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...
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...
In a recent op-ed entitled, “The ‘Enlightenment’ keeps on winning,” James A. Haught, an editor emeritus of a West Virginia newspaper, asserts in his latest column that since the advent of the Enlightenment, for three centuries, liberals have scored a string of historical victories over conservatives, and he “hopes the progressive pattern keeps rolling forever.”
Haught writes: “Around three centuries ago, major thinkers began advocating democracy, human rights and personal freedoms. Their period became known as the Enlightenment. It launched the long-running liberals-versus-conservatives conflict still driving much of today’s politics.” After scantily listing the contributions of Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), John Locke (1632-1704; photo, right), Baron Montesquieu (1689-1755) and even Voltaire, he goes on to characterize our Founders: “Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, etc. were brilliant radicals who absorbed the Enlightenment ideas and incorporated them into the first modern democracy.”
Yes, our Founding Fathers were brilliant men, sons of the Enlightenment, but as to being called “radicals” that is subject to debate, as is the...
The Trump bandwagon keeps rolling along, gathering speed despite the bumps and potholes in the road. Rather than try to give a reasoned analysis of what seems to be an unreasonable phenomenon, I will put down some random thoughts.
The man with many faults
● Trump sometimes uses vulgar language. Perhaps this is to teach us that even the most disgusting language is superior to disgusting behavior. Perhaps this is to remind us that no mere language can be as damaging to a woman as being sexually assaulted by a man, and then being humiliated by his wife — a “bimbo eruption” or a “vast right-wing conspiracy” or a “narcissistic looney-tune.” Perhaps Trump’s crude boasting about what women didn’t object to is morally superior to Bill Clinton’s smug silence about what women did object to (photo, below: Bill Clinton's women accusers) — and Hillary’s anti-feminist stance of not believing them and publicly insulting them. Besides, Hillary sometimes uses vulgar language herself.
● Trump often uses strong language. Perhaps it is to make up for the politicians who talk incessantly, but who use weasel words that are ambiguous and can be construed as...
Cliff Kincaid, Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism wrote an excellent article on GOPUSA defending Columbus Day and describing the progressive onslaught not only against Columbus’ discovery of America but also Western civilization. At the end of his article, he asks, “Who will defend Christian civilization and Columbus against this New Age socialist gibberish?” I hope the following narrative draws a series of pictures illustrating what it was really like in the New World before Columbus' arrival in 1492 (photo, left), and hopefully the illustration of reality, not fantasy, will contribute towards that defense.
Despite progressive vilification, Americans continue to celebrate October 12th as the day Christopher Columbus discovered America.* But since the quincentennial celebration (1992) progressives have been harshly denouncing the event as resulting in deliberate genocide of the peaceful, ecology-minded, indigenous peoples. According to the new conventional wisdom, Christopher Columbus and his discovery of the Americas is an epochal catastrophe that should be scorned and vilified. But what was it like in the New World at the time of Columbus arrival...
Jose: Friends, another article to connect the dots, "Soros's Campaign of Global Chaos," from Realclearpolitics by Caroline Glick, August 26, 2016:
Major media outlets in the US have ignored the leak of thousands of emails from billionaire George Soros’s [photo, right] Open Society Foundation by the activist hacker group DCLeaks. The OSF is the vehicle through which Soros has funneled billions of dollars over the past two decades to non-profit organizations in the US and throughout the world. According to the documents, Soros has given more than $30 million to groups working for Hillary Clinton’s election in November, making him her largest single donor. So it is likely the case that the media’s support for Clinton has played some role in the mainstream media’s bid to bury the story.
It is also likely however, that at least some news editors failed to understand why the leaked documents were worth covering. Most of the information was already public knowledge. Soros’s massive funding of far-left groups in the US and throughout the world has been documented for more than a decade…
MAF: I would certainly welcome an investigative...
You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people — now 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks, they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.
— Hillary Clinton, Sept. 9, 2016
In learning how to do something, it is helpful to know what not to do. Here are some tips on how to lose an election — and even worse, on how to deserve to lose an election:
● Insult your opponent’s supporters by calling them “deplorable” and “irredeemable.” That’s a good way to attract their votes.
● Among the insults include every nasty adjective you can think of. Use the Word thesaurus.
● Imagine yourself one of the “elite,” a sort of secular priest empowered to grant or refuse absolution to the irredeem-ables, the ignorant, unwashed masses.
● View your...
He [Trump] would have loved Stalin. — Vice President Joe Biden
Although it is difficult to fathom what causes Mr. Biden to make his trademark offhand comments, we can at least try to understand this defamatory remark. Here are two possible explanations for Biden’s latest episode of verbal flatulence:
First, Trump jokingly suggested that if the Russians had indeed hacked the Democratic National Committee e-mails, perhaps they could also find Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 missing e-mails. But Trump said this only after Democrats blamed the Russians for the hack, even claiming that Putin wanted to help Trump get elected. That is, Trump was accused — without any evidence — of being a foreign agent. In light of this very serious slander, Trump’s remark pales into insignificance.
Second, Trump has expressed grudging admiration for Vladimir Putin. Trump remarked, “At least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country.” Would I have put it that way? No. I would have said something like this: “Putin and I disagree on many points. But Putin is a strong leader who loves his country and wants to see it stronger. Wouldn’t it be nice...
A close friend, with whom I frequently hold discussions on the subject of the Cold War and communism, told me that we are still being deceived by the Russians, that the Cold War is not over, and that “…We have convinced ourselves that ‘communism is in the dustbin of history,’ which is exactly what the Soviets wanted us to think — just as Golitsyn disclosed in his book, New Lies for Old.” Furthermore, he asserts his friend, the author Joseph Douglass insisted and documented in his book that “the drug trade is directed by the FSB [Russia’s Federal Security Service], which handles more money than the KGB ever had for operations and is larger than the KGB and better entrenched in all aspects of American and European society and government.” Finally, he opined, “The role of the terrorist is to destroy the fighting ability of the United States and its allies and to bankrupt them in their effort to protect themselves from the terrorists. The evidence for this is overwhelming. We have been fooled…”
First, while I agree that the twin evils of socialism and communism are not dead, I believe the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet communist Empire in 1991...
Jose: Do you think Trump might have a point when he says the election is rigged? I also received this email about the media elite and the corporations pulling the strings: It's a big club for a select few:
Only 6 Corporations:
1. GE (owns Comcast, NBC, Universal Pictures, Focus Features)
2. Newscorp (owns Fox, Wall Street Journal, New York Post)
3. Disney (owns ABC, ESPN, Pixar, Miramar, Marvel Studios)
4. Viacom (owns MTV, Nick JR, SET, CMT, Paramount Pictures)
5. Time Warner (owns CNN, HBO, TIME, Warner Bros)
6. CBS (owns Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, NFL.COM, Jeopardy, 60 Minutes)
These six corporations own 1,500 newspapers, 1,100 magazines, 9,000 radio stations, 1,500 TV stations, 2,400 publishers. (I cannot refute this information!) See photo below.
And consider the relationships, which are kept within the family (some may be outdated and fleeting, but nevertheless true at one time):
—ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, National Security Adviser.
—CBS President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, Obama's Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications....