Issue CXLI - January 27-31, 2008

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Ethics
Tolerance Rightly Understood:
Abraham Armstrong

January 29, 2008
 Tolerance is a word bandied about a lot in this age of diversity, and everyone seems to agree that it is good and important, but few stop to consider what it actually means.  What, why, and in what manner ought we to tolerate, and, most importantly, at what point does toleration end?  Abraham Armstrong explores this issue.

Literary Analysis
The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality by Ludwig von Mises: A Review:
Abraham Armstrong

January 29, 2008
The practice of laissez-faire capitalism has brought unprecedented prosperity to the West, whose abundance of cars and clothes, tools and telophones, science and sliced bread, have made it both the envy, and the model, of the world.  Why, then, do many people loathe it?  In The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality, Ludwig von Mises considers the character and causes of the commonest objections to the capitalist system, and finds that they usually arise out of either error or envy. Abraham Armstrong explains Mises's case in this review.

Music
Fanfare to Individualism, Op. 17:
G. Stolyarov II

January 28, 2008
Although this piece sounds like a brass fanfare, it can be played by a single person on a piano. It was composed by Mr. Stolyarov to celebrate the power of the individual to express what it would have taken a large group of people to do in prior eras.

Composition for Harpsichord and Piano, Op. 50:
G. Stolyarov II

January 28, 2008
This experimental composition explores the interplay between two instruments -- including their potential to simultaneously play two different but complementary melodies. This is Mr. Stolyarov's first attempt at multi-instrumental composition.

Politics

Improving the Presidential Nomination Process: Instantaneous Party Affiliation Changes:
G. Stolyarov II

January 27, 2008
Currently, in most states, both major political parties require that, in order to be eligible to vote in a given party’s primary, a person register as a member of that party several weeks or even months in advance of the actual primary election. This requirement is a major inequity of the current Presidential nomination process, and it substantially inhibits voters’ true preferences from being represented in the primary results. To improve the Presidential nomination process, Mr. Stolyarov argues that it is necessary for both parties to permit voters to declare their party affiliation at the time they cast their ballots on the day of the primary.

Message Regarding the Progress of the Ron Paul Campaign:
Ron Paul

January 29, 2008
For the first time since 1952, we are headed towards a brokered Republican convention. Instead of a coronation of one of the establishment candidates, the delegates, influenced by the people, will decide. And Ron Paul thinks that this will take place in a time of heightened economic crisis. That means even more Americans will be ready to hear our message. But it also means Dr. Paul is really going to need your help. Dr. Paul explains that he is in the running for President to win -- and he outlines his expectations for doing so.

Economic Stimulus:

Ron Paul

January 29, 2008
This past week in Washington there has been much talk about the economy.  It seems by their actions the leadership and the Fed is finally willing to admit we have a problem, and we need to do something about the economic mess we are in.  This is a good thing.  However, Ron Paul writes, they are still not being honest about the root cause of our impending crisis and want to deal only with symptoms, not the disease.

You Say You Want a Revolution?:
Ron Paul Campaign

January 30, 2008
Every movement in history has faced some time of testing, some experience that either forges it into something strong and unified, or forces it to fade away into the history books as another failed experiment. Dr. Paul has written to you that we are heading straight for Super Tuesday. Our opponents are free to beat up on each other and wear themselves down while we gather our supporters and prepare to storm the convention with delegates. The Ron Paul Campaign explains Dr. Paul's intentions and strategy to win the Republican nomination.

Why Are Ron Paul's Supporters So Angry?:
Chuck Baldwin

January 30, 2008
Ron Paul's supporters have been subjected to the most overt and outlandish brand of humiliation and censorship ever seen in modern politics. The cable news Republican Presidential debates have been jokes. For every one question (and usually a stupid, irrelevant question at that) asked of Dr. Paul, the other participants will get three or four. Maybe more. Even though Ron Paul has received more money, more votes, and more delegates than Rudy Giuliani, the press continues to ignore Mr. Paul while showering Giuliani with coverage. Dr. Chuck Baldwin believes that Ron Paul's supporters have more than ample reason to be angry -- even though many of them are perfectly courteous and mild in their manners.

Green Desperation Time:
Alan Caruba

January 31, 2008
News of a January 31 “teach-in” on more than 1,000 college campuses nationwide strikes me of just one more example of the growing desperation of the environmental movement that has bet its credibility and influence on global warming. Mark your calendar for any news about a March 2-4 conference in New York that is expected to draw between 400 and 500 global warming skeptics, i.e., scientists, economists, and policy experts. Alan Caruba suspects that print and broadcast journalists will do their best to ignore this event in what is arguably the media capitol of the nation, if not the world.

Videos
Classical Liberal Tolerance - A Defense - Video:
G. Stolyarov II
January 27, 2008

The Individual is God - Video:
Kyrel Zantonavitch
January 27, 2008

"Laws to suppress tend to strengthen what they would prohibit." 
~ Frank Herbert