Med COIN-Bloggen kommenteres løbende på dagsaktuelle emner. Vi vil søge at præge debatten, sådan at de skjulte konsekvenser ved nye former for indgreb, afgifter, skatter, forbud bliver gjort mere synlige.
The “compassionate conservatism” that has motivated Republicans to outspend Democrats in social programs is a search for moral goodness by the standard of altruism: the morality of self-sacrifice.
Republicans want to be moral, which is a lofty goal, but under pressure of commandments to be selfless, they cannot defend the heart of free enterprise: the selfish pursuit of profit. Many Republicans admire successful businessmen for their productive success but grant them moral credit only when they give away their fortunes.
Because the Republicans’ embrace of altruism has rendered them unable to defend the profit motive, they have abandoned capitalism and accepted the legitimacy of every government program that redistributes money to those in need. The welfare state is the direct application of the morality of self-sacrifice to the realm of politics.
More in Reason or Faith: The Republican Alternative by John Lewis.
John Lewis: Investigation of the war against Islamic Totalitarians--meaning, all those who wish to impose Islamic Law by force, or who pursue a political agenda that includes such a goal--may begin with a list of the major attacks made by various Islamist groups since the 1970’s. A list of every terrorist attack in the twentieth century would fill a volume. The chronology here is ruthlessly select; it includes a few events needed to understand the sequence, such as the formation of selected top-rank Islamist groups, formal declared wars, [and includes, in brackets, certain non-Muslim terrorist acts]. A series of one hijacker / one day hijackings without casualties have been omitted—although the facts suggest connections between the motivations of lone hijackers and the teachings of radical Islam.
No attempt has been made to document the hundreds of Palestinian bombings in Israel, and Israeli retaliations, unless they had international affects or involved the deaths of Americans. This list does not adequately demonstrate the state of siege in which Israel has lived for over fifty years, nor does it convey the depths of Arab rage that has led to such attacks. There is no attempt to provide a blow-by-blow account of the war in Iraq. This list focuses on violence against civilians by Islamic fundamentalists, for political purposes, which has taken place in an international context.
Watch the list in: The Evidence: Chronology of Islamist Attacks by John Lewis.
In today's politically correct Britain few people are prepared to openly criticize Islamism. A collective cowardice afflicts the chattering classes. Too fearful of the stigma of being labeled "Islamophobe", leaders and media figures would rather buy into the lies of Muslim victimization than objectively analyze the threat that global radical Islam poses to democracy. Few are aware of Churchill's comments on Islam, and fewer still would dare repeat those words in public today.
- Det skriver Adrian Morgan på Western Resistance, hvor man kan læse hvad Chruchill mente. Her findes også links til to af Churchills bøger, der kan hentes gratis via Projekt Gutenberg.
En anbefalelsesværdig selvbiografi er i øvrigt De unge år / "My early life" om Churchills tid som først soldat og siden journalist.
En kronologisk oversigt over islamisk motiverede angreb er udarbejdet af historikeren John Lewis. Se The Evidence: Chronology of Islamic Attacks.
America’s increasing technological superiority, combined with deepening fog surrounding the moral purpose of that technology, is a symptom of the gulf between science and the humanities that has characterized the past two hundred years. We combine soaring advancements in the capacity to control nature, with stagnation and regression in our understanding of man’s moral nature. If we do not get a grip on the moral goodness of self-interested action in pursuit of victory over theocratic dictators, our army will continue to increase in technological efficacy, all the while we sacrifice it to the bathroom needs of foreigners.
Unfortunately, none of this will deter the advocates of a sacrificial foreign policy, for they are driven by a moral ideal — altruism — that carries more weight in their minds than the need to defend our own freedom and our own lives. It is for those who recognize the goodness in defending life, liberty and freedom, against its enemies, to offer a different policy.
- Det skriver historikeren John Lewis i artiklen The Military Doctrine of Altruism.
Undertegnedes eget syn på demokrater og republikanere kan læses i en længere artikel i RÆSON.
Leonard Peikoff , der er den officelle arvtager efter forfatter-filosoffen Ayn Rand, støtter i forbindelse med det aktuelle valg i USA nu demokraterne, blandt andet som følge af George Bush' religiøse tilbøjeligheder.
Nu følger forfatteren John Lewis trop med flere argumenter:
In every area of domestic and foreign policy, the conservatives controlling the Republican Party have expropriated the central tenets of the left, while claiming to be an alternative. This has created a false alternative to the political left, posing as its opposite but supporting the same basic goals. This has sowed massive confusion in people's minds, and limited the American people to a choice of poisons, skriver Lewis i en større kommentar.
- Det sidste er lidt lige som herhjemme.
Why I Will Not Vote for Any Republican af John Lewis.
Peikoff on the Coming Election af Leonard Peikoff.
Mere kritik af "konservatisme" findes i Liberalist, socialist eller særling? - inspireret af et interview med Kasper Støvring og Christopher Arzrouni i Djævlens Advokat.
I den vestlige del af verden har vi ingen store diktatorer. Kun små. Dem har vi til gengæld mange af. Mængden af mini-diktatorer vokser i takt med skattetrykket, - men også som en følge af rammelove, der giver de små ego'er i kommune, region og stat øget frihed til at gøre livet surt for den øvrige befolkning.
"These Little Dictators have the power of government guns to enforce their decisions. To avoid their wrath, a productive individual must suppress his rational judgment, and go by the rules they enforce" skriver John Lewis i the Objective Standard.
- En passende anklage kom således fra LO-bossen Hans Jensen, da han hævdede at det Radikale Venstre var for folk med et stort ego. Hvad skal vi dog med store ego'er, når nu det er de små ego'er, der er alle rammeloves mødre?