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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 1, May

Bad Host: Cutting off Iranian Dissidents
DURING THE Super Bowl, Fox aired a commercial for the Arizona-based Web hosting company GoDaddy.com that showed a large-breasted young woman experiencing a wardrobe malfunction before a titillated Congress. The ad outraged the National Football League,...
Barbie's Taiwanese Homecoming: A Plastic, Fantastic Tale of Globalization
Ku TSUEI-EH, who doesn't speak a lick of English, calls the plastic pop princess by her given Chinese name: Bahbi wa wa. The prim 49-year-old founder of Taiwan's recently opened Taishan Doll Museum gushes girlishly about the "product of her youth"--the...
Broadband Battle: What's in a Name?
IF A CABLE company provides high-speed Internet access, is it offering a "telecommunications service" or an "information service"? The future of broadband could turn on how the Supreme Court answers that question. "Telecommunications services,"...
Demolishing Sports Welfare: Two Court Cases Could Mean the End of Publicly Funded Stadiums
WHEN DALLAS COWBOYS owner Jerry Jones asked Arlington, Texas, voters to pay for a fancy new stadium last November, he did not call the classic plays from the sports welfare handbook. He could not say that America's Team needed a state-of-the-art facility...
Free at Last: New Newspapers Are Springing Up Everywhere, despite the Government's Help
NANCY BARRICK SOUNDED concerned. Her city's two daily newspapers--the family-owned, market-leading Seattle Times and the Hearst Corporation's lagging Seattle Post-Intelligencer--had announced in early February that they were both doubling newsstand...
Good Sports-And Bad
AS A LONGTIME, slightly obsessive, and wide-ranging sports fan--as a kid, I maintained basement shrines to an international all-star team that included the likes of baseball Hall of Famer Eddie Murray, NFL placekicker Garo Yepremian, French cyclist...
Private Meets Public
As mayor of Indianapolis in the 1990s, Stephen Goldsmith pioneered the privatization and decentralization of city services. Now a Harvard professor of government, he and William Eggers, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, have written Governing...
Pyro Power: No More Rockets' Red Glare?
THE ART OF amateur pyrotechnics may be in danger, thanks to some recent meddling by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Back in November the CPSC hit Firefox, an Idaho-based pyro supply company, with a civil complaint. If upheld by the U.S....
Straight Shooting on Gun Control: A Reason Debate
WHEN IT COMES to rancorous debates in which the two sides routinely talk past each other, gun control ranks up there with abortion and the death penalty. Last year Abigail A. Kohn, an anthropologist trained at the University of California at San Francisco,...
Straight-Talkin' Prudes: The Silver Linings in the Senate Republicans' Censorious Agenda
IF REPUBLICANS EVER wonder why libertarians are suspicious of them, they need look no further than the U.S. Senate. For all their yammering about being the party of limited government, individual responsibility, and traditional American liberty, the...
Subsidies and Lies: How Baseball Came Back to D.C
FEW CORPORATE WELFARE tales are filled with as many tawdry lies as the return of professional baseball to the nation's capital. On April 14, the Washington Nationals, who have spent the previous 36 seasons as the Montreal Expos, will play the first...
The Burden of Law
Not long ago, I visited an inner-city Catholic high school. I was impressed with what I saw. The halls were quiet, the students respected their teachers, and the principal was the ultimate authority on issues regarding students and teachers. I had...
The President's Philosopher: The Holes in Natan Sharansky's Democratic Manifesto
DURING THE 2000 presidential debates, then-candidate George W. Bush famously declared that his favorite political philosopher was Jesus Christ. Now there's a runner-up: Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet dissident and political prisoner, now an Israeli...