The Rational Argumentator

A Journal for Western Man :  Issue LXXI

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The Rational Argumentator's Fourth Anniversary Manifesto:

G. Stolyarov II

August 31, 2006:

Another astounding and innovative year for The Rational Argumentator has elapsed. TRA’s fourth year brought it more than the expected progress, and Mr. Stolyarov enumerates this fine publication's accomplishments and prospects. 

 

Culture

 

Making Kids Eco-Crazy:

Alan Caruba

September 7, 2006:

It is back-to-school time for kids and, of course, for the environmental crazies that means creating a huge mythology of things that will kill them the minute they venture into the jungle of hazards and horrors that await them in school. Alan Caruba lists some of the accomplishments of modern industrial civilization that the eco-scaremongers attack and refutes their irrational assaults.

 

Happy Labor Day: We're All Workers!:

Dr. Edward Hudgins

September 9, 2006:

Dr. Edward Hudgins reminds us that manual work and unionized work are not the only types of "work" that exist. There is not a separate class of individuals called "workers" who are opposed to other economic classes. To begin with, without entrepreneurs, investors, managers and, in general, capitalists, workers would have no factories in which to work or those factories would be as inefficient as those in the Soviet Union and the workers as poor as those under communism. Entrepreneurs, investors, managers, and capitalists are all workers.

 

Economics

 

Antitrust Policy: Which Competition is One Talking About?:

Xavier Méra

September 9, 2006:

A new threat of complaint for dominant position abuse hovers over Microsoft. This time, it is the Adobe company which challenges Bill Gates’s firm. As a spokesman for Adobe said, "Microsoft is in a monopoly position, and we are always attentive to the possibility that it could use it". This new situation was foreseeable. The Microsoft lawsuit opened a Pandora's box. Any competitor is virtually invited to engulf itself in the breach. Xavier Méra describes the parody of competition policy that is played out in Brussels, to the detriment of consumers’ interests.

 

Historical Analysis

 

Winston Churchill's Welfare-Statism and the Dangers of Democracy:

G. Stolyarov II

September 8, 2006:

Mr. Stolyarov contends that Winston Churchill's admiration of "democracy" also entailed a blindness to many of the pervasive flaws of democratic societies-- most notably the ability of majorities to oppress and expropriate individuals. Mr. Stolyarov examines Churchill's record as an architect of the British welfare state and concludes that pure “democracy” is a highly flawed and dangerous system—as is any system where a given political power is unchecked by another. Without clear limits, “the will of the people” is just as dangerous as the will of a dictator, because the tyranny of either will cause the best among individuals to be legally coerced, robbed, and even killed.

 

Politics

 

California Commits Eco-Suicide:

Alan Caruba

September 7, 2006:

In late August, Democrats in the California legislature and the Governor agreed to a deal that would impose a limit on all greenhouse gas emissions. As reported by the Associated Press, “The bill would require the state’s major industries—such as utility plants, oil and gas refineries, and cement kilns—to reduce their emissions of the pollutants widely believed to contribute to global warming.” Alan Caruba warns us: California is about to commit eco-suicide and wants the rest of the nation to join it. The business and industry that will flee the Golden State are incalculable. The danger of these anti-energy policies to the future of the nation is beyond comprehension. 

 

Senator George Allen Pushing Anti-Property-Rights Initiative:

Peyton Knight

September 7, 2006:

Nearly one year after the U.S. Supreme Court's shocking Kelo v. New London decision
touched off a firestorm of bipartisan support for stronger property rights protections,
some anti-property rights groups are receiving support from a surprising source:  Senator 
George Allen (R-VA). Peyton Knight describes Sen. Allen's alarming proposal to infringe on

property rights by creating a massive federally-overseen "National Heritage Area."

 

Why We Must Advance the Principles of Freedom:

Tom DeWeese

September 8, 2006:

"Freedom" is the single most misunderstood word in the English language, writes Tom DeWeese, and countless special interest groups have usurped this word to accomplish the opposite of real freedom: the subjugation of Americans to the totalitarian agenda of Sustainable Development. Mr. DeWeese describes these threats and how they might be combated.

 

A North American United Nations?:

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

September 8, 2006:

Rep. Ron Paul criticize the misnamed "Security and Prosperity Partnership Of North America (SPP)." In reality, claims Rep. Paul, this new "partnership" will likely make us far less secure and certainly less prosperous by creating an expensive layer of mega-government that will undermine Americans' freedom and the U.S.'s national sovereignty.

 

We Need to Resurrect the Black Regiment:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin

September 8, 2006:

The Black Regiment was a movement of priests and pastors in Colonial America which actively helped win the War of American Independence by encouraging the cause of liberty. Dr. Chuck Baldwin suggests that priests and pastors today need to show a similar commitment in speaking out against government intrusions on individual liberty.

 

Science

 

Nuclear to the Rescue:

Paul Driessen

September 7, 2006:

Two billion people in developing countries suffer daily, writes Paul Driessen. Viewed at night from outer space, Africa really is the Dark Continent: only 10% of its 700 million people regularly have electricity. While 75% of South Africa is now fully electrified, only 5% of Malawi, Mozambique and other countries are so fortunate. Much of poor and rural Asia and Latin America faces a similar predicament. Now a new energy technology is about to make its debut. Designed and built in South Africa, but with suppliers and partners in many other nations, the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) is a revolutionary concept in nuclear power. The 165-megaWatt modules are small and inexpensive enough to provide electrical power for emerging economies, individual cities or large industrial complexes. Mr. Driessen describes the amazing potential of PBMR to make the lives of billions of people more dignified, prosperous, and healthy.

 

"Just as competition in the economic marketplace is an inestimable value in the creation of wealth, so open discussion and debate-- competition in the marketplace of ideas-- are inestimable values in the creation of knowledge. Since tolerance is a necessary condition for these activities, it is an important virtue."

 

~ David Kelley, The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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