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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sat, 12-26-2009: David J. Theroux, on Ayn Rand's and C. S. Lewis' Philosophies and the Assault by Congress, on the American Spirit




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My guest David J. Theroux is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Independent Institute, a Libertarian think tank based in Oakland, CA.  He is an accomplished scholar, writer and is the Founder and President of the C. S. Lewis Society of California.   

 Atlas Shrugged, as of this post, is at #22 on Amazon's Best Seller List, a list updated hourly.  It has been number 1 several weeks on many charts, throughout this year.  It sold record numbers in 2009.  The surge in sales began in late 2008, following the TARP Bill,  and then accelerated with the advent and passage of the Stimulus Bill of 2009.  People are looking for answers, clarity, and words to describe and understand what happened and what is happening to us, and to our social political economy today.  They find voice and reason in Atlas Shrugged.  


How do Christian Libertarians reconcile the philosophy of Objectivism entombed in Atlas Shrugged with their Christian faith, with integrity? For insight I turn to C. S. Lewis.


Indeed, C. S. Lewis’s books sell at an astounding rate worldwide, and in his extensive and immensely popular work, he very effectively champions objective truth, goodness, natural law, literary excellence, reason, science, individual liberty, personal responsibility, and Christian faith. (C. S. Lewis Society of CA) 


Ayn Rand Institute Scholar Edwin Locke, in his description of the Institute's course called  "Christianity vs. Objectivism: Which is the Proper Philosophy for Living on Earth?" ...argues that only Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand, provides a code of morality suitable for living successfully and happily on earth. Objectivism holds that reality is real, that reason is man's only means of knowing it and that one should act in one's own rational self-interest, with rationality being the highest virtue. Life is the objective standard of morality. In contrast,  Christianity asserts that reality is governed by supernatural forces, that knowledge is based on faith and that the highest moral virtue is self-sacrifice. It will be shown that Christianity cannot be practiced consistently, destroys the integrity of man's mind, and is incompatible with living successfully and happily in the real world.

I invited  Mr. Theroux to help deconstruct the assertion made by Locke, above, and to help readers reconcile the truth we find Atlas Shrugged with Christian Faith.  


We'll take calls and Mr. Theroux has much to say on the Health Care Bill and the debt ceiling just raised again, by Congress and how these acts impact the liberty of the American Spirit.


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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

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Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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