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Just what the heck is a ‘Statist’ anyhow?

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A ‘Statist’ is an individual who supports the power of the State over the rights of the Individual.  Fascism, Socialism, Communism, State Capitalism are all forms of Statism – control by the State over the free association of Individuals to pursue one’s own economic best interests.

During the Progressive era, one of the single largest leaps forward in the growth of the American State was the 17th Amendment to the Constitution which enabled of the federal government to directly tax the citizens.  Many progressives were socialists, such at Upton Sinclair. Others like John D. Rockefeller, Jr. are harder to pigeon hole. Henry Ford certainly tried to run the lives of his workers both on the clock and off. If any word summed up the Progressives, it would be Paternalism. It was the State’s responsibility to be the wise parent to the citizen-child.

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Written by Dee Norris

October 25, 2008 at 3:46 am

I am a Skeptic

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skep·tic

One who instinctively or habitually doubts, questions, or disagrees with assertions or generally accepted conclusions.

from Greek Skeptikos, from skeptesthai, to examine.

The Thinker

The Thinker

I have been reading a lot of the debates that inevitably follow any MSM story on Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW).  In this story at the NewScientist, one of the comments stood out as a vivid example of the polarization that has developed between the those of us who are skeptical of AGW and those of us who believe in AGW.

By Luke
Fri Sep 12 19:15:22 BST 2008
The difference in response between skeptics and scientists is easily explained as the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning. Skeptics look for evidence to prove their conclusion and ignore any that does not fit what they believe. This makes it possible for them to believe in revealed religion and ignore anything that disputes it. I guess inductive reasoning can best be classified as deliberate ignorance. My condolences to practitioners of inductive thinking for your lack of logical ability. You don’t know what a pleasure it is to be able to think things through.

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Written by Dee Norris

September 14, 2008 at 4:10 am

An Inconvenient Youth

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Teach children the path to follow, and even when they are old, they will not stray from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

Childhood indoctrination.  It’s a dirty word.  Hitler did it.  Stalin did it.  It can never happen here in the free world, now can it?  Of course not.

In the past few days, I have had a couple of disturbing conversations about AGW with the younger generation, including my own daughter.  Particularly striking is the one I had with the 12-year old daughter of a friend.

(Warning: The following transcript may incite anger in libertarians and parents).

Dee:  So, do you believe in Global Warming?

Melissa: Oh, yes!

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Written by Dee Norris

September 8, 2008 at 3:18 am