Issue CLXXXI

December 18-23, 2008

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Music
Fanfare of Perseverance, Op. 58:
G. Stolyarov II

December 20, 2008
Mr. Stolyarov's latest composition is a work for two brass sections and timpani. It highlights the virtue of perseverance and portrays a spirited resistance against obstacles. Length: 2:05.

Politics
Team Obama Introduces the New Commerce Secretary:
Marita Noon

December 18, 2008
Barack Obama's selection of Bill Richardson as his commerce secretary was done despite New Mexico's dismal economic performance under Richardson's governorship. One of the reasons why New Mexico is not prospering, despite abundant natural resources, is that Richardson and his government have refused to allow these resources to be extracted and used. In this humorous article, Marita Noon argues that Richardson's appointment does not bode well for the economic future of the United States.

Afghanistan Will Be Another Vietnam:
Alan Caruba

December 18, 2008
The next President of the United States of America must decide whether to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan or expand our involvement there. Having lived through the long years of the war in Vietnam, Alan Caruba can tell you that Afghanistan looks and smells like Vietnam. It is the classic wrong war in the wrong place.

Let's Go Nuclear:
Alan Caruba

December 18, 2008
Alan Caruba urges more Americans to embrace the creation of new nuclear power plants. Nuclear energy, contrary to the claims of radical environmentalists, is clean, safe, and capable of providing for many of Americans' energy needs.

States and Utilities Unite to Rob Energy Consumers:
Alan Caruba

December 20, 2008
Energy consumers in ten northeastern States are going to see their bills rise and probably not even know why. They will assume that it is tied to the cost of oil, natural gas, or coal, but it is so only obliquely. Alan Caruba explains the dangers and costs of these ten State governments' plans to impose "cap-and-trade" schemes based on unsubstantiated global warming alarmism.

Following Europe's Lead on Climate Change:
Paul Driessen

December 20, 2008
Environmentalists, journalists, and politicians say tough climate legislation is a moral imperative. They claim global warming science is settled, the United States is out of step with other nations, and America must follow Europe’s lead to prevent climate chaos. It’s great rhetoric. But, asks Paul Driessen, which European lead should we follow? And how is it morally responsible to enact climate legislation that kills jobs and punishes families and businesses, to reduce global temperatures by perhaps 0.2 degrees?

The French First Lady and Affirmative Action:
Selwyn Duke

December 20, 2008
Selwyn Duke had to shake his head when he read about how Barack Obama’s election has inspired France to consider affirmative-action policies to combat their dreaded “white political and social elite.”  Weighing in on this pressing problem is none other than singer, esteemed intellectual, and French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. Mr. Duke explains why the French first lady's comments on this matter are plainly ridiculous.

Videos
How to Approach Unjust Laws -- Video -- Part 1 of 2:
G. Stolyarov II

December 21, 2008
How do we, as private citizens seeking justice, approach the many unjust laws existing today? What is the best way to act in order to ensure that the harms of these laws are minimized and that they are eventually repealed without bringing harm on oneself or those for whom one cares? Mr. Stolyarov explains how one can ethically approach the different types of unjust laws.

How to Approach Unjust Laws -- Video -- Part 2 of 2:
G. Stolyarov II

December 22, 2008
In concluding his presentation on how to approach unjust laws, Mr. Stolyarov explains what private citizens can do to mitigate the harms of government wealth redistribution.

The Minimal Secular Agenda Regarding Religious Belief -- Video:
G. Stolyarov II

December 23, 2008
In order to achieve peaceful coexistence among all individuals, Mr. Stolyarov presents a list of understandings which he believes all religious people need to adopt and that any reasonable secularist should expect them to adopt. Adopting the Minimal Secular Agenda Regarding Religious Belief (MSARRB) will defuse tensions among the religious and non-religious and will enable more peaceful, mutually respectful, and productive interactions among them.

"The worst guilt to accept is an unearned guilt." 
~ Ayn Rand

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