The New American

A biweekly news magazine of Constitutional politics in the United States. Articles include expert analysis of current events, editorial commentary, free-market economics, history, and culture. Published by the John Birch Society.

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 7, April 4

Another Portent of Draft Revival
"America's all-volunteer military simply cannot deploy and sustain enough troops to succeed in places like Iraq while still deterring threats elsewhere in the world," write Captain Philip Carter, U.S. Army (Ret.), and Paul Grastris in "The Case for...
Attorney General Thanks la Raza Militants
Alberto R. Gonzales, President Bush's newly confirmed replacement for John Ashcroft as U.S. attorney general, was partying with some comrades on March 8. "I ... have this organization to thank for support of my nomination for attorney general," Gonzales...
Behind the Environmental Lobby: It May Seem Stranger Than Fiction, but It's a Documentable Fact: The Eco-Socialist Movement Is Financed by the Super-Rich as Part of a Comprehensive Agenda for Global Control
Homer Hickam was a 14-year-old living in a tiny West Virginia mining village called Coalwood when he learned that the Soviet Union had placed the Sputnik satellite into orbit. Like tens of millions of Americans, Hickam was at once inspired by the opening...
Behind the Green Curtain
Just prior to the establishment of the federal income tax in 1913, a powerful network of tax-exempt foundations was established. While sold to the public as a way to "soak the rich," this arrangement actually uses the tax system to soak the middle...
Carnival Cahoots
During Carnival in New Orleans, a celebration that lasts from January 6 until "Fat Tuesday" (also called Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday, two teenagers went on an armed robbery spree until they were stopped by one intended victim. On the...
China's Textile Tsunami & the WTO
America's economy is coming apart at the seams. Our "twin deficits"--budget and trade--are unraveling the fabric of the economic miracle that was the American free enterprise system. They are also destroying critical defense industries that are essential...
Court-Ordered Euthanasia: Euthanasia Advocates Claim It Is Not a Crime to Kill as Long as the Victims Cannot Speak for Themselves
Michael Schiavo married his wife, Terri, "until death do us part." Unfortunately, Michael wants to hurry that moment along. Normally, there would be outrage, not to mention criminal charges, against a husband who wanted to kill his wife. But because...
Curing the Continental Army's IIIs: Declaration of Independence Signer, Noted Physician, Teacher, and Political Writer Benjamin Rush Led the Reform of Many Medical Problems in the Continental Army
Wartime hospitals are rarely the epitome of cleanliness and organization. The popular TV show M.A.S.H. fairly accurately depicted a Korean War field hospital where a group of doctors never got enough sleep, never had enough supplies, and never had...
Energy's Future: The World Need Never Run out of Energy. in Fact, Technology and Private Enterprise Are Poised to Bring Us an Abundance of Energy-If Government Will Just Get out of the Way
It's hard to escape the conclusion that America faces a new, and perhaps serious, energy crisis. Home heating costs have risen dramatically, the price of gasoline at the pump is rising rapidly, and the price of crude oil is on the increase. The rising...
Lebanon's "Liberator"?
Walid Jumblatt is head of Lebanon's Progressive Socialist Party (PSP), a post he inherited from his father Kamal, who was awarded the Soviet Union's Lenin Peace Prize in 1972. Despite the fact that his father was assassinated in 1977 on orders from...
Should U.S. Recruit Non-Citizens?
As the Roman Empire went into terminal decline, and fewer Roman citizens enlisted to fight the endless imperial wars, Roman rulers turned increasingly to the services of foreign mercenaries--ultimately, with disastrous results. Max Boot, a senior fellow...
Students Help Teacher; Community Helps Students
By late last year, the senior class at Montana's Lima High School had accumulated $5,000 in the class trip fund. They had been working and saving since eighth grade to travel to the beautiful coastal community of Seaside, Oregon. Since most of them...
Supreme Arrogance: In One of Its Rulings, the Supreme Court Has Once Again Stepped beyond Its Legal Bounds, Ending Capital Punishment for People under 18 Years Old. Adding Insult to Injury, the Court Explicitly Cited Foreign Sources in the Main Text of Its Decision
Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia is known for using some acerbic terms in his opinions, but his dissent in the 5-4 decision Roper v. Simmons, which purported to declare that the death penalty for anyone under 18 years of age is "unconstitutional,"...
The Fed & Alan Greenspan
ITEM: Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, say Charles Zwick and Peter Lewis in the Miami Herald for February 28, is "conflicted." The writers, the director and assistant director of the Bureau of the Budget in the Johnson administration, continue:...