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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

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David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review March 9, 2006 / 9 Adar, 5766

Notes from Harry Browne

By Jeff Jacoby

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It came as a jolt to learn that Harry Browne   —   scholar, gentleman, apostle of freedom, and two-time Libertarian Party candidate for president   —   had died on March 1 of Lou Gehrig's disease. It came as an even greater jolt to discover that his last published words were apparently a criticism of . . . me.


The final post on "Harry Browne's Journal," his online blog at HarryBrowne.org, was dated Dec. 19, 2005, and titled, wearily, "To this we've come." It was about a column of mine arguing that Supreme Court nominees should be compelled to give substantive answers to questions asked during their Senate confirmation hearings. Those hearings, I had written, should be used to remind the justices that they are not lords and masters but "public servants who must answer, however indirectly, to the people."


Harry didn't quote that line. Instead he quoted my description of the Supreme Court's immense reach: "From the power of presidents to hold terror suspects indefinitely to the power of Congress to override state law, from the execution of murderers to the recognition of same-sex marriage, from affirmative action to abortion, [John] Roberts and his fellow justices will shape national policy for years to come."


Then came Harry's scolding: "Not one of the items mentioned is listed in the Constitution as a function of the federal government. . . . Roberts' job is awesome, no question about it. The only problem is that the politicians and pundits have a different job description than that given in the Constitution."


I wish he had sent me an e-mail with that criticism. I would have reassured him that on this issue, we didn't differ in the least   —   I was describing the judiciary as it has become, not as the Founders intended it to be. Indeed, in a column a few months earlier I had made that very point. ("Federal courts today exercise powers the Framers never gave them. They overturn laws passed by legislators, constitutionalize rights not enumerated in the Constitution, even determine the outcome of a presidential election.") But there was no e-mail, and by the time I saw Harry's objection, it was too late to reply.


Notes from Harry weren't uncommon, and they were unfailingly polite, even when he was distressed by a stand I had taken. He knew I was a fan of his, if not quite as dogmatically anti-government, or as willing to treat unfettered individual autonomy as the highest of all values, or as opposed to the idea that the needs of society sometimes impinge legitimately on personal liberty.


Twice I had voted for him for president   —   a distinction, I once told him, he shared with Ronald Reagan. The first time was in 1996, when I wouldn't vote to re-elect Bill Clinton and couldn't bring myself to support either of his two leading opponents, the feckless Bob Dole or the egotistical Ross Perot. Instead, I pulled the lever for the distinguished-looking Libertarian and bestselling author who wanted to repeal the Internal Revenue Code and abolish most federal agencies, and who spoke with such refreshing bluntness about the maddening inability of the state to get things right. Of Dole's proposal that year to use the military for drug interdiction, Harry had said, "Government can't keep drugs out of the country; it can't even keep drugs out of its own prisons." Social Security he defined as "a fraudulent scheme in which the government collects money from you for your retirement   —   and immediately spends the money on something else."


Four years later, not liking Al Gore and unwilling to back the younger George Bush when his father had been such a disappointment, I voted Libertarian again. Harry predicted that a victory by either Bush or Gore would mean an increase in the size, expense, and intrusiveness of government, and sure enough, the new Bush administration was soon spending tax dollars and enlarging federal authority at a rate unseen since the 1960s.


But then came 9/11 and the military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. Like many hard-and-fast libertarians, Harry was an antiwar isolationist, convinced that America would have few problems in the world if it just stayed home and minded its own business. Al Qaeda's terror attacks, he insisted, were caused by US foreign policy, not Islamist extremism; he compared Republicans who supported Bush to Germans who supported Hitler.


I disagreed vehemently, the way I generally disagree with libertarians on foreign policy, and Harry's notes to me became more impassioned. "God only knows what the results of Bush's idealism will be," he wrote last year, "but it won't be a democratic Middle East, an end to terrorism, or peace in the world." When I said it was "perverse" not to acknowledge the good that had been accomplished by Saddam's ouster   —   "the mass graves are being exhumed, not added to; the prison rape rooms are shut down; Saddam and his thugs are going on trial"   —   he replied by writing an article that questioned whether the atrocities of Saddam's regime had ever actually taken place. It saddened me that a man so attuned to the loss of liberty at home could be so cavalier about the horrors of dictatorship elsewhere.


Looking back at Harry Browne's public record, though, what stands out are not the infelicities but the intensity of his American dream. Let Americans live freely, he insisted time and again, and the results would be harmony, tolerance, responsibility, and success. "That is the America we *should* have," he wrote. "The beacon of liberty, providing light and hope and inspiration for the entire world."

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