A Journal for Western Man :  Issue CXVI

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Culture

 

The Irrational Hatred of Jews:

Fred Reed

August 2, 2007:

Fred Reed gets a steady rivulet of strange mail telling how horrible Jews are. Apparently there is no crime of which they are not guilty. He finds himself wondering: How do they find the time to be so evil? Are they on amphetamines or something? This essay shows some of the sheer unreason that goes into anti-Semitic rhetoric. 

 

Economics

 

Why Government Can't Make Decisions Rationally:

Ben O'Neill

July 29, 2007:

On the rare occasions when governments consider curbing their expenditure on some service — or, more likely, consider curbing the rate of increase in spending — they are invariably called upon to undertake discussions with relevant "stakeholders" and members of the community. This process is ostensibly undertaken to determine the views of those who are to be affected by the proposed decision, to gauge the mood of the electorate our political masters are sworn to serve. But the likely outcome of this process, writes Ben O'Neill, is to favor those rent-seekers who benefit from the government program, thus preventing government from taking into consideration the interests of taxpayers whom the program harms.

 

The Real Roots of Poverty:

Tom DeWeese

July 29, 2007:

Tom DeWeese writes that the eradication of poverty in the world won't come from endless aid designed for mere existence, nor will it come from simply providing jobs. The answer to poverty in the world will come only from providing the tools needed to create new, independent wealth. That tool is private property ownership.

 

Politics

 

Hiding Weakness Through Speech Codes:

G. Stolyarov II

July 29, 2007:

At first, it may seem that speech codes on college and university campuses reveal a certain power possessed by leftist academia. After all, the Left controls the administration of many public and private institutions of higher education throughout the country. Those who violate speech codes are severely reprimanded at least. More damagingly, they can be failed in their classes, expelled, or even sued in court. The tremendous amounts of resources and activism devoted to supporting the speech codes seem to suggest that the Left at universities wields vast power, and a Draconian kind of power at that. But this is only a first impression. In fact, suggests G. Stolyarov II, the Left only has a semblance of power, a veneer beneath which is concealed the most significant weakness.

 

Exposing the True Isolationists:

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

July 29, 2007:

In their hopes to remake the world in their image, the globalist elite who run much of America’s policy-making apparatus simply further isolate our country from the rest of the world. By claiming a moral superiority that is so evidently absent when the effects of their policies are witnessed, neo-conservatives have made America seem hypocritical to many abroad.

 

The Fear Factor:

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

August 2, 2007:

Rep. Ron Paul writes that Americans must reflect on their irrational fears if we are to turn the tide against the steady erosion of our freedoms. Fear is the enemy. The logically confusing admonition to “fear only fear” does not help; instead we must battle against irrational fear and the fear-mongers who promote it. It is incumbent on a great nation to remain confident, if it wishes to remain free. We need not be ignorant to real threats to our safety, against which we must remain vigilant. We need only to banish to the ash heap of history the notion that we ought to be ruled by our fears and those who use them to enhance their own power.

 

The Real Reason Why Gasoline Costs More:

Alan Caruba

August 2, 2007:

Finding, extracting, transporting, and refining crude oil is a very expensive business. It is also a very risky one. There are no guarantees that one will find oil and, finding it, there are no guarantees that the investment and all the assets involved will not be stolen by the governments that invite oil companies to tap their natural resources. If you want to know why gasoline and everything made from oil is going to cost more in the years ahead, Alan Caruba gives you, ladies and gentlemen, Hugo Chavez, dictator of Venezuela, and a number of other nations who have engaged in extortion.

 

A Democrat Energy Disaster in the Making:

Alan Caruba

August 2, 2007:

Alan Caruba writes that the proposed Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007 (H.R. 2776) totally ignores the fact that oil, gas, and coal will remain the primary elements of the nation’s energy mix and would increase the tax burden on U.S.-based energy companies by more than $16 billion in the decade ahead. If it becomes law, consumers will end up having to pick up the bill.

 

Good News on the Farm Bill, But Don't Stop Pushing!:

American Policy Center

August 2, 2007:

The American Policy Center has tentative good news about the Farm Bill. When the House Agriculture Committee began its meeting on Tuesday, the Chairman's Markup of the bill included section 11101, which would allow USDA to use mandatory animal ID to implement COOL. Representative Goodlatte offered an amendment that would have effectively gutted COOL, creating a major fight focused on that issue. Thursday night, the Committee agreed on an outline of the compromise COOL amendment. The specific language is still being drafted by the legislative staffers, and that language will be voted on by the Committee in the coming week. The bullet points for the compromise COOL amendment state that the current prohibition on using mandatory animal ID would be retained. In other words, USDA wouldn't be able to use mandatory animal ID to implement COOL!

 

Stop Senator Kennedy from Sneaking Hate Crimes Language into the Defense Spending Bill:

American Policy Center

August 2, 2007:

Unable to pass stand-alone hate crimes legislation on its own merits, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) is trying to ram hate crimes language through the Senate as an amendment (S.Amdt.2067) to a defense spending bill. This amendment could effectively hijack H.R. 1585, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, which the President hoped to sign. Unfortunately, federal hate crimes legislation already exists. But, states this press release from the American Policy Center, we must not exacerbate the situation with more hate crimes legislation; it's unnecessary, makes certain people unequal under the law, and paves the way for religious persecution.

 

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