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D'Souza has exposed the changes taking place around the world. ("What's So Great About Christianity") Belief in God is exponentially rising in the Far East, Latin America and Africa, but dying in Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan and in regions of the US. Where that belief is strong, families and traditional values will continue to perpetuate the human race. Christianity is the fastest growing religion, followed by Islam. The difference is that atheists do not have children but people with a strong belief in God have many. There are some areas of Europe where Christian missionaries from Africa have established missions, including in Sweden...... It is interesting to see Hayek's analysis of civilization unfold, as traditional values are the reason some people prospered and others died out.
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What's Wrong With the News

Mary218 Wrote: Jul 28, 2013 8:14 AM
The old media is dying, and it's probable that management was looking for an easy way to cut costs. The internet is changing all information-related businesses. Even the NYT appears to be in the death throes. Real investigative reporters will find a home on the internet, as political hacks posing as reporters and lazy reporters will find other lines of work.....
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Vouchers: My Personal Case

Mary218 Wrote: Jul 25, 2013 9:30 AM
Wow! Thanks for this - the best argument for school choice I've ever read.
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Famous Last Words

Mary218 Wrote: Jul 20, 2013 9:46 AM
Great article. Thanks. In seeking to understand the inner city culture of welfare and violence, read Dr. Dalrymple's "Life at the Bottom". It is a British psychiatrist's analysis after decades of working in a London hospital and prison, along with experience in Africa among the actual poor. He saw self-esteem among those desperately poor Africans who managed to provide food and shelter for themselves versus no accountability or self-awareness among the welfare class of the UK. He attributes it to the need for a feeling of accomplishment and to the intelligentsia of the west who have promoted 'Utopia where moral values no longer constrain us'......Apparently, Hayek was right, that (1. civilization rests upon traditional values evolved over time that enabled humans to thrive where those who didn't, died out. (2. Socialism is the road to serfdom. We in the western nations appear to be moving back toward barbarism and away from civilization.
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The Zimmerman Soap Opera

Mary218 Wrote: Jul 18, 2013 9:17 AM
The US and the UK both have an underclass that is convinced it is not responsible for its behavior. "Life at the Bottom" was written about slums in the UK by a psychiatrist who worked for years at a hospital and prison. His analysis led to these factors: 1. Starting in the 1960's, the media, academics and other intellectuals promoted the idea that morals are old-fashioned, that no culture is superior to another, and that the poor are victims of capitalism. 2. The welfare state required nothing from people in terms of education and work. Dalrymple compares the underclass of the UK with poor people in Africa where the Africans have self-respect because they support themselves. The poor in the UK live in govt housing, get free govt healthcare and are bored with no source of self-control or self-respect. They are coddled by government, including the police. A book decades ago "The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire" documented the loss of traditional values much like what we are seeing, as the family disintegrated. Hayek wrote that civilization exists because of traditional values, as those humans who observed them prospered and those who didn't, died.... For a modern day example, look at Detroit, a ghost town.
To understand the uncivilized among us, read Dr. Dalrymple's "Life at the Bottom", recounting his experiences among the underclass (welfare) in the UK. He exposes the roots of the spiral downward into barbarism. Moral relativism, multi-culturism by the intelligentsia starting in the 1960's has destroyed civilization in the ghettos. It could have been written about the inner cities in the US. These people have no self-respect or basic education and are violent. Hayek is being proven correct in his analysis, that civilization grew from traditional values and now that those values are no longer held, our civilization is spiraling into barbarism.
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What Egyptians Need

Mary218 Wrote: Jul 17, 2013 9:03 AM
Thanks for this insight. A recent WSJ article on western Latin America's free trade agreement is good news, as Peru, Chile, Mexico and Colombia appear to be shaking loose from the Marxism that dominated so long.
Thanks for your post. History is a great teacher if viewed objectively. Greenspan started the bubble and Bernanke continued it with very low interest rates. It combined with the socialist scheme of providing everyone a house led to the tragedy of 2007/8. So far, nothing has changed to prevent another giant bubble or to stop destroying the common sense of lending to people who cannot repay. Central planning destroyed the USSR and it is destroying the US. The common folk are caught between the central bank's control of the financial world and socialists in Washington. It will not end well, but didn't Hayek warn the world that what the US has been doing is the road to serfdom?
Dalrymple's "Life at the Bottom" details a psychiatrist's experiences in dealing with the welfare-poor of the UK for decades. His analysis exposes the same elements in the US, though most of the UK poor are white. The nihilism that started in the 1960's in the intellectual class (think universities) has now permeated first the bottom of society and is now moving up the wealth chain. The president and most of his appointees are examples of multi-culturists, who believe there is no difference between good and bad behavior. The West appears to be retreating from civilization and returning to the barbarian stage.
The myths perpetuated by the winning side continue....A few voices speak the truth, but are rarely heard above the myth's loud cries.....Read "The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History" for the unvarnished facts. Truth dispels emotions and often explains later events. Where do you think Jim Crow got started? The Radical Reconstruction of the South following the war between the states.
Back in 2008 when Obama promised to transform America, someone should have asked him just what he wanted the end result to be....Now we know, but we should have been suspicious of any raw politician who spoke only in abstract terms and fancy phrases while hiding his personal records. With 3+ more years to go, will there be anything left of the rule of law, civil discourse, the middle class, freedom from government coercion?
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