Issue CLIX 

May 30 - June 1, 2008

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Culture
The War Against Modernity (2002):
David Kelley

June 1, 2008
Dr. David Kelley writes that at the deepest level,  the war on terrorism is the latest phase of a long and continuing struggle to achieve the promise of modern civilization. The threat posed by the Islamist terrorists derives not from their Islamic background but from the ideas, values, and motivations they share with anti-modernists everywhere—including in the West. In that regard, they have not merely assaulted our civilization. They have attacked civilization as such.

Economics
Government Runs the Ultimate Racket:
Gary M. Galles

May 30, 2008
"Seniors hurt in Ponzi scam" headlined the story of elderly Southern Californians bilked in a pyramid scheme. While sad, the story reminded Dr. Gary Galles of Social Security, since it is also a Ponzi scheme involving those older, with high payoffs to early recipients coming from pockets of later participants. With Social Security, however, it benefits those older at others' expense.

Boycott China?:
Charles N. Steele

June 1, 2008
A good friend of Dr. Charles Steele recently sent him an internet chain letter he received, and requested that Dr. Steele comment on it. Does it make sense, and could it work? Typically, Dr. Steele has no time for these sorts of things, but this one raised a number of interesting issues. Dr. Steele explains why boycotting Chinese goods would be no substitute for genuine fiscal responsibility on the part of the U. S. government.

The Government's Scapegoats:
Robert P. Murphy

June 1, 2008
With food and energy prices soaring, housing prices collapsing, and the economy sinking into what could be a deep recession, the government has been searching around for villains. The latest scapegoats are speculators, OPEC, and of course, the big bad oil companies. As usual, our government ignores its own role in our current economic mess. To add insult to injury, most of the politicians’ proposed “solutions” would only make things worse. Dr. Robert Murphy explains.

The Wacky World of Civic Baseball:
Jeffrey Tucker

June 1, 2008
It's civic baseball season again, that time of the year when we are reminded that everything we believe about how society works is wrong, at least in this area if not in all areas. Indeed, it strikes Jeffrey Tucker that civic sports would be far less cruel and hysterical if it were run for profit.

Politics
The Assault on Civilization (2001):
David Kelley

May 30, 2008
Dr. David Kelley wrote this essay shortly after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He writes that the World Trade Center buildings were obviously chosen as symbolic targets. But the values are not uniquely American, or even uniquely Western. They are the values of civilized life anywhere. This was an assault on civilization as such.

Non-Solutions to Non-Problems:
Alan Caruba

May 30, 2008
A desperate push is underway to enact the Climate Security Act sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CN) and Sen. John Warner (R-VA). It would impose cap-and-trade mandates on anything that generates carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and that pretty much includes everything involving energy use, including backyard barbequing. Just what “climate security” is remains a mystery. It suggests that humans actually have something to do with the climate, which Alan Caruba shows has been decisively refuted.

The Greenpeace Scam:
Alan Caruba

June 1, 2008
Being attacked by Greenpeace should be considered a badge of honor. In May, the Heartland Institute was the subject of a Greenpeace news release that described the Chicago-based think tank as “a free-market, anti-regulation right wing think tank” funded by leading American corporations and reputable foundations. Alan Caruba writes that Greenpeace epitomizes everything that is wrong with today's environmental movement.

Washington's Culture of Deception:
Chuck Baldwin

June 1, 2008
A bomb exploded inside Washington, D.C., this week, and, no, it was not the work of a Middle Eastern terrorist. It was the work of former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan. His new book has exploded in the face of what history will probably regard as one of the most deceptive and manipulative Presidential administrations in American government. The Washington Post (and a host of other media) released a report regarding McClellan's book this past Wednesday. Dr. Chuck Baldwin describes how McClellan's work highlights the culture of deception reigning in contemporary American politics.

Apathetic Pastors and Christians Killing America:
Chuck Baldwin

June 1, 2008
Dr. Chuck Baldwin knows that almost all of America's pastors and church leaders will laud and honor a young Christian man's decision to join our armed forces and go overseas to fight enemies abroad. But when it comes to opposing those within our own country who seek to dismantle constitutional government or the principles of liberty, their support for resistance turns to apathy and indifference. Dr. Baldwin uses arguments from Christian theology to refute the idea that Christians simply ought to let the political situation get worse and worse due to "God's will" that it be so.

Videos
Arguing That Atheists are Immoral is Un-Christian and Wrong - Video:
G. Stolyarov II

May 30, 2008


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