Author: Ron Lipsman

Profile: Ron Lipsman, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Former Senior Associate Dean College of Computer, Math & Physical Sciences University of Maryland


April 9, 2012

King Kennedy

Filed under: Courts, The Law & The Judiciary - 09 Apr 2012

The well-respected columnist Charles Krauthammer recently referred to Justice Anthony Kennedy as “essentially the reigning monarch of the United States.” This reference to Justice Kennedy’s presumed exalted stature derives from his long-held position as the unique swing man on the …

February 10, 2012

Nation Building: From Success to Failure

Filed under: Foreign Countries & Policy,History,Iraq - 10 Feb 2012

The United States has been involved in serious nation building over the last decade in two Middle Eastern nations – Iraq and Afghanistan. These ventures recall two other major efforts of this type dating back to the middle of last …

January 11, 2012

Income Equality – No; Consumption Equality – Yes

There is a remarkable article in the January 3rd Wall Street Journal by Andy Kessler, a hedge fund manager turned author. In it, he proposes a novel idea – namely, while acknowledging substantial income inequality in the US, he asserts …

December 7, 2011

Afloat in the Ether on my Smartphone

In order to bolster his argument that Western Civilization is dying, Mark Steyn in After America: Get Ready for Armageddon, makes the following comparison between 60-year intervals. He posits that a time traveler from 1890 who alighted from his machine …

October 13, 2011

Getting America Back on the Tracks

In a recent article in this journal, I argued that the United States has increasingly abandoned the basic principles upon which our nation was founded. I pointed out three strains around which those principles were organized: political, moral and idealistic. …

September 16, 2011

The American Train has Jumped the Tracks

Unlike virtually all other countries, the United States of America was founded upon a set of ideas. Its people did not coalesce around a religion, race, ethnic heritage, language or geographical area in order to form itself into a coherent, …

August 16, 2011

An American Playwright Sees the Light

Filed under: Politics In General - 16 Aug 2011

In the fall of last year, I published two articles in this journal that were testaments to the genius of Friedrich Hayek (see On the Genius of Friedrich Hayek, I and II). I argued there that progressive education …

June 11, 2011

Handicapping the GOP Presidential Field

Filed under: Elections & Voting,The Republicans - 11 Jun 2011

I count 20. That is the number of people that I have seen identified in a serious way by some major media outlet, political organization, pundit or other legitimate “handicapper.” In this article I will argue that only four of …

March 12, 2011

Obama’s Top Ten

The use of a “top ten list” has become a popular method for expressing disapproval of the actions or beliefs of a famous individual. In this article I present such a list comprised of the top ten ways that Barack …

January 19, 2011

A Warning to America from a British Lover of Freedom

Filed under: Featured Conservative,History - 19 Jan 2011

Imagine that your grandfather was one of the greatest tycoons of his day. Through a combination of ingenuity, courage, competitiveness and devotion to principle, he created a new product, which revolutionized an entire industry. Then he proceeded to lead that …

December 27, 2010

Both Sides are Right about the Tax Deal; and What that Portends

Since the passage of the “bipartisan” tax deal to extend the Bush tax cuts, the Republican Party has engaged in an argument with itself over the wisdom of what was enacted. Those on the more conservative side of the ledger …

November 23, 2010

On the Genius of Friedrich Hayek, II

Filed under: Politics In General - 23 Nov 2010

This article is a successor to a previous one in this journal (see here) In that piece I provided a representative sample of the brilliant ideas to be found in Friedrich Hayek’s 1944 book, The Road to Serfdom.

October 13, 2010

On the Genius of Friedrich Hayek

Filed under: Economics,Education & Schools,History - 13 Oct 2010

The United States was founded upon certain fundamental ideas and principles – political, cultural, social and economic. As the American people’s faith in and adherence to those principles have eroded over the decades, those of us who cling to them …

September 21, 2010

Inviting RINOs to a (Tea) Party

All the polls predict substantial gains for the Republican Party in this fall’s midterm elections. Some pundits are even claiming that the GOP will capture one or both houses of Congress. Many conservatives are licking their chops at the prospect, …

August 22, 2010

Defeating Obama and the Progressives: Is there Cause for Optimism?

The election of Barack Obama and a hard left Congress has not been a boon to the cause of individual liberty in the United States. Obama has worked hard to advance his goal of transforming America into a government-controlled, social …

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