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Polygamy II: The Good, the Bad, and the Dilemma by Chrles Adams

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by Charles Adams
by Charles Adams


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With so many emails on my article on Polygamy, I thought it would be worthwhile to tell more of the story of polygamy. Polygamy seems to have been involved in almost all societies and cultures: Africa, Asia, China, the American Indians, the Middle East, the Hebrews, and even Europe in its early days before monogamy took over from the Romans. Go back a few thousand years and we learn polygamy was universal. Usually only a wealthy man could have more than one wife as he had to provide her with her own home and wealth. Today a study of 565 of the world’s societies found that over 75% favored polygamy. With the American Indians in warfare the victors would kill all the men and carry off the women as secondary wives, the prize of war was females as polygamist wives.

Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, was concerned about all the polygamy in the Bible and he said he received a revelation explaining the ways of polygamy in Old Testament times, including a commandment to the people today, saying that if a man “espouses a virgin” and his wife consents he may marry her and there is no adultery, D&C 132:61. It says a man can have 10 virgins and it is not adultery, but she cannot have another man that is adultery on her part. It is obvious with the revelation directed in part to Emma, Joseph Smith’s wife, she was not in favor of it, claiming he never had any other wives but her, and started the Reorganized LDS Church with her son as the head, repudiating polygamy. It is today a good size church still maintaining that polygamy was Brigham Young’s idea.

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Rant About Permits and Licenses

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Rant About Permits and Licenses

by Manuel Lora
by Manuel Lora


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A license is a grant of permission. The licensor grants permission to the licensee to do something that the licensee does not have a right to do. A rental contract, though usually called a lease, is a form of license. In exchange for money, the licensee (in this case the lessee/tenant) is allowed to occupy and live in the premises owned by the lessor (in this case the licensor/landlord). Notice that the owner of the property does not have a right to the (potential) tenant’s money until after the contract is signed. Similarly, the (potential) tenant does not have a right to enter the property. If the landlord takes the money without consent or agreement it is theft; if the tenant moves into the property without consent or agreement it is trespass.

Only those who have rights in property can grant licenses over that particular property. The difference between borrowing a car and stealing it is the license, or permission. Thus, it is clear that whenever a person owns a particular resource, only he or she can legitimately decide how to use or not use it. Yet this is not what we see in everyday reality. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Upon entering most establishments you are greeted not just by an employee or manager, but also by a barrage of government papers that are usually framed and hanging on the walls. Why, one asks, can this be? As we mentioned before, only the owner of a resource can decide how it should be used. How, then, can state governments demand permission from owners before they can engage in certain activities?

There are two solutions to this question:

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The Crucifixion of Jeremiah Wright by A.D Lelong

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The Crucifixion of Jeremiah Wright

by A.D Lelong
by A.D Lelong


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I have spent my entire life cringing at the stupidity, cowardice, and self serving fraud of the intellectual establishment in this country. And now that we have 24 hour cable news, and now that talk radio has become BIG MEDIA (it used to be honest when there was no money in it) the intellectual level of political and social criticism in this republic aspires to Olympian heights of fatuity. Nothing is allowed in political discourse except the bromidic, the stupid, the superficial. Any attempt at truth or honesty is attacked as extreme, even insane, by a cowardly bunch of media pundits trying to score points with each other by ganging up on the victim like schoolyard bullies ganging up on the new kid. Just look at the way they turned Dr. Ron Paul into a doubleplus unperson.

Consider the difference in other countries. Consider that in Italy the newly elected right wing openly compares itself to General Franco and the crowd cheers ”Il Duce” at the new Roman mayor. This is the very same country that boasted the largest communist party in Europe in the 1970’s.This is also a country with a dozen viable political parties, a country that discusses the idea of regional secession as a serious consideration. How ironic it is that a country such as Italy with broad based support of Fascism and Communism is freer intellectually than the US, a supposed free country with a bill of rights guaranteeing free speech!

In this country, the chattering classes all compete to see who can repeat the same hackneyed phrases more loudly. Any dissent is seen as a reproach on the monolithic poltroonishness of the conformist establishment and its apostles. With the new 24 hour electronic yellow journalism and its vaudeville showmen posing as thinking pundits, the superficiality takes on hyper levels. Complex issues concerning peace and war, foreign policy, terrorism (and its causes), morality, political philosophy become mere talking subjects, theatrical props, for media sideshow barkers pimping for ratings glory. The tendency is to use out-of-context sound bites to invent huge media controversies, full of sound and fury and signifying nothing.

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The Long Night by Charley Reese

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The Long Night

by Charley Reese
by Charley Reese


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Have you ever wondered how human beings can be so cruel? And how cruelty crosses all the boundaries – national, racial and ethnic? I have. Rereading an autobiography published in 1941 by a communist agent reminded me of the dark side of human nature.

The book, Out of the Night, was written – under the pseudonym “Jan Valtin” – by a German who lived through the chaos of the collapse of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Nazism. Broken by Gestapo torture, he ended up being pursued by both the Nazi and the communist manhunters and killers.

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Take the Red Pill by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

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Take the Red Pill

by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.


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In The Revolution: A Manifesto, Ron Paul says he doesn’t believe the claim that most people are indifferent about freedom as long as they’re kept entertained and well fed. It’s more a lack of knowledge, he says, that keeps people from embracing the free society.

I’ve gone back and forth on this, and I’m inclined to think the truth is somewhere in between. But I think the cynics, who hold out no hope for the American people at all, are surely wrong.

Case in point: this thread.

This nurse had accidentally left her copy of The Revolution: A Manifesto at her nurses’ station overnight. When she arrived the next morning, fearing the book might be lost, she found to her amazement that the overnight nurse had actually read the entire thing. Not only that, but she had become an instant convert, wanting to spread Ron Paul’s message to her friends and family, and get extra copies of his book.

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Ron Paul’s Manifesto Against ‘False Choice’

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Ron Paul’s Manifesto Against ‘False Choice’

by J. H. Huebert
by J. H. Huebert


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How frustrating it must be to be Ron Paul.

The Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate always said there was no justification for war with Iraq – no weapons of mass destruction, no threat to the United States – and his colleagues in Congress and most of the American people ignored him.

Ron Paul also saw that we were headed for a financial collapse and runaway inflation because of the Federal Reserve Bank – and his colleagues in Congress and almost all of the American people ignored him.

Now, Americans realize the war was wrong, and they want the troops to come home – but they still vote for candidates who won’t promise to bring the troops home and who are ready or even eager to commit troops elsewhere.

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Drill for Offshore Oil

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Drill for Offshore Oil

by Humberto Fontova
by Humberto Fontova


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In the early 1960’s the law of supply and demand greatly irked Cuba’s “Minister of the Economy” Ernesto “Che” Guevara. “No problemo!” he decided. I’ll simply abolish it by creating a “New Man,” with these insufferable Cubans as my Guinea Pigs. The world’s intelligentsia applauded deliriously as 14,000 Cubans were murdered by firing squad, 77,000 drowned or were ripped apart by sharks attempting to flee Guevara’s whim, and half a million were herded into political prisons and forced labor camps at bayonet point. (All of this out of a Cuban population of 6.5 million meaning that Castro and Che’s political incarceration rate topped Stalin’s.)

And wouldn’t you know it? After years of this glorious effort, cheered by everyone from Jean Paul Sartre to George Mc Govern, that doggone law of supply and demand held firm, while Cuba’s per capita income (surpassing half of Europe’s in the 1950’s) plummeted to nudge Haiti’s.

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