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Culture
Cultural Affirmative Action:
Selwyn Duke

March 30, 2008
While old, overt affirmative action was government-sanctioned discrimination, at least it was, in some measure, more honest than our cultural affirmative action. There is such a thing. It’s when people in the market and media privilege others – sometimes unconsciously – based upon the latter’s identification with a “victim group.” Selwyn Duke explains.

Economics
Liberty Causes Progress:
G. Stolyarov II

April 3, 2008
The improvement of virtually all facets of human life which began in the West during the 18th century and has since spread to increasing numbers of people around the world has as its cause the liberty of individuals to pursue their well-being and happiness. The inseparable concepts of liberty and private property, when extensively defined and enforced, lead to universal progress by enabling specialization and entrepreneurial innovation. Furthermore, writes Mr. Stolyarov, liberty is itself progress; it frees all people from the arbitrary power and violence of other men.  

On Money, Inflation, and Government:
Ron Paul

April 3, 2008
Ron Paul writes that the end game for the Fed's current policy of monetary inflation is that the money in your bank account loses purchasing power.  So, by keeping failing banks afloat, the Fed punishes those who have lived frugally and saved.  The power to create money is a power that should never be granted to government.  As we can plainly see today, the Fed has abused this power, and taxpayers are paying the price.

Politics
Cold North Pole, Cold South Pole:
Alan Caruba

March 30, 2008
Alan Caruba was suspicious when the Department of the Interior announced it was considering the listing of polar bears as an “endangered species”, particularly since the designation has nothing to do with the current, thriving population, but a computer model projection that in fifty years they might be endangered. Since polar bears have been around for hundreds of thousands of years, the notion they might suddenly go missing in fifty years is questionable.

Ultra-Rich Cash in on Global Warming Hoax:
Alan Caruba

March 30, 2008
The “solutions” offered to stop a non-existent global warming include a Gore suggestion that “pollution” be taxed; that there must be a mandated reduction of all carbon dioxide emissions; the instituting of a bogus cap-and-trade credit system for all utilities, manufacturing, transportation, and other activities; biofuels, greater use of energy alternatives such as wind and solar; and ultimately, limits on how much energy people are permitted to use who drive cars, own homes, or run businesses of all kinds.  Alan Caruba explains how some ultra-rich promoters of these regulations will become even richer by them, while most ordinary Americans will suffer.

Understanding Arabs:
Alan Caruba

March 30, 2008
Seven years past  9/11 and five years past the invasion of Iraq, Americans are still trying to figure out what makes Arabs behave the way they do. There is a vast cultural difference between those in the West and those in an Arab world that fills the Middle East and stretches across the northern tier of Africa. Indeed, military conflict with Arabs goes back to the days of Thomas Jefferson. Alan Caruba discusses some of the cultural characteristics prevailing in the Middle East that add to the complexities of current international politics.

Our Nation, Our Military, Our Mission:
Alan Caruba

March 30, 2008
Americans know that we have troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, but Alan Caruba suspects they have little idea that nearly a half-million of our soldiers, marines, airmen, sailors and coast guard are in far-flung places prepared to deter and defeat the enemies of, not just our nation, but of the freedom we enjoy and want to extend worldwide. Mr. Caruba argues for the necessity of these extensive military commitments.

On Five Years in Iraq:
Ron Paul

March 30, 2008
Five years ago last week, the US military's "shock and awe" campaign lit up the Baghdad sky. Five years later, with hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and nearly four thousand Americans dead, we should pause and reflect on just what has been gained and what has been lost. In contrast to Mr. Caruba's article above, Rep. Ron Paul argues for a non-interventionist foreign policy -- and the sooner this policy can be put in motion, the better.

Agenda 21 or Freedom 21: Connecting the Dots to Tyranny:

Tom DeWeese

March 30, 2008
Which do you choose? A way of life where you are the master of your destiny, or one where virtually all decisions are made for you by one ruling body or another? It's the classic struggle facing every human on earth: freedom or control. Tom DeWeese explains how this battle is embodied in the conflict between Agenda 21 and Freedom 21.

Let's Hear It for the GOP!:
Chuck Baldwin

March 30, 2008
Chuck Baldwin quips that we do not need to worry about old-fashioned, out-of-date ideas such as constitutional government, conservative principles, or common sense, because the fine men and women of the Republican Party wisely chose John McCain as their presumptive Presidential nominee. Yes, indeed. Let's hear it for the GOP!

Videos
Objective, Inalienable Natural Rights - Without Authority:
G. Stolyarov II

March 30, 2008


Rights Precede Morality - Video:
G. Stolyarov II

March 30, 2008


A Victory Against Book-Burning and Intolerance - Video:
G. Stolyarov II

April 3, 2008


"Progress improves the morals of virtually all human beings and enables them to coexist peacefully, ethically, and to mutual benefit." 
~ G. Stolyarov II, "Liberty Causes Progress
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