The American Enterprise

Published by the American Enterprise Institute, The American Enterprise covers business and economics from a free market perspective. The American Enterprise also focuses on foreign policy, media, social policy, and culture.

Articles from Vol. 13, No. 7, October-November

Afghan Promise. (Scan)
Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan's foreign minister, is one of his troubled homeland's brightest lights. A medical doctor by training, he joined Ahmad Shah Massoud's mujahedin fighters against both the Soviets and the Taliban. As the Taliban pushed...
Andres Duany: He's a Cuban Emigre, a Popular Author and Lecturer, a Fearless Popper of Radical Pretensions, and the Flamboyant Leader of an Influential Movement to Return American Community and Home Design to Its Pre-World War II Golden Age. ("Live" with TAE)
Yale-educated architect Andres Duany presides over Miami's DPZ design firm with his wife, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, dean of the University of Miami architecture school. Over the last decade, they have built a school of Traditional Neighborhood Design...
Better Health at Lower Cost? It Won't Equate Unless We Educate. (Pfizer Forum)
The twenty-first century has arrived, carrying with it the benefit of ongoing medical innovation and the promise of additional scientific breakthroughs. Today, Americans have the possibility of better health and more effective healthcare than ever...
Busted. (in Real Life: First-Person American)
DANVILLE, CALIFORNIA--The odd squawking sound wasn't coming from my radio. It was a motorcycle cop trying to get my attention. I spotted him in the rearview mirror and felt 15 again. My cheeks flushed hot and red. My checkered driving past had finally...
Calamity in Klamath: Meet Some American Patriots Who Are Being Sacrificed for Suckers
Paul Christy flew fighter planes in World War II, enlisting within hours of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He earned a Silver Star and a Purple Heart, and is extremely proud to have served his country. But today, when he talks about how he and his...
Carry a Smaller Stick. (Politics)
Ivo Daadler et al., Assessing the Department of Homeland Security, July 2002, The Brookings Institution (brookings.org) Big government made a resounding return to Washington this summer as the White House unveiled a mammoth proposal to create...
Chinese-Americans Learn the Victim Game. (Scan)
The Committee of 100, an organization composed of prominent Chinese-Americans like cellist Yo-Yo Ma and architect I. M. Pei, has recently been busy apologizing for the communist regime in China. In July, the Committee wagged its finger at the U.S.-China...
Corporate Blame Game
The Funny Money Game By Andrew Tobias, 1970 As vice president of a rapidly growing $100 million corporation at age 22, Andy was on his way. National Student Marketing, a company that employed "no creative people over 25," was vaulting into the...
Defending Dignity. (Transcript: Words Worth Repeating)
Condensed from an interview with Leon Kass, head of President Bush's Advisory Council on Bioethics, and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. The interview was conducted by Nigel Cameron and published in Christianity Today, May 23, 2002....
Freedom Fighter. (Working Lunch: Wisdom ... Is Social. She Seeks Her Fellows-Thomas Jefferson)
Radek Sikorski, a snappily dressed Polish citizen who speaks English better than most Americans, heads the New Atlantic Initiative, a project that encourages free trade between the U.S. and the European Union, military cooperation, and strengthening...
Generation Two. (in Real Life: First-Person America)
WHITEHALL, MONTANA--Steve Wagner a soft-spoken landscaper who runs a little commonwealth located 1,915 miles from Washington, D.C. What he calls the Education Station is a community center here in the Rocky Mountains for homeschooling families and...
Gun Bans Don't Cut Crime. (Scan)
Guns are used defensively about 2 million times each year in the U.S., according to national surveys. Physically weaker victims (women and the elderly) and those most likely to be victims of crime (particularly the poor and blacks) benefit the most...
Latin America on the Brink
Recent news from the nations to America's south is worrisome. Some major economies seem to be on the brink of collapse. Strongmen and left-wing radicals have taken the reins (or threaten to) in countries that have been important U.S. allies. Terrorism,...
No Thanks: To Affirmative Action
Back in 1974, when I was part of the Democratic staff of the House Judiciary Committee, I learned that Senator Alan Cranston, a liberal Californian, was about to lose the only Mexican American on his staff, a young lawyer with whom I was friendly....
Nothing New under the Web. (Beat the Press: The Hand That Rules the Press ... Rules the Country-Judged Learned Hand)
Opinions are like Dershowitzes (my term for a portion of the human posterior not printable in magazines of this caliber ... you get the point): Everyone has one. Just because a person has something to say doesn't mean it's worth hearing. But...
On High: The Quirky Preacher Who First Conquered America's Mightiest Peak
When gold was discovered in the United States territory of Alaska in the 1870s, the prospectors found that the north and south of the territory were divided by an unbroken range of sharp mountain peaks. On clear days, a colossal dome could be seen...
