A Journal for Western Man :  Issue XCIII

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Culture

 

Is 70 the New 50?:

Alan Caruba

March 22, 2007:

Because Americans are living longer, often enjoying good health late in life, the question must be asked: is 70 the new 50? Alan Caruba is all for youth. However, until young people can figure out what they are going to do with their lives, it remains the task of older heads to insure they have a good future, and Mr. Caruba suspects that a vast treasure of people in their 70s—the  “kids” who grew up preserving traditional values—are seeing their knowledge and skills wasted. Mr. Caruba argues against increasingly incorrect popular stereotypes of many American seniors.

 

America's Moral Values Worry Everyone:

Alan Caruba

March 22, 2007:

Alan Caruba submits that the day this nation abandons all moral debates and eliminates the prohibitions that represent our common definition of moral behavior is the day this nation will truly begin to lose its hold on our own and the world’s respect.  So, Americans must continue to grapple with issues of moral decline and must decry the soft decay of our mutually held values. It is a good thing we debate these things. A society devoid of moral debate is one in which “everything goes” and, when that occurs, the first thing to go will be the United States of America.

 

Economics

 

Social Security: The Ineffectiveness and the Pernicious Effects of Health Cost Containment Policies in France:

Molinari Economic Institute

March 22, 2007:

While the issue of the future of the health system is conspicuous by its absence during the French presidential campaign and that a showdown is pitting unions of general practitioners against public health insurance over tariffs, time has come to rethink seriously health cost containment policies in France, according to a new study released by the Molinari Economic Institute. “We must yield to evidence. Whereas letting public health spending go is not tenable, the various rationalization plans of Social Security in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as the more recent cost containment measures, have just failed,” declares Valentin Petkantchin, author of the study. Indeed, after 1988, the French general health insurance scheme has regularly been in the red, with deficits attaining sometimes close to 12 billion euros, as in 2004.

 

The Nature of the Market Economy: Excerpts from Chapter 15 of Human Action:

Ludwig von Mises

March 22, 2007:

Ludwig von Mises extensively discusses the theoretical underpinnings of the market economy and the capitalist system in these excerpts from Chapter 15 of his 1949 magnum opus, Human Action.

 

Fiction

 

A Conversation with the President:

Fred Reed

March 22, 2007:

This narrative by Fred Reed describes a hypothetical conversation between Mr. Reed an President Bush regarding the War on Terror. Some of the President's statements seem blatantly self-contradictory, and it is left to the reader to decide for himself whether Mr. Reed's account is truth or fiction.

 

Filosofy

 

The Right of Self-Defense (1982):

Dr. Murray N. Rothbard

March 22, 2007:

Dr. Murray N. Rothbard systematically discusses the right to defend one's person and property, the extent to which this right is operational, and the kinds of policies regarding self-defense it implies in a consistently libertarian society.

 

Politics

 

The DC Gun Ban:

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

March 22, 2007:

Recently, a federal appeals court in Washington DC issued a ruling that hopefully will result in the restoration of 2nd Amendment rights in the nation's capital. It appears the Court rejected the District of Columbia 's nonsensical argument that the 2nd Amendment confers only a "collective right," something gun control advocates have asserted for years.  Rep. Ron Paul writes that our Founders, having just expelled the British army, knew that the right to bear arms serves as the guardian of every other right. This is the principle so often ignored by both sides in the gun control debate. Only armed citizens can resist tyrannical government.

 

The New Dark Age:

Alan Caruba

March 22, 2007:

The U.S. Commerce Department is putting on “roadshows” for U.S. businesses to bring them in line with the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (“REACH”) regulations.

As Kathleen Morson of Stratfor, a private intelligence group that advises U.S. corporations, says, “The REACH regulation represents a shift from the Western regulatory world’s reliance on risk assessment to something more precaution-based. Significantly, it shifts the regulatory burden from government agencies to the producers themselves to demonstrate that their chemicals are safe.” Alan Caruba warns us that REACH and EU initiatives like it are paving the way for a new Dark Age caused by inane restrictions on our ability to use life-saving technologies.

 

Why We Need the "We the People" Act (H. R. 300):

Tom DeWeese

March 22, 2007:

Tom DeWeese advocates Rep. Ron Paul's proposed "We the People" Act to rein in Federal judicial activism and provide restraints against Federal judges' ability to blatantly flout the U.S. Constitution and exceed the bounds granted by it to Federal power.

 

The North American Union is Really a Debate Over Political Ideology:

Tom DeWeese

March 22, 2007:

If you expect to find a Bush Administration declaration that the United States of America will be replaced by a North American Union, forget it. If you think such a drastic change in our nation will not happen without a national debate and voter referendum, think again. Tom DeWeese writes that a close examination of just a few facts shows that a legal and institutional framework is indeed being put in place that could easily be switched into a full-fledged regional government. Step by step, America is moving from NAFTA -- to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America -- and indications are the SPP will lead toward the creation of a North American Community as a logical precursor to a North American Union.

 

"The elimination of profit, whatever methods may be resorted to for its execution, must transform society into a senseless jumble. It would create poverty for all."

 

~Ludwig von Mises

 

 

 

 

 

 

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