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  • Free Private Cities: The Future of Governance is Private

    08/07/2017 4:35:46 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 29 replies
    StartUp Societies Foundation ^ | Unknown | Titus Gebel
    Imagine a private company offers you the basic services of a state, i.e. protection of life, liberty and property in a defined territory. You pay a certain amount for those services per year. Your respective rights and duties are laid down in a written agreement between you and the provider. For everything else, you do what you want. Thus, you are a contracting party on an equal footing with a secured legal position, instead of subject to the government’s or majority’s ever changing will. And you only become a part of it if you like the offer.
  • Uniting the Right - The Power of a Unifying Idea

    04/01/2015 6:12:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The National Review ^ | November 4, 2013 | David Horowitz
    Internal dissension not only blunts the Republican attack; it hands Democrats a convenient stick with which to beat them. No one on the right, whether conservative or Republican, thinks this is a healthy situation. Why, then, is it the case? What is it that unites Democrats that Republicans lack? Anyone who pays attention to politics can see that when Democrats attack, they speak from the same text, and when they vote, they march in lockstep. If one Democrat says the wealthy must pay their “fair share,” all Democrats do — regardless of the merits of the charge. If their leaders...
  • Sowell: The Height of Utopianism

    05/12/2014 3:49:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 13, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    A political battle that is shaping up in San Francisco has implications for other communities across the country. The issue that will be on the June ballot is whether voter approval shall be required to change the height restrictions on buildings along the San Francisco waterfront. Like so many other political issues, this one is being debated in runaway rhetoric bearing no resemblance to reality. Former San Francisco City Attorney Louise Renne, for example, says that "the people" own the waterfront and therefore should be "consulted." Really? Can one of "the people," who supposedly own the waterfront, decide that he...
  • Just What Was Fundamentally Wrong with Bolshevism?

    11/29/2012 5:29:21 AM PST · by SJackson · 53 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | November 29, 2012 | Steven Plaut
    I recently read the new biography of Trotsky by Oxford don Robert Service, published in 2009 by Pan Books. It is well-written and surprisingly interesting. The book does a great public service in describing the life of the actual Trotsky, whose previous “biographies” were little more than hagiographies written by his toady worshippers (people like Isaac Deutscher). The last time that I had taken any interest in Trotsky was when I was a teenager and had fleeting delusions of believing in “socialism.” Reading the new book as an adult and as an economist, I found it a useful opportunity to...
  • Michael Barone: Echo-Chamber Politics

    05/24/2012 5:45:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 24, 2012 | Michael Barone
    It’s comfortable living in a cocoon — associating only with those who share your views, reading journalism and watching news that only reinforces them, avoiding those on the other side of the cultural divide.Liberals have been doing this for a long time. In 1972, the movie critic Pauline Kael said it was odd that Richard Nixon was winning the election, because everyone she knew was for George McGovern.Kael wasn’t clueless about the rest of America. She was just observing that her own social circle was politically parochial.The rest of us have increasingly sought out comfortable cocoons, too. Journalist Bill...
  • Utopianism, Ancient and Modern

    01/23/2012 10:43:01 PM PST · by matt1234 · 2 replies
    Imprimis ^ | April 1973 | Irving Kristol
    Men are dreaming animals, and the incapacity to dream makes a man less than human. Indeed, we have no knowledge of any human community where men do fail to dream. Which is to say, we know of no human community whose members do not have a vision of perfection—a vision in which the frustrations inherent in our human condition are annulled and transcended. The existence of such dreaming visions is not, in itself, a problem. They are, on the contrary, a testament to the creativity of man which flows from the fact that he is a creature uniquely endowed with...
  • Proposed List Of Demands For Occupy Wall St Movement!

