A Journal for Western Man :  Issue CXXV

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Why Families Make Sense:

G. Stolyarov II

November 10, 2007:

Mr. Stolyarov writes that in order for us to preserve an institution vital to our civilization, it is essential that we recognize the immense benefits of traditional, monogamous, intact families, formed by marriage between one man and one woman. When compared to alternative arrangements such as single-parent households, impermanent relationships, and government welfare, the traditional family offers a series of definite economic advantages that enable its members to lead the most productive, prosperous, and fulfilling lives.

 

Atheism Facts and Myths:

G. Stolyarov II

November 10, 2007:

Mr. Stolyarov, an atheist, discusses what atheism actually is and dispels the all too frequent misconceptions regarding it. Many persons of religious persuasions assail atheism without truly understanding it. What they attack is not atheism as such, but rather a straw man constructed by themselves and consisting of every possible idea that they do not advocate. Much pointless negativity and intolerance might be avoided if only individuals of all intellectual persuasions became aware of the actual ideas of which atheism consists, the reasons for which many adhere to it, and common misconceptions held regarding it.

 

Economics

 

Why Tariffs Hurt Domestic Industries:

G. Stolyarov II

November 10, 2007:

So-called “protective” tariffs protect no one in reality. They harm the very domestic industries which they are intended to help. Mr. Stolyarov shows that in the long run, everybody loses when the free market is restricted and when individuals and companies are not permitted the liberty to exchange goods and services throughout the world.

 

Literary Analysis

 

A Review of Ron Arnold's Freezing in the Dark:

G. Stolyarov II

November 10, 2007:

For those puzzled about the sudden and surprising revival of radical left-wing political activism in the middle of the present decade, Ron Arnold’s Freezing in the Dark sheds extensive light on what made it possible. Arnold demonstrates in painstaking detail the existence of a “Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy” and the colossal networks of donors, ideologues, activists, and politicians who are working in an unprecedentedly coordinated fashion to remake the world’s fundamental political, economic, and social institutions. Mr. Stolyarov offers a brief review of Mr. Arnold's work.

 

Capitalist Heroes:

Dr. David Kelley

November 10, 2007:

Fifty years ago, Ayn Rand published her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged. It's an enduringly popular novel – all 1,168 pages of it – with some 150,000 new copies still sold each year in bookstores alone. And it's always had a special appeal for people in business. The reasons, at least on the surface, are obvious enough. Dr. David Kelley writes that we will know the lesson of Atlas Shrugged has been fully learned when business people, facing accusers in Congress or the media, stand up like Hank Rearden for their right to produce and trade freely, when they take pride in their profits and stop apologizing for creating wealth.

 

Politics

 

Daniel Boone versus the Nanny State: The Nanny State is the Antithesis of America:

Gen LaGreca

November 10, 2007:

October 22 marked the 273rd anniversary of the birth of an American icon: Daniel Boone. This death-defying adventurer axed his way through the Appalachian Mountains to settle Kentucky and open the Western frontier. Stamped across his rock-hard life is the trademark of America: the pioneer spirit to cross new frontiers and control one's destiny. Back then, America was formed to set people free to run their own lives. Today, our vastly expanded Nanny State looks after us. Is this a good thing? Imagine you're a pioneer of yesteryear. How would you fare with today's nanny on your back? Gen LaGreca explores this question. She concludes that to grab the reins of our lives, to ride free and unafraid like Daniel Boone, we must get the nanny off our backs.

 

Friends of the Earth are Nobody's Friends:
Alan Caruba

November 10, 2007:

While most of us spend our time working to pay our energy bills and put food on the table, Friends of the Earth (FOE) spend theirs doing everything in their capacity to ensure that the nation and the world will not have sufficient energy to meet the needs of the human family. They may be friends of the earth, but they are no friends of those of us who live on it. Alan Caruba writes that this Mother of All Green Groups has devoted itself to finding every way possible to make our lives miserable, all in the name of protecting the environment. They are, of course, totally devoted to the Big Lie about Global Warming.

 

Eliminate the Gasoline Tax?:

Alan Caruba

November 10, 2007:

What gasoline taxes do is “extract revenue” and this is what politicians live for. It has little to do with whether it makes any sense for Americans to be paying taxes on an energy source that is absolutely essential to our daily lives and the welfare of the national economy. Alan Caruba writes that the money collected via gasoline taxes accomplishes little good; he explores the possibility of abolishing this form of taxation. 

 

Sick and Deadly Disease Control Programs:

Paul Driessen

November 10, 2007:

Paul Driessen writes that bed nets, drugs, educational materials and other limited measures will not eliminate malaria. Unless and until UNICEF and Malaria No More include regular use of larvacides and insecticides to control mosquitoes, and DDT in selected cases to keep the flying killers out of houses, they will not even come close to reducing malaria cases and deaths to what a moral person would deem tolerable levels: close to zero. Programs that fail to include all weapons – and activist campaigns that pressure countries and aid agencies not to use chemical interventions – perpetuate disease and death. They are sick, deadly, immoral and unconscionable.

 

An Opportunity Squandered:

Roy Innis

November 10, 2007:

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s recent legislative conference promised much, but delivered little – especially on energy and environmental issues. This week, Congress of Racial Equality national chairman Roy Innis wades in on the issues he feels the Caucus could and should have examined and debated much more thoroughly.

 

"The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic -- in short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea -- known to medical science is work."

~ Thomas Szasz

 

 

 

 

 

 

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