Sunday, July 04, 2004


"On the Fourth of July we celebrate our nation's birth, announced to the world some 228 years ago through a remarkable document: the Declaration of Independence. In that document the Founders set forth both the reasons that impelled them to independence and, more important, the moral vision that has inspired us, and millions more around the world, ever since. Individual liberty, secured by limited government: that is its essence. Too often today, however, government is not serving liberty but is at war with it, telling us that it knows best, that it will decide for us."

In response to my recent mention that there were some good guys among the French intellectuals of the past, one of my readers has pointed out something said by A.V. Dicey, the great English legal historian, in The Law Of The Constitution, Third Edition of 1889: "The most celebrated literary works of France were published abroad. Montesquieu's L'Esprit des Lois appeared at Geneva. Voltaire's Henriade was printed in England; the most remarkable of his and of Rousseau's writings were published in London, in Geneva, or in Amsterdam. In 1775 a work entitled Philosophie de la Nature was destroyed by the order of the Parliament of Paris, the author was decreed guilty of treason against God and man, and would have been burnt if he could have been arrested. In 1781, eight years before the meeting of the States General, Raynal was pronounced by the Parliament guilty of blasphemy on account of his Histoire des Indes" (p. 239). So they still needed the English and other Protestants to publish their works. Both before and after their revolution, the French have been great believers in political censorship. If you doubt it, read Dicey.

Socialized medicine: "NSW hospitals are taking critically ill babies despite being overloaded, says a director at a leading Sydney hospital. The Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick has been on code red nearly every day over the past fortnight but the director of newborn care, Kei Lui, said he rarely turned away sick babies".

Wow! The Boston Globe has finally got around to noting the huges rise in the number of antisemitic attacks in Britain and Europe in recent years! But Arabs don't get a mention until the last sentence!

The wisdom of Ralph Nader: ""What has been happening over the years is a predictable routine of foreign visitation from the head of the Israeli government," Nader said. "The Israeli puppeteer travels to Washington. The Israeli puppeteer meets with the puppet in the White House, and then moves down Pennsylvania Avenue, and meets with the puppets in Congress. And then takes back billions of taxpayer dollars. It is time for the Washington puppet show to be replaced by the Washington peace show." So St. Ralph is a good old conspiracy theorist after all. It does not say much for his intellect to see that as the level of his understanding.

Check out these test questions on the New York State school examinations for global history, U.S. history & government, for the years 2000-04. The exams should really be referred to as a test in Leftist distortions of history.

I put up six posts on gun control yesterday and the ever-vigilant Tim Lambert has savaged one of them. I thought he might. He rightly points out that comparisons of crime-rates between countries are almost meaningless because of different reporting standards and categories etc. I myself think that only murder-rates have a reasonable chance of being comparable across jurisdictions. And even then overall rates are pretty meaningless unless we separate out comparable demographic categories. The obvious example of that, of course is the black/white difference in American crime-rates. I was rather staggered that Lambert ignored my quote of something by John Lott Jr., however. Of the first 500 posts on his blog, 399 were about Lott. But Lambert does respect the data. In his post of 18th June, he concluded that Australia' recent big spasm of gun control was a waste of time.

One of my readers has very kindly converted my article on Hitler to a nicely set-out PDF file. I would be happy to email a copy to those who like pdf files. I suppose I could put it on the net but it would be very slow to download compared to the html equivalent that is already up.

Chris Brand has just done some interesting postings here -- including a report about another one of those terrible British cases of false child-abuse accusations. If blogspot is still not showing recent posts when you read this, see at the bottom of Chris's original page here.

For more postings, see GREENIE WATCH and POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WATCH. Mirror sites here and here

Some very good news on "Greenie Watch" today.


Leftism is more popular with young people than with older people largely because Leftism is itself juvenile: They criticize what they don't understand. Which makes it ironic that "We know best" and "It's for your own good" are the basic Leftist messages. Leftists have never got past the simplistic thinking or the arrogance that are the characteristic limitations of youth

"Created" equal in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence is a religious way of saying that people are NOT equal but start out with the same rights.

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