Sunday, July 18, 2010

Traveling ...

Posted Sunday, July 18, 2010 by Greg

To my faithful readers - sorry I have not been writing for a few weeks. The reason is that I have been on the road for several weeks. The good side is that I have been able to visit (with family) several interesting places, including Craters of the Moon National Park in Idaho, and Olympic National Park in Washington State. Olympic, especially the Northern portions, is a place of real beauty.

I'll be back as soon as possible with more, including the conclusion of my "Jim Wallis" series. But likely not this week, due to the upworthy plugin opportunity to spend quality time with family.

Friday, June 11, 2010

What’s the Main Thing Wrong with Government?

Posted Friday, June 11, 2010 by Greg

Those involved in it are just too intent on governing. From The Washington FTC Apex BuildingTimes:

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) leaders are attempting to distance themselves from controversial proposals published in a May 24 working paper on “reinventing” the media. The report presents a suite of options through which government could step in and supposedly rescue journalism, most notably by imposing taxes. A fee could be levied on websites such as the Drudge Report that link to the best news of the day, or a tax could be imposed on consumer electronics such as iPads, laptops and Kindles. Funds collected would be redistributed to traditional media outlets.

And they are quite fine with lying about it … (of course we shouldn’t really use the word “lie” concerning such polite company, it is really frowned upon and is very upsetting to them.)

FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz torpedoed the device tax in testimony Wednesday before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, saying, “I think that's a terrible idea.”

… Passing the buck is a classic bureaucratic dodge. The FTC claims that the well-developed proposals released last month were simply an enumeration of options suggested in “public comments.” In fact, the agency's Federal Register announcement for the proceeding questioned the propriety of news-aggregator websites that “do not pay for content” – this document was filed long before public hearings were held.

The report's views also happen to match positions Mr. Leibowitz has held in the past. Before joining the FTC, he was vice president of the Motion Picture Association of America, an organization that defends an extreme view of copyright law in order to prop up Hollywood's increasingly obsolete seo service business model. At a December workshop, Mr. Leibowitz complained that online news readers get a “free ride instead of paying the full value – or in fact paying anything – for what they're consuming.

… and they don’t understand freedom … and they think they can regularly “reinvent” our lives … and they don’t understand the market … and they believe they have an almighty hand, through which they can save the world … and they believe in the (supposed) goodness of taxes and redistribution … and …

Blog Name Change

Posted by Greg

Today I changed the name of the blog from “The Holy Cause” to “Our Holy Cause.” This was done for the simple and logical reason that it matches the URL; the thrust of the blog is unchanged.

Jim Wallis on libertarianism – Part 3

Posted by Greg

This is part 3 of a multi-part series addressing the concerns Jim Wallis recently expressed regarding libertarianism. Part 1 was largely introductory, and Part 2 considered the first of the “shortcomings” in libertarianism as declared by Rev. Wallis. In this article we will be considering the second of the five “shortcomings” to determine whether it stands up to the tests of truth, historical evidence, and scriptures.

As in the previous, unless stated otherwise, all indented text in this articles is a quote from Wallis, and all other text is mine. Here is the complete text from Rev. Wallis’ second point:

2. An anti-government ideology just isn't biblical. In Romans 13, the apostle Paul (not the Kentucky Senate candidate) describes the role and vocation of government; in addition to the church, government also plays a role in God's plan and purposes. Preserving the social order, punishing evil and rewarding good, and protecting the agen sbobet common good are all prescribed; we are even instructed topay taxes for those purposes! Sorry, Tea Party. Of course, debating the size and role of government is always a fair and good discussion, and most of us would prefer smart and effective to "big" or "small" government.

Revelation 13 depicts the state as a totalitarian beast – a metaphor for Rome, which was persecuting the Christians. This passage serves as a clear warning about the abuse of governmental power. But a power-hungry government is clearly an aberration and violation of the proper role of government in protecting its citizens and upholding the demands of fairness and justice. To disparage government per se – to see government as the central problem in society – is simply not a biblical position.

It is my contention is that Wallis has made several significant errors in the above text, including the following:

  1. Misrepresentation of libertarians as universally anti-government – part 1
  2. A limited and pro-state understanding of Romans 13
  3. An overly rosy view of government
  4. Misrepresentation of libertarians as universally anti-government – part 2
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Recommended: The Cult of the Presidency

Posted Tuesday, June 8, 2010 by Greg

I am not actually recommending the book, “The Cult of the Presidency”, as I haven’t read it yet. What I am recommending though, is that you get an electronic copy while it is still online at Cato for free. And, yes, it is the updated version!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

So, How does the Nobel Committee Feel about that Prize Now?

Posted Sunday, June 6, 2010 by Greg

300px-Hamid_Karzai_and_US_Special_ForcesYou know, I actually believed that Obama was going to be more peaceful than President Bush was. Silly me. Of course we knew the error of this thinking fairly quickly after he took office.

Anyway, here is the latest from the Washington Post:

Beneath its commitment to soft-spoken diplomacy and beyond the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Obama administration has significantly expanded a largely secret U.S. war against al-Qaeda and other radical groups, according to senior military and administration officials.

Special Operations forces have grown both in number and budget, and are deployed in 75 countries, compared with about 60 at the beginning of last year. In addition to units MWT baby names that have spent years in the Philippines and Colombia, teams are operating in Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.

…. One advantage of using "secret" forces for such missions is that they rarely discuss their operations in public. For a Democratic president such as Obama, who is criticized from either side of the political spectrum for too much or too little aggression, the unacknowledged CIA drone attacks in Pakistan, along with unilateral U.S. raids in Somalia and joint operations in Yemen, provide politically useful flappy bird cheats tools.

Live free, regardless.

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