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The Syllabus Of Errors Pope BI. Pius IX - 1864
Post Date: 2023-11-13 00:01:31 by A K A Stone
I. PANTHEISM, NATURALISM AND ABSOLUTE RATIONALISM 1. There exists no Supreme, all-wise, all-provident Divine Being, distinct from the universe, and God is identical with the nature of things, and is, therefore, subject to changes. In effect, God is produced in man and in the world, and all things are God and have the very substance of God, and God is one and the same thing with the world, and, therefore, spirit with matter, necessity with liberty, good with evil, justice with injustice. Allocution Maxima quidem, June 9, 1862. 2. All action of God upon man and the world is to be denied. Ibid. 3. Human reason, without any reference whatsoever to God, is the sole ...
Raid on small-town paper recalls FDR's harassment
Post Date: 2023-10-06 01:54:14 by Charles_Byrd
A mid-August police raid of the Marion County Record, a small, family- owned weekly newspaper in Marion, Kansas (population 1,922), ignited justified outrage among First Amendment advocates and civil libertarians across the U.S. During the raid, local police, using the dubious pretext of identity theft, seized computers, cellphones and other equipment belonging to the paper which, perhaps unsurprisingly, had been critical of the police. Click for Full Text!
Still Thinking About Columbus: A Frontier of Possibilities
Post Date: 2023-10-06 01:30:24 by Charles_Byrd
Amazingly enough, thanks to my very few essays at The Imaginative Conservative (usually cranky ones about statues coming down and wondering where on Gods Green Earth the Knights of Columbus are in the defense of their patron) on the great Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus, I was invited to give the Columbus Day address this year for the James Madison Program at Princeton University. Yes, this is the same program founded and run by the formidable and intensely intelligent Robert P. George and the mighty and gregarious Brad Wilson. Frankly, I was a bit surprised (and quite pleased) to be asked, as I really dont know all that much about Christopher Columbus as a ...
The Problem of the Tariff in American Economic History, 1787Â–1934
Post Date: 2023-10-02 00:39:29 by Charles_Byrd
Economists from across the political spectrum have long agreed on one area of policy: the removal of barriers to international trade. This consensus has guided the global embrace of trade liberalization between World War II and the present, coinciding with historically unprecedented levels of economic growth. In recent years, free trade has gained numerous detractors who denounce the post‐war period as an aberration from an alternative American economic history. From Pat Buchanan in the early 1990s to former U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today, the United States became an economic powerhouse by strategically cultivating an industrial base through a system of ...
Today in History: Boston Resolution Against Helping Redcoats Passed
Post Date: 2023-09-27 19:56:31 by Charles_Byrd
On September 27, 1774, a meeting of the Committees of Correspondence of Boston and a dozen neighboring towns passed a resolution condemning any colonists assisting the Red Coats and calling for measures to oppose them. This was one of many resolutions passed during this time period calling for resistance against British tyranny. Click for Full Text!
FDR’S CENSORSHIP REGIME
Post Date: 2023-09-25 00:22:26 by Charles_Byrd
Considerable attention has been paid to the 1950s Red Scare, McCarthy, and the notorious Hollywood Blacklist. But almost nobody is aware of a liberal censorship regime that was in place just a few years earlier. In 1942, President Roosevelt consolidated several government propaganda agencies into a single hub, the Office of War Information (OWI). OWI enjoyed huge power over what Americans saw in movie theaters. OWI head Elmer Davis said: The easiest way to inject a propaganda idea into most peoples minds is to let it go through the medium of an entertainment picture when they do not realize theyre being propagandized. Staffed almost exclusively by progressive New ...
The Founders and the Constitution: Gouverneur Morris
Post Date: 2023-09-23 00:57:37 by Charles_Byrd
Gouverneur Morris was a chick magnet. He was tall, handsome, witty, and rich. Even scalding damage to his right arm, loss of his lower leg in a traffic accident, and reliance on a wooden prosthesis for walking didnt impair his success with women. Part of his attractiveness to women seems to have been a sincere regard for them. He was to express this regard in the final draft of the Constitution. Click for Full Text!
The Bombs of August: Remembering Neak Luong, 1973
Post Date: 2023-09-22 00:47:41 by Charles_Byrd
As Americans flock to Oppenheimer, one salutary result is a reawakened public awareness of the perils of nuclear weapons, and revived attention to the U.S. decision to bomb Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945). Less apparent is the extraordinary suffering of Japanese civilians and the appalling failure of the Truman administration to consider policy alternatives. This inattention mirrors the publics perception at the time, a pattern which has persisted over decades, as the U.S. government strikes countries from the air. Click for Full Text!
