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Dancing to Strauss: A Leftist Canard

Posted by Mark on April 18, 2005

Joe over at The New Oklahoma Democrat threw me a curve today. I’ve been reading conservative material for a long time, and never came across the name of Leo Strauss. Yet, according to Joe, Professor Strauss is the “Father of the Neo-Cons.” This link helps put the argument in some perspective. Here’s another great link on the same topic from The Politic.
So, what happens when you do a Google search with the words Wolfowitz and Strauss?

This.

Now I’m no rocket scientist, just a guy from a little town in Oklahoma transplanted to the frozen north of Chicago, but it sure looks like much of the alleged Straussian influence comes from lefty sites, or sites repeating the same stuff. I’m open to being wrong here, and really am not sure I care. But I’ve spent some time on this , so thought I’d share what I found. I’m expecting Joe to correct me on the above. If so, I’ll prominently post how wrong I am.

By the way, hop over to Joe’s site for a view on politics completely different from my own. It’s a great site, and well worth bookmarking.

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Blogroll & New Blog

Posted by zaphriel on April 18, 2005

I have added a blogroll to this blog, so check it out.
Also, I am starting a political discussion blog called “The Balance of Power”, my intent is to have 4 to 6 contributors who will comment on contemporary political issues in a balanced fashion.
I would really like to contributors to be from all sides, far left, moderate left, centrist, far right etc.
I think it would both be interesting and fun. If you want to join in my experiment, or want to be added to my blogroll, either e-mail me, or comment to this post with enough info for me to contact you.
Keep those comments coming.
Thanks Again,
Your friendly neighborhood conservative,
Zaphriel Michaels

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A Greek Holy Grail: Ancient Writings Decoded

Posted by Mark on April 18, 2005

What a staggering discovery! More to come…

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Conservatism (part 1)…

Posted by zaphriel on April 18, 2005

During my adventure in life I have come across political, moral, and social ideals that I have had various views on over time. As I have explained earlier, I recently have crossed over the line of demarcation and aligned my self with a more conservative viewpoint. The previously mentioned ideals have had a lot to do with that.

I will outline them over the next couple of days, because talking about them all at once makes for a really long post.

1.Business is good – When I was younger I used to buy into the belief that business owners were all greedy, and only hired workers because they had to. While this is an interesting concept, I have since then met, worked for, worked with, and befriended several actual business owners. I have learned through both conversation and experience that business owners are not evil, and the fact that they want to make money is not their all-driving purpose. Many of them supply good benefits and competitive pay to their employees solely because they want to, and they just think it’s right. Some of them actually like to have happy employees, which are more productive and thus allow them to expand their business and employ more people. Business is the engine of our economy.

2.People can take better care of themselves than the government can – I once lived in a state where the prevailing attitude was that everyone had a RIGHT to free health care, free food, free housing, etc. on the public dime, which sounds like a good idea, until you try to apply it. When you provide all of these things for free, the recipient gets what they pay for, poor housing, poor healthcare, and poor food (have you ever had “Government? cheese). In addition, everyone else pays for it in one way or another, higher taxes, or higher prices, which is fine if we all are willing to accept that. I have found that when I am allowed to spend my own money, I tend to both give to charity a whole lot more, I tend to save more money towards my own retirement, and I tend to live a better more satisfying life. I like to decide my own fate, and I really don’t like people telling me what I must do with what I earn. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that social programs need to be abolished, they are needed as resources to help people get back on their feet, but I do subscribe to the “teach a man to fish? philosophy, training and education is better than handouts and stipends for able-bodied individuals. Increased incentives to create solid good paying jobs are better than paying people not to work. A lot of our social programs are, and were always meant to be, stopgaps, and not real solutions to social problems.

What we need are real solutions. I think that fostering our free market economy, and allowing people to take responsibility for themselves, does a much better job at creating real solutions than the government does.

More to follow…Z.

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A Greek Holy Grail: Ancient Writings Decoded

Posted by Mark on April 18, 2005

What a staggering discovery! More to come…

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