Mr. Chapman is a columnist and editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune.
Sign Up


  • Toward the conquest of world poverty

    Economic growth, not redistribution, has been the surest cure for poverty.

  • Repeal Religious Freedom at Ground Zero?

    If the Constitution doesn’t allow a ban on churches or synagogues at Ground Zero, it doesn’t allow a veto for mosques.

  • The FBI Closes a Window to the Truth

    The FBI and the Justice Department would benefit from showing that given a choice between more truth and less, they prefer more.

  • The Supreme Court Hears the Sounds of Silence

    In the last 44 years, the Miranda warning has become as American as the Iowa State Fair.

  • Nuclear Fantasies and Realities

    President Obama released a new policy on the use of nuclear weapons the other day. From some of the reactions, I expected that on every government building, the Stars and Stripes would be replaced with a white flag of surrender. | Read More »

  • Big Brother On Your Tail

    Suppose I approached you with a request…

  • Why Don’t More Cops Go to the Videotape?

    One afternoon in November 2006, Houston Texans lineman Fred Weary was pulled over by Houston police for a traffic violation. The cops say he was belligerent and uncooperative. Weary’s lawyer says he did as he was told.  What no one | Read More »

  • Terrorists in the ‘Hood

    Here’s the Obama administration’s plan for emptying out Guantanamo, as I understand it: Take each prisoner out of his cell. Give him a personal apology, a big kiss and an AK-47. Then hand him a free airline ticket good for | Read More »

  • The Perils of a Lower Drinking Age

  • McCain Finds His Own Radical Friend

  • A Better Way To Fight Crime

    In June 2006, a minor brawl erupted at Ye Olde Six Bells pub in Horley, England. In the aftermath, police arrested Mark Dixie, a chef at the pub, who surprised them by breaking into tears. He had good reason. As | Read More »

  • Clinton’s Endearing Fictions

  • Chicago’s Misfire on Gun Violence

    When a rash of gun murders takes place, it makes sense for the police to do one of two things: renew tactics that have been effective in the past at curbing homicides, or embrace ideas that have not been tried | Read More »

  • Obama’s Terrorist Connection

    When William F. Buckley Jr. died in February, one of the things widely praised, by liberals and others, was his stalwart insistence on moral hygiene. Even when his conservative movement was small and embattled, he rejected the temptation to join | Read More »

  • The Candidates’ Bad Energy Ideas

    In the realm of energy policy, there are a great many bad ideas and a very few good ones. The usual practice of presidential candidates is to 1) sift through all these proposals, 2) separate the wheat from the chaff, | Read More »

  • The Best Route to Airline Safety

    The government crackdown on airlines over alleged safety lapses fits a familiar storyline: Conscientious regulators saving the public from heartless corporations that put lives at risk to fatten profits. It’s a tale that would be perfect for a movie — | Read More »

  • In Iraq, Patience is Not a Policy

    When he was the Democratic leader in the Senate, George Mitchell ruefully reflected that his job had given him "the best-developed patience muscle in Washington." The war in Iraq has done similar things for the rest of us. But the | Read More »

  • Validating Foreign Policy Folly

    It’s an election year in wartime, and right now we seem to be having a real debate about American foreign policy. All three of the remaining contenders have been talking about Iraq for months, all have been touting their credentials | Read More »

  • Undue Haste on the Economy

    Democracy does not cultivate a taste for deferred gratification: Politicians eyeing the next election want to give people what they want sooner rather than later. And in a time of economic turmoil, the impulse to do something immediately is even | Read More »

  • You Can’t Always Believe Your Eyes

    Editor’s Note: Steve Chapman is on vacation. The following column was originally published in February 2005. In September 1985, Dennis Brown heard the words that sent him to prison for rape. The victim took the stand and had no doubt | Read More »