Kofun Burial Chamber and Two Iron Swords Uncovered in Parking Lot Shrubbery
Post Date: 2023-09-20 21:45:35 by Charles_Byrd
A fairly ordinary parking lot in Japans Nara prefecture has revealed the Kofun tomb of an elite person from the ancient era, accidentally uncovered as the area was being cleared to prepare it for shrubbery. The area near the renowned Horyuji temple, under excavation since spring 2022, led to the unearthing of various artifacts, removed from centuries of soil buildup within the stone burial chamber two iron swords, arrowheads, equestrian-related items, exquisite amber jewelry, and clay pots. Click for Full Text!
Second Temple workshop for ritually pure stone vessels discovered near Jerusalem
Post Date: 2023-09-20 21:39:31 by Charles_Byrd
The Civil Administrations Archaeology Unit announced on Tuesday that they discovered a Second Temple (516 BCE-70 C.E.) workshop to manufacture stone utensils and vessels. The site is located between Geva Binyamin/Adam and Kfar Hizma, north of Jerusalem. Click for Full Text!
Entrepreneurs Thrived During America’s Free Banking Era
Post Date: 2023-09-18 02:04:26 by Charles_Byrd
Long before the Federal Reserve was established in 1913, private banking flourished in the United States, and entrepreneurs were a major reason why. Between 1837 and 1863, when private banking reached its apex, hundreds of private currencies circulated throughout the country. Entrepreneurs not only founded private banks, they also appraised private currenciesor banknoteswhich helped to constrain banks from overissuing money. Imagine youre a traveling salesperson crossing state lines in the US circa 1850. Youre about to make a major business deal. The only problem: You arent sure whether you can sell your wares in exchange for an unknown, private currency. The ...
The Founders and the Constitution: Alexander Hamilton
Post Date: 2023-09-07 23:47:03 by Charles_Byrd
Its easy, if not entirely fair, to explain Alexander Hamiltons relentless search for fame and power as the outcome of a life begun under very unfavorable conditions. He was born on Jan. 11, 1757, an illegitimate child on the Caribbean island of Nevis, then a possession of the British Empire. His father deserted young Alexanders mother when he was 8, and his mother died when he was 11. Click for Full Text!
Gerald "Jerry" Carmen — RIP
Post Date: 2023-09-06 18:42:41 by Charles_Byrd
Many individuals try to take credit for Ronald Reagans revolutionary campaign victory of 1980. Only a few can really lay claim to that win; men like Ed Meese and Ken Khachigian and Dick Wirthlin. This writer knows this well, having labored in that campaign and then having written the definitive history of the 1980 campaign, "Rendezvous with Destiny." Click for Full Text!
What Is the New Deal with the New Deal?
Post Date: 2023-09-01 01:20:22 by Charles_Byrd
David Beitos The New Deals War on the Bill of Rights: The Untold Story of FDRs Concentration Camps, Censorship, and Mass Surveillance (Oakland: Independent Institute, 2023) is one of at least four recently published and forthcoming books to pummel the four-term administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), especially its so-called New Deal policy platform. Its about time, as the ninetieth anniversary of FDRs first term and the (in)famous First Hundred Days passed earlier this year with the banners of FDR hagiographers and New Deal acolytes still firmly in possession of the historiographical battlefield. Beito, though, has helped to expose a flank that a ...
Archaeologists In Mexico Discover 13 Skulls At The Base Of A Maya Pyramid
Post Date: 2023-08-31 23:51:49 by Charles_Byrd
Researchers made the discovery while excavating the Moral-Reforma archaeological site near Tabasco, Mexico, and they believe that the burials date between 600 and 900 C.E. Click for Full Text!
The African Origin of the Slave Trade
Post Date: 2023-08-28 20:57:52 by Charles_Byrd
For decades liberals have beat into the heads of white Americans that they are racists responsible for enslaving blacks. The insistence on white racism was music to the ears of black activists. Here is racial provocateur Al Sharpton 21 years ago: The first thing we need to do is acknowledge that you robbed me. Lets start there with reparations. . . . America must admit its sins in Africa and its sins against people of African descent. Click for Full Text!
How the Soviets Used Common Criminals to Destroy the Regime's Enemies
Post Date: 2023-08-25 01:21:05 by Charles_Byrd
As violent crime rates rise and unsolved homicides become more common, Many ordinary voters have noticed that the regime doesn't seem especially interested in investigating and prosecuting actual dangerous criminals. At the same time, the regime appears increasingly paranoid about "antidemocratic" activities and other alleged threats to the state. Gangs of thieves cleaning out the inventory of small businesses? The ruling elite isn't concerned. Meanwhile, if a small business owner fails to report a $700 transaction on Venmo, heavily armed IRS agents may soon show up on his doorstep. This apparent trend toward ignoring violent criminals while prosecuting hapless ...
