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July 4, 2000 | GARY M. GALLES, Gary M. Galles is a professor of economics at Pepperdine University. E-mail:
America is celebrating its first Independence Day of a new century. Amid the car sales, barbecues and fireworks displays, it is easy to forget the rationale for the independence we declared from England 224 years ago: freedom. Consider some of the insights into freedom that are a part of our heritage: "Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end."
May 8, 2000 | ERIC FONER, Eric Foner, a professor of history at Columbia University, is the author of "The Story of American Freedom" (W.W. Norton, 1999)
Recently, I searched for the word "freedom" on the Web. The results confirmed what I had long suspected: Once the rallying cry of the dispossessed, "freedom" has come to mean free market economics, the right to bear arms and a general hostility to government. Most Internet sites associated with freedom belong to anti-government libertarians, groups promoting the sanctity of private property and the ideology of free trade, and armed patriot and militia organizations.
June 24, 1997 | RUPERT MURDOCH, Rupert Murdoch is chairman and chief executive officer of News Corp
Today, Congress is taking up, once more, the thorny issues of extending normal trade status (despite the misnomer, "most-favored-nation") to China. A growing chorus of voices in Congress and in the conservative movement say, "No, it is time to draw the line." Many of those voices are friends whose views I respect and admire. I have come to a different conclusion.
June 1, 1997
Nina J. Easton's article on Clint Bolick and the Institute for Justice ("A New Civil Rights Story," April 20) was a much-needed counterweight to Leftist/liberal critiques of the economic plight of minorities. Bolick correctly cites the lack of economic liberty as the primary reason for the struggle many minorities wage to better their lot. Insightfully, he observes that the melange of paternalistic bureaucracies installed to protect us from ourselves works collusively with established business and trade groups to prevent the entry into the market of fledgling entrepreneurs such as JoAnne Cornwell and Ali Rasheed, who thus "bootstrap" themselves out of poverty and privation.
For all the headaches of daily business life in this chaotic land, Roman Nicolaev didn't feel especially put upon--until a mysterious bomb set his shop on fire. On that day last April, Nicolaev came to see the true challenge of being a Russian entrepreneur: "You can't call it business, what's going on in the Soviet Union," said the store manager, 39, whose neatly trimmed goatee and shaded wire-frame glasses give him a vaguely bohemian look. "We're just moving toward a civilized level."
September 13, 1989
The Times reports that the Bush Administration is easing its curbs on China (Part I, Sept. 4). Why? Not because the Chinese government has eased its curbs on the people of China. On the contrary, the arrests, prosecutions and death sentences have escalated since the massacre. Amnesty International has confirmed this. Yet we had been told that if stiffer sanctions were deemed necessary they would be imposed, depending on the actions of the Chinese government. How can our government hypocritically demand free democratic elections in Nicaragua and Cuba?
May 30, 1989 | ROBERT KOEHLER
Ted Turner's vaunted claims for putting television's power and resources to work for the environmental movement appear to be more than lip service. If tonight's segment of "The Better World Society"--titled "Profits From Poisons" (TBS, 10:20 p.m.)--is any indication, a new and expanded audience is about to learn some cold, uncompromised facts about the global environmental crisis. The facts in "Profits From Poison" are not new; such books as "Circle of Poison" and the Worldwatch Institute's annual "State of the World" reports long ago documented the pattern of toxic pesticide poisoning in the Third World.
June 29, 1988 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev on Tuesday promised the country's major ethnic groups greater political, economic and cultural autonomy in response to growing demands that they be allowed to make more of their own decisions without asking Moscow's permission.
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