Sunday, August 26, 2007

Some Links

Here are four outstanding op-ed's:

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/opinion/syndicated/story/3685380p-13085862c.html
Multiculturalism's war on education
By Elan Journo
What these textbooks reveal is a concerted effort to portray the most backward, impoverished and murderous cultures as advanced, prosperous and life-enhancing. Multiculturalism's goal is not to teach about other cultures, but to promote - by means of distortions and half-truths - the notion that non-Western cultures are as good as, if not better than, Western culture. Far from "broadening" the curriculum, what multiculturalism seeks is to diminish the value of Western culture in the minds of students. But, given all the facts, the objective superiority of Western culture is apparent, so multiculturalists must artificially elevate other cultures and depreciate the West.


http://qconline.com/archives/qco/display.php?id=351195
Say no to the 'self-esteem' pushers
By Onkar Ghate
Since it is only through careful, logical thought and action that one develops the ability to cope with reality, self-esteem results from an individual's commitment to reason. A rational, productive person will possess self-esteem; a drug-addicted bum will not.

...How then will these educators make him 'feel good' about himself? By attempting to obliterate any facts that lead him to a negative estimate of himself. More and more, they teach him that there are never any wrong answers.


http://www.aynrand.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=15287&news_iv_ctrl=1021
Celebrating Income Inequality
By Alex Epstein (Las Vegas Review-Journal, August 5, 2007)
The vast wealth that exists in America has been created--through the productive activities and voluntary arrangements of individuals. And individuals do not necessarily create the same amount of wealth. Compare the value brought into existence by the entrepreneur whose productivity software is eagerly bought by millions--and the checkout clerk at a store that sells it. Such vast differences in productivity--which can be caused by vast differences in ability, work ethic, interests, skills, and choices--are the root of vast differences in income.

http://www.aynrand.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=15435&news_iv_ctrl=1221
The Deadly FDA August 10, 2007
By Yaron Brook
"The decision about what drugs to put in one's body rightfully belongs to each individual, not to FDA bureaucrats. To deny individuals this right is to impose a death sentence on those who, in the face of certain death, would rationally choose to accept the risks of an experimental treatment, but are barred from doing so until the urgently needed drug completes the FDA's onerous, years-long approval process. Indeed, this case was initiated by a group founded by the father of a girl who died after she was denied access to an experimental anti-cancer drug the FDA later approved.

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