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Monday, December 31, 2012

Economic Ignorance

The Times’s Idea of “Tax Reform” by John Steele Gordon on the Commentary website.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A Christmas Message From Pat Buchanan

Some of the most outrageous attacks leveled at Christianity are by those whose religion of materialistic secularity rests upon the unprovable doctrine of Darwinian evolution.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Republican Party History

About all we can say is that the Republican Party isn’t as awful as the Democrat/Socialist Party.

See Pat Buchanan’s take.


Looking at the West over the last century, the arc of history bends toward socialism and insolvency.

Walking Around The Elephant

Assessing any subject as complex as the motivation for mass murder, it’s essential to examine the issue from all sides.  Hasty legislative and regulatory action may miss critical aspects of the problem, or, worse, create an illusion of enhanced safety where there is none.

In a Forbes website article, Larry Bell focuses on the coincidence, if not causality, of violent video games and mass murderers.

Despite Outrage And Grief, Irrational Gun Rights Restrictions Won’t Prevent Senseless Violence

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Dismaying Futility of Gun Control Regulation

Laws respecting criminal behavior historically have aimed to establish some basic rules of conduct.  To preserve social order, breaking those laws required that the guilty party pay the appropriate penalty, both to society and to the victim.  Except to the extent that fear of execution or imprisonment may have deterred would-be killers, criminal behavior laws were not expected to identify and restrain potential perpetrators. 

Some who now demand more stringent gun control laws are expecting that tightening such laws by requiring psychological profiling will lead to identifying and restraining potential mass murderers.  Making it nigh impossible to purchase a semi-automatic gun is expected to do the rest of the job.

Paradoxically, many who demand the Congress “do something” have for decades urged elimination of the death penalty.  Among other reasons, they say that laws providing the death penalty are not deterrents to murder and that too often innocent people are executed.

Read Theodore Dalrymple’s observations regarding Newtown’s Unanswerable Questions.
It is not likely that psychiatrists could have prevented the massacre.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Gun Control Is Not So Simple

Charles Krauthammer weighs in on The roots of mass murder.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A New Great Awakening

Jeff Lukens presents a statement of facts for those with ears to hear and eyes to see.

Monday, December 17, 2012

More On Newtown And Gun Control Laws

Laws and regulations, such as gun controls, that provide the illusion of safety are a disservice to the public.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Human Nature vs. Gun Control Laws

The bumper sticker is right: Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.  Recent slaughter at the Newtown, CT, elementary school is horrifying, but it’s just a reaffirmation of the potential for evil in human nature.  Tighter gun control laws won’t prevent such human depravity.  To the contrary, worldwide evidence shows that tighter gun controls both correlate with higher murder rates, and waste public time and money.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Unexpected Aspect Of Education Cost

See Three Cheers for Emory University, by Joseph Salerno on The Circle Bastiat website.

Mr. Salerno’s article highlights the strong connection between graduate education and the social sciences (a concept invented by French socialists in the late 18th and early 19th centuries).  Since the ending decades of the 19th century in the United States, graduate study in social sciences understandably has been driven by the ideology of socialism.  This led to creation of the eastern liberal establishment, notably Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, and our present-day liberal-progressive-socialist, Barack Obama.

The underlying precept of social sciences is the scientistic belief that only the intelligentsia understands what is wrong with society.  Only the intelligentsia, our self-appointed guardians, have the special knowledge to create social and political structures to compel the rest of us to conform to behavioral modes that the socialist intelligentsia find acceptable. 

For more extensive background, read The Corruption of Public Education: How It Happened.