A Journal for Western Man :  Issue XLV


Wealth is Produced:                                                                                                                     December 29, 2005:                                                                                                                               There is no such thing as a static "economic pie" that must be distributed and redistributed, writes G. Stolyarov II. Wealth is not zero-sum; it can be produced, created by rational minds. This is why the producers are entitled to sovereignty over the wealth they created: their property.

The Alleged China Threat:
December 29, 2005:                                                                                                                             Dr. Robert P. Murphy refutes the fallacious common view that considers China a "national security threat" simply because China trades with and invests in the United States to an extensive degree.

Film Analysis

Natural Law and the Impropriety of Self-Sacrifice: A Review of the "Chronicles of Narnia" Film:   December 29, 2005:                                                                                                                               G. Stolyarov II reviews the recent film, "Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" and derives useful lessons from it about the universality of natural law and tyrants' violation of it. However, Mr. Stolyarov also critiques the film's treatment of self-sacrifice as a virtue, which it cannot be in the real world.


Why We Give Gifts:
December 29, 2005:                                                                                                                               Dr. Edward Hudgins explains the reasons for gift-giving among selfish, rational, non-mystical, non-altruistic individuals. Giving gifts to those one values is no self-sacrifice. Rather, it is an affirmation of those values.

Intelligent Design is about Religion versus Reason:
December 29, 2005:                                                                                                                               Dr. Keith Lockitch has argued that "intelligent design" is unacceptable as a scientific theory because its core proposition implies a belief in the supernatural, a contradictory notion opposed to reason and the natural law that science is supposed to study. Here, Dr. Lockitch responds to criticism from another self-proclaimed atheist, Robert Camp, who took issue with Lockitch's principled rejection of irrational ideas.


Learn the Constitution, Or Else:
December 29, 2005:                                                                                                                             Dr. Gary M. Galles explains why Senator Robert Byrd's recent proposal to mandate schools to teach about the U.S. Constitution on a certain day is itself unconstitutional. The true content, meaning, and significance of the Constitution are greatly misunderstood by the majority of Americans today-- especially when they are invoked to broaden the coercive power of the majority, a power the Founding Fathers greatly feared.

The Greenhoax Effect:
December 29, 2005:                                                                                                                             Manmade "global warming" is a hoax spread by a "green" scientific establishment more interested in propaganda and control than in truth, writes Michael Miller. In fact, the burning of fossil fuels only aids the growth of plants and the life forms that feed on them-- making the Earth a lusher place. The burning of fossil fuels is man's biggest and most successful recycling project!

Campus Conscience Police?:
December 29, 2005:                                                                                                                             Political correctness, the belief that some ideas are automatically intolerable and should be suppressed, is slowly losing ground on college campuses due to valiant efforts by individual rights organizations, writes Wendy McElroy. This means an improvement for the market of ideas, where original thought will be encouraged, rather than suppressed.

Abuse of Temporary Restraining Orders Endangers Real Victims:
December 29, 2005:                                                                                                                                A Santa Fe judge recently granted a restraining order against talk-show host David Letterman to a deranged, delusional viewer who thought Letterman was harassing her through coded messages over the airwaves. When restraining orders are granted for frivolous reasons, this trivializes the restraining order and undermines the safety of real victims of abuse, writes Wendy McElroy.

The "Windfall Profits" Smear:
December 29, 2005:                                                                                                                             The suggestion that oil companies and other corporations should be taxed on their "excess profits" is a heinous insult to all producers, writes Alex Epstein. There is no market profit or loss that an entrepreneur does not deserve, because all profit and loss flows from the entrepreneur's decision to engage in economic activity, including his decision to take risks that may result in positive or negative consequences.

"Ecology is to biology what astrology is to astronomy."

~ G. Stolyarov II