    10/05/2011 9:36:34 PM PDT · by Greystoke · 40 replies ^ | Sept. 25, 2011 | LloydJHart
    Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending "Freetrade" by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr. Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only...
  • A Prophet Against the Empire

    04/08/2011 12:24:41 PM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    American Spectator ^ | April 5, 2011 | Mark Tooley
    A Prophet Against the Empire By Mark Tooley on 4.5.11 @ 6:07AM Hannah's Child: A Theologian's Memoir By Stanley Hauerwas (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 308 pages, $24.99) Almost every article about Duke University ethicist Stanley Hauerwas references Time magazine's having named him America's "best theologian" in 2001. So it's natural that Hauerwas starts his own memoir with it, slightly tongue in cheek. He may not be America's "best" theologian, but he certainly is among its most influential. A Methodist who now attends a "peace" oriented Episcopal church, Hauerwas is the chief popularizer of the growing neo-Anabaptist movement among today's Protestants and...
  • The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression

    02/12/2005 2:45:19 PM PST · by Calpernia · 49 replies · 4,634+ views
    Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Inc. ^ | 1999 | By Stephane Courtois, Mark Kramer (Translator), Jonathan Murphy, Karel Bartosek, Andrzej Paczkowski
    The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression By Stephane Courtois, Mark Kramer (Translator), Jonathan Murphy (Translator), Karel Bartosek, Andrzej Paczkowski, Jean-Louis Panne, Jean-Louis Margolin (Contributors); Introduction to the U.S. edition by Martin Malia Published by Harvard University Press, 1999 Originally published in France, 1997 Reviewed by Claire Wolfe Examining the photos and reading their captions in The Black Book of Communism, you might expect the surrounding 700+ pages to contain a wail of outrage. The photos, though few, are as graphic and heart-rending as the worst from Nazi Germany. But the text is no impassioned partisan cry. It's something...
  • Virtue & Morality: Freedom’s Prerequisites

    11/17/2009 3:50:49 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 46 replies · 519+ views
    Meridian Magazine ^ | Unknown | Timothy B. Lewis
    Our founders saw religion as the most powerful civilizing institution which could provide and sustain that moral base upon which our republic could be successfully built and without which, it would ultimately collapse like the Greeks before them. Consequently, they believed it to be imperative to encourage and support religion and did not see any 1st Amendment problem with governmental support of religion. Rather than depending upon external legal constraints and force to maintain order and peace, they had to rely upon individual self-restraint and self-control. But they realized that it is only reasonable to expect people to act that...
  • Purim and the limits of imagination

    03/10/2009 8:19:33 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 2 replies · 207+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 3/10/'09 | Rabbi Yonason Goldson
    Today, however, the light of reality shines neither cold nor harsh enough to make us open our eyes. Millions rally for an illusory peace to be won by appeasement before an expanding international culture of terrorism. Voices cry out against the leaders of democracy and in support of the enemies of mankind, urging us to walk the path of peace by laying down our arms before our enemies. Their anthem, it seems, echoes from a generation built on dreams and surviving on pure fantasy:
  • Sigrid Undset Crosses Russia: The Remarkable Case of Back from the Future (1942)

    03/06/2009 5:32:50 AM PST · by ihatedemocrats · 7 replies · 397+ views
    The Brussels Journal ^ | 2009-03-03 | Thomas F. Bertonneau
    Seeing things plain, not lying to oneself, not subscribing to the delusions of others – these virtues, seemingly so simple, prove in life difficult to achieve and tricky to exercise. An inevitable imitative pressure assimilates people to one another so that mere opinion, received but never vetted, comes to function as a surrogate reality, in the cave-like error of which people stumble about their errands in a lurching mockery of witting behavior. The ancients worried about false or second-hand judgment (doxa) or about superstition. Modern people must grapple with ideology. The critique of ideology is the single most important exercise...
  • Behind The Bias: A Drive For 'Social Justice'

    11/25/2008 9:22:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies · 991+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | November 25, 2008 | Dennis Prager
    That the news media were biased in the 2008 presidential election is now acknowledged by fair-minded people, left or right. As Time Magazine's Mark Halperin said last weekend at a Politico/USC Conference on the 2008 election: "It's the most disgusting failure of people in our business. . . . It was extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage." Given how obvious this bias is, the question is not whether liberals in the media tend to offer biased reporting. The question is why? Why can't liberal news people report the news without any slant? Lack Of ObjectivityThe answer is that for people on...
  • Socialism's Free Pass: Roger Kimball Responds

    07/06/2008 6:05:42 PM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 7 replies · 202+ views
    Liberal Fascism on National Review Online ^ | July 06, 2008 | Jonah Goldberg
    [In The death of Socialism Roger Kimball wrote:] [Joshua Muravchik's Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism] provides a devastating anatomy of the socialist dream -- a dream that with clocklike regularity becomes a nightmare. If, as Muravchik suggests, "socialism was . . . the most popular political idea ever invented," it is also undoubtedly the bloodiest. Of course, many who profess socialism are decent and humane people. And it is worth noting that socialism comes in mild as well as tyrannical versions. Muravchik, who was once a socialist himself, pays frequent homage to the generous impulses that...
  • Audacity’s Children - The American Left has a long history of utopianism.

