A Journal for Western Man-- Issue XXXV
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Thoughts on Poverty and Its Absence:
May 19, 2005:
Fred Reed offers a much evaded but remarkably true insight: that there is very little true poverty in America today. There is, however, much cultural decadence, apathy, and degeneration, caused by the volitional choices (or lack thereof) of those who exhibit them.
Homosexuality: A Chosen Harm:
May 26, 2005:
G. Stolyarov II is not personally hostile to homosexuals as individuals, but he does believe that their practices are deleterious to their bodily and moral well-being. He contends, using filosofical arguments and scientific data, that homosexual practices are volitionally chosen by the practitioners, and bring about said practitioners' fysical suffering and moral deterioration.
The Illusion of Household Wealth:
May 5, 2005:
Chris Leithner shows that the recent booms in household consumption in America, Britain, and Australia, are not in fact indicative of real rises in economic wealth. Quite the contrary, they are a government-stimulated consumption of the capital stock vital to true economic progress.
Foreign Language Commentary
Why People by Default Choose Collectivism and Statism: The Socialists' Ideological Gambit:
June 2, 2005:
Written in Russian, this article by Belarusian free-market scholar Jaroslav Romanchuk explains why socialism is not yet dead in Belarus and Eastern Europe in general, even following the reform attempts of the early 1990s. Mr. Romanchuk contends that the absence of a clear ideology of reason and unmitigated free markets has rendered it possible for the socialists to recuperate and regain ground by cultural default.
The Good Life:
May 11, 2005:
Michael Miller has already proved that life is man's ultimate means and end, but what sort of life is desirable to a man? Mr. Miller explains the concept of positive feedback loops and their relation to the good life, ultimately bringing about the key human choice: to thrive or to decay.
Reason and Reality: The Logical Compatibility of Austrian Economics and Objectivist Ethics:
May 22, 2005:
Contrary to the orthodoxies on both sides, Heidi C. Morris argues that the fundamental principles of Austrian Economics as formulated by Ludwig von Mises and Objectivist Ethics, founded by Ayn Rand, are logically reconcilable and mutually reinforcing. Both, moreover, are aimed at defending the freedom of individuals to act and innovate without being hampered by invasive government.
Historical Analysis
Remembering Gustave de Molinari:
May 11, 2005:
Dr. Gary M. Galles brings us words of wisdom from a renowned 19th century French economist championing laissez-faire and the freedom of the sovereign individual from government restraint and arbitrary power.
The Wholecaust Museum and the Holocaust Museum:
May 11, 2005:
Attorney Rex Curry announces his plans to create museums documenting not only the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust, but of the larger-scale murder of individuals by totalitarian socialist regimes in the twentieth century. Hitler, writes Curry, was the third most extensive mass murderer in human history, surpassed by Stalin and Mao.
Literary Analysis
Atlas Shrugged: A Model for Individualist Revolution:
May 10, 2005:
Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged is a groundbreaking novel, writes Reginald Firehammer, particularly because it offers the first model of individual rebels acting solely from their own self-interested motives to overthrow a heinous sociopolitical paradigm.
The Tool:
May 11, 2005:
Jasen Alexander offers an eloquent sonnet on the value of reason as a tool for unraveling the mysteries of the universe.
Demonizing Doe Run:
May 10, 2005:
Environmental activism groups are maligning Doe Run Peru, a mining firm whose activities have led to a dramatic improvement in the quality of life of locals, writes Alan Caruba. Such affronts to human progress as these environmentalist campaigns ought to be unmasked for what they are and earnestly opposed.
Kyoto Heat Waves Hammer the Poor:
May 10, 2005:
Paul Driessen evaluates the economic devastation that signing the Kyoto evironmental treaty, based on the pseudo-scientific theory of global warming, would inflict on the poorest citizens of the United States and the world.
A Libertarian Response to Loompanics Unlimited:
May 10, 2005:
Professor Scott Kauzlarich offers a civil, thoughtful, and insightful response to Michael Hoy's recent crude, snide, and highly simplistic criticism of libertarian ideas and libertarians in general.
Double Standards on Disease Control:
May 21, 2005:
While numerous activist groups throughout the Western world focus extensively on creating a myriad of new "human rights," they ignore the basic rights of millions of Africans to be free from prohibitions on DDT, a powerful pesticide that would contribute to the elimination of the deadly malaria epidemic plaguing African countries, writes Paul Driessen. It is imperative that environmentalist pseudo-science and fear-mongering, which had led to the prohibition of the chemical, be abandoned in favor of rationality, progress, and the preservation of lives.
To Liberalize or to Perish: The Political and Economic Future of Europe:
May 22, 2005:
The countries of Europe stand at a vital crossroads, writes G. Stolyarov II. They must either renounce the welfare-statist, protectionist, redistributionist mode of bureaucracy that they had embraced after World War II, or be left out of the opportunities presented by a global economy requiring a maximum of individual freedom and innovation, a global economy incompatible with gargantuan government and intrusive regulation. 
Greenpeace Perpetuates Poverty and Malnutrition:
June 2, 2005:
Environmental organizations like Greenpeace seek to deny third world farmers and consumers vital genetically modified seeds and foods which are essential to resolving the Third World's food crisis and are not only harmless but far healthier than "organic" foods, writes Paul Driessen. First World residents ought not only be proud to eat GM foods, but also to categorically support their use abroad.