Tuesday, March 01, 2005

End of February Reading Assignments

Last day of the month recommended readings:

Lew Rockwell reflects on the meaning of academic freedom in the light of this past month's political correctness debacle, over Hans-Hermann Hoppe's allegedly insensitive remarks about the high time preference of homosexuals.

It is not too late to sign the Hoppe petition, although it now bears over a thousand signatures.

And I reiterate: we need to do more to expose the full scope of the origins of political correctness. These will explain more fully how it took over the entire American workplace in a matter of just a few years, as well as unveiling the danger we are in of ending up with a mind-controlled society.

See also Steven Greenhut's explanation of how the Supreme Court threatens what little is left of property rights in America. Eminent domain always was a mistake, right from the very beginning. If the Federal Government can forcibly take your private property for any reason whatsoever, then you do not have legal property rights. Not really.

Hunter S. Thompson, who committed suicide a couple of weeks ago at age 67, is given two quite differen eulogies here. One, rather wistful, comes from Fred Reed. The other, from Christopher Westley, observes that while Thompson succeeded at speaking the truth to power, he ultimately failed by embracing the worst legacy of the 1960s: not drugs but nihilism.

On the other hand, it is not that hard to see why Thompson did it. What he primarily fought against--abuses of power by the powerful--are back full force since the 9/11 attacks. Only now there is no large-scale protest movement. Just widespread apathy among the few who haven't turned to expansionist government for "safety." Let us conclude this post by noting Devvy Kidd's observations on the rise of fascism in America in the 2000 decade. Kidd is worth quoting:

Fascism is defined as: A philosophy or system of government that is marked by stringent social and economic control, a strong, centralized government usually headed by a dictator, and often a policy of belligerent nationalism. Oppressive or dictatorial control. This pretty much sums up the situation we have in America today, but the eventual goal is full blown communism.

Or as Terry Hayfield would call it, the Permanent Revolution, proceeding apace, all but unnoticed by our apathetic masses.

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