A Journal for Western Man :  Issue C

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Economics

 

Truth in a Piston (1944):

Garet Garrett

May 14, 2007:

There was never any absolute necessity for the machine. Life could exist without it, only, of course on a much smaller tapestry. It is use that creates the necessity for the machine. The scientific use of physical and mechanical knowledge to increase both the agricultural and the industrial means of life has made it possible in our time to sustain on the earth a population that could not otherwise exist, that would otherwise have perished before it was born. This is a fact we keep forgetting. It is the fact that relates human life to science in a vital sense. How does technological progress happen, and why will it keep happening, despite some people's wishes to stop it? This classic essay by Garet Garrett explores such questions.

 

Historical Analysis

 

Watergate's Forgotten Lessons:

Alan Caruba

May 14, 2007:

Sometimes it seems as if no lessons were ever learned or ever applied from the Bay of Pigs, the Watergate break-in, and the subsequent long nightmare of the Vietnam War. Alan Caruba analyzes these events and what the politicians of today need to extract from them.

 

Roosevelt's or Reagan's America?: A Time for Choosing:

Dr. John Marini

May 14, 2007:

In light of the differences between the ideas and policies of Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, it is not surprising that political debates today are so bitter. Indeed, they resemble the religious quarrels that once convulsed western society. The "progressive" defenders of the bureaucratic state see government as the source of benevolence, the moral embodiment of the collective desire to bring about social justice as a practical reality. They believe that only mean-spirited reactionaries can object to a government whose purpose is to bring about this good end. Defenders of the older constitutionalism, meanwhile, see the bureaucratic state as increasingly tyrannical and destructive of inalienable rights. Dr. John Marini contrasts the views of Roosevelt and Reagan by analyzing the two politicians' most famous speeches.

 

Politics

 

Unfinding Brains:

Fred Reed

May 14, 2007:

Fred Reed argues that "minority outreach" is not the way to resolve the crises of American science education.

 

The Politics of Perversion:

Fred Reed

May 14, 2007:

Over and over it happens, like incurable migraine. A public figure slips up and says something that One Doesn’t Say, something that upsets one tribe or other of the sacred and sensitive—blacks, Jews, women, homosexuals, American Indians. The offender is always a white male. The press attack him like hyenas dragging down a crippled zebra. Invariably, he apologizes profusely, squirming and abasing himself. Invariably, he says he didn’t mean it, though invariably he did. Fred Reed sees an element of deeply troubling perversity in this recurring pattern.

 

Opposition to National ID Continues to Grow:

Tom DeWeese

May 14, 2007:

Tom DeWeese brings some good news: Five states -- Idaho, Washington, Montana, Arkansas and Maine -- have enacted legislation informing the federal government that their states will not comply with the Real ID Act, a law passed by Congress in 2005, which will essentially transform drivers' licenses into a national ID Card. The federal government overstepped its Constitutional bounds when it tried to force the creation of a National ID on Americans. Now the states are doing what they should always do when faced with that situation – they are saying no. Hopefully, that will become a habit.

 

Progress in the Fight to Stop the NAU and the NAFTA Highway:

Tom DeWeese

May 14, 2007:

A tiny but determined band of organizations and individuals is standing up to Goliath and beginning to see his knees wobble. Goliath is the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) – better known as the North American Union (NAU) and the Trans Texas Corridor (TCC) – also know as the NAFTA Highway. To date a dozen states have introduced resolutions to oppose the SPP and the NAU. Tom DeWeese documents the progress made in these areas.

 

Dear Fellow Christians, Please Wake Up!:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin

May 14, 2007:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin underscores the need for Christian conservatives to wake up to what is going on in this country, to stop trying to grovel before the neocons in the Republican Party, and to start acting like real conservatives again. Adherence to the U. S. Constitution, not personal religious beliefs, should be the primary benchmark on which a politician is evaluated.

 

Speech in Boise, Idaho, on Protecting the Constitution:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin

May 14, 2007:

It is incredible how gullible and naďve many of today's Christians have become, writes Dr. Chuck Baldwin. Had Al Gore or John Kerry been elected President and promoted many of the policies and practices of George W. Bush, the Religious Right would have been up in arms years ago. But because a "Christian Republican" is in the White House, he is given a free pass on foible after foible, dereliction after dereliction, and compromise after compromise. Beyond that, when someone dares to criticize the unconstitutional policies of this President, Christians attack the messenger with a vengeance. Dr. Baldwin seeks to persuade Christians that adherence to the Constitution is the best service an officeholder can do for the American people.

 

Nuclear Iran?:

Dr. Victor Davis Hanson

May 14, 2007:

It is past time for Iranian leaders to snap out of their pseudo-trances and recognize that some Western countries are not only far more powerful than Iran, but in certain situations and under particular circumstances can be just as driven by memory, history—and, yes, a certain craziness as well. Dr. Victor Davis Hanson analyzes the nature of the Iranian regime's threat to the West and gives suggestions for how Western nations can most effectively respond to it.

 

"Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself."

 

~ John Locke

 

 

 

 

 

 

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