A Journal for Western Man :  Issue CXXIII

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Culture

 

Homeschooling Comes of Age:

Dr. Isabel Lyman

October 20, 2007:

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the modern home education movement was in its infancy. At that time, most Americans viewed home-styled education as a quaint tourist attraction or the lifestyle choice of those willing to endure more hardship than necessary. What a difference a few decades makes. Dr. Isabel Lyman reveals that homeschooling has undergone an extreme makeover. From maverick to mainstream, the movement has acquired a glamorous, populist sheen.

 

Obsessing Over Jews:

Alan Caruba

October 20, 2007:

Alan Caruba analyzes the subject of why Jews are universally the subject of hatred and fear.  He observes that in America and worldwide, Jews are small in numbers, frequently divided over the issues affecting them, still under siege in the Middle East, Europe and elsewhere, and always in need of friends in high places. They certainly do not deserve the irrational fear and persecution they have often received.

 

Economics

 

Does Capitalism Make Us More Materialistic?:

Ben O'Neill

October 20, 2007:

There has been a recent resurgence of academic critiques and self-help literature lamenting excessive "materialism" and "consumerism," much of which lays the blame squarely at the feet of free-market capitalism and its lifeblood, money. But does having more money really lead us to a narrow concern with material possessions? Does it lead us to an excessive desire for material wealth? Does it lead us to these things at the cost of spiritual impoverishment and the sacrifice of other concerns? Ben O'Neill explores these questions and answers them in the negative.

 

Politics

 

Lethal Injection: Cruel and Unusual Punishment?:

G. Stolyarov II

October 20, 2007:

The recent lawsuit before the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of lethal injection as cruel and unusual punishment is outright ludicrous. The suit, filed by Kentucky death row inmates Ralph Baze and Thomas Clyde Bowling, Jr., has already been rejected by  the Kentucky Supreme Court, but opponents of capital punishment are determined to render the death penalty illegal using ever more indirect, sophistical, and bizarre approaches. Mr. Stolyarov writes that this would be cruel and unusual punishment for the American people if it were not so outrageously funny.

 

Islamic Fundamentalism versus the West: The Battle of Weaknesses:

G. Stolyarov II

October 20, 2007:

Gone are the days of massive conflicts where each side’s strengths were the decisive factors in its favor. In today’s major cultural clash – that between the West and the Islamic fundamentalists – each side’s primary assets are the weaknesses of the other side. Mr. Stolyarov argues that the only reason why Western civilization still stands is the extensive array of crucial weaknesses exhibited by the terrorists and the states that support them. The only way in which the Islamists can defeat the West is by exploiting a series of weaknesses in contemporary Western society.

 

Leftists are Reactionaries, Not Progressives:

G. Stolyarov II

October 20, 2007:

Since the first decade of the 20th century, left-wing politicians, activists, and intellectuals have arrogated to themselves the designation “progressive.” But are they really? As Mr. Stolyarov demonstrates, even a brief analysis will show that leftists oppose anything that can even remotely be called progress – be it in the technological, the social, or the moral sense.

 

Wind-Driven Delusions:

Alan Caruba

October 20, 2007:

Alan Caruba demonstrates that the “wind-power surge” may not be such a wonderful thing in either the short or long run. It is, like so many other strange environmental ideas, a fantasy, a delusion that sounds rational right up to the moment you begin to look at it closely. When you do that, the vision of hundreds of wind towers producing miniscule amounts of electricity—and only when the wind is blowing—seems, well, nuts!

 

Be a Vegan or Else!:

Alan Caruba

October 20, 2007:

For quite a while, there has been a vigorous campaign by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and by militant vegans to convince people that eating meat is a bad thing. The only way to respond to these “studies” and claims is to examine and debunk them. Alan Caruba undertakes such a task in this article.

 

GOP Endorses Life-Long Bread Lines:

Tom DeWeese

October 20, 2007:

Tom DeWeese has been waiting for the disbelief and outrage to emerge from Republicans across the nation over the Republican Party's recent announcement. Incredibly, the RNC announced that it is endorsing the poverty eradication program of rock star Bono. There hasn't been any outrage yet from GOP rank and file. Is there nothing left of the old GOP? For those who missed it, in August, the Republican National Committee took steps to endorse Irish rock star Bono's proposal to spend $30 billion in U.S. taxes to eliminate global poverty. Bono, lead singer of the rock group U2, has dogged political leaders around the world, using his rock star status to pressure them into accepting his brand of global guilt. However, the GOP's capitulation to Bono's charms goes much deeper than getting excited about the passions of a rock star.

 

FAQ on Ron Paul:

Dr. Robert P. Murphy

October 20, 2007:

In the interest of providing a one-stop introduction to Ron Paul’s presidential candidacy, Dr. Robert P. Murphy offers the following list of Frequently Asked Questions. Dr. Murphy argues that if you will vote in the Republican primaries and the only thing holding you back from voting for Ron Paul is the fear of President Clinton, then you need to carefully reevaluate that strategy. Ron Paul is the one GOP candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton in the general election. And on top of that pragmatic edge, Ron Paul is also the only true conservative running.

 

"[I]t does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."

~ Thomas Jefferson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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