    04/05/2008 7:55:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 75+ views
    City Journal ^ | 4 April 2008 | Fred Siegel
    A Conservative History of the American Left, by Daniel J. Flynn (Crown Forum, 436 pp., $27.50) In 1969, the Theater for Ideas organized a symposium to discuss whether acting should be “theater or therapy.” The event was prompted in part by the antics of the Living Theater, which had become famous for asking members of the audience to shed their clothes onstage along with the cast. In an emblematic moment, the distinguished critic Robert Brustein, one of the symposium’s panelists, spoke of the importance of “supremely gifted individuals” such as Chekhov to the theater—and was met with shouts of “F--k...
  • From Robespierre to al-Qa’eda: categorical extermination

    03/25/2008 3:34:18 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 11 replies · 429+ views
    CERC ^ | Unk. | PAUL JOHNSON
    An intellectual is someone who thinks ideas matter more than people. If people get in the way of ideas they must be swept aside and, if necessary, put in concentration camps or killed. To intellectuals, individuals as such are not interesting and do not matter. Indeed individualism is a hindrance to the pursuit of ideals in an absolute sense. The individual, with his quirks and quiddities, his mixture of good and bad, intelligence and stupidity, longing for justice but anxiety to promote his own selfish interests, does not fit into a utopian community. Hence utopians, if they are in earnest,...
  • Love with the perfect dictator ... Mark Steyn

    02/28/2008 7:32:30 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 25 replies · 208+ views
    Steyn Online ^ | 20 Feb 2008 | Mark Steyn
    Love with the perfect dictator In the liberal breast beats a strange passion for normalizing What's wrong with this picture? "Saying he is no longer healthy enough to hold office, Cuban leader Fidel Castro has announced he will not seek re-election after 49 years in power" — the Miami Herald. Hmm. Castro didn't really have to "seek" re-election, did he? He's a — what's the word? Oh, yeah — "dictator." If he "seeks" re-election, he's pretty much guaranteed to find it — assuming for the purposes of argument you can be "re-elected" if you've never been freely or fairly elected...
  • The Abolition of Man? How Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science

    02/09/2008 9:48:21 AM PST · by wagglebee · 271 replies · 601+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 2/7/08 | John G West, Ph.D.
    "An age of science is necessarily an age of material­ism," wrote Hugh Elliot early in the last century. "Ours is a scientific age, and it may be said with truth that we are all materialists now."[1]One does not have to look far to discover the con­tinued accuracy of Elliot's assessment. Scientific materialism--the claim that everything in the uni­verse can be fully explained by science as the prod­ucts of unintelligent matter and energy--has become the operating assumption for much of American politics and culture. We are repeatedly told today that our behaviors, our emotions, even our moral and religious longings...
  • What if? (Bush is not nuts?)

    02/08/2008 1:30:57 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 38 replies · 151+ views
    Politiken ^ | February 3rd, 2008 | Mogens Rukov
    Now, What If…? Now, what if our ideals destroy our sense of reality and lead us down the wrong path? What if Bush is really a great president? By Mogens Rukow What if Bush…? What if Islam…? Think, what if the intelligentsia…? What if multicultural…? Think, what if Arafat…? What if my a.. was…? What if you could go on forever? Now, what if there existed the equivalent of contrafactual history writing? What if there were the equivalent of hypothesizing what the world would be like out if history hadn’t turned out the way it did? What if Hitler had...
  • Why Republicans Are So Darn Happy

    02/08/2008 8:44:55 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 72 replies · 250+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 8, 2008 | Eric Wiener
    After virtually ignoring happiness for more than 100 years, social scientists are making up for lost time. They're churning out hundreds of research papers on the subject each year. There are happiness conferences, a Journal of Happiness Studies, a World Database of Happiness. Happy, you might say, is the new sad. All of this cogitating about contentment has revealed much about who's supposedly happy and who isn't. Most studies show that wealthy people are marginally happier than poor ones. People with pets or children are no happier than those without. People with active sex lives are -- surprise! -- happier...