Top Warnings from the Antifederalist Brutus
Post Date: 2023-08-23 19:20:01 by Charles_Byrd
In his series of essays during the ratification debates, the Anti- federalist writer Brutus repeatedly warned about the dangers of centralized power, predicting the proposed federal government would end up exercising infinite and incomprehensible power. Like everyone else, Brutus didnt get everything right. But some of what he predicted may sound absolutely prophetic. Click for Full Text!
What Orson Welles and "War of the Worlds" taught us about economic panic
Post Date: 2023-08-14 20:34:18 by Charles_Byrd
Eighty years ago Tuesday night, Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater went on the radio and panicked people coast to coast with these words: I can see peering out of that black hole two luminous disks
are they eyes? It might be a face. It might be
(shout of awe). Click for Full Text!
How FDR's 1933 Gold Executive Orders Impacted Families on a Personal Level
Post Date: 2023-08-14 19:18:26 by Charles_Byrd
When I was a young child, both sides of my extended family played cards from after dinner to late at night. The men played Poker and the women played Bridge and Canasta. We kids ran around between the card tables. But I sat on my dad's lap. Their talk was all about politics. (In those days the conversations were civil.) Click for Full Text!
Why Rome Collapsed: Lessons For the Present
Post Date: 2023-08-14 19:11:08 by Charles_Byrd
Identifying why the western Roman Empire collapsed in 476 AD has been a parlor game for at least two centuries, since Edward Gibbon published his monumental The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Abridged). Gibbon concluded Christianity had a major role in weakening the Empire, a view few today share. Part of the fun of the parlor game is trying to identify the one thing that pushed it over the cliff: poisoning from lead pipes and wine goblets being a famous example that has been discounted by modern historians. Click for Full Text!
The Churchill Legend
Post Date: 2023-08-13 02:14:28 by Charles_Byrd
Last week a Palm Beach friend, a country club Republican, gave me a copy of the Weekly Standard. She urged me to read A World in Crisis, what the thirties tell us about today by its opinion editor, Matthew Continetti. The predicate of this overly long article seems to be that the fate of the universe hinged upon a little-known traffic accident involving Winston Churchill on the upper east side of Manhattan in the early 1930s. Unlike a Thomas Hardy novel, in this instance a chance mishap worked out for the best. Or so Continetti would have the reader assume. Churchill was crossing Fifth Avenue at 76th Street in the late evening of December 13th, 1931 on his way to Bernard ...
Black Ghosts in the White House
Post Date: 2023-08-09 02:13:56 by Charles_Byrd
From the very onset of Americas European colonization, what would ultimately become the United States was never really a closely united nation. For over a century prior to their declaration of independence and secession from British rule, the American colonies in the South had numerous deep-seated disputes with their Northern counterparts over a number of issues. Many of these arguments were geographic in nature and in 1763, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania appointed two English astronomers, Charles Mason of the Royal Greenwich Observatory and his assistant Jeremiah Dixon, to chart an official boundary line between the four colonies. Over a decade later, other ...
78 Years Ago in Hiroshima and Nagasaki: What Oppenheimer Wrought
Post Date: 2023-08-08 00:27:50 by Charles_Byrd
Its been 78 years since the United States dropped the Little Boy atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. While antiwar activists and nuclear weapon opponents have made great efforts to ensure the barbaric attack on Japanese civilians will not be forgotten, the present moment presents a unique opportunity to consider the ominous anniversary in light of a host of new perspectives. Not only does the world stand at the cusp of a potential new nuclear war, but the impact, consequences and relevance of such weapons have reached a new high in the cultural zeitgeist. The release of Christopher Nolans highly anticipated film, Oppenheimer, which details the life of the ...
Lessons from the Unraveling of the Roman Empire: Simplification, Localization
Post Date: 2023-08-02 21:18:03 by Charles_Byrd
The fragmentation, simplification and localization of the post-Imperial era offers us lessons we ignore at our peril. There is an entire industry devoted to "why the Roman Empire collapsed," but the post-collapse era may offer us higher value lessons. The post- collapse era, long written off as The Dark Ages, is better understood as a period of adaptation to changing conditions, specifically, the relocalization and simplification of the economy and governance. Click for Full Text!
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