A Journal for Western Man :  Issue LXXIX

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The Tyranny of Numbers:

Alan Caruba

November 21, 2006:

The ecologists have a virtually unbroken record of getting demographics wrong. As Mark Steyn notes, in 1968 Paul Ehrlich declared in his bestselling book, The Population Bomb, that “In the 1970s the world will undergo famines—hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death.” Wrong. In 1973, a landmark study by the Club of Rome, The Limits to Growth, announced that the world would run out of gold by 1981, of mercury by 1985, tin by 1987, zinc by 1990, and petroleum by 1992. Wrong. Meanwhile, most of us toiling away at our daily lives need to focus in on “what really did happen between 1970 and 2000”, says Steyn. “In that period, the developed world declined from just under 30 percent of the global population to just over 20 percent, and the Muslim nations increased from about 15 percent to 20 percent.” Alan Caruba comments on these trends and their implications for the future domestic and foreign policies of nations.

 

Economics

 

Milton Friedman (1912-2006):

Dr. Edward Hudgins

November 18, 2006:

On November 16, 2006, the world lost a great thinker and advocate of liberty, the economist Milton Friedman. Dr. Edward Hudgins presents this article in remembrance of Dr. Friedman's ideas and accomplishments.

 

Instant Utopia: Excerpt from Man versus the Welfare State (1969):

Henry Hazlitt

November 18, 2006:

In his 1969 book, Man versus the Welfare State, economist and journalist Henry Hazlitt criticized politicians and governments who have been promising the voters that they could not only bring perpetual full employment, prosperity, and "economic growth," but solve the age-old problem of poverty overnight. And the end result is not merely that accomplishment has fallen far short of promises, but that the attempt to fulfill the promises has brought an enormous increase in government spending, an enormous increase in the burden of taxes, chronic deficits, chronic inflation, and a constant loss in the buying power of the people's earnings and savings. Mr. Hazlitt explains the failure of the Keynesian economic prescription for government economic intervention and recommends instead letting the free market solve any problems that exist.

 

Politics

 

Demographic Reality and the Entitlement State:

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

November 18, 2006:

The Government Accountability Office, or GAO, is an investigative arm of Congress charged with the thankless task of accounting for the money received and spent by the federal government. David Walker, Comptroller General at GAO, has been on a speaking tour of the U.S recently-- and he pulls no punches when explaining just how precarious our nation's entitlement system really is. Rep. Ron Paul describes some of Mr. Walker's findings and writes that if we hope to avoid a calamitous financial future for our nation, we must address the hardest question of all: What is the proper role for government in our society? The answer to this question will determine how prosperous and free we remain in the decades to come.

 

Oil, Terror, and Environmental Pipedreams:

Alan Caruba

November 18, 2006:

Alan Caruba criticizes the idea that America's problems in the Middle East with terrorism and rogue regimes could be solved by reducing Americans' dependence on oil. Converting to hybrid, ethanol-powered cars will only be more costly and less efficient for Americans, while it will solve none of the issues that the United States faces abroad.

 

An Inconvenient Debate:

Cécile Philippe

November 18, 2006:

It is hard, if not impossible, not to put in parallel the release of Al Gore’s documentary film in Europe and the anger of some French climatologists towards Claude Allègre. The film, “An Inconvenient Truth”, is acclaimed, while attempts are made to discredit Claude Allègre, who dared raise his doubts about accepted wisdom over human-induced global warming. Cécile Philippe thinks that one can only be delighted by Claude Allègre’s views, which rise up against this alarmist gale and remind us that the debate about climate change and its causes is far from being over.

 

GOP "Party of Death," Too:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin

November 18, 2006:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin claims that the Republican Party is not a "conservative" party even in the broadest sense of the word. While some great Republicans such as Ronald Reagan, Joe Scarborough, and Ron Paul were and are true conservatives, most of the Republicans in power from 2000 to 2006 were not. During six years of total Republican domination of the government, they did virtually nothing to combat abortion, reduce the scope of government, or defend the U. S. Constitution.

 

The NAFTA Superhighway:

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

November 18, 2006:

Rep. Ron Paul warns readers about plans to create a vast superhighway which would connect Mexico, the United States, and Canada, cutting a wide swath through the middle of Texas and up through Kansas City.  Offshoots would connect the main artery to the west coast, Florida, and northeast.  Proponents envision a ten-lane colossus the width of several football fields, with freight and rail lines, fiber-optic cable lines, and oil and natural gas pipelines running alongside.  This will require coordinated federal and state eminent domain actions on an unprecedented scale, as literally millions of people and businesses could be displaced.  The loss of whole communities is almost certain, as planners cannot wind the highway around every quaint town, historic building, or senior citizen apartment for thousands of miles. Rep. Paul urges that members of Congress and their constituents resist this planned colossal infringement of property rights.

 

Britain's Stern Review on Global Warming: It Could Be Environmentalism's Swan Song:

Dr. George Reisman

November 19, 2006:

To the accompaniment of much fanfare, the British government has released Sir Nicholas Stern's Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, a report that it commissioned but that it labels "independent." The report is a rehash of now standard environmentalist claims concerning alleged disasters that await the world if it continues with its wicked ways of fossil fuel consumption: the disappearance of islands beneath the sea, the flooding of coastal cities, more severe droughts and hurricanes, famines, disease, the displacement of tens of millions of people from their traditional homelands — it is all regurgitated in the report. Dr. George Reisman analyzes the Stern Review and concludes that it is self-defeating and that, contrary to its intention, it spells out reasons why the environmentalist campaign for government restriction of "climate-altering" technology will fail.

 

Importing Socialists:

Selwyn Duke

November 21, 2006:

Selwyn Duke believes that the Democratic Party will enthusiastically support amnesty for immigrants and open borders because the majority of immigrants from the Third World hold socialistic prejudices and tend to vote Democratic. Thus, in a way, the Left is importing its voters and eroding the base of support for genuine, principled, conservative politicians.
 

"Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it."

 

~ Milton Friedman

 

 

 

 

 

 

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