Alan Caruba is the founder of The National Anxiety Center (www.anxietycenter.com), a clearinghouse for information about "scare campaigns" whose purpose is to influence public opinion and policy.  He blogs daily at http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com.

My Articles

December 17, 2009, 5:08 AM EST
Founded in 1990, The National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about “scare campaigns” designed to influence public opinion and policy, has periodically issued a list of the top anxieties Americans will experience in the coming year. “The list,” says founder Alan Caruba, “is subjective; based on an analysis of the past year’s headlines and anticipated events. It incorporates on-going, often long-term concerns that Americans have expressed.”
December 14, 2009, 8:16 AM EST
December 7, 2009, 8:02 AM EST
"Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century's developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree, and, on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections combined into implausible chains of inference, proceeded to contemplate a roll-back of the industrial age."  -- MIT Professor Richard Lindzen, PhD, Atmospheric Science 
November 30, 2009, 7:44 AM EST
When President Obama delivers a speech on why he is going to send more thousands of U.S. troops and spend more billions on the eight-year-old conflict in Afghanistan, it would be a good idea to better understand why so much of what is reported from the Middle East suffers a great disconnect from the truth.  
November 23, 2009, 8:29 AM EST
I never cease to marvel at the environmental alarmists who create one “crisis” after another using wretchedly bad “science” to support their scams. On Tuesday, November 24, the Global Footprint Network is going to “release new data on the Ecological Footprint of 100 nations and humanity as a whole, and the current ledgers are sobering.”  
November 16, 2009, 5:09 AM EST
Shortly before the end of the 2008 political campaign, the White House announced a threat to the entire financial system and called on Congress to enact emergency spending powers. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 was enacted on October 3, 2008.  
November 9, 2009, 8:13 AM EST
I have long harbored strong doubts regarding how much Americans know about the sources of energy they take for granted. We flip a switch and the lights go on. We pull up to the gas pump and drive away. We use machines that are totally dependent on having enough electricity to power entire cities as well as rural communities.  
November 2, 2009, 8:19 AM EST
In the movie, “Groundhog Day,” the main character wakes up day after day, trapped in the same events, desperately looking for a way out of that living nightmare. It’s a very good metaphor for the Middle East.   Here are some quotes from a book whose title I will reveal in a moment:   “The only truly transcendent law in the Middle East is that of unintended consequences.”   “Nation-building and the redressing of historic wrongs were in the air…”  
October 26, 2009, 5:46 AM EDT
I am always amazed at the variety of choice that exists in my local supermarket. There are other supermarkets in the area, but the one I frequent most has lower prices on most items and offers numerous competing brands. We Americans may not think much about choice when it comes to what we buy because we have so many choices. It is the mark of a free marketplace where competition determines winners and losers. It says a lot about a society that puts a high premium on freedom.
October 20, 2009, 9:18 AM EDT
In economics, “rent seeking” describes the process by which corporations, unions, trade groups, and individuals try to gain unfair advantages through politics and lobbying rather than through competitive trade in the free marketplace.   Going “Green” has proven to be one of the favorite ways by which corporations position themselves to benefit.  
October 12, 2009, 4:31 AM EDT
As “global warming,” the greatest hoax of the modern era, bites the dust around the world, it behooves us all to contemplate why environmentalists—Greens—would attempt to hoodwink the world’s population into believing they can do anything to “control” the planet’s climate.   One singular fact stands out in all Green propaganda and permeates all the legislation and other programs they sponsor. It is a contempt and disdain for the Earth’s human population.  
September 28, 2009, 4:24 AM EDT
It is not a new observation, but it is one that needs review and repeating every so often. Why do liberals always seem to get on the wrong side of any issue concerning America’s future, including its sovereignty, financial security, and defense?  
September 21, 2009, 8:21 AM EDT
Iran has been at war with the United States for thirty years.   When one’s life spans time from the beginning of World War Two, the decades of the Cold War, and the emergence of rogue regimes in Libya, North Korea, Venezuela, Iraq and Iran, you develop an instinct for spotting the enemies of freedom. Russia and China never leave the radar screen.   Following World War Two, America entered into a long period called the Cold War and the stakes could not have been higher.  It would last from 1945 until 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union.
September 14, 2009, 9:56 AM EDT
There have been many mass marches on Washington, D.C., so the locals know how to make plans to anticipate the congestion and the police are polite and skillful in the science of crowd control. They can afford to be polite because the crowds, no matter how large, are too.  
September 8, 2009, 7:32 AM EDT
In November 2008, I wrote of Afghanistan, “Having lived through the long years of the war in Vietnam, I can tell you that Afghanistan looks and smells like Vietnam. It is the classic wrong war in the wrong place.”   I still think the U.S. should leave. I don’t like having to pack up and abandon Afghanistan to its fate, but Afghanistan’s fate has been fought over for centuries and, in the modern era, it has defied any invasion or intrusion into its affairs.  
August 31, 2009, 9:11 AM EDT
Here’s a question that has been nagging me for months. Are Obama’s ever-growing number of “czars” constitutional? I am not a constitutional scholar, but I have read the document.
August 24, 2009, 8:43 AM EDT
Though most Americans are unaware of it, the rest of the world is taking an active interest in the sometimes heated debate we are having regarding the alleged healthcare “reform” that is, in fact, yet another effort to push the nation further into the same socialist tentacles that have been embraced elsewhere.  
August 17, 2009, 8:22 AM EDT
Referring to a 1990 report in The Economist, the editors recently said, “To revisit the Arab world two decades later is to find that in many ways history continues to pass the Arabs by. Freedom? The Arabs are ruled now, as they were then, by a cartel of authoritarian regimes practiced in the arts of oppression.”  
August 10, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT
In 1898, an article by the great French novelist, Emile Zola was published in L’Aurore. It was addressed to the President of France. Zola accused the military of having wrongly convicted Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish artillery officer, of treason, incarcerating him for years on Devil’s Island. The title of the article was “J’Accuse!”  Zola’s courage has been an inspiration for writers ever since.   It is in this spirit that I issue my own version of “I Accuse.”  
August 3, 2009, 8:38 AM EDT
The term, ‘”the perfect storm,” has come to mean how circumstances and bad judgments come together to create havoc and death.   I have begun to conclude that America is caught in a perfect storm. It didn’t occur overnight, but it has rapidly reached a point wherein the very life of the nation is at stake.