A Journal for Western Man :  Issue CXXII

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Culture

 

Banning Boyhood:

Selwyn Duke

October 11, 2007:

Huck Finn must be spinning in his literary grave.  Just recently a Colorado Springs, Co., elementary school banned tag during recess, joining other schools that have prohibited this childhood pastime.  Upon hearing this, Selwyn Duke thought about the movement to ban cops and robbers, musical chairs, steal the bacon, and the kill-joys’ most frequent target: dodge ball. Then there’s the more inane still, such as the decision by the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association to prohibit keeping score in kids’ tournament play. Mr. Duke finds a conclusion inescapable.  Slowly, incrementally, perversely, boyhood is being banned.

 

Economics

 

The Three Big Expenses: Real Estate:

G. Stolyarov II

October 11, 2007:

Mr. Stolyarov writes that unaffordable housing is not an outcome of the free market. The chronically high real estate prices are a sign that some force is preventing natural market mechanisms from taking place. This is the result of numerous burdensome and damaging government interventions that greatly diminish the supply of housing, thereby artificially raising its price.

 

Historical Analysis

 

John Dewey and the Chaos of Contemporary Public Education:

G. Stolyarov II

October 11, 2007:

The dismal and declining student performance at America’s public schools is no accident. Nor is the pervasive bullying by peers and repression by teachers that the brightest, best-mannered, and most accomplished students encounter in public schools today. Mr. Stolyarov shows that both are the direct results of the educational philosophy promulgated by John Dewey (1859-1952), the originator of “Progressive” education and a self-proclaimed advocate of collectivism and opponent of teaching objective knowledge in the schools. Dewey’s ideas have largely shaped the ways in which today’s American public education system works – or, more accurately, does not work. 

 

Literary Analysis

 

Atlas Shrugged and Economics:

Dr. Edward W. Younkins

October 11, 2007:

Atlas Shrugged is widely recognized as a masterpiece of philosophy and of literature.  However, not so widely recognized, but equally true, is that Atlas Shrugged is an economically literate novel that provides economic enlightenment. Dr. Edward Younkins writes that based on an analysis of reality, Atlas Shrugged  is well-informed on economics and can be viewed as a treatise on political economy providing a literary treatment of proper economic principles, concepts, issues and themes. 

 

Politics

 

Affirmative Action and Blood Guilt:

G. Stolyarov II

October 11, 2007:

The heinous idea of blood guilt is alive and well today in the United States. Mr. Stolyarov writes that the same kind of fundamental mindset that characterized the policies of the governments of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union is today advocated by proponents of affirmative action.

 

The Iraqi Tar Baby:

Alan Caruba

October 11, 2007:

Alan Caruba writes that there are legitimate complaints regarding the astonishing failures of judgment about the invasion of Iraq, its subsequent occupation, and the continuing effort to destroy al Qaeda’s role and diminish Iran’s power in the Middle East. The iron law of history, however, is that if tyranny is not opposed, it expands into the vacuum of indifference that fosters it. There is still time to hope that historians will look back and see that America did the right thing.

 

Sunny, But Expensive, Dreams:

Alan Caruba

October 11, 2007:

New Jersey has a multi-millionaire Governor, Jon Corzine, whose monthly energy bill is not a problem. That leaves the rest of the State’s citizens out in the cold because, as the largest daily newspaper recently noted, “New Jersey already is one of the most expensive states for business” and, may I add, for auto insurance, property taxes, and a sales tax. So naturally, the Governor is all for a mandate to require more solar power with the aim of having at least two percent of the electricity consumed in New Jersey coming from solar panels by 2030. Alan Caruba argues that this is yet another disastrous Green proposal that will raise the cost of living and doing business in New Jersey with no economic benefit to anyone except those who manufacture and install solar panels.

 

Malaria Atonement and Forgiveness:

Paul Driessen

October 11, 2007:

For decades, environmental groups and the foundations that bankroll them have waged a lethal campaign against Third World use of insecticides and other technologies. In so doing, they have helped to perpetuate poverty and disease – and cause millions of die painful, needless deaths. As we reflect on the Jewish Days of Atonement just passed, Paul Driessen thinks it is time to demand that these organizations end their callous practices and atone for their sins.

 

When Hypocrisy is a Good Thing:

Selwyn Duke

October 11, 2007:

According to Selwyn Duke, it cannot be said that a person  who espouses everything he lives is morally superior to one who doesn’t – nor can we say he is inferior – as greater specificity is required; we have to ask what behaviors he engages in and whether or not they would translate into valid positions if advocated publicly.  In reality, though, it’s seldom very cut-and-dried, for while Truth is black and white, people are shades of gray, possessed of both virtue and vice.  And our standards should reflect not our virtues and vices, but the virtues we possess and those we should possess.

 

Un-American San Francisco Supervisors Condemn Michael Savage:

Selwyn Duke

October 11, 2007:

It cannot be a coincidence that those who preach tolerance the most are often the most intolerable.  On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to condemn talk show host Michael Savage for “hate speech” after a failed attempt to do so in August.  Just for the record, there is no discernable correlation between hate and hate speech, except that when leftists hate you, they will accuse you of it. Selwyn Duke warns that the actions of the supervisors are a portent of things to come. As Michael Savage said, “This is a dry run against free speech in America.”  But it’s not the first, and it won’t be the last.

 

"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

~ Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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