A Journal for Western Man :  Issue XCVI

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How Al Gore is Ruining Opera:

Dr. Edward Hudgins

April 15, 2007:

Recently at the Kennedy Center, Dr. Edward Hudgins saw Die Walküre, the second installment of Richard Wagner's monumental four-part cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen, about gods and goddesses, giants and dwarfs, and mortal human heroes. The music, singing, and acting were superb. But the program notes seemed like Al Gore channeling Karl Marx. These notes misconstrued the opera as being a condemnation of capitalism and males, when the opera was in fact nothing of the sort. Dr. Hudgins hopes that in the future those who benefit from the beneficence of creators will thank them rather than spit in their faces.

 

Does Violence Have to Be Taught?:

Selwyn Duke

April 15, 2007:

Selwyn Duke writes that the idea that violence has to be taught appeals to many and is parroted by them mainly because it serves to demonize corporal punishment, something one only eschews if one is taught to do so. However, Mr. Duke contends that both thorough secular and religious analyses show that humans are inclined toward violence unless they are taught the contrary; men tend naturally toward barbarism, and they must be civilized to understand the distinction between justified use of force and gratuitous or inappropriate violence.

 

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Happy Birthday, Thomas Jefferson:

Gen LaGreca

April 15, 2007:

Gen LaGreca writes that on April 13th, every American should raise a Champagne glass high to toast the farmer, architect, scholar, revolutionary, and American president born that spring day in 1743: Thomas Jefferson. One of our greatest Founding Fathers, Jefferson lovingly carved much of the government and character of his precious gem, America. Jefferson fought for a country in which the government had no power to encroach on the mind, the life, the liberty, or the property of the individual. He fought for a country in which the individual was unshackled for the first time in history and could live for the pursuit of his own happiness, instead of being a pawn in the hands of the state.

 

Politics

 

Have Christians Become Dupes?:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin

April 15, 2007:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin observes countless millions of Christians have elevated certain politicians and their mouthpieces in the Religious Right into a church-sphere or even into a God-sphere. In other words, because a politician or conservative celebrity claims to be a Christian, they are presumed to be untouchable. Such people must not be criticized or challenged, no matter how unconstitutional or stupid their actions might be, because doing so makes one guilty of some kind of spiritual law against speaking ill of Christian brothers. Dr. Baldwin writes that it is time that Christian people begin seeing their politicians, not as saints who can be blindly trusted, but as sinners whose works must be constantly analyzed and scrutinized in the light of the U.S. Constitution.

 

The War on America's Lawns:

Alan Caruba

April 15, 2007:

Alan Caruba warns us of the perilous agenda of SafeLawns Foundation, an organization that wants to ask universities and industries “to eliminate the use of lawn chemicals on their campus or headquarters lawns.” There are many reasons why America’s beautiful green lawns should be a source of pride, but the SafeLawns Foundation wants to turn them into a source of fear. Mr. Caruba debunks the fear-mongers' myths and shows why well-maintained lawns can only be beneficial in all respects.

 

Homeland Security in Tewksbury, NJ:

Alan Caruba

April 15, 2007:

Anyone familiar with even just one bureaucracy knows the insanity, insularity, and lethargy that exists when its public servants realize they barely have to pay any attention to Congress except at budget review time and almost never to the public. The Department of Homeland Security is no exception, and Alan Caruba suspects that the department's bureaucratic tendencies will prevent it from doing the extremely ambitious and multifaceted job it was intended to do.

 

Global Warming: Environmentalism's Threat of Hell on Earth:

Dr. George Reisman

April 15, 2007:

It is customary for old-fashioned religion to threaten those whose way of life is not to its satisfaction, with the prospect of hell in the afterlife. Substitute for the afterlife, life on earth in centuries to come, and Dr. George Reisman contends that it is possible to see that environmentalism and the rest of the left are now doing essentially the same thing. They hate the American way of life because of its comfort and luxury, which they contemptuously dismiss as “conspicuous consumption.” And to frighten people into abandoning it, they are threatening them with a global-warming version of hell.

 

Private Defense is No Laughing Matter:

Dr. Robert P. Murphy

April 15, 2007:

According to conventional wisdom, even though capitalism is better than socialism when it comes to varied products such as hot dogs, blue jeans, and laptops, nonetheless we need government central planners to provide us with military defense. In fact, this is so "obvious" to most people that the opposite view — namely, that a free market in defense would work just fine — is cause for ridicule. Dr. Robert Murphy disagrees; he contends that supporting market provision of defense enables the proponent of smaller government to consistently ward off arguments from supporters of ever-increasing government involvement in the economy and in society.

 

The Federal Reserve's Monopoly Over Money:

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

April 15, 2007:

The greatest threat facing America today is not terrorism, or foreign economic competition, or illegal immigration, writes Rep. Ron Paul.  The greatest threat facing America today is the disastrous fiscal policies of our own government, marked by shameless deficit spending and Federal Reserve currency devaluation.  It is this one-two punch-- Congress spending more than it can tax or borrow, and the Fed printing money to make up the difference-- that threatens to impoverish us by further destroying the value of our dollars.

 

New World Heritage Sites Proposed:

Henry Lamb

April 15, 2007:

Henry Lamb warns us that thirty-four new sites are being proposed for addition to the existing 20 U.N. World Heritage sites in the United States. These proposed sites are from a list of more than 70 sites suggested for listing. The decision for listing is expected before the end of 2007. The vast majority of people -- including elected officials -- have no idea how, or by whom, the list was formulated, why it is being proposed, or what the significance of listing may be. This designation may greatly increase the scope of power the United Nations and environmental organizations have over private property. Whenever private citizens or elected officials become obstacles to the agenda advanced by environmental organizations and agency officials, the World Heritage Treaty is readily available to remove the obstacles and crush the hopes, dreams, and Constitutional guarantees that are meaningless to UNESCO and the World Heritage Committee.

 

"Innovation is the whim of an elite before it becomes a need of the public."

 

~ Ludwig von Mises

 

 

 

 

 

 

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