A Journal for Western Man :  Issue LXXXVI

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Culture

 

Nation and Nationality (1919):

Ludwig von Mises

January 5, 2007:

Ludwig von Mises contrasts the individualistic designation of "nationality" with the collectivistic designation of "race" and writes that a person's "nationality" can best be understood as the primary language he speaks and the modes of thinking and culture that this language brings about. This essay is an explanation of nationality in rational, non-mystical terms.

 

Economics

 

The End of Socialism and the Calculation Debate Revisited (1991):

Dr. Murray N. Rothbard

January 5, 2007:

In this essay, written shortly after the collapse of socialism in the Soviet Union, Dr. Murray Rothbard commemorates the socialist calculation debate of the 1920s and 1930s, during which Ludwig von Mises asserted the impossibility of rational economic planning under socialism. The collapse of socialism demonstrated that Mises was correct, despite the orthodox economics profession's initial rejection of Mises's astute ideas.

 

Our Techno-Utopian Future: Fallacies and Predictions:

David Veksler

January 10, 2007:

Voluntary human interaction has created an industrial civilization capable of generating unprecedented wealth and giving individuals more freedom than ever to choose the way they wish to define themselves and their relation to others. The ultimate result of this is that, to quote Ludwig von Mises, "the individual is in a position to choose the way in which he wants to integrate himself into the totality of society." David Veksler gives his prognoses for how the future of our civilization will turn out and dispels common fallacies among those futurists who assert forthcoming doom.

 

Filosofy

 

Life, Consciousness, and Reason:

Leonid Fainberg

January 10, 2007:

The problem of mind, seemingly, presents a contradiction to Objectivist philosophy. Leonid Fainberg writes that if the mind is physical, as Mr. Stolyarov claims, then all its functions are the result of physical processes and therefore are inherently determined. Mr. Fainberg thinks these premises abnegate the notions of free will, choice, reasoning, and, in short, the very essence of the human mind. If the mind is spiritual, as Reginald Firehammer holds, then it spells a mind-body dichotomy and eventually primacy of consciousness. Mr. Fainberg considers this dichotomy as false, and proposes to resolve this contradiction by using a teleological approach.

 

Historical Analysis

 

New Light on the Prehistory of the Austrian School (1976):

Dr. Murray N. Rothbard

January 5, 2007:

In recent decades, the revisionist scholars have clearly altered our knowledge of the prehistory of the Austrian school of economics. We see emerging a long and mighty tradition of proto-Austrian Scholastic economics, founded on Aristotle, continuing through the Middle Ages and the later Italian and Spanish Scholastics, and then influencing the French and Italian economists before and up till the day of Adam Smith. The achievement of Carl Menger and the Austrians was not so much to found a totally new system on the framework of British classical political economy as to revive and elaborate upon the older tradition that had been shunted aside by the classical school. Dr. Murray Rothbard informs us of these discoveries and invites us to explore a vast field of hitherto neglected economic thought.

 

Politics

 

Saddam Hussein's Execution:

Dr. Edward Hudgins

January 5, 2007:

Dr. Edward Hudgins writes that Saddam Hussein is deservedly dead, hanged as the heinous criminal he was. But the process by which justice was administered was disappointing and highlights the wide gap in values between Iraq’s culture and that of any civilized country. Saddam Hussein is dead, but his malignant spirit survives and runs with the blood in the streets of his country. What must die for civilization to live is not any given individual but the anti-life values that Saddam represented.

 

Society Without a State (1974):

Dr. Murray N. Rothbard

January 5, 2007:

Dr. Murray Rothbard offers his idea of how law, defense, arbitration of disputes, and the respect thereof by all parties involved and the general society can be accomplished in the absence of government by private courts and defense agencies respecting the principles of individual liberty and non-aggression. While The Rational Argumentator does not adopt Dr. Rothbard's anarcho-capitalist position in its entirety, this essay shows the power of private choice and free markets in providing many of the goods traditionally considered the province of governments. Its ideas are valuable even if one's goal is to limit government power, not eliminate it.  

 

Middle-of-the-Road Policy Leads to Socialism (1950):

Ludwig von Mises

January 5, 2007:

Ludwig von Mises writes that the system of state intervention with the market economy-- whose advocates claim to blend together the best elements of capitalism and socialism-- is bound to lead to full-fledged socialism by a steady progression of ever more government controls designed to correct the failures of past government controls and bringing about more failures in turn until all of man's economic freedom is eroded away. Only a consistent, principled return to laissez-faire capitalism can prevent this encroaching calamity.

 

Who is Avigdor Lieberman?:

Alan Caruba

January 10, 2007:

In mid-December, at the invitation of the Middle East Forum, Alan Caruba attended a luncheon in New York whose featured speaker was Avigdor Lieberman, a Deputy Prime Minster of Israel. Mr. Lieberman wants the Arabs out of Israel. Mr. Caruba believes it cannot be done.

 

Mitt Romney: A Massachusetts Liberal for President:

Selwyn Duke

January 10, 2007:

Although Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney may boast of his conservative credentials, his record of supporting left-wing policy measures speaks to the contrary, writes Selwyn Duke. Romney may try to run for President in 2008 as a Republican, but Mr. Duke warns us that he might simply be another essentially left-wing politician in conservative guise.

 

"The black market was a way of getting around government controls. It was a way of enabling the free market to work. It was a way of opening up, enabling people."

 

~Milton Friedman

 

 

 

 

 

 

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