A Journal for Western Man :  Issue XCII

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Economics

 

Brussels's Misguided Campaign Against Tax Breaks:

Valentin Petkantchin

March 9, 2007:

The European Commission seems to recognize no limits in its drive to impose tax harmonization across Europe. Having issued a sanction against Luxembourg last July for its preferential tax regime pertaining to holding companies, Brussels is now trying to put pressure on countries even outside the EU by targeting Swiss cantonal tax competition and their tax breaks and low business tax rates. Valentin Petkantchin warns that such a move, if it succeeds, will hurt not only the Swiss, but all taxpayers in Europe.

 

Fiction

 

The Fate of War:

G. Stolyarov II

March 4, 2007:

Glimpse into a possible distant future, where war becomes divorced from killing and becomes a ritualized contest for resources among autonomous proprietors using virtual combat automata. This short story by G. Stolyarov II offers a hypothesis on how technological developments might render obsolete the human and economic waste engendered by current and past warfare.

 

Historical Analysis

 

The Ethic of the Peddler Class (1962):

Frank Chodorov

March 9, 2007:

The peddler, using the term figuratively, was the backbone of the American economic and social system. He was the middle-class man who prided himself on his initiative, self-reliance, independence and, above all, his integrity. He might be shrewd and even grasping, but he never asked for favors and certainly did not expect society to take care of him. Frank Chodorov describes the values and habits of the peddler middle-class during the 19th and early 20th centuries. He also laments the Welfare State's undermining of these virtues. 

 

Politics

 

Are You Really a Liberal?:

Selwyn Duke

March 9, 2007:

Selwyn Duke writes that "liberalism" in our time has no fixed platform, no end game.  It forever seeks to alter the status quo but is always defined by its opposition to it.  It is not an ideology as much as it is a process, one by which change is effected but never cemented.  It is a rebel without a cause, having long ago forgotten that change is meant to be a means to an end, not an end in and of itself.  Thus, it is perennially in flux, with its only constant being change itself.

 

Why Do Evangelicals Ignore Ron Paul?:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin

March 9, 2007:

The question burning in the minds of evangelicals today is: Which Republican candidate for president will they anoint? There are several possibilities, but apparently Congressman Ron Paul is not one of them. However, the truth is, writes Dr. Chuck Baldwin, neither Gingrich, Giuliani, Romney, nor McCain deserves the support of principled conservatives. Each of these men has numerous examples of failure and compromise of essential conservative values. On the other hand, Rep. Paul has a consistent record in defending individual liberty, the right to life, and the U.S. Constitution against assaults. 

 

Forcing Global Warming Nightmares on Children:

Tom DeWeese

March 9, 2007:

The amount of propaganda poured into the heads of little children in the name of education is astonishing. Case in point: Tom DeWeese just received a letter from a little girl in elementary school asking why he did not believe in global warming. She said her class had watched Al Gore’s outrageous propaganda film, "An Inconvenient Truth," and then her letter began to spew all of its incredible inaccuracies. She was writing to Mr. DeWeese because she wanted to know why he did not believe in global warming. This article offers the student's letter as well as Mr. DeWeese's response.

 

The National Shame of Our Schools:

Alan Caruba

March 9, 2007:

Alan Caruba argues that America needs another Revolution, an Education Revolution. Parents must rally, school by school, to wrest back control from the teachers' unions. They must find a way to hire people who are actually competent in their subject areas. States must demand real standards for graduation from their colleges of education. Otherwise, the quality of education in this country will continue to decline under the teachers' unions' control.

 

Hate Crime Legislation Will Target Your Freedom of Speech:

Tom DeWeese

March 9, 2007:

A battle has been waging during the opening months of the 110th Congress over proposed Hate Crime legislation. The main bill currently before the House is H.R. 254, titled, "The David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act," introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX).  Opposition is growing to the legislation because hate crime laws would make certain types of speech a federal offense, allowing federal "thought police" to interfere in the law enforcement authority of states and local government. Tom DeWeese writes that such interference is blatantly unconstitutional.

 

The Coming Entitlement Meltdown:

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

March 9, 2007:

Rep. Ron Paul reveals an alarming truth: when it comes to Social Security and Medicare, the federal government simply won’t be able to keep its promises in the future.  That is the reality every American should get used to, despite the grand promises of Washington reformers.  Our entitlement system can’t be reformed; it’s too late.  And the Medicare prescription drug bill is the final nail in the coffin. The answer to these critical financial realities is simple, but not easy: We must rethink the very role of government in our society.  Anything less, any tinkering or “reform,” won’t cut it.  A good start would be for Congress to repeal the Medicare prescription drug bill. 

 

Hezbollah and Hamas Rearm, As Israel Works to Resume the Peace Process:

The Israel Project

March 9, 2007:

The Israel Project provides ample and detailed evidence of a resurgence in the strength of Hezbollah and Hamas-- two terrorist groups bent on destroying Israel and killing innocent Israelis, even though Israel's government has repeatedly shown its willingness to work for peace in that region of the Middle East.

 

"The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm; capitalism is that kind of a system."

 

~Milton Friedman

 

 

 

 

 

 

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