A Journal for Western Man :  Issue XCIV

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Culture

 

Feminism Destroying America:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin

March 24, 2007:

Chuck Baldwin claims that there is no greater threat to America's future survival than the overall negative effect that modern-day feminism has had, and is having, upon American homes. Wives and mothers today seem to take pride in their ability to "control" their husbands. At the same time, however, they seem to be oblivious to the fact that they have absolutely no control over their children. But neither will they allow their husbands (or anyone else) to discipline their children. As a result, today's kids are growing up mostly undisciplined, unrestrained, and uncontrollable.

 

Hope for the Future?:

Scott Kauzlarich

March 24, 2007:

Learning about some of the efforts of young people today to promote liberty and resist political correctness leads Scott Kauzlarich to think more positively about the future of freedom in America. In this article, Professor Kauzlarich discusses the efforts of college student Ryan McKeen to combat irrational prejudices against white male heterosexuals; he also interviews Mr. McKeen to discover the motivation for his efforts.

 

What if Homosexuality is Biological?:

Selwyn Duke

March 24, 2007:

Selwyn Duke writes that any biological basis for homosexuality would only be relevant insofar as preventing the condition is concerned; it has no bearing on morality.  This is for a very simple reason: Biology doesn’t determine morality. We must not embrace the fiction that biology has any bearing on morality whatsoever, not in the name of legitimizing homosexuality or in that of any other issue, no matter how great or small.  Even if the issue were a noble one, to do so would constitute the setting of a dangerous philosophical precedent simply to achieve a short-term social victory.

 

Economics

 

Trade Deficits and Collectivism:

Dr. Robert P. Murphy

April 3, 2007:

Dr. Robert P. Murphy writes that even if the reader believes that the recent US trade deficits are a reflection of insane government policies, surely we can agree that the arguments railing against them should take these distortions into account, so as not to reinforce false prejudices that are all too common. Dr. Murphy warns readers not to fall into typical populist-protectionist fallacies when criticizing current U. S. government trade policy. He uses as an example a flawed critique by Peter Schiff of the recent Australian bids for US aluminum giant Alcoa.

 

Ethics

 

Incentives for Moral Behavior:

G. Stolyarov II

March 24, 2007:

Following a discussion of what morality is, an important practical question arises: how can we bring about more morality and less immorality? To act morally or immorally is ultimately an individual choice, and no number of external factors, however powerful, can completely determine that choice. However, a number of external factors can increase or decrease an individual’s incentives to choose a moral life over an immoral one. Mr. Stolyarov explores these incentives and concludes that morality cannot be legislated, imposed, or willed into being through ideology. The best we can hope to do as individuals is to influence indirectly its proliferation by personally making the most productive and least harmful use of our time and working to cultivate life and the institutions conducive to it.

 

Politics

 

Forty Years of Perverse "Social Responsibility":

Paul Driessen

March 24, 2007

"When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean," said Humpty Dumpty – "neither more nor less."  Lewis Carroll's "Looking Glass" logic often seems to be a guiding principle for environmental and corporate social responsibility (CSR) activists. They claim to be committed to people and planet, not just profits – and to honesty, transparency, accountability and human health. One would expect that such basic ethical standards would apply equally to for-profit companies and nonprofit advocacy corporations. However, the activists who defined them routinely exempt themselves. For them, CSR standards are primarily another weapon for bludgeoning opponents, raising money, and advancing political agendas. Their DDT and global warming campaigns are illustrative. Paul Driessen describes these instances of environmentalist atrocities committed against economic freedom and the well-being of billions of people worldwide.

 

Enjoy the Sideshow:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin

April 3, 2007:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin argues that Karl Rove and Alberto Gonzalez should go to Capitol Hill and honestly answer the questions of Congress. If there was any attempt to obstruct justice or hide criminal conduct, the guilty parties should be duly prosecuted, no matter who they are. Perhaps, one day (soon, Dr. Baldwin hopes) the American people will wake up and wise up and start replacing the two corrupt political parties with some honest, independent men and women who will work to restore honor and integrity in Washington, D.C. In the meantime, enjoy the sideshow.

 

Why Hybrid Cars Aren't Selling Well:

Alan Caruba

April 3, 2007:

Alan Caruba suggests that Americans aren’t all that “green,” despite the endless print and broadcast media harangues that our wonderful lifestyles are to blame for everything from hurricanes to frizzy hair. Those who have tried to be green have found that there are considerable additional costs involved, and this has proven particularly true of hybrid cars that include batteries to permit electricity to partially replace the use of gasoline.

 

Why Iranians Take Hostages:

Alan Caruba

April 3, 2007:

Alan Caruba often fears that the vast ignorance of Americans and others around the world concerning the history of Islam condemns them to be pawns in the hands of the Iranians and other Muslim leaders who reflect why Islam came to be and how it has conducted itself since the death of Muhammad. Islam divides the world between itself and what it calls “the world of war,” by which it means all others who are not Muslims. The entire early history of Islam under Muhammed was one of looting and pillage as, one by one, those who responded to his banner, calling him a prophet, realized that there were profits to be had in conquering those around them.  It is no different with the radical Islamist fanatics today.

 

The 2008 Federal Budget:

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

April 3, 2007:

The fiscal year 2008 budget, passed in the House of Representative last week, is a monument to irresponsibility and profligacy. Rep. Ron Paul contends that the budget shows that Congress remains oblivious to the economic troubles facing the nation, and that political expediency trumps all common sense in Washington.  To the extent that proponents and supporters of these unsustainable budget increases continue to win reelection, it also shows that many Americans unfortunately continue to believe government can provide them with a free lunch.

 

"Moral individuals who own weapons will not be in the slightest inclined toward aggression by such ownership—no more than the typical owner of a kitchen knife is inclined to use it to stab people."

 

~G. Stolyarov II, "Incentives for Moral Behavior"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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