Jan 052023
 


“Just follow the science” has been the incessant refrain of those pushing everything from climate change to dangerous injections. Because their claims with regard to these sinister objectives are in conflict with reality and reason, it should not be surprising that they have abandoned the most fundamental of all the sciences: epistemology.

Derived from the Greek ‘epistēmē’ (knowledge) and ‘logos’ (discourse), epistemology is defined as “the science that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of knowledge.”

Ultimately, all true science involves a search for knowledge and truth. Every science therefore rests upon its own epistemology to validate the truth or falsehood of its knowledge obtained against the test of reality.

Unlike the physical world, the political world is a world of abstractions (left and right, conservative and liberal, capitalism and communism, tyranny and freedom, etc). Politics is about ideas, concepts, and theories in conflict. But as with the physical sciences, if those concepts are flawed, tragic consequences may result.

For those on the Right, one of the most destructive concepts to the cause of freedom and individualism is the anti-concept of “polarization,” along with a dismissal of the terms “left” and “right” as being no longer distinguishable. Continue reading »

Dec 222022
 


If we want to celebrate peace on earth this Christmas, then perhaps we should be celebrating capitalism and everything it represents.

Peace is not simply the absence of war. It is also the absence of any form of tyranny. It is a condition that arises whenever the use of force and fraud are prohibited in human relationships.

There is only one form of governance that fits this description – an unknown ideal that continues to be so even as the world desperately seeks a solution to the problems that it would solve.

Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned,” explained Ayn Rand in Capitalism – The Unknown Ideal. “In a capitalist society, all human relationships are voluntary.”

In the latest attempt to destroy the concept of capitalism, Klaus Schwab has introduced the anti-concept of “stakeholder capitalism” in which we will all “own nothing and be happy.”

Of course, the reality is that capitalism is a system in which each individual owns what is rightfully earned, and where happiness is up to each individual to pursue and achieve.

The world is constantly at war, elaborated Rand, “because the dominant political philosophy is statism. Statism – in fact and in principle – is nothing more than gang rule. It is not a system conducive to brotherhood, security, cooperation, and peace.”

Our understanding of the world and everything around us is based on the definition of the words and concepts that we use. If those definitions are incorrect, then so too is our understanding of the world. Unless we come to view capitalism in a way that is Just Right, peace on earth will forever remain an unknown ideal.

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787 – The dictatorship of the primitive | Salim Mansur

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Dec 012022
 


In an effort to describe and explain the madness forcing various versions of a “green agenda” upon us, our guest Salim Mansur recently found himself drawn to a series of essays originally compiled in Ayn Rand’s 1971 book “The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution.” (re-released in 1999 as “Return of the Primitive” with additional essays by Peter Schwartz on the enduring legacy of the Left.)

“There is something fundamentally primitive in this malady, this profound sickness that has overtaken Western man,” laments Salim. “It was astounding. Everything that Rand wrote about is what we’re living through. This is not a new debate.”

Drawing upon Rand’s symbolic comparison of the Greek gods Apollo and Dionysus with the Right and Left respectively, Salim is led unavoidably to the conclusion that the making of civilizations is an individual undertaking, not a collective one.

In the light of that reality, the collectivist wave now enveloping the West can itself be understood to be both the cause and symptom of civilization’s collapse. Continue reading »

Aug 252022
 


Apparently, the Left was never adequately immunized against Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), the political virus that infected Democrats, globalists, the deep state, and the fake news media the first time Trump rose to power. Now the latest variant has emerged, a clear sign that Trump must once again be on the rise.

For example, Carleton University professor and journalist Andrew Cohen in an August 19 editorial “Right follows script after Mar-a-Lago search” wrote “The right exploded. They screamed, they seethed, they snarled. The words were not just shrill, they were terrifying. At times, they encouraged violence. These are the new Republican rules of order in public debate. Rush to judgment. Ignore facts. Enter shooting. Empty your arsenal. Deny. Attack. Restraint is no virtue. Insanity is no vice.”

And then there was American philosopher, author, and podcast host Sam Harris, whose TDS infection has exposed a moral vacuum devoid of any principle or values whatever.

