A Journal for Western Man :  Issue LXXXIX

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Culture

 

The Muhammad Ali Myth:

Selwyn Duke

February 5, 2007:

While Selwyn Duke likes Muhammad Ali and admires his skills as a boxer, he believes that the current predominant worshipful glorification of Ali as a hero is unjustified. Ali had great flaws in both his racist Nation-of-Islam ideology and in his private conduct. While he can be respected for his accomplishments, it is also essential to recognize his shortcomings.

 

The Offensiveness of Taking Offense:

Selwyn Duke

February 10, 2007:

Selwyn Duke observes that our civilization is not as overcome by pride as by duplicity. Screaming “That’s offensive!” is nothing but a ploy; few who emit that utterance are actually offended. Mr. Duke conveys a lesson we ignore at our own peril.  You can have freedom from being offended or you can freedom of speech, but you cannot have both.

 

Economics

 

Isn't the Capital Surplus a Good Thing?:

Dr. Robert P. Murphy

February 5, 2007:

One of the strongest arguments in defense of large US trade deficits is to point out that they are the accounting flip side of a net capital inflow to the United States. This is quite effective rhetorically. Although the man on the street passionately believes that we ought to sell more stuff to foreigners than we buy from them, he also believes quite strongly that it's good if foreign companies build factories here, rather than Americans exporting capital abroad. So when we free-market economists point out that the two positions are mutually exclusive, that at least causes the protectionist to scratch his head. In this context, Peter Schiff's recent piece, "Wall Street's Spin-Meisters Are At It Again," is quite delectable. Schiff tackles this pro-deficit argument head on, and sets out a very clear (though clearly wrong) case. Refuting his points will provide an excellent primer on international trade, and Dr. Robert Murphy undertakes such a refutation.

 

Politics

 

Cooling Off the War Fever:

Alan Caruba

February 5, 2007:

Alan Caruba thinks a weary America is being purposefully whipped into yet another war frenzy, and, in this case, it’s Iran. Mr. Caruba argues that we need to resist a new war fever, a new call to arms, so that we can step back to determine what the next correct course of action should be.

 

We're Doomed. What's for Dinner?:

Alan Caruba

February 5, 2007:

Despite the endless deluge of global warming claims, there is also a mountain of climate data to dispute them. The primary reason for disputing the claims is that they are based on computer models. These are the same computer models meteorologists use to predict next week’s weather. How often are these predictions wrong? The answer is (a) daily, (b) weekly, (c) frequently, or (d) all of the above. Alan Caruba warns us of massive scare-mongering to come in the attempt by environmentalist doomsayers, the Democratic Party, and a corrupt United Nations to impose colossal regulations that threaten to destroy the thriving U.S. economy.

 

The Green Juggernaut:

Alan Caruba

February 5, 2007:

Those of us who have written extensively on the vast hoax that Global Warming represents must wonder if the Big Lie has triumphed. What can be done when a kind of mass insanity or willing and deliberate ignorance replaces both science and rationality? The government, from the White House to the Congress, appears ready to vastly impact our lives and the nation’s economy by passing legislation based on a massive campaign marked by deception that began in the 1980s. Alan Caruba writes that Americans, while they still have a voice in the affairs of this nation, must demand that Congress vote against the “climate control” legislation that power-crazed politicians of both parties are advancing.

 

Whose Side is Bush On?:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin

February 5, 2007:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin is appalled at President Bush's willingness to support the imprisonment of two Border Patrol agents-- Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean-- who shot and wounded a drug smuggler when they thought the latter had drawn a weapon. Making matters worse, the Mexican drug smuggler was even granted full immunity by the Justice Department and brought back at U.S. taxpayers' expense to testify against the agents. He is even being allowed to sue the two agents for over $5 million for having his "civil rights" violated. No, he is not an American citizen. He is a Mexican criminal who entered the United States illegally for the express purpose of smuggling drugs.

 

LA Times Editorial: Beneath Contempt:

Sara Pentz

February 10, 2007:

Sara Pentz writes that the "editorial" written January 21, 2007, by the LA Times writer Paul Whitefield (who supervises the editorial pages' copy desk), entitled "Apocalypse Again..." is an insult to all Americans and all mankind. His article is corrupt and vindictive. It is mean-spirited, shocking, and beneath contempt. Mr. Whitefield, who holds a very important position at the LA Times, chooses to betray the memory of soldiers who fought without choice and so bravely in Vietnam. They died for their country. Mr. Whitefield mocks them. He insults them. He abuses them.

 

The Roots of Censorship:

Sara Pentz

February 10, 2007:

One of the latest bad ideas to take root has done so in North Carolina, where state Sen. Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, has called for “…the government to review (movie) scripts before cameras start rolling in North Carolina.” While neither Sen. Berger, nor anyone writing about this proposal, has mentioned the big “C” word, Sara Pentz argues that censorship is what underlies Berger’s call to action.

 

Global Warming Ethics, Pork, and Profits:

Paul Driessen

February 10, 2007:

Paul Driessen believes we should improve energy efficiency, reduce pollution, and develop new energy technologies. But when we demand immediate action to prevent exaggerated or imaginary crises, we stifle debate, railroad through programs that don’t work, create enough pork to fill 50 Chicago stockyards, and impose horrendous unintended consequences on countless families. That is shortsighted and immoral.

 

"No matter how many directions civilized people take in their thinking, they will all converge on the basic principles of right conduct. But if people are restricted to only following one direction—whatever that direction might be—it will inevitably lead them astray."

 

~G. Stolyarov II, "Morality Does Not Require Religion"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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