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Adam Smith’s New Clothes

It is normal to hear modern economists refer to Adam Smith when they want to make a point.  They do this when they want to buttress their argument  (usually because it can’t stand on its own).  But that is to be expected because Mr. Smith is THE economist of choice in the Western world (next would be John Maynard Keynes…go figure).  A problem is that many who refer to to Smith (including myself) have not read all of his writings on economics.  It is easier to talk about him than to read him.  And to hear “experts” talk, he is a greedy, big-business loving, Gordon Gekko type.  Recently I came across this article by John Medaille, a distributist economist living in Texas, who gives a different take on Smith.  It should provoke thought on behalf of those who have preconceived notions of Smith’s writings, and it may even motivate you to read The Wealth of Nations for yourself.

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Do something conservative

Everywhere you go people talk about how bad things are. If they aren’t talking about the shrinking economy, it’s the lack of morals or the ever-growing aura of big brother peeking over your shoulder. What is a person to do? As much as I hate to admit it, no one in Washington can fix the problem. Many conservatives have a tendency to think like socialists and trust the central government to fix the country’s problems. Sorry, deliverance will not come from Babylon. Which again begs the question, what are we supposed to to? How about, instead of waiting on Washington to change, citizens do something conservative? I can’t light up the world, but I can brighten the corner I live in. If people would put action to the principles they say they believe in, the country would be transformed, piece by piece. Call it conservatism in action.
One place to start is turning off the television. That may sound unnecessary, but what better way to conserve your family than by cutting off the toxic wasteline from Hollywood into your home. It is amazing how much you can get done with the television off and a goal in mind. As small as it sounds, turning off the television is a conservative action that would benefit individuals and families everywhere.

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Law and Liberty

“The law perverted!  And the police powers of the state perverted along with it!  The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose!  The law become the weapon of every kind of greed!  Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!  If this is true, it is a serious fact, and moral duty requires me to call the attention of my fellow-citizens to it.”–Frederic Bastiat, The Law

This begins one of the clearest explanations of liberty ever written.  The Law was not written on a high academic level, nor was it meant to be.  It is a simple exploration of how government challenges liberty more than any other institution.  For all interested in the study of liberty, Bastiat’s book is a superb resource.

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Reasons for the website

To quote a wise person (that’s what you say when you don’t know where the quote came from), “When it comes to blogging, never have so many had so little to say to so few”.  Since most of the site will be other people’s writing, I feel justified in creating it, but just in case more justification is needed,  I’ve listed several reasons.

Top ten reasons to take up cyber-space with another website:

10. Dead conservatives make more sense (and are more entertaining) than living ones.

9.   Rush Limbaugh doesn’t speak for traditionalists.

8.  The meaning of “conservative” is lost to the general public.

7.  The term “foreign policy” has not always been synonymous with “empire building”.

6.  G.K. Chesterton says more in one paragraph than the entire editorial staff of The Weekly Standard

5.  Economics has become an abstract science rather than a social (a.k.a. humane) science.

4.  “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road.”—C.S. Lewis

3.  Permanent things still need defending.

2.  The dignity of human life (from conception until death) is worth fighting for.

1.  Truth is timeless.

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