Orwell Misses America: The Author of 1984 and Animal Farm Was One of the Twentieth Century's Keenest Social Observers. but When It Came to Apprehending the USA, His Vision Was Foggy
George Orwell was an admirer of the American essayist Thomas Paine, and a student of his truth-telling style. But when it came to Paine's adopted country, Orwell exhibited a curious blind spot. He never visited the U.S., and showed little curiosity...
Programs That Bug. (Economics and Business)
Charles Mann, "Why Software is so Bad," in Technology Review, August 2002, (technologyreview.com) Computer software--programs that process words, crunch numbers, and let teenage boys massacre space aliens--frequently crashes, often fails to work...
Racing Spirits
Seabiscuit: An American Legend By Laura Hillenbrand Ballantine Books, 399 pages, $15 In the last issue of TAE (LIVE), university president John Silber cites his favorite definition of an intellectual: "a person who has a commanding knowledge...
Rocky Mountain Sheriff: Bob Cote Changes Lives, One Bum at a Time
Bob Cote is a one-man alternative to the welfare state. Take one part Florence Nightingale, add three parts John Wayne, and one part cowboy poet, and you've got a 6-foot-3 former Golden Gloves boxer who crashed into an alcoholic gutter in 1983,...
Sidelights
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America now requires its local affiliates to enlist homosexuals as volunteers and mentors. Parents with children enrolled in school-based BBBSA programs will not be informed if their child is matched with a homosexual....
Sinking CEOs. (Opinion Pulse)
People don't have high opinions of the ethical standards of CEOs. Fifty-four percent believe most CEOs are not honest. Tempering this negativity is the widespread belief that the CEOs and financial officers at people's own companies are honest....
Stem Cell Breakthrough. (Science and Environment)
Catherine M. Verfaillie, et al."Pluripotency of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Derived from Adult Marrow," in Nature, July 2002 (nature.org) Stem cells are "generic" cells that divide to replenish specific cells lost due to injury or routine wear and...
Stick with Stocks. (Scan)
The U.S. stock market has wobbled through this summer with some heart-stopping swings, scaring many investors in other directions. They are making a mistake. Under any sensible analysis of return and risk, a diversified portfolio of shares in good...
Sugarcoating Poison. (Scan)
Millions of decent Americans are forced today to wage a continual battle to preserve the innocence of their children--particularly in sexual matters--against a rising tide of corrupting influences in the media, public schools, and the culture at...
Thank You, Lawyers. (Scan)
Three of the largest insurance companies that provide medical malpractice insurance in Florida have recently gone bankrupt or stopped writing policies. Those remaining are escalating rates to cover costs. Why? Because of runaway lawsuits that make...
The Bellamy Boys Pledge Allegiance. (Flashback: To Know Nothing of What Happened before You Were Born Is to Remain Ever a Child-Cicero)
If one man's heaven is another man's hell, what do we call Edward Bellamy's novel Looking Backward? Back in 1887, Bellamy imagined an America of the year 2000 in which all residents have been drafted into an "Industrial Army." Individual liberty...
The Conservative Calm. (Politico)
George W. Bush campaigned as a Reagan conservative and has now signed the liberal campaign finance legislation that assaults our First Amendment, enacted a budget-busting farm subsidy bill, created 20,000 new federal employees by federalizing airport...
The Purpose of Freedom. (Scan)
Excerpted from remarks by President George W. Bush at the Ohio State University commencement: Some needs government cannot fulfill, like the need for kindness, and for understanding, and for love. A person in crisis often needs more than a program...
The Real Bobby Knight
On September 9, 2000, just as the students were returning to campus, Bob Knight, the legendary coach of Indiana University's basketball team for 29 hectic years, was fired by IU President Myles Brand. Knight was summarily convicted of a "pattern...
They're One of a Kind, and All around You. (Bird's Eye)
"The end of national freedom is individual freedom." That was Irish patriot Patrick Pearse's reminder that the whole purpose of creating and defending a nation is to allow everyday people to live as they choose. I would go even further: Not only...
Two Cheers for Divided Government. (Opinion Pulse)
Divided control of government in Washington has been the rule for most of the past 50 years, and Americans appear to like it that way. When the pollsters ask about divided government in general terms, people are split. But when pollsters raise the...
Voter Poem. (Now Playing)
As I write, U.S. Congressional election campaigns are well underway. The cynical, of course, may be inclined to view these as exercises in futility. But if you're so inclined, I suggest you look to an unlikely source for electoral inspiration: Iran,...
What's Right?
Principles and Heresies: Frank S. Meyer and the Shaping of the American Conservative Movement By Kevin Smant ISI Books, 381 pages, $29.95 The life of Frank Meyer (1909-1972) encapsulates most of the great political and intellectual struggles...