Donald J. Trump — A leader for our time | Salim Mansur

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Mar 252020
 

There have been times throughout history where a particular moment calls for a certain type of person to lead. World War II had its Churchill. The American Civil War had its LIncoln. The Falklands War had Margaret Thatcher. Today with a lethal pandemic not seen since the 1918 Spanish Flu the world has Donald J. Trump.

No other leader but President Trump has acted so quickly in response to this crisis, restricting travel, reducing regulation, putting together a relief package, and finally recognizing that, in the end, the economy must not be destroyed in the process and a balance must be found.

Salim Mansur, Professor Emeritus at Western University, puts President Trump amongst the greatest leaders in history as we watch this disease spread, destroying lives and economies as it goes.

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Flattening the American economy | Salim Mansur

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Mar 232020
 

In a case of the cure being worse than the disease, President Trump is asking if the “flattening of the curve” is worth the destruction of the United States economy. He has indicated that he is not willing to let that happen with a Tweet today suggesting that a different approach to this crisis may be decided upon 15 days from today (March 23rd).

Salim Mansur, Professor Emeritus at Western University, shares Trump’s concern and suggests that the recent blocking of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) by the Democrats in the US Senate is an attempt to impose the Green New Deal by stealth. A new deal that would permanently cripple the United States economy.

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645 – How dare they! – The carbonated propaganda of fighting climate change

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Mar 122020
 


Fighting ‘climate change’ is perhaps the single most significant political issue of our time. Whether one is a ‘believer’ or a ‘denier’ – or completely oblivious to the whole matter – it’s an issue that affects everyone because it is being politically forced on each of us. Of course, the political narrative is fundamentally not really about climate at all. But that’s not what the mainstream media and politicians would have us believe.

For example, in his January 22 syndicated newspaper commentary, columnist Gwynne Dyer predicted “that those who led or financed the denial campaign will almost certainly end up facing criminal charges 10 or 20 years from now.” Citing “how a great many companies conspired to cast doubt on the scientific evidence for global warming over a period of several decades,” he called for those opposed to the politically correct narrative on climate change to be punished: “not talking about just fines… but also talking about criminal liability.”

Dyer’s attitude is typical of climate change alarmists everywhere. Rather than welcome an open and informed dialogue on climate, they would punish those who do not participate in the politically correct narrative.

“How dare you!” angrily threatened climate icon Greta Thunberg at the United Nations last September, in her call to have world governments take political action to reduce carbon dioxide emissions globally. Driven by a propaganda campaign based on the utterly false premise that CO2 is a pollutant, the reality is that CO2 is the ‘gas of life.’ Continue reading »

COVID-19 – Globalism’s black swan | Salim Mansur

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Feb 282020
 

Salim Mansur joins Robert Vaughan in a candid discussion of the fallout from COVID-19 and the world’s love affair with the communist state which has brought so much suffering to its people.

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641 – Freedom Forward – Philosophy’s indispensable role in determining the Right Direction

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Feb 132020
 


There is a widespread belief – particularly among advocates of freedom and capitalism – that individual freedom and individual rights will spontaneously emerge if nations gradually adopt various forms of capitalism, freer markets, and/or more private economic initiatives. Yet, many socialist, fascist and communist jurisdictions have done exactly this, but nevertheless remained socialist, fascist or communist. While their economies may have become more ‘efficient,’ their people still do not enjoy individual rights, having ironically been turned into ‘slaves’ of a state-directed economic ‘efficiency.’

Additionally, there is a certain ‘literalism’ on the philosophic front, with many freedom advocates rejecting the best political alternative on the basis of some kind of philosophical impurity or inconsistency on the part of a given politician or party.

This is dangerous thinking, and can lead to unwarranted feelings of futility, frustration, and cynicism regarding political action in general. It is an affliction that most affects those on the Right, and is in part responsible for the continuing ascendancy of the Left and the erosion of our freedoms. Continue reading »

640 – Uncommon Laws – Britain exits the European Union

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Feb 062020
 


Take ten freedom-loving people, put them in a room in front of some microphones, and what do you get? Our first ever ‘Freedom Panel,’ sharing views on Brexit, climate change, and a mutual frustration with the lack of rational philosophies in politics.

At long last, Brexit has become a reality. But that development reflects a long-established British history and philosophy that has always been incompatible with that of the European nations. For that reason, many have regarded Brexit as inevitable. Founded on individualism rather than on the European collectivism that has brought the continent to disaster on repeated occasions, Britain can now once again forge its own political destiny, freed from the control of Brussels.

With the good news on the Brexit front, it’s too bad that politicians continue to ring the bells of climate alarmism, pretending to talk about the weather when what they’re trying to prevent changing is the climate of collectivism.

Ironically, it is the growing politics of populism that is beginning to demonstrate an effective defense against collectivism’s ills. Even so, many individualists and supporters of political freedom remain opposed to a populism that they see as being unprincipled. But is populism really an obstacle to freedom, or is it an opportunity for rational principles to once again become part of the political playing field?

Though our panelists have many differing perspectives on this question and other issues, one thing you can always count on is a discussion that will be Just Right.

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639 – Iran’s love affair with America — Behind the mask of an Islamist theocracy

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Jan 302020
 


Given the government of Iran’s repeated shouts of “Death to America,” you might be surprised to learn that the Iranian people themselves love Americans. How do we know this? Because when asked (and even often when not), they say so – openly, freely, and without reservation.

Since the killing of Iranian terrorist Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s ballistic missile response in Iraq, and its subsequent downing of Ukrainian Flight 752, the eyes of the world have been focused on Iran. And yet, despite all the attention, few can actually see what the people of Iran are really like.

The world outside Iran finally got a glimpse of how Iranians feel about their own government when thousands protested in the streets in response to the shooting down of Flight 752. This was a far cry from the previous public demonstration in Iran where the world saw thousands grieving the death of Soleimani.

It occurred that perhaps a similar contradiction masks the way Iranians actually feel about the West, and about America in particular. Sure enough, after sidestepping the politicians and speaking to ‘the people’ of Iran itself, that’s exactly what we discovered.

When it comes to understanding the heart of a nation, forget the politicians; listening to its people is the way to paint a picture that’s closer to being Just Right.

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