I am honored to say that I have been published in my favorite magazine: The Objective Standard.
My article’s title is “The Communist War against the Philippines and Why It Rages On.” Alan Germani and Craig Biddle were integral to the high quality result of the article. I thank them both for all their assistance in its creation.
Here’s an excerpt from my article:
“Prosperity is the result of production, and because communism destroys those who produce by stealing what they produce, communism is at odds with prosperity. Communism denies man’s right to live for himself and profit from his own labor. It severs him from what keeps him alive. And when a man’s right to live for himself is denied, only slavery or death can follow.”
Here’s the link: Around the World: “The Communist War against the Philippines and Why It Rages On”
The entire thing is only available for The Objective Standard subscribers. So, subscribe!
While you’re at it check out this excellent article by Gretchen Thomas about Walt Disney: Walt Disney’s EPCOT: The City of Tomorrow that Might Have Been
Dr. Leonard Peikoff answered a question in his podcast I sent in a while back! Yes! Such a thrill.
I asked if Religionists had a right to influence the government. Here’s the link:
I fully agree with Dr. Peikoff’s insights here.
“This is the voice of freedom, General MacArthur speaking. People of the Philippines, I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God our forces stand again on Philippine soil – soil consecrated in the blood of our two peoples. We have come, dedicated and committed, to the task of destroying every vestige of enemy control over your daily lives, and of restoring upon a foundation of indestructible strength, the liberties of your people.
At my side is your President, Sergio Osmena, worthy successor of that great patriot, Manuel Quezon, with members of his cabinet. The seat of your government is now, therefore, firmly re-established on Philippine soil.
The hour of your redemption is here. Your patriots have demonstrated an unswerving and resolute devotion to the principles of freedom that challenges the best that is written on the pages of human history. I now call upon your supreme effort that the enemy may know from the temper of an aroused and outraged people within that he has a force there to contend with no less violent then is the force committed from without.
Rally to me! Let the indomitable spirit of Bataan and Corregidor lead on.
As the lines of battle roll forward to bring you within the zone of operation, rise and strike! Strike at every favorable opportunity. For your homes and hearths, strike! For future generations of your sons and daughters, strike! In the name of your sacred dead, strike! Let no heart be faint. Let every arm be steeled. The guidance of divine God points the way. Follow in His Name to the Holy Grail of righteous victory!”
October 20, 1944
What can I say but Thank you.
I used to live in the suburbs not 10 minutes away from this beauty. The picture above is the Ortigas Center. A testament to one of the beauties that Capitalism has created in the Philippines. The one below is the same place during a full moon.
I can still see this wonder from my new home. Which is also a bastion of Capitalist wonder.
I just finished listening to Dr. Peikoff’s Thanksgiving Podcast. It was an absolute delight. I’m so grateful to be living in the same time as this man.
Here’s the link: http://www.peikoff.com/2010/11/29/episode-140/
Dr. Peikoff talks about the enlightenment, the U.S Founding Fathers and the American sense of life and what he’s thankful for.
As another crisis envelops the impoverished nation of Haiti, foreign aid is once again being called for. Despite years of aid from foreign nations and a significant U.N presence, Haiti still remains the most impoverished nation in the Western Hemisphere.
Haiti’s impotence to solve its own problems is caused by one thing: lack of capitalism. All of Haiti’s problems can be traced to this one fact. Industrialization and a potential for a thriving market place has all been killed because of the economic restrictions on the private sector. As Heritage Foundations reports:
The overall freedom to conduct a business is severely impeded by Haiti’s burdensome regulatory environment. Starting a business takes an average of 195 days, compared to the world average of 35 days. Obtaining a business license takes about five times longer than the world average of 218 days.
Such an environment is conducive neither to job-creation nor human life.
Haiti needs more than a temporary alleviation of its suffering, Haiti needs to become self-sufficient enough so that they’re whole society is not threatened to be completely destroyed by any natural disaster that would befall them.
If people really want to help Haiti and desire to lift up millions of Haitians from their poverty, what they should do is educate the country about the workings of capitalism and free enterprise. Educate them about Ayn Rand and her Objectivist philosophy, educate them about the ideas of free market thinkers like Milton Friedman and Ludwig von Mises, educate them about the correlation of freedom and prosperity. Teach them Capitalism, and all things that go with it: skyscrapers, a higher standard of living, higher food production, and an overall better country will follow.
This, not aid will solve Haiti’s problems.
I recently interviewed Republican congressional candidate Stephen Bailey for NewsReal Blog.
Here’s a few excerpts from our interview:
“NRB: Right off the bat, If you had the power, what government agency would you remove immediately? (Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Education etc.)
SB: The Department of Education. Education is too important to trust to the federal government. It also makes no sense to send tax money from Colorado to DC to feed a bureaucracy that adds no discernible value but attaches strings to the pittance it sends back. It is best for education funds to remain as local as possible with the greatest amount of local (parental) accountability and control.
With our budgetary problems, every federal agency needs to be carefully scrutinized. Very few meet constitutional scrutiny or have a proven record of a justified existence.
NRB: What are some of your favorite books?
SB: Favorite typically refers to what you enjoy reading which is not always the same as the books you value the most. Of course, I enjoy all of Ayn Rand’s books – fiction and non-fiction. I also enjoy every book from Alexander Dumas that I have read. Other fiction authors that I have enjoyed include Victor Hugo and Tom Clancy.
The most valuable book I have ever read is Rand’s Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology. By teaching me how to think, this book has literally made me the man I am today and is the most directly responsible for my success in business.
NRB: Finally, what do you think is the biggest difference between you and your opponent from the Democratic Party?
SB: I believe that your life is yours to live for your purpose in the pursuit of your dreams and happiness. Jared Polis believes your life is not yours and that you will live it for whatever purpose he or the government decides it should be lived for.”
Read the whole interview in NewsReal Blog….