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Comparative Disadvantage

By Gus Tyler

In German, the word Volkswagen means “people’s wagon.” For many years, it was exactly that. It was a car aimed at serving popular needs, produced by a company that worked very closely with German autoworkers’ unions. However, despite its historic concern for consumers and workers, Volkswagen this month announced plans to cut some 20,000Read More


Held in Contempt

By Leonard Fein

Excuse me: You support our troops, don’t you?Of course you do. We all do, whether or not we go the bumper sticker route. Those of us who want them home before nightfall support them not less than those of us who want them to have better body armor; those of us who supported the war support them as do those of us who opposedRead More


A Lesson In Protesting Insulting Cartoons

By Edward Koch and Rafael Medoff

As mobs throughout the Muslim world assaulted European targets in response to the publication of caricatures of Muhammad, an Iranian government newspaper offered its own bizarre response to the controversy by announcing a contest for cartoons mocking the Holocaust.In their fevered imagination, the Iranians believe they will expose a doubleRead More


Bush’s Budget Works Against Americans

By Simon Greer and Bruce Raynor

After five straight budgets that have made the lives of working people more difficult, few among us expected this year to be any different. Earlier this month, President Bush met our diminished expectations when he unveiled his 2007 fiscal year budget.As in previous years, the president’s budget cuts funding forRead More


In Search of a Liberating ‘Jewish Mystique’

By David Klinghoffer

Since Betty Friedan’s death I’ve found myself wishing that the cause I care about most had a voice like hers to speak for us.That cause is traditional Judaism — which, among many others things to recommend it, offers a wiser and ultimately more humane vision of womanhood than does feminism. Indeed, women under 45 or so have mostly seenRead More


Knowing What We Don’t Know

By Leonard Fein

Here’s a puzzle, a small piece of a much larger set of nagging issues that bubbles just beneath the surface of our ordinary lives: On December 23, 2005, Lawrence Kaplan, a senior editor of The New Republic, asserted in The Wall Street Journal that “Israeli officials were lukewarm about the war [in Iraq] from the outset, being farRead More


The Cost of Not Raising Gas Prices

By Donald Losman

Although Americans have been grousing about the price of gasoline, the truth is that pump prices are still not high enough. As high as prices might seem today, they do not reflect the true costs of oil.The free market normally does an excellent job of allocating society’s scarce resources because prices usually incorporate all relevant costs andRead More


Know Thine Enemy

By Yossi Alpher

Because Israel and Palestine are more than neighbors — because they are almost Siamese twins, difficult and dangerous to separate — it seems inevitable that, despite the barriers of ideology and antisemitism, despite Hamas’s refusal to recognize Israel and Israel’s refusal to talk to bigots who don’t recognize it, eventually the two willRead More


To Starve Or Feed the Beast

By Leonard Fein

Surely Nashat Aqtash has one of the more improbable jobs in the world: He is public relations adviser to Hamas; his job is to portray the new majority party of the Palestinians as kinder and gentler than its charter and its history have convinced most of the world it is.Before last week’s elections, Aqtash was reportedly paid $40,000 for hisRead More


Movement Cannot Feed Society on Resistance Alone

By Eran Lerman

Painful ironies mark the new political landscape of the Middle East, following the shattering defeat of the Fatah movement in last week’s Palestinian Legislative Council elections. One symbolic moment tells the story.As many of their countrymen watched in shock — one Palestinian scholar, who met a group of visiting French Parliamentarians onRead More


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