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Socialism, Sanders and (In)Sanity

Feb 10, 2016

With a hardcore socialist seeking to become President of the United States, and having just won the New Hampshire primary, it is worth looking briefly at both matters: Sanders and socialism. As to the former, the Vermont Senator is a

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Markets and Morality

Apr 6, 2015

This is one of those topics where the amount of sloppy thinking or just plain wrong thinking tends to abound. And sadly plenty of Christians can get things wrong here big time. There is a knee-jerk reaction against the free

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The Bible and Private Property

May 30, 2016

One of the core differences between socialism and the free market is of course the place of private property. Simply put, the former hates it and seeks to eradicate it, while the latter celebrates it and is fully based on

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Taharrush, Refugees, and the Rape of the West

Jan 13, 2016

What happened in Cologne and other European cities recently was not accidental, was not unique, and was not unexpected. As I wrote earlier, this is all about rape jihad, a quite acceptable modus operandi for the political ideology known as

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The Church, Riches and Responsibility

Nov 20, 2015

That the Bible speaks about riches and wealth, often in the form of a warning, is of course perfectly clear. We cannot escape the fact that riches can have a corrupting impact on so many people, and it can become

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Sieg Heil Planned Parenthood

Aug 1, 2015

Each passing day as we learn more about the money-hungry killing machine known as Planned Parenthood, the more we see obvious and clear parallels to the Nazi killing machine. There seems to be so much common ground here that PP

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Democrats, Death and Deicide

Sep 6, 2012

The contrast between the two main American political parties keeps getting more and more obvious. The Republicans, for all their faults, value God, faith, freedom, free markets, family, and support Israel, among other things. The Democrats on the other hand

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Wrong Again in Rio

Jun 21, 2012

Rio is on again. From June 20-22 there is yet another big cheese gabfest meant to save the planet. The Rio+20 is the fourth “Earth Summit” – the first of which took place in 1992. Rio+20 is the abbreviated name

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The Iron Lady

Jan 2, 2012

OK, I have not seen the film yet, and I am not sure if I will. I keep getting mixed signals on the new film about Margaret Thatcher starring Meryl Streep. Of course one can assess a film in terms

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Occupiers and Refried Marxism

Oct 18, 2011

Sometimes stuff is better when rehashed or reused. I just had some refried beans for lunch, and it is a great component to a Mexican meal. But other things do not get better, no matter how often they are refried

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Occupy and Destroy

Oct 16, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street movement is now spreading out of New York and overseas. I witnessed some of it first hand while just recently in America. I already wrote about the foolishness being promoted by these protestors, and how –

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Selected Reading on Wealth and Poverty

Oct 12, 2011

With the current round of leftist protests in the US, especially targeting Wall Street and the wealthy, I find it a continued source of fascination that there seems to be such a widespread lack of knowledge about basic economics. These

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Social Justice, Part One

Aug 8, 2011

Much mischief has been done under the guise of “social justice”. The term has a nice ring to it, but it is a phrase which often means little more than the promotion of radical leftist agendas. Christians of the left

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Notable Christians: G. K. Chesterton

Jan 24, 2011

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) is one of my favourite writers, and his 1908 volume Orthodoxy is one of my favourite books. He was an English writer, apologist, poet, essayist, and journalist. He was extremely prolific, having penned some 80 books,

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Difficult Bible Passages: Leviticus 25

Sep 2, 2010

A text often used by those of the religious left, or those advocating for a type of socialism, is Lev. 25. Here we find Yahweh’s instructions on giving the land rest every seventh year (vv. 1-7), and the Year of

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Thinking About the 2010 Election

Aug 3, 2010

In a fallen world there is no perfect political party, no perfect political candidate, and no perfect political policy. Indeed, we must always keep in mind Psalm 146:3: “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot

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100 Days of What?

Apr 30, 2009

While the mainstream media both here and in America is waxing sycophantic over the first 100 days of the Obama administration, treating him as the long-awaited Messiah, more sober voices are much less sanguine. No one is questioning that Obama

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