A Journal for Western Man :  Issue CXXVIII

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Bring Back the One-Room School House!:

Fred Reed

December 3, 2007:

Fred Reed proposes eliminating the current public school system and returning to the traditional one-room school house, which  rewards initiative and brains and individualism and other things America no longer stands for and in fact can’t stand. In a school of one room, students can advance as they will. If a child of eight can read as well as the fifteen-year-olds, he can read with them. If he is able to do algebra when he is ten, why, he can do so. If he can’t, he can stay with kids at his own level.

 

"Diversity" Indoctrination: A Craving for Tyranny:

Fred Reed

December 3, 2007:

Fred Reed argues that the University of Delaware's new "diversity" indoctrination program (do read the original) is pure mind-control, as much as anything Goebbels or the Soviet Union employed. In training sessions, the student must confess to bad-thought, outline his diversity-failings in detail, and abase himself before a thought-leader. Progress in good-thought will be monitored and records kept. You must learn that you are an oppressor, and you must be reformed. We will tell you what to think. It is for your own good….

 

Economics

 

Solving the "Problem" of Free-Riding:

Ben O'Neill

December 3, 2007:

Ben O'Neill writes that if economics is to become an instrument of freedom and prosperity instead of an instrument of statism, then there are certain fundamental fallacies that must be continually challenged and discredited. Chief among these is the persistent non sequitur from externality to coercion — that is, the bogus conclusion that coercion is a proper means to solve problems involving economic externalities. One of the most blatant examples of this non sequitur occurs in discussions of the "free rider problem" and the alleged solution of government provision of so-called "public goods."

 

France is No Model for Health Care Reform:

Valentin Petkantchin

December 3, 2007:

The French health care system is increasingly cited as an example overseas. In his latest film, Sicko, Michael Moore seems to regard it as a solution to the problems affecting the U.S. health care system. However, Valentin Petkantchin writes that the French system, relying on a mandatory public health insurance monopoly, is far from a panacea.

 

Ethics

 

Epicurus on Freedom and Happiness:

Edward W. Younkins

December 3, 2007:

Epicurus (341-270 BC), a major philosopher of the Hellenistic period, largely relied upon Democritus for his materialistic and atomistic theory of nature. However, he does modify Democritus' metaphysics because of its skeptical and deterministic implications. Epicurus founded his physics based upon Democritus but discovered that Democritus had no distinguishing ethical doctrine and, therefore, had to formulate his own objective ethics. Epicurus went on to formulate a self-centered moral philosophy in which the individual person is the realm of moral enterprise. Dr. Edward W. Younkins describes Epicurus' legacy as one of history's first rational egoists and libertarians.

 

Politics

 

America's Standing in the World:

Alan Caruba

December 3, 2007:

Alan Caruba is already quite sick of hearing Democrat candidates say that we have to “improve America’s standing in the world,” as if the whole world holds our nation in contempt or disagrees with our actions. Americans need not worry much about “restoring” our standing among the nations of the world. We are held in very good standing, thank you.

 

Patriots versus Politicians:

Tom DeWeese

December 3, 2007:

Tom DeWeese describes examples of genuine patriotism from American history so that today's young Americans will understand that the tear in an eye or the hand over a heart expressed by the older generation is not for a flag or a song. Instead, it is for the actions taken by the men and women who fought to make those items symbols of freedom.
 

Reasons to Beware of Mike Huckabee:

Chuck Baldwin

December 3, 2007:

With Christian conservatives trying to scramble to find a Republican presidential candidate they can support, some of them seem to be coalescing around former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee. Janet Folger, especially, seems to be trumpeting his candidacy. But is Mike Huckabee someone Christian conservatives should be supporting? Chuck Baldwin does not think so. Mike Huckabee is just another big-government, establishment politician who will do nothing to stem the tide of socialism or fascism (pick your poison) emanating from Washington, D.C., these days.

 

"Pro-Life" Candidates Should Put Up or Shut Up:

Chuck Baldwin

December 3, 2007:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin writes that the only presidential candidate who has a commitment to saving the lives of unborn babies and who understands the constitutional authority of Congress to end abortion-on-demand is Texas Congressman Ron Paul (with the exception of Alan Keyes, who recently announced his candidacy). You read it right. At this point, John McCain is all talk; Mitt Romney is all talk; Fred Thompson is all talk. And even Mike Huckabee is all talk.

 

Moslem Group Attacks Michael Savage: The Battle Between Taquiya and Talk Radio:

Selwyn Duke

December 3, 2007:

Selwyn Duke writes about the odious Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group that could be the legal arm of al-Qaeda.  Although CAIR’s machinations usually go unmentioned by the mainstream media, for quite some time now it has been training its sights on anyone who would tackle the Islamic threat with manly strength.  It has carried out campaigns against National Review magazine, radio personality Paul Harvey, the producers of the television program 24, and many others who dare say the sultan has no clothes.  And now it is targeting award-winning radio talk show host Michael Savage.

 

 

"A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong."

~ Thomas Szasz

 

 

 

 

 

 

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