While openly citing evidence demonstrating Biden’s corruption (but offering none regarding Trump), Harris argued “Whatever the scope of Joe Biden’s corruption is… it is infinitesimal compared to the corruption we know Trump is involved in.” This, after proudly proclaiming that he “would not have cared” if Hunter Biden had “the corpses of children in his basement.” Continue reading »

771 – It’s biblical—God, politics, and morality

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Aug 112022
 


It has long been argued that totalitarian nations and tyrannies are a consequence of the “atheistic” philosophies under which they are ruled. However, this is a serious error. It is based on the mistaken view that “atheism” is some kind of philosophy or doctrine, as is the case with theism. But this is not so.

Consider that, unlike the word “theist” which in a proper context identifies what a person is, “atheist” is a negative concept that defines a person in terms of what he is not. In no way can it be reasonably justified on these grounds to conclude that atheists have some kind of “atheist belief system” or philosophy.

In fact, in philosophical and moral terms “atheism” isn’t even a thing. However, tyranny is. That tyrannies may be “atheistic” is mere association; it is not cause and effect. Totalitarian regimes and tyrannies are caused by collectivist ideologies invariably supported by Leftist theists and atheists alike. Similarly, theists and atheists on the Right support freedom and justice.

In the moral and political gulf between freedom and tyranny, the only polarity that matters is the one that contrasts the values of the Left (collectivism) with those of the Right (individualism).

Thus it is unfortunate that some on the “religious right” have been increasingly disparaging atheists, as if atheism is somehow a causal factor behind the current tyranny. In atheism, theists perceive an absence of morality rather than recognizing the presence of alternative moralities grounded on different principles.

On the one hand are those who cannot conceive of morality without faith in a God and afterlife, while on the other there are those who cannot conceive of morality based on anything but reason exercised within a finite limited lifetime.

Fortunately, experience has demonstrated that these metaphysically opposing views do not preclude a shared morality. Whether theist or atheist, what counts in politics is which side of political polarity holds power – Left or Right. Consequently, those on the side of freedom will of necessity eventually gravitate towards those moral alliances held together in an orbit circling the political polarity that is Just Right.

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769 – Hardwired to reality—definitions and gender

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Jul 282022
 


There may be a variety of reasons why so many people are unable or unwilling to answer the question: “What is a Woman?” But after reviewing Matt Walsh’s documentary of the same name, one might be left with the impression that we are on the brink of civilization’s collapse.

The degree of confusion, fear, terror, hostility, evasion, and even indifference that was encountered at the mere asking of a simple definition tells a story far greater than any particular specific word in question. Worse, among the few who did offer their definition of “woman,” the answers were subjective and incorrect.

Of all the words in the English language, one would think that the word “woman” is about as innocuous as it gets. But not so. What by definition and by every rule of language is a binary concept distinguishing male from female has become a political and epistemological battleground on which concepts are being destroyed along with the ability to communicate.

However, reality exists, and every functioning human mind is “hardwired” to that reality, a connection that persists even in the attempt to deny or avoid it. The creation of definitions that do not correspond to reality or reason has been the primary political weapon of the so-called “trans-gender” community. Theirs is a misguided campaign against the reality that men are men and women are women and that that distinction is always a binary one. Continue reading »

763 – The fallacy of gun control

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Jun 162022
 


“As we see gun violence continue to rise, it is our duty to keep taking action. We decided to tackle this issue at a national level. And so today, we’re moving forward. We’re introducing legislation to implement a national freeze on handgun ownership. It will no longer be possible to buy, sell, transfer, or import handguns anywhere in Canada.”Justin Trudeau – 2022

“This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun control. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future.”
Adolf Hitler – 1935

It is often said that “we never learn from history” but this cannot be said when it comes to the issue of gun control. Perhaps it is more accurate to suggest that we do learn from history, but that our politicians simply refuse to apply its lessons in a way that is beneficial to the general welfare.

We have long known that the road to tyranny always starts with the disarming of the general population, so, clearly, that lesson has been learned: “The one thing that unites every tyrant is that they all love gun control,” observed criminal attorney and outspoken political commentator Robert Barnes. “It doesn’t matter whether they’re Hitler, Stalin, Mao, any of them – they all love gun control.”

Politicians who insist that gun control makes the public at large safer are spreading false information, because the opposite is true and history demonstrates this as well. Continue reading »