Issue CLXII 

June 10-12, 2008

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Atheism
The First Atheists:
G. Stolyarov II

June 11, 2008
Atheism is older than Christianity. The first explicit atheists in Western civilization can be found among the ancient Greeks. Mr. Stolyarov briefly describes two ancient atheists, Diagoras of Melos and Theodorus of Cyrene, whose ideas inspired numerous renowned philosophers of later times.

Culture
The Best Self-Help is Free: Chapter 16: Avoiding "Trench Warfare" Issues in Argumentation and Communication:
G. Stolyarov II

June 10, 2008
In order to get things done effectively, you will often need to convince people that your approach to a particular issue, action, or project is a justified one. Unfortunately, arguing in favor of your ideas is a highly delicate task and is fraught with perils. Mr. Stolyarov suggests avoiding emotionally charged "trench warfare" issues on which little progress is possible and instead focusing one's energies on devising original solutions that resist being pigeonholed into well-established positions.

The Best Self-Help is Free: Chapter 18: Effective Methods of Persuasion:
G. Stolyarov II

June 11, 2008
Mr. Stolyarov presents a few approaches to aid you in persuading people with intellectual backgrounds greatly different from your own that your ideas and projects have merit to them and ought to be endorsed or at least not thwarted.

Economics
Rising Energy Prices and the Falling Dollar:
Ron Paul

June 10, 2008

Oil prices are on the minds of many Americans as gas hits $4 a gallon, and continues to surge.  How high can prices go?  How can we solve these problems?  What, or who, is to blame? Part of the answer, writes Rep. Ron Paul, lies in understanding bubbles and monetary inflation, but especially the Federal Reserve System. 


Politics
Teaching Kids About the Environment, Government Style:
Ben O'Neill

June 10, 2008
University campuses receive a great deal of attention due to the political and cultural indoctrination and activism that some academics try to pass off as education. However, government education bureaucrats are eager to ensure that their prescribed views are etched on the slate of the human mind at a much earlier age. For this reason, the most shameless political and cultural activism is often directed, under the guise of environmental and social education, at young children attending government primary schools. Ben O'Neill describes one such egregious program, called "Planet Slayer" and implemented by the Australian government.

Is the Starving Man Free?:
Ben O'Neill

June 10, 2008
Modern "liberals" who advocate the view that government should provide us with the necessities or alleged necessities of life rarely appreciate that this assistance rests on a system of mass robbery and enslavement that is highly inimical to their professed belief in liberty. In fact, the advocates of such policies present them in quite the opposite light, as enhancing our liberty. This contention rests on the conceptual claim that liberty requires certain of our most basic needs to be satisfied, if necessary by the actions of others. Ben O'Neill examines and refutes this claim.

Jim Crow Energy Policies:
Roy Innis

June 10, 2008
Our fundamental rights are under assault in subtle, often insidious ways – sometimes by good people who don’t realize they are impairing other people’s rights, hopes and dreams; at other times by people who are willing to sacrifice individual rights in furtherance of a proclaimed “greater common good.” A prime example, writes Roy Innis,  involves restrictions on access to energy and economic opportunity, in the name of protecting the environment.

The Threat of Collectivism in Our Time:
G. Stolyarov II

June 12, 2008
Collectivism is back with a vengeance, and its new home is not in the USSR or China. The new citadel of collectivism is the First World, as Western elites adopt ever more of the communitarian “it takes a village” attitude – an attitude which holds that, by himself, the individual is nothing and that the very existence of his rights and even of meaning in his life is contingent on his participation in his society. Mr. Stolyarov explains why this view is deeply flawed and dangerous.

America's Native Criminal Class:
Paul Driessen

June 12, 2008
The Warner-Lieberman climate bill may be dead for this year, but it will assuredly be back – and it is symptomatic of the regressive, anti-energy legislation that has typified all too many congressional initiatives in recent decades. Paul Driessen analyzes the climate change and energy laws that continue to defy common sense – and derail the dreams and aspirations of countless American families.
It’s no wonder Congress of Racial Equality Chairman Roy Innis refers to them as “Jim Crow energy policies.” Their adverse impact on minority and other poor families is incalculable. If Mark Twain thought Congress was America’s only distinctly native criminal class a century ago, what would he think today?

Why Can't McCain Say "Oil"?:
Alan Caruba

June 12, 2008
While grabbing a bite to eat for lunch, Alan Caruba turned on the television and MSNBC was broadcasting live a presentation John McCain was making somewhere. When McCain got to the topic of the price of gasoline and how to reduce current and future pain at the pump, he could not bring himself to say “oil.” He ran off a string of “alternative” energy ideas such as solar, wind, nuclear, and “a battery that will let your car go a hundred miles” on a single charge, but there was no mention of America’s vast oil reserves in Alaska or the billions of barrels geologists believe exist in our continental shelf. Mr. Caruba wonders why McCain made such an important oversight.

"A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims." 
~ Ayn Rand

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