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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.
SHARE Friday, March 6, 2020 TGIF: Democracy Can't Fix Socialism
The difference between socialism and interventionism is not moral but economic and institutional. Whether politicians and bureaucrats direct our behavior directly though government ownership or indirectly through regulation of nominally private arrangements makes little difference morally. Either way, our rights and freedom are violated.
SHARE Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Anti-BDS Laws Violate Our Freedom
Americans' free-speech and other rights are being violated by state laws aimed at stifling the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) Movement against Israel's illegal rule of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, both conquered over half a century ago.
SHARE Thursday, December 12, 2019 No US-Israel Defense Pact!
The American people should resoundingly let the politicians know that the proposed collective defense arrangement with Israel should be scrapped. No blood for Israel!
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 20, 2018 Art of the Smear: the Israel Lobby Busted
The paid pro-Israel operatives, guided by Israeli government officials and embassy staff, have used social media and other channels in an attempt to destroy the career potential of student activists who work to raise Americans' consciousness about the Palestinians.
SHARE Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Trump and Putin: How About Getting Rid of Your Nukes?
The United States and Russia remained at odds, continuing military exercises along the borders of NATO, undermining the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), upgrading their nuclear arsenals, and eschewing arms control negotiations.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 10, 2018 The Trump-Kushner Delusion on Palestine
Americans who rely on the establishment news media for information would not know that the Palestine-Israel story has been carefully crafted to make the Israelis look good and the Palestinians bad. Virtually every commentary assumes it is the Palestinians who must prove they are worthy of peace, security, and self-governance. The burden of proof is entirely theirs. The Israeli have nothing to prove.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 5, 2018 How an Anti-Semitic American Law Helped to Create the State of Israel and a Whole Lot of Trouble
Without Wilson's war, no Versailles Treaty; without the Versailles Treaty, no Hitler; without Hitler, no Holocaust; without the Holocaust, no State of Israel; without the State of Israel, well, you get the idea. I'm not saying everything today would be sweetness and light in the Middle East. The Great Powers would have still wanted to control the oil, but the major source of strife and war would not have materialized.
SHARE Saturday, March 3, 2018 The Grammar of Russiagate
In the public prints and official pronouncements, it's not enough to say Russians tried to muck around in the American election. It's almost always the Russians. This is a subtle way to convey the idea that Vladimir Putin and his intel agencies were responsible. There's a big difference between Russians and the Russians, even if the grammar seems inconsequential.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 24, 2018 TGIF: The Tragicomedy of Russiagate
We have a moral inequivalence on our hands. It's okay if we do it to "them" (whomever), but it's not okay if "they" do it to us. Moreover, we can do it to ourselves, but if anyone else tries it, there'll be hell to pay.
SHARE Sunday, February 11, 2018 TGIF: Raining on the Parade
Some people have proposed that Trump's parade be postponed until all the wars the U.S. government is waging are finished and the troops are back home. That would indeed be an indefinite postponement, and I wouldn't want to see a parade even then. But if that's the price for ending those imperial wars, I'll take it.
SHARE Monday, January 22, 2018 Trump Versus the World
Trump has a history of trafficking in racially tinged matters, from the Central Park Five to Obama birtherism. It's a little ridiculous for him to declare he is the least racist person around. Isn't it amazing that he's the most or the least of everything, always to his advantage? That's one of the hallmarks of an insecure narcissistic blowhard bullshitter.
SHARE Monday, November 20, 2017 Assertions, Facts and CNN
Dissenting views should not be lightly dismissed merely by declaring that a government agency or a "consensus" has decided the case. The news media ill-serve the public when they take government or so-called experts assertions on faith without having those assertions tested in public.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 23, 2015 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!
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 4, 2015 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 14, 2015 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.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 25, 2014 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?