Indivdiual Rights

Four Counter Points to MSNBC’s “Lean Forward”

In an advertisement entitled “Lean Forward,” MSNBC co-host Melissa Harris-Perry takes Hillary Clinton’s “It Takes a Village” to a new level. Ball criticizes Americans for not holding a “collective notion [that] these are our children.” She goes on to explain that “[w]e have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to […]

Daring Our Children to be Different

We have spent our whole lives shaping our beliefs and making decisions to guide ourselves to what we hope is a good life. Our children are infused with our beliefs and guided by the types of decisions we’ve made and the reasons why we made them. And, why not? We’ve spent our lives assessing the […]

What are the Best Ways for a Woman to Defend Herself?

First, a note about my experience on the subject: I have studied the martial arts for more than three decades. I have taught for more than a quarter of a century. I have done my homework: hundreds of hours of research on attackers, victims, and the physiological impact of a sudden threat and/or attack. I […]

Another Hazard to Government Regulation of “Unhealthy” or “Fattening” Foods

Mayor Bloomberg of NYC made a splash with his recent attempt to curb the consumption of large sodas, which was thwarted by the courts. Nanny State proponents, such as Bloomberg, argue that it is the government’s right–and even duty–to force us, either through laws or taxation, to eat healthier in order to cut down on […]

The Injustice of Vilifying Rape Victims

The recent trial and conviction of two Ohio teens for the rape of an unconscious female brings to light a number of questions, including: Why would somebody vilify a rape victim? Don’t people view the crime of rape as a violation of a person’s rights? And, quite frankly, where in the hell is the justice? […]

Why I’m Boycotting Steven Seagal

I’ve been a martial artist for more than three decades. Singing the praises of the benefits of the martial arts is second-nature to me: self-respect, self-confidence, self-defense. Just to name a few. And, I’ve enjoyed watching talented martial artists in movies over the years, even if the acting wasn’t always the best. The athleticism of […]

The “Nature” of Gun Control

The Constitution of the United States secures every law-abiding citizen’s right to keep and bear arms without infringement. Yet today, 224 years after the Constitution was fully implemented as the supreme law of the land, there have been a number of laws passed and bills proposed to curtail law-abiding citizens’ right to bear arms. Why […]