What If?

Truth.

Transcript:

Ron Paul: “Madam Speaker, I have a few questions for my colleagues.

What if our foreign policy of the past century is deeply flawed and has not served our national security interest?

What if we wake up one day and realize that the terrorist threat is the predictable consequence of our meddling in the affairs of others, and has nothing to do with us being free and prosperous?

What if propping up repressive regimes in the Middle East endangers both the United States and Israel?

What if occupying countries like Iraq and Afghanistan and bombing Pakistan is directly related to the hatred directed toward us?

What if someday it dawns on us that losing over 5,000 American military personnel in the Middle East since 9/11 is not a fair tradeoff with the loss of nearly 3,000 American citizens no matter how many Iraqi, Pakistanian, Afghan people are killed or displaced?

What if we finally decide that torture, even if called “enhanced interrogation technique”, is self-destructive and produces no useful information and that contracting it out to a third world nation is just as evil?

What if it is finally realized that war and military spending is always destructive to the economy?

What if all war-time spending is paid for through the deceitful and evil process of inflating and borrowing?

What if we finally see that war-time conditions always undermine personal liberty?

What if Conservatives who preach small government wake up and realize that our interventionist foreign policy provides the greatest incentive to expand the government?

What if Conservatives understood once again that their only logical position is to reject military intervention and managing an empire throughout the world?

What if the American people woke up and understood that the official reasons for going to war are almost always based on lies and promoted by war propaganda in order to serve special interests?

What if we as a nation came to realize that the quest for empire eventually destroys all great nations?

What if Obama has no intention of leaving Iraq?

What if a military draft is being planned for for the wars that would spread if our foreign policy is not changed?

What if the American people learned the truth, that our foreign policy has nothing to do with national security, that it never changes from one administration to the next?

What if war in preparation for war is a racket serving the special interests?

What if President Obama is completely wrong about Afghanistan and it turns out worse than Iraq and Vietnam put together?

What if Christianity actually teaches peace and not preventive wars of aggression?

What if diplomacy is found to be superior to bombs and bribes in protecting America?

What happens if my concerns are completely unfounded?

Nothing.

But what happens if my concerns are justified and ignored?

Nothing good.

And I yield back the balance of my time.”

Obama, Osama, and the War on Terror

by Christian Rivera

In the early morning hours of May 2, 2011, my platoon received the news that U.S. forces had killed Osama Bin Laden in a compound in the town of Abbottabad, a relatively affluent tourist—and military—town in Pakistan.  I spent the days that followed collecting my thoughts on the issue.  I’ve seen the debate unfold in the media, on social networking websites, and among my peers in the military.  There are so many intricacies woven into the fabric of this particular situation that I can’t even begin to fathom all of the implications involved.  Now that some of the brouhaha has died down a bit, I guess we’ll really just have to wait and see how things play out, and hope for the best.  Am I glad we got him?  Without a doubt—although, don’t expect me to break out any Lee Greenwood CDs just yet.

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A Brief Hiatus

Greetings, dear readers. This is just a quick note to inform you that I will be taking some time off from the blog. I have been called to active duty at the behest of the Imperial Yankee Capital, and it will be about another month or so until I’m all settled in my new country and able to write. Thanks for bearing with me.

Christian

Embrace the Green Revolution?

by Christian Rivera

We’ve heard it all before.  Things like “buying a hybrid car will save the planet and solve our energy crisis,” or “oil companies are just evil and greedy, that’s why gas prices are so high and they’re so rich.” 

Christian Rivera, author and concerned citizen.

Demagogues love to spew out lots of rhetoric and diatribe without intelligently examining an issue.  There are some who have been pushing the idea of renewable or “green” energy for years, expecting everyone to subscribe to the belief that things like hybrid cars, or wind farms, or solar panels are the answer to all of our problems.   Has it ever even occurred to these zealots that environmental concerns notwithstanding, the producers of these lovely technologies get filthy stinkin’ rich too?  After all, the billions of dollars the government spends on renewable energy each year go into somebody’s pocket.  Continue reading

Economics for the Citizen

by Dr. Walter E. Williams

Part 1

Last fall semester, I didn’t teach for the first time in 37 years. No, I haven’t retired. It was my semester-off reward for two terms as department chairman at George Mason University. A break is well deserved after a chairmanship – a job not unlike that of herding cats.

Dr. Walter E. Williams is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated columnist and author.

During fall semesters, I typically teach our first-year Ph.D. microeconomics-theory course. Out of a love for teaching, I’ve decided to not completely take off but deliver a few lectures on basic economic principles to my readership. We’ll name the series “Economics for the Citizen.”

The first lesson in economic theory is that we live in a world of scarcity. Scarcity is a situation whereby human wants exceed the means to satisfy those wants. Human wants are assumed to be limitless, or at least they don’t frequently reveal their bounds. People always want more of something, be it more cars, more food, more love, more happiness, more peace, more health care, more clean air, or more charity. Our ability and resources to satisfy all those wants are indeed limited. There’s only a finite amount of land, iron, workers, and years in a lifetime.
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When Only a Good War Will Do!

by Ron Holland

It is political suicide for politicians in the west to make the necessary cuts in government expenditures to limit the explosive growth in government debt at the federal, state or local level. It is also impossible without force for governments to steal enough additional revenue and private wealth from Americans and the productive working citizens of other nations to generate enough government revenue to make a dent in the growth of the national debt. Continue reading

Modern Management’s Existential Moment?

by Christian Rivera

In his article, The End of Management, Alan Murray argues that there is a pressing need to rethink the methods of implementing management in the 21st century. Murray provides a detailed synopsis of the history of industry and corporate culture, and he references several historic milestones. He also strongly emphasizes the significant impact that market forces have on the way resources are allocated. Murray correctly points out that corporate culture as it is known today is stagnant with bureaucracy, and that many corporate cultures are losing relevance to the ever-changing tides of the modern global market. “The greatest management stories in recent years,” Murray argues, “have not been triumphs of the corporation, but triumphs over the corporation.” I agree. Continue reading