Rich Tucker

Posted July 11, 2014

The shoot-out requires entirely different skills than the game that’s preceded it, of course. “The match proper is a team game, but a penalty kick is a lone endeavor,” as The Economist explained recently.

Posted July 05, 2014

Gentlemen,” Herbert Hoover told visiting dignitaries in June of 1930, “you have come six weeks too late.” The Depression, he declared, was over. Sadly, for him and for the country, he wasn’t correct.

Posted July 02, 2014

Dress the part.

Posted June 25, 2014

So far during the Obama years, the serial scandals have fallen into a familiar pattern...

Posted June 19, 2014

?Happy Father’s Day!

Posted June 05, 2014

?A writing teacher used to claim that “if you can say it in 10 words, you can say it in five.” And a new book seems likely to prove his case.

Posted May 22, 2014

A birthday is often a time to celebrate, but just as often a time to reflect. What’s been accomplished so far? What’s left to do?

Posted May 17, 2014

?“Actions speak louder than words,” people used to say. But that’s so 20th century. The modern American ethos seems to value how you feel far more than what you do.

Posted May 10, 2014

Exactly a century ago, the leading lights of Europe seemed to believe that war was impossible. One of the era’s most successful books, “The Great Illusion” by journalist Norman Angell, asserted that trade, not violence, was the way of the future.

Posted May 03, 2014

The practice of channeling things such as job training, medical care and retirement benefits through the federal government is as obsolete as printing comics on newsprint. It’s happening elsewhere already; now we need to apply creative destruction to government.

Posted April 19, 2014

There’s nothing more permanent than the illusion of permanence. BlackBerry was revolutionary a decade ago. Now IT departments warn it may be gone within the year.

Posted April 12, 2014

In politics, the trend is toward smaller, more homogenous government. Czechoslovakia broke into two countries.

Posted April 05, 2014

If you disagree with government-as-ATM, you ought to be able to campaign against the politicians who are making the spending decisions. But you cannot. Last year, two-thirds of all federal spending was automatic. That means lawmakers had no control over it; it just happened.

Posted March 29, 2014

Hey you. Yea, you, running a business. Or opening a franchise. Or preparing to retire after a lifetime of hard work. Mike Konczal has a message for you: Stop congratulating yourself and accept the fact that all your success is only possible because you’ve got a massive, federal welfare state backstopping you every step of the way.

Posted March 15, 2014

Bitcoin’s success shows that there’s nothing sacred about money. A $100 bill can buy groceries for a family, or be used in a drug deal (90 percent of paper money in the U.S. has traces of cocaine on it). It’s only valuable because people believe it is valuable.

Posted February 15, 2014

In the mid-1980s the reconstituted band Starship (formerly Jefferson Starship, formerly Jefferson Airplane) enjoyed a number one hit with “We Built This City (on Rock and Roll).” Turns out they were on to something. About the city, if not the rock and roll.

Posted February 08, 2014

At the end of the classic movie Ferris Bueller’s Day off, after the credits role and the music stops, actor Matthew Broderick shatters the fourth wall and tells the audience, “It’s over. Go home.” Hanna Rosin has essentially the same message for human males. It’s over. For you.

Posted January 10, 2014

Shakespeare wrote that some men are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them. But what did he know? A more modern idea seems to hold that no man is great.

Posted December 20, 2013

There are some trends that one can fight against, and others that one must simply embrace. It is the job of a statesman to determine which is which. And that brings us to the proliferation of Christmas music.

Posted December 14, 2013

It’s that time of year again. Time for another supposed “war on Christmas.” Critics on the right complain that liberals are trying to stamp out religion, while many on the left will go looking to be offended by every little thing.