Sick Argument: Global Warming and the Spread of Tropical Diseases

Over the past year the media have reported that one possible effect of global warming will be the expansion of tropical, communicable diseases borne by rodents or parasites into the United States. Fortunately, even if a warmer climate is in the offing, there is no reason for alarm, since the prime factor controlling communicable diseases is not global temperature, but relative wealth and the ecological and medical interventions people use to control diseases and their hosts.

NCPA Briefing to Address Global Myths

The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) and the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) will sponsor a Senate Briefing on Global Warming to address the global warming myths that are serving as the backbone of an internationally binding environmental treaty due to be signed this December in Kyoto, Japan.

Kyoto Madness

In December, world leaders will gather in Kyoto, Japan, to consider an international treaty to control emissions of greenhouse gases. Its supporters say the treaty is a necessary step in preventing catastrophic changes in the earth's climate. Its opponents – including leading scientists and economists – say it is likely to do more environmental harm than good.

The Anti-Doctor, Anti-Elderly Conspiracy

The recent balanced budget agreement included a revision to the Medicare program that would make the average person wonder which is worse: trusting federal bureaucrats to run a health care system, or the way the federal government goes about passing the laws that guide those bureaucrats?

Let’s Hear It for the Doolittle Plan

Republican Congressman John Doolittle of California and 54 of his House colleagues (52 Republicans and two Democrats) have the ideal answer to reforming campaign finance, but their approach is so straightforward that hardly anyone seems to be paying attention.

Murder by the State

At least 170 million people – and perhaps as many as 360 million – have been murdered by their own governments in this century. This is more than four times the 42 million deaths from civil and international wars.