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March 2, 2006:
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Murphy v. Stolyarov: Debate on Capital
Punishment: Round 2:
February 26, 2006:
Dr. Robert P. Murphy responds to Mr.
Stolyarov's "The Capital Punishment Imperative," and Mr. Stolyarov
replies again, defending his advocacy of the death penalty.
What Money is Not:
March 1, 2006:
Dr. Robert P. Murphy uses Austrian
economic analysis to dispel four common myths about the nature of
money-- propagated by laymen and mistaken economists alike.
An Objectivist Condemnation of Abortion: Edition
February 27, 2006:
G. Stolyarov II offers a
re-formatted, polished version of his now widely known opposition to
abortion from a secular, Objectivist perspective.
explains the possibility and necessity of an entirely secular
opposition to the barbarous murder of unborn humans—a case that can be
argued by religious and non-religious opponents of this practice
alike. This position is derived from the principles of Ayn Rand’s
Objectivist intellectual system; Mr. Stolyarov shows how Rand’s
fundamental premises contradict her support for legalized abortion and
how a more consistent application of those premises will lead one to
deny the abortionists’ stance. He argues that—judging from Rand’s
definition of man as a being of volitional consciousness—the fetus is
human, because its attainment of volitional consciousness is
futuristically certain in the absence of an unlikely accident or
deliberate human intervention. If the fetus is indeed human, then its
right to life must be held sacred and protected by law. Mr. Stolyarov
then proceeds to refute arguments in favor of abortion by Rand and
other “Objectivist” thinkers.
The Example of Our First President:
February 21, 2006:
George Washington was a private
innovator, wealth-generator, brilliant commander, and a politician who
recognized the dangers of a government grown too large. Dr. Edward
Hudgins reminds us of the economic, ethical, and political lessons
Washington has for us today.
Why Nazism was Socialism and Why Socialism is
February 23, 2006:
Dr. George Reisman contends that the
government of Nazi Germany was fundamentally a socialist government;
he explains why comprehensive state economic controls-- as existed in
Nazi Germany and other socialist countries-- necessarily leads to the
suppression of political freedoms and the ruthless elimination of
anyone out of step with the ruling elite.
Any Storm in a Port:
The recent takeover of U.S. ports by
a Dubai-based company exposes the U.S. government's weakness to
ideologies of political correctness--which forbid even the remotest
suspicion of a company based in a Muslim country as possibly linked to
terrorism--writes Selwyn Duke. Political correctness renders us weak
in the face of the terrorist threat.
Clinton and Schumer are Profiling Muslims:
In their criticism of the recent
takeover of six American ports by DP World, Senators Clinton and
Schumer are violating their sacrosanct politically-correct ideologies
which prohibit racial profiling of "underprivileged" groups, writes
Selwyn Duke. For a moment, despite their dogmas, Clinton and Schumer
have assumed a more proper, commonsense view.
PC Malaria Programs and the World Bank:
The World Bank needs to cease bowing
to politically-correct environmentalist fears and prohibitions of the
life-saving pesticide, DDT. In any programs it undertakes, the World
Bank should encourage the use of pesticides-- which have saved many
Africans' lives from the ravages of malaria, write Cyril Boynes, Jr.,
and Paul Driessen.
Paul McCartney: A Victim of His Own Gibberish:
Tom DeWeese writes that Paul
McCartney, a long-time advocate of radical environmentalist schemes,
has now himself fallen prey to one such scheme: the evil policy of
Sustainable Development-- which has prevented him from enjoying a
harmless cabin on his own property.
skilled one may be professionally, his abilities amount to nothing
when he surrenders the ultimate sovereignty of deciding matters for
himself and charting his own course in life. He merely becomes a
vessel for others to fill, or a robot to pander to others’ whims at
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