: Why We Must Abolish the Income Tax; and Tethered Citizens: Time to Repeal the Welfare State. Calling for the abolition, not the reform, of public schooling. Separating School & State has become a landmark book in both libertarian and educational circles. In his column in the Financial Times, Michael Prowse wrote: "I recommend a subversive tract, Separating School & State by Sheldon Richman of the Cato Institute, a Washington think tank... . I also think that Mr. Richman is right to fear that state education undermines personal responsibility..." Sheldon's articles on population, federal disaster assistance, international trade, education, the environment, American history, foreign policy, privacy, computers, and the Middle East have appeared in the Washington Post , Wall Street Journal , American Scholar , Chicago Tribune , USA Today , Washington Times , Insight , Cato Policy Report , Journal of Economic Development , The Freeman , The World & I , Reason , Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Middle East Policy, Liberty magazine, and other publications. He is a contributor to the Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics . A former newspaper reporter and former senior editor at the Cato Institute, Mr. Richman is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia.
No "Compensation" to Israel for Iran Deal
Today we have a new paradigm for chutzpah: the Israeli government's demand for "compensation" from the American taxpayers for the Iran nuclear agreement. Why does Israel deserve compensation (in addition to its $3 billion in U.S. aid every year)? If anything, Israel should compensate American taxpayers!
Friday, June 12, 2015
Abolish Special Ops Forces
We are expected to trust the government that those operations of Special Ops Forces kill bad guys only. But why should we, when it has done so much to earn our distrust? It has long downplayed the civilian deaths inflicted by drones, bombers, and ground operations.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015(1 comments)
America Must Reject Netanyahu's War Cry On Iran
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington this week to prepare the American people for war against Iran. He has no confidence in President Obama, and his objective is nothing less than to wreck the current negotiations and push America into a regime-changing war against Iran. Netanyahu's narrative is a fabric of lies and omissions.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015(4 comments)
Understanding The Paris Violence
Muslims and Arabs have legitimate grievances against the U.S. government and its allies -- even if some of their responses are illegitimate. These crimes must not be excused. But the way to end Muslim violence in the West is for the West to end its violence against Muslims.
Friday, January 9, 2015
The Ominous Republican Hold On Congress
The national-security state is rotten to the core, having inflicted incalculable death and misery on many foreign populations. Much hard work has to be done to free the world of this monster. In the near term, fortunately, some good things can be done at the margin -- if the new Republican majority doesn't get in the way.
Thursday, September 25, 2014(1 comments)
Will American Ground Troops Be Sent To Fight ISIS?
Obama keeps saying that this is not just an American fight and that ground troops will not be necessary. Yet he also insists that ISIS threatens Americans in the United States. That naturally raises this question: what if the local ground troops that Obama counts on -- the Iraqi and Kurdish armies and the alleged moderate Syrian rebels -- aren't up to the job?
Sunday, June 29, 2014(2 comments)
TGIF: Smedley Butler And The Racket That Is War
Butler described who bears the costs of war -- the men who die or return home with wrecked lives, and the taxpayers -- and who profits -- the companies that sell goods and services to the military. (The term military-industrial complex would not gain prominence until 1961, when Dwight Eisenhower used it in his presidential farewell address.
Thursday, June 26, 2014(1 comments)
U.S.-Egyptian "Historic Partnership" Reeks With Hypocrisy
The coup -- which the Obama administration was reluctant to identify as such -- served U.S. government interests. Its alliance with Egypt's military dictatorship shows the hypocrisy of Barack Obama's paeans to freedom and self-government. Americans should be embarrassed. This is the regime that Kerry and Obama wish to work with in pursuit of their "historic partnership." Do they think the world is blind and deaf?
Wednesday, May 14, 2014(2 comments)
The Neoconservative Obsession With Iran
As a result of the U.S. government's obsession with undermining Iran's regime, attempts by the Shi'ite government to cooperate with the U.S. government were repeatedly rebuffed, even when rapprochement would have been in an administration's interest, for example, in the battle against a common enemy, al-Qaeda.
Thursday, December 26, 2013(7 comments)
Congress Must Not Cede Its War Power to Israel
Americans should refuse to let Congress give Israel the power to drag the United States into war. American and Israeli intelligence agencies say Iran has no nuclear-weapons program. Israel, remember, is itself a nuclear power. But even if Iran were a threat to Israel, that would not warrant letting any foreign government dictate when we go to war.
Saturday, August 10, 2013(3 comments)
The U.S. Empire Provokes Terrorism
Unrelenting U.S. drone attacks on Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia, in which noncombatants are killed, don't win friends. They recruit enemies bent on revenge. It follows therefore that the best way to dramatically reduce, if not eliminate, the threat of terrorism is to dramatically change U.S. foreign policy -- from imperial intervention to strict nonintervention.
Thursday, June 27, 2013(4 comments)
Big Brother, not Snowden and Greenwald, Is the Story
Snowden and Greenwald have not "aided the enemy" -- unless the American people are the government's enemy. What they have done is embarrass the Obama administration by exposing criminal activity. For the media's defenders of power against truth, that's inexcusable.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013(2 comments)
A Modest Gun-Safety Proposal
All gun owners should be required to keep their guns under lock and key at the local police station. Whenever they, or members of their families, want to use a gun -- say, in self-defense against an armed home invader -- they would have to sign a declaration of intent. Guns would be issued only to those who declared they have no criminal designs.
Friday, May 3, 2013
TGIF: Criminal Government
The task force takes physicians and psychologists to task for their participation, in violation of age-old ethical standards, in the abuse of detainees, both by devising techniques that constituted torture and for failing to report abuses. It's about time a floodlight was shined on this shameful conduct by medical and so-called mental-health professionals.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013(9 comments)
What If The Tsarnaevs' Motive Was Revenge for U.S. Foreign Policy?
If revenge for U.S. foreign policy was the motive, what will happen next? Will such evidence prompt a national reconsideration of America's decades-old imperial foreign policy? If we wish to prevent such wanton crimes in the future, we'd better understand what motivates the criminals who commit them.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Drone Trust The Government
Thomas Jefferson and others of his generation understood that government was simply not something to be trusted. Rather, it was a permanent object of suspicion, because it was uniquely positioned to steal our freedoms. This of course is precisely the opposite of the attitude that government officials -- Democrat and Republican -- wish us Americans to hold.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The message that came out of the Hagel hearing is unfortunate: Deviation from the narrow range of opinion authorized by the ruling elite is forbidden. If you want respect from that elite, you'd better toe the line. (Whether one should want respect from the ruling elite is another question entirely.)
Tuesday, December 18, 2012(1 comments)
Libertarian Support for Union Rights
It's not widely known, but an earlier generation of libertarians condemned so-called right-to-work laws as anti-market. Milton Friedman and others of the Chicago school were on-board. In this context, the recent right-wing push to de-legitimize union is seen as a recent extremist expression, motivated not by ideology but by greed.
Monday, December 10, 2012(5 comments)
Washington's Budget Con Game
Well, all good things must come to an end, and we've reached the point where government borrowing has finally gotten a bad name. People demand that it stop. They say they don't like the debt or the deficit. So politicians must now sing a different, "responsible" tune. They're now against all that -- or say they are. Beware: they can't be trusted.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012(4 comments)
Petraeus Fell For The Wrong Reason
David Petraeus has fallen -- but not as he should have. Before being disgraced by an extramarital affair, the retired four-star general and ex-CIA director should have been shamed out of public life for his horrendous military record in Iraq and Afghanistan.