Ayn Rand

The Political Spectrum (Part II) — The Center: A Democracy or a Constitutional Republic?

"...Republicans, Libertarians, and Objectivists (i.e., the political philosophy of Ayn Rand [1905-1982; photo, left] the great Russian-American author, novelist and thinker) believe the functions of government are limited to those immediately enumerated in the U.S. Constitution..."

Political Spectrum HorseshoeThe Political Spectrum (Part I): The Totalitarian Left from Communism to Social Democracy

"The Right versus Left...political arrangement came from the seating position of National Assembly delegates during the French Revolution, but ... I have found it easier to have a political spectrum based on degrees of government control."

Stalin's Mysteriious DeathStalin's Mysterious Death

In a historic medical article published in Surgical Neurology International, Dr. Faria cites compelling evidence that the Soviet dictator was likely poisoned under the direction of his right hand henchman, Lavrenti Beria, with the very probable connivance of Nikita Khrushchev, who eventually succeeded Stalin and went on to dismantle Stalin's Cult of Personality and expose the "errors" of the former regime.

American Flag 

America, Guns and Freedom — An International Perspective

...Guns in the hands of law‑abiding citizens deter crimes, and nations that trust their citizens with firearms have governments that sustain liberty and affirm individual freedom...

Russian President Vladimir PutinRussia's invasion of the Ukraine — Tsarism or Stalinism anew?

Just as I was beginning to warm up to Vladimir Putin...the Russian President and his minions in the Ukraine invade the Crimean peninsula and threaten to foment a second cold war!

NATO military budget 2016A glance at Trump's tough foreign policy!

"...[the US] is shouldering a third of total global military spending! Trump wants the Europeans to share the financial burden more evenly..."

Donald TrumpEducated citizens, including Christians, have a civic responsibility to vote — preferably for Donald Trump!

Popular culture image by Dr. Russell BlaylockContemporary popular culture and the antiheroes of the Hollywood Left

"...The left is always railing about stereotypes yet no one in our society resorts to stereotypes more than the left..."

Symposium — An anti-Christian barrage in the midst of the Middle Georgia Bible Belt? (With apologies to both Plato and Alexander Pope)


Anatoli GolitsynAnatoliy Golitsyn, James Jesus Angleton, and double agents in the wilderness of mirrors of the Cold War

"...Golitsyn thought he could distinguish between true Soviet intent and disinformation, as the wheat is separated from the chaff, and break through and unravel Soviet long-term strategic deception to conquer the West..."

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Public health has had a magnificent and resplendent history. Sadly, the public health establishment has strayed far from its glorious origins and has gone from a lean, effective medical discipline composed of dedicated, independent physicians and health care workers to a bloated, politicized, entrenched, bureaucracy more concerned with political agendas — and its own existence and budgets — than the public health it had been charged to protect.

You may say the golden age of public health occurred in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, following the great discoveries of Edward Jenner, the English physician who developed a vaccine against small pox (vaccination); Louis Pasteur, the French chemist who played a significant part both in the discovery of the germ theory of disease and the development of immunizations; Joseph Lister, the surgeon who developed antiseptic techniques both in the treatment of wounds and in the implementation of surgical procedures; and Robert Koch, the German pathologist who expounded on the concepts of microbes, pathology of tuberculosis, and the development of microbiology. Following the lead of these great public...

Monday, October 24, 2016

I was recently asked to review The Nazi War on Cancer by Robert N. Proctor for Ideas on Liberty. What follows here is a more extended critique of this scholarly but deeply disturbing book.

Proctor, a professor of history of science at Penn State, thoroughly documents and describes in a good light what he calls "the lesser-known 'flip side' of fascism — the side that gave us struggles against smoking, campaigns for cleaner food and water, for exercise and preventive medicine."(1) And indeed, he succeeds in documenting and presenting in comprehensive fashion the many medical accomplishments achieved by German scientists and physicians during the Nazi era (1933-1945) and the preceding year of the short-lived Weimar Republic. The "accomplishments" include the establishment of medical registries. While these registries initially assisted with legitimate public health functions, databases and their system of medical surveillance were later used for tracking purposes and implementing state sanctioned euthanasia. German physicians established the linkage of occupational diseases and cancer to environmental poisons, such as irradiation by uranium, radium, and radon...

Published on July 11, 2016, the lyrics to The Doves song "Pulse" remind us: “…the steady drumbeat of your “Pulse” — thump, thump, thump — is all that stands between you and eternity.”