A Journal for Western Man :  Issue LXXII

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Culture

 

Education: Free and Compulsory: Part I:

Dr. Murray N. Rothbard

September 14, 2006:

Dr. Murray Rothbard presents his view on the necessity of individual variety to civilization and hence the necessity of highly individualized, parent-controlled education which is currently threatened by vast State intrusions into the educational arena. Read the first part of his extensive treatise here.

 

End the Tyranny of Homework!:

Alan Caruba

September 14, 2006:

Alan Caruba would like to see an end to the overburdening of school-age children with homework assignments which-- claims Mr. Caruba-- divide families, illustrate teachers' inability to teach course materials adequately within class, and dull a love of learning in children.

 

Why Students Don't Value School:

Tim Meyer

September 15, 2006:

Tim Meyer-- in his new position as an economics professor-- has noticed some disturbing tendencies among contemporary college students, including their disdain for and unwillingness to receive the very education they seem to be paying for. Mr. Meyer concludes that because the majority of the students' tuition is being paid by third parties (including the government), the students disregard the actual cost in their decisions of whether to value their education.

 

Economics

 

The Kyoto Protocol: Costly and Inefficient:

Molinari Economic Institute

September 14, 2006:

According to the Molinari Economic Institute, the Kyoto Protocol is a very risky solution, considering its disastrous economic consequences on our quality of life and the likely insignificance of its impact on the climate. The Institute urges us to "at least avoid attributing every virtue to the Kyoto protocol and recognize that public debate on global warming is far from over." This debate should move toward greater consideration of the various aspects and uncertainties concerning global warming and the measures intended to limit it.

 

The Principle of Sound Money:

Ludwig von Mises

September 15, 2006:

The principle of sound money that guided nineteenth-century monetary doctrines and policies was a product of classical political economy. It was an essential part of the liberal program as developed by eighteenth-century social philosophy and propagated in the following century by the most influential political parties of Europe and America. The great Ludwig von Mises defends the principle of sound money as embodied in the gold standard and refutes the arguments of inflationists and fiat-money proponents against it.

 

Politics

 

Activist Fraud and Fundraising:

Paul Driessen

September 9, 2006:

“What you get in your mailbox,” Audubon Society COO Dan Beard once admitted,” is a never-ending stream of shrill material, designed to evoke emotions, so you’ll sit down and write a check.” Added Sierra Club conservation director Bruce Hamilton: “I’m somewhat offended by it. But it works. It’s what builds the Sierra Club.” Paul Driessen details the many lies spread by radical environmentalists who aim at poisoning the reputations of innocent corporations-- to the ultimate detriment of billions of Third-World people whose living standards these corporations raise.

 

My Response to Dr. Jerry Falwell:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin

September 9, 2006:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin has the highest respect for his friend Dr. Jerry Falwell, but he disagrees with Dr. Falwell about the Bush administration's record in promoting liberty. Dr. Baldwin points out the Bush administration's numerous faults in expanding government, curtailing individual freedoms, and governing using left-wing principles in all but name.

 

Lowering the Cost of Health Care:

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

September 9, 2006:

For decades, the U.S. healthcare system was the envy of the entire world.  Not coincidentally, there was far less government involvement in medicine during this time.  America had the finest doctors and hospitals, patients enjoyed high quality, affordable medical care, and thousands of private charities provided health services for the poor. Doctors focused on treating patients, without the red tape and threat of lawsuits that plague the profession today. Most Americans paid cash for basic services, and had insurance only for major illnesses and accidents. This meant both doctors and patients had an incentive to keep costs down, as the patient was directly responsible for payment, rather than an HMO or government program. Today's health care system-- a third-party payment system-- is a far cry from the free-market system that once was. Rep. Ron Paul suggests ways to get it back on the right track.

 

Immigration Reform in 2006?:

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

September 14, 2006:

Rep. Ron Paul offers his own ideas on what immigration reform ought to look like. Rep. Paul supports stricter border security, the end of welfare-state incentives for illegal immigrants, and a complete overhaul of the currently incoherent and unfair immigration system.

 

Bush Administration Continues Funding Arab States:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin

September 15, 2006:

As America remembers the attacks on the Twin Towers, the Bush administration continues to fund various Arab states with billions of U.S. tax dollars. Just recently, the Bush administration announced plans to sell $4.6 billion worth of arms to several Arab states, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. Military equipment listed for transfer to the Muslim states include UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter gunships, AH-64 Apache helicopters, M113A1 armored personnel carriers, Javelin anti-tank missiles, and modernized MA1 Abrams tanks outfitted with such things as air-conditioning and infrared sights for commanders and gunners. Dr. Chuck Baldwin warns of the danger in transferring such arms to potentially hostile regimes.

 

"Castes are inherent in the notion of ethnicity-- castes of superiors and inferiors, determined by birth, enforced and perpetuated by law, dividing people into 'aristocrats,' 'commoners,' etc., down to 'untouchables.'"

 

~ Ayn Rand, "Global Balkanization"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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