Tag: tyranny
Iran Watch: 50,000 Buses and One Million No Shows

Before the USSR collapsed, “smart” observers bet that the regime had broad support and the people only wanted reform. This was a theme of writers like Stephen Cohen and required reading during my graduate school education. Similarly, outside observers assumed that nominally democratic Iran maintained broad support for the Islamic Republic. Sure, sure, college…
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C.S. Lewis on the Welfare State: Dangers of Obamacare

With the enormous expansion of the welfare state with the passage of Obamacare, C.S. Lewis’s insightful essay on the dangers, dehumanization, and immorality of welfare/therapeutic statism, “Is Progress Possible? Willing Slaves of the Welfare State” (from his book, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics) is especially timely and noteworthy. Here are…
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Would the World Be Better Without Religion?

A Facebook friend of mine posted his response to a poll: “Would the world be better without religion?” two days ago, generating, to date, 3,627 comments—by far the most I’ve ever seen for any single Facebook posting, and remarkable for one with 481 “Friends.” While I haven’t read all of the comments, the general…
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Today, SNL or the Onion, Tomorrow . . . ?

From the opening sketch of last weekend’s Saturday Night Live: My administration intends to do to every industry in this country, exactly what we are doing to the automakers. Every company will be vetted for fiscal soundness. Those judged best able to compete in the global economy will be offered a governmental subsidy. The…
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Barack Obama and The Road to Serfdom

In 1944, a book was published that shook the intellectual and political cultures of the Western world. Dedicated to “The Socialists of All Parties,” The Road to Serfdom was authored by the Austrian School economist Friedrich A. Hayek, who subsequently received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1974. In his book, Hayek vividly showed…
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C.S. Lewis on Tyranny “for the Good” of Its Victims

Following up on Anthony Gregory‘s recent posting, “A Caring State is a Controlling State,” the following incisive words from C.S. Lewis are noteworthy: If we are to be mothered, mother must know best. . . . In every age the men who want us under their thumb, if they have any sense, will put…
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Zimbabwe Faces Starvation

As a result of dictator Robert Mugabe’s policies, the people of Zimbabwe now face starvation. Having destroyed agricultural production in the country by ending private ownership of land and farm-product markets, creating enormous hyperinflation to fund his military/police state (see here, here and here), torturing and killing opposition critics, and banning humanitarian aid (until…
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$10 Billion to $1 in Zimbabwe

To follow up on my recent posting regarding the funding of oppression in Zimbabwe through hyperinflation, Zimbabwean Central Bank Governor Gideon Gono has announced that after issuing $100 billion notes (not yet enough to buy even a loaf of bread), the government is devaluing its currency by dropping 10 zeroes, converting 10 billion dollars…
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