A Journal for Western Man :  Issue LXXXVIII

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Culture

 

Soft People, Hard People:

Selwyn Duke

January 30, 2007:

Selwyn Duke discusses an immutable truth of human nature: When soft people clash with hard people, the soft are vanquished.  That is, unless they become harder. Unfortunately, the peoples of the West have become increasingly "soft" in their unwillingness to resist the tide of fanaticism and intolerance coming from destructive Islamist militants; the "softness" is also manifested domestically as opposition to measures necessary for the preservation of Western civilization. Mr. Duke offers advice as to what needs to be done to defeat the "harder" enemies of the developed world.

 

Economics

 

Does Business Need Washington to Manage Wages?:

Dr. Robert P. Murphy

January 20, 2007:

Dr. Murphy refutes Robert Reich's recent arguments in favor of raising the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour. He uses sound economics to disprove Reich's paradoxical and mutually contradictory claims. Indeed, whether or not the current minimum wage hike adjusts the prior minimum wage for inflation does not affect the fact that the minimum wage increase will harm businesses and workers alike.

 

Filosofy

 

Choice and Focus:

Leonid Fainberg

February 5, 2007:

The concept of focus represents a central part of the Objectivist philosophy of mind. Focus means the state of a goal-directed mind committed to attaining full awareness of reality. Focus is also defined as the primary choice, on which all other choices depend. But Leonid Fainberg disputes the idea that the choice to focus is the primary choice; Mr. Fainberg shows that this notion contradicts both sound logical reasoning and empirical data. He then presents an alternate theory of the nature of focus.

 

Historical Analysis

 

Overproduction and Underconsumption Fallacies:

Dr. George Reisman

January 20, 2007:

James Mill (1773–1836) is perhaps best known as the father and educator of John Stuart Mill. He deserves to be remembered for much more, however. Not only was he an influential popularizer of the ideas of his friend, David Ricardo, but also, as appears from the excerpt here presented, an important economist in his own right. What has come down to us as Say's Law may, perhaps with equal propriety, be called Mill's Law. Dr. George Reisman explains James Mill's contribution to the economic realization that so-called "overproduction" and "underconsumption" are simply impossible.

 

Politics

 

Strangling the Energy Baby:

Alan Caruba

January 20, 2007:

Alan Caruba writes that there is an effort in Congress—mostly thanks to the Democrat leadership—to strangle the energy baby in the cradle. Why they and some addled Republicans would want to do this defies an answer beyond the hatred environmentalists have for all forms of energy other than windmills, solar panels, and crops which should be eaten instead of poured into one’s gas tank. The real energy needs of America will not be met by Congress. Congressmen are set to impose new costs and new obstacles to the generation of energy, whether it is electricity or whether it is fuel for your car or truck. They propose to do this by mandating “renewable” fuels and increasing the taxation of energy companies.

 

Freedom versus Non-Freedom: A View from Russia:

Dr. Andrei Illarionov

January 22, 2007:

A society's political and economic freedoms are inextricably linked, and without one, the other will be soon lost. This has happened in Dr. Andrei Illarionov's homeland, Russia, during the past several years of Vladimir Putin's increasingly authoritarian regime. Dr. Illarionov describes the recent crackdown on both political and economic freedom in Russia; he also discusses what will be necessary to reverse that trend.

 

The Ethanol Debacle:

Alan Caruba

January 22, 2007:

Hating so-called “fossil fuels”—coal, oil, and natural gas—with a passion, the environmentalists have perpetrated every deception possible and, among them, is the notion that Americans can avoid destroying the Earth if they just fill up the tanks of their automobiles with ethanol. Alan Caruba writes of the numerous disadvantages and inefficiencies of ethanol and urges deregulation of the development of known oil reserves as an alternate solution.

 

The Barker and the Shill: The Fraud of the Fairness Doctrine:

Selwyn Duke

January 30, 2007:

Selwyn Duke argues that the so-called "fairness doctrine," whose revival has recently been proposed by Democrats like Dennis Kucinich, is anything but fair and impartial. Rather, it is an enabling device for the stifling of conservative and right-wing speech on radio talk shows and the masking of insidious left-wing biases under the designations "impartial" and "objective."

 

Declaration of Independence 2007:

Gen LaGreca

February 5, 2007:

With a new Congress convening, it is time to recall the ideals of America as expressed by Thomas Jefferson in our Declaration of Independence. The following-- written by novelist Gen LaGreca-- is a new version of the Declaration, updated to reflect the current usurpations and threats we face. It is an urgent call for our newly elected representatives to fulfill the promise of America envisioned by our Founders and for We, The People, to insist that they do.

 

An Economic Suicide Pact for Europe and the U.S.:

Paul Driessen

February 5, 2007:

Europeans have worked themselves into such a lather over “climate chaos” that they’ve set themselves up for a head-on collision between eco-ideology and economic reality. With the new Democratic Congress poised to ram through heavy-handed climate legislation, the U.S. may be heading down the same path. Paul Driessen writes that we can and should develop new technologies, to further improve energy efficiency, reduce pollution, and enter a new era of energy generation. But we need not and must not rush to judgment, trash our economy, or slash our living standards, just to “do something” about a speculative climate change “catastrophe.”

 

"Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government."

 

~Milton Friedman

 

 

 

 

 

 

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