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Filosofy

 

The Illusion of Success through Luck:

G. Stolyarov II

February 20, 2007:

Mr. Stolyarov contends that, contrary to popular impression, no lasting and permanent good comes to man through luck. The delusion that any success can be easy—attainable through mere chance—is the reason for the continued prominence of disappointment, disillusionment, and unhappiness in an age which abounds with material goods and opportunities alike. The great man accomplishes more precisely because he recognizes that—in the long run—he is the sole determining factor of his fate.

 

Politics

 

The Trouble with Peace:

Alan Caruba

February 15, 2007:

A lot of people, attributing the current conflicts in the Middle East to either religion or oil, believe they do not really have a dog in the fight. Alan Caruba writes that what cannot be ignored, however, is that a paroxysm of religious strife has broken out in the Middle East, and it is exporting death and terror in the name of Allah.

 

Global Warming? Journalism? Don't Make Me Laugh!:

Alan Caruba

February 15, 2007:

Too many journalists have remained steadfast to global warming, the greatest hoax of our times, publishing the most astonishing nonsense about the North Pole melting or all the polar bears disappearing. Anything can be attributed to Global Warming, but the premise of a rapidly warming Earth is baseless. The Earth warmed barely one degree Fahrenheit from 1850 to 1950, and there is no evidence of further warming. Alan Caruba asks: Is this new generation of journalists indifferent to the truth? Do they arrive at their job imbued with a mission to save the world? Do they believe that inconvenient facts can and should be ignored? This is not journalism. It is advocacy. The former belongs in the news columns, the latter on the editorial and opinion pages.

 

The Temperature Also Rises:

Selwyn Duke

February 15, 2007:

Selwyn Duke wittily satirizes the position of those who assert the existence of manmade, politically correctable "global warming" thus: "We’ve long known we were going to die unless we stopped spewing that plant-sustaining CO2 into the air.  The thing is, though, my botanical sources tell me the plants are fearful that they’ll die if they don’t stop spewing that human-sustaining oxygen into the air.  So our task is clear. We must beat the plants." Read the rest of this humorous and entertaining piece on the absurdity of the proposed political "solutions" to the "problem" of global warming.

 

Can We Achieve Peace in the Middle East?:  

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

February 15, 2007:

Rep. Ron Paul thinks that, practically speaking, U. S. meddling in the Middle East has only intensified strife and conflict.  American tax dollars have militarized the entire region.  We give Israel about $3 billion each year, but we also give Egypt $2 billion. Most other Middle East countries get money too, some of which ends up in the hands of Palestinian terrorists.  Both sides have far more military weapons as a result. Talk about adding fuel to the fire! Foolish and unconstitutional U. S. foreign aid has produced more violence, not less.

 

Inflation and War Finance:

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

February 15, 2007:

The Pentagon recently reported that it now spends roughly $8.4 billion per month waging the war in Iraq, while the additional cost of our engagement in Afghanistan brings the monthly total to a staggering $10 billion.  Since 2001, Congress has spent more than $500 billion on specific appropriations for Iraq.  This sum is not reflected in official budget and deficit projections.  Congress has funded the war by passing a series of so-called “supplemental” spending bills, which are passed outside of the normal appropriations process and thus deemed off-budget. Rep. Ron Paul considers this fundamentally dishonest: if we’re going to have a war, let’s face the costs-- both human and economic-- squarely.  Congress has no business hiding the costs of war through accounting tricks.

 

Political Power and the Rule of Law:

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

February 15, 2007:

Rep. Ron Paul writes that politicians are not supposed to have power over us-- we're supposed to be free. We seem to have forgotten that freedom means the absence of government coercion.  So when politicians and the media celebrate political power, they really are celebrating the power of certain individuals to use coercive state force. Political power is inherently dangerous in a free society: it threatens the rule of law, and thus threatens our fundamental freedoms.   Those who understand this should object whenever political power is glorified.

 

Another Supplemental Spending Bill for the War in Iraq:

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

February 15, 2007:

Even the most modest suggestions for controlling spending in Iraq have been rejected.  Some in Congress argued that reconstruction money should be paid back when Iraq’s huge oil reserves resume operation.  Another idea was to find dollar-for-dollar offsets in the rest of the federal budget for every dollar spent in Iraq.  But the administration adamantly opposed both ideas.  Budget cuts are unpopular, and the profits from Iraqi oil will never compensate American taxpayers. Rep. Ron Paul laments that the mentality in Washington is simple: avoid hard choices at all costs; spend money at will; ignore deficits; inflate the money supply as needed; and trust that the whole mess somehow will be taken care of by unprecedented economic growth in the future.

 

Security as Theater:

Fred Reed

February 20, 2007:

Every time Fred Reed goes to the United States, he is astonished by the antic security, by the proliferation of admonitions and alarms and inchoate fear. Now it is illegal to carry toothpaste on airplanes. He finds himself wondering: Is this just another spasm of periodic hysteria, like Prohibition, the Sixties, and a Commie Under Every Bed? Or is it calculated political programming? Read this article by Mr. Reed to discover the absurd and utterly ineffective nature of domestic "anti-terror security."

 

Is the Security and Prosperity Partnership the Beginning of a North American Union?:

Tom DeWeese

February 20, 2007:

On March 23, 2005, President Bush met with Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin in what was officially described as a "Summit." The three leaders then announced the signing of an agreement to create common policies concerning various economic and security issues among the three nations. The initiative is called the Security and Prosperity Partnership or the SPP. Desirable or not, such an undertaking represents a radical change in how the three nations interact and cooperate with each other. It is a matter of changed foreign policy, monetary policy, and military policy. Yet there has been no Congressional oversight or authorization for the undertaking. No funds appropriated. Meanwhile, since that Summit in 2005, at least 20 working groups have been organized under the SPP to produce memorandums of understanding and trilateral declarations of agreement covering nearly every issue affecting our daily lives. Tom DeWeese explains the dangers of the SPP to Americans' liberty, property, and sovereignty.

 

"The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit."

 

~Milton Friedman

 

 

 

 

 

 

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