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Implied Consent: A Play on the Sanctity of Human Life:

G. Stolyarov II

May 27, 2007:

The 95-year-old self-made multi-billionaire Quintus Grummond collapses from heart failure and enters a state of brain death. Meanwhile, his son Oswald makes plans for his father to never again awaken. Oswald hires a shyster lawyer who attempts to legitimize Grummond's termination by claiming that the multi-billionaire is no longer truly alive and that he has given Oswald "implied consent" to make decisions regarding his fate. This play depicts a battle over a principle: the question of whether anybody has the right to terminate an innocent individual's life against his explicit wishes.

 

Economics

 

Economics versus Politics:

Frank Chodorov

June 9, 2007:

Frank Chodorov writes that it hardly occurs to most of us that we might do better operating under our own steam, within the limits put upon us by nature, and without political restraints, controls, or subventions. It never enters our minds that these interventionary measures are placed in our path, like the trap, for purposes diametrically opposed to our search for a better living. We automatically accept them as necessary to that purpose. Mr. Chodorov explains how important it is to understand the universal laws of economics, which ensure that increasing government intervention will lead to social collapse in all times and places.

 

Historical Analysis

 

How John Dewey and the "Progressives" Redefined the Meaning of "Liberalism":

G. Stolyarov II

June 9, 2007:

In The Future of Liberalism (1934), John Dewey co-opted the name "liberalism" to describe an ideology that was actually "progressive" and advocated extensive government economic controls. Mr. Stolyarov argues that it is time to restore the term's original meaning.

 

Franklin Roosevelt's and Lyndon Johnson's Assault on the

U. S.  Constitution and Limited Government:

G. Stolyarov II

June 9, 2007:

Mr. Stolyarov writes that both Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson explicitly flouted the Founders' desires for a highly limited role of the state in the economy and in the life of the individual. They also neglected the Constitution's protections of individual economic and personal freedoms against government.

 

How the "Progressives" Bullied the Supreme Court to Redefine the Meaning of Words in the Constitution:

G. Stolyarov II

June 9, 2007:

Mr. Stolyarov argues that the Supreme Court's obvious perversion and corruption of the Interstate Commerce Clause's meaning and intention in the 1930s and 1940s was made possible by nothing nobler than sheer political bullying by the Franklin Roosevelt administration.

 

Gary Lawson's Critique of the Unconstitutional Post-New-Deal American Administrative State:

G. Stolyarov II

June 9, 2007:

Mr. Stolyarov examines the arguments made by Gary Lawson as to why the American government since 1937 and to the present day was and is unconstitutional in virtually every respect, as it stands in violation of virtually every major principle in the U. S. Constitution.

 

Politics

 

Needed: Three-Dimensional Leaders:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin

June 9, 2007:

For the most part, writes Dr. Chuck Baldwin, America's political leaders are ignorant of the past and oblivious to the future. Such people are incapable of making wise decisions, because they are only living for the present. Without an appreciation and awareness of the past, we have no foundation on which to build our lives. Such people have lost all sense of history and heritage, and, without a heritage, they have no understanding or pride in who they are. Neither do they comprehend the morality, convictions, and legacies of their ancestors.

 

Excerpts from "Not Our Fathers' America":

Dr. Chuck Baldwin

June 9, 2007:

Every country goes through changes. However, stable countries are able to maintain their basic culture, identity, language, and heritage throughout the various gradations of societal evolution. Hence, through major wars, minor conflicts, turmoil, depression, and dissension, America, for the most part, has been able to maintain the fundamental underpinnings that made our country unique. But, warns Dr. Chuck Baldwin, those underpinnings are very quickly disappearing.

 

The Demise of the Republican Party:

Alan Caruba

June 9, 2007:

With most politicians of the Republican Party having blatantly betrayed their constituents and the party's original principles, Alan Caruba writes that we are left to wonder how long it will take for those who regard themselves as Republicans to desert today’s GOP, mostly by refusing to vote for its candidates, while waiting for new leadership to replace those that have eviscerated it.

 

Mistakes Were Made:

Alan Caruba

June 9, 2007:

Alan Caruba has written that the U. S. should begin to withdraw its troops from Iraq, and many warn that chaos will follow. But Mr. Caruba responds that chaos exists in Iraq and only the Iraqis can sort it out. The small American military force cannot, nor should it be asked to try.

 

Leaving the Choice to Owners and Consumers Instead of Government-Backed Smoking Bans:

Valentin Petkantchin

June 9, 2007:

In November 2006, the French government enacted a decree banning smoking in public places which became effective as of last February 1. French cafés, bars and tobacconists, where smoking is generally the rule, have though till January 1, 2008, to comply. Instead of the ban, Valentin Petkantchin writes that the government should leave the choice to their owners to decide if their establishment should be smoke-free or not for the benefit of their consumers.

 

"Respect this paper, be it a will, a contract, or a pledge, and you will thereby respect property. Respect property, and you will thereby respect life. If you fail to do either one, you will fail to do the other."

 

~ Quintus Grummond in G. Stolyarov II's Implied Consent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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