A Journal for Western Man :  Issue CXXVII

 

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Principal Index

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Old Superstructure

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Old Master Index

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Contributors

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The Rational Business Journal

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Forum

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Yahoo! Group

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Gallery of Rational Art

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Online Store

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Henry Ford Award

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Johannes Gutenberg Award

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CMFF: Fight Death

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Eden against the Colossus

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A Rational Cosmology

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Implied Consent

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Links

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Mr. Stolyarov's Articles on Helium.com

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Mr. Stolyarov's Articles on Associated Content

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Mr. Stolyarov's Articles on GrasstopsUSA.com

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Submit/Contact

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Statement of Policy

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Film Analysis

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Who Was Beowulf?:

Jeffrey Tucker

November 30, 2007:

Jeffrey Tucker detects a lesson in the new film version of Beowulf that was not present in the original story. This film teaches us the folly of idealizing government leaders. The state organizes itself in order to celebrate itself. It rules with the consensus of society, which also desires to celebrate the state and its leaders. The head of state has to work very hard not to emerge from this conspiracy as a hero.

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Historical Analysis

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The Non-Inevitability of America's Defeat in Vietnam:

G. Stolyarov II

November 30, 2007:

Mr. Stolyarov writes that the failure of the United States in the Vietnam War was not inevitable, but rather a product of initially poor leadership, media misinformation, and strategic blunders. From 1969 to 1973, many of these issues were resolved and the United States began to competently aid the Republic of Vietnam in defending itself against Ho Chi Minh’s communist invaders. Victory would have been attained had the American political leaders not defaulted on their commitments to the South Vietnamese people.

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Never Learning from the Past:

Alan Caruba

November 30, 2007:

The libraries of the world are filled with books devoted to history and new ones are published on any almost daily basis, but if their lessons are ignored, it condemns nations and the peoples of the world to horrors that increase with the evolving technology of death. Alan Caruba explains.

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Literary Analysis

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The Awful Strife of Nature:

Jeffrey Tucker

November 30, 2007:

Environmentalism, it’s been said, is the ideological luxury of city dwellers in modern life, for anyone who lives just outside an urban or suburban environment knows the truth: nature is vicious and cruel and works relentlessly to make the life of man a living Hell. Jeffrey Tucker explains, using personal experience and examples from Garet Garrett’s novel Satan’s Bushel.

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Politics

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The Precedent for the Ron Paul Dollar:

Clifford F. Thies

November 30, 2007:

On Wednesday, November 14, 2007, federal agents raided the Indianapolis headquarters of a company called NORFED, the National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve Act and Internal Revenue Code, and seized its holdings of gold, silver, and copper, much of it in the form of coins bearing the likeness of US Congressman Dr. Ron Paul of Texas, a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. The search warrant for this raid alleges fraud and money laundering, and a supporting affidavit refers to provisions of the US Code that prohibit the emission of any coins intended to circulate as money, and the emission of anything in the likeness of the currency of the United States. Clifford F. Thies explores two questions. How is it that the US government has the power to prohibit people from using alternative forms of money (i.e., the first provision), and how is it that the coins of NORFED resemble those of the United States (the second)?
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The True Cost of Taxing and Spending:

Ron Paul

November 30, 2007:

Tax and spend policies create needs they can never satisfy.  Rep. Ron Paul argues that a government check does not make up for a lost job.  Americans do not want more of this.  Americans believe in hard work and self-sufficiency, not standing in line for government hand-outs.  We are supposed to be living in a land of opportunity, but opportunities fade fast if more tax and spend policies are enacted.  The more Congress meddles in the economy, the bigger the problems get.

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Entangling Alliances:

Ron Paul

November 30, 2007:

Rep. Ron Paul writes that when we look at global situations today, the words of our founding fathers are becoming more relevant daily.  We need to understand that a simple, humble foreign policy makes us less vulnerable and less targeted on the world stage.  Pakistan should not be getting an "allowance" from us and we should not be propping up military dictators that oppress people. We should mind our own business and stop the oppressive taxation of Americans that makes this meddling possible.

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Iraq: The Folly of Deifying Democracy:

Selwyn Duke

November 30, 2007:

We hear lots of criticism of the Iraq venture from the left, right and center. There is everything from silly notions about presidential prevarication to how “it is only about oil” to one-world government conspiracy theories. Yet, while military action can rise from policy objectives, it’s often ignored that policy objectives tend to rise from the time’s prevailing philosophy.  And the truth is that insofar as the war in Iraq has been misguided, the blame can be laid at the feet of the spirit our age. 

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Anti-NAU Warriors Beginning to Move the Rock Uphill!:

Tom DeWeese

November 30, 2007:

Tom DeWeese writes that there are signs that the huge rock at the bottom of the hill that is the unmovable NAU is beginning to budge uphill as heroes are emerging in the fight. Some close to the movers and shakers are beginning to hint at a concern that they just might not be able to implement the SPP - that darned opposition just won't go away. At the same time, anti-NAU forces are beginning to see signs of progress as the movement is getting energized. Victory is certainly not in sight, but now there is hope.

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The SAVE Act Will Deliver America - to Centralized Control!:

American Policy Center

November 30, 2007:

The American Policy Center warns that the "Secure America Through Verification and Enforcement Act of 2007," otherwise known as the SAVE Act (H.R. 4088), is dangerous to our liberty. The SAVE Act advances the pernicious "National Human Resource Management" system that has been implemented piecemeal since the 1990s. The SAVE Act advances a cradle-to-grave government database to track all "human resources" which will benefit big business. The SAVE Act helps advance implementation of a National ID Card because is helps establish a birth certificate databank (Section 203).

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"A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine." ~ Thomas Jefferson