Issue CCXCVI

September 4-5, 2011

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Culture
Zombie Feminism and Prudish SlutWalkers
Wendy McElroy

September 4, 2011

Feminism is dead, and yet it lumbers forward in high-heeled shoes and cleavage-heaving costumes. SlutWalk is a worldwide phenomenon in which women parade through the streets in “slutty” clothes. It began as a backlash against a Toronto policeman who publicly declared that women should minimize the risk of rape by not “dressing like sluts.” The most obvious message of SlutWalk is credible. Women should be able to dress as they want without being raped or blamed for violence against them. But, writes Wendy McElroy, the raw politics and hypocrisy surrounding SlutWalk expose mainstream feminism as an exhausted movement that continues to have influence only because it has been institutionalized into laws and academia. As a result the underlying messages have quickly overwhelmed the explicit theme.

Economics
How Canada Escaped the Global Recession
David Lee

September 4, 2011

David Lee writes that Canada's relatively mild experience during the recent global financial crisis and recession has been due in large part to freer-market, lower-debt policies pursued by its successive political administrations. 

Literature
Preface to Flourishing and Happiness in a Free Society
Edward W. Younkins

September 4, 2011

This is the preface to Dr. Edward Younkins's new book, Flourishing and Happiness in a Free Society: 
Toward a Synthesis of Aristotelianism, Austrian Economics, and Ayn Rand's Objectivism. See Mr. Stolyarov's review of this book here.

Politics
Obama Caves to Pressure, Withdraws Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Marita Noon

September 4, 2011

On September 2,  President Obama announced, "I have requested that Administrator Jackson withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards at this time." Just hours before, the worst jobs numbers in a year were released. Business and industry groups have been beating the drum regarding the EPA's excessive regulations and their impact on the struggling American economy. The EPA has already backed down from its foolish attempt to apply oil-spill regulations to spilled milk on dairy farms. Now, writes Marita Noon, common sense and economic necessity can chalk up another win.

Irene Brings the Importance of Energy to Light
Marita Noon

September 4, 2011

“Coal is making us sick. Oil is making us sick.” So said Senator Harry Reid. As the entire East Coast faced a fierce Irene, the lunacy of Reid’s statement was brought to light. But, writes Marita Noon, America’s energy is what kept people alive despite nature’s fury.

Hurricane Irene: We're From the Government; We're Here to Help.
Ron Paul

September 5, 2011

In the wake of hurricane Irene, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to come hat in hands asking for more money from Congress.  Like the rest of the federal government, it is broke.  It has been suggested that any additional funds allocated to FEMA should come from cuts elsewhere.  This seems harsh and lacking in compassion to big-government advocates who do not understand economics, but Rep. Ron Paul would go a step further. Rep. Paul writes that FEMA should never have been established.  It is based on misguided ideas of disaster relief.  This seems shocking to those who have never been subjected to the secondary disaster that is the arrival of FEMA on the scene of a catastrophic event.  But explaining FEMA’s ineptness is not the same thing as saying no one should help people affected by disasters.  Quite the opposite.


Affordable Energy is Essential for Jobs, Justice -- and Better Health
Niger Innis

September 5, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency insists that its recent air-quality initiatives will protect minority and poor Americans from pollution that “disproportionately affects” their health and impairs “environmental justice.” The Affordable Power Alliance is not convinced. Its position, as articulated by Niger Innis, is that the EPA needs to reexamine its entire air pollution regulatory program and carefully consider all aspects of health, welfare, and justice, especially those it has failed to address thus far.

Our Least Sustainable Energy Option
Paul Driessen

September 5, 2011

President Obama and a chorus of environmentalists, politicians, corporate executives, and federal bureaucrats are perennially bullish on wind power as the bellwether of our “clean energy economy of the future.” But Paul Driessen writes that wind energy may well be the least sustainable and least eco-friendly of all electricity options. Its shortcomings are legion, but the biggest ones can be grouped into eight categories.


Spreading "Big Oil Subsidy" Disinformation
Paul Driessen

September 5, 2011

Paul Driessen argues that oil-industry “subsidies” and “special tax breaks” are neither subsidies nor special. Ending these basic manufacturers' tax deductions will cost jobs and kill off far more revenue than eliminating them will generate. And the real subsidies are going to energy sources that are land-intensive, environmentally harmful, and unsustainable, in every sense of the word.

Videos
US-Libyan Cooperation on Torture -- The Evils of US Foreign Policy
G. Stolyarov II

September 5, 2011


Mr. Stolyarov discusses the documents recently discovered by Human Rights Watch, demonstrating cooperation between the Gaddafi regime and the US CIA and the British MI6 in the "extraordinary rendition" (read, illegal kidnapping and torture) of suspected militants and anti-Gaddafi dissidents to Libya for "interrogation". If this is not disgraceful, then nothing is. Mr. Stolyarov draws from this incident lessons as to the basic principles of contemporary US foreign policy.


 "How can I run for office and say I want to be a weak president? We need a strong president, strong enough to resist the temptation of taking power the President shouldn’t have." 
~ Ron Paul