Thursday, January 14, 2010

Best of 2009

2009 was a tumultuous year, and I had fun writing about it on this blog. The year provided so much intellectual fodder for commentary that I frequently didn't know
which way to turn next. Here is a diverse sampling of some of my favorites.

A vision of what the coming Obama Administration's political agenda would look like was as easy as predicting tomorrow's sunrise. In Obama's Inaugural Speech- A Call to Statist Arms, Obama's operational tactics - which he portrays in somewhat abstract terms - are analyzed and explained.

In my post, "Tear Down This Wall", I acknowledged the 20th anniversary of an event that must rank with the top historical events of all time.

The stunning surge in interest in Ayn Rand and her novel Atlas Shrugged was a huge cultural phenomenon in America. That is the subject of Is Atlas Shrugging?

The rise of the Christian Left gathered political momentum in 2009. Obama's Christian Strategy discusses Barrack Obama's strategy to cash in on it.

For the past century or more, statism has advanced more or less steadily in America, in the face of a Conservatism impotent to stop it. In Part 1 and Part 2 of my review of Conservative icon Mark R. Levin's best selling Liberty and Tyranny, the reasons for that failure are demonstrated.

The Battle for the Moral High Ground explains why capitalism's proponents must cast off the failed Conservative strategies of the past and embrace the moral case for capitalism.

A is A, and Socialism by any Other Name... explodes the preposterous claim that ObamaCare is not socialism.

What is money? Understanding the role of money in human affairs, and from where its value derives, is vital to understanding economic issues. Healthcare and the Role of Money briefly addresses three aspects of that question as they relate to President Obama's top domestic priority.

The dangerous philosophy of President Obama's first Supreme Court nominee is the subject of Sotomayor, Mr. Spock, and A Government of Men

With Cap & Trade legislation pending before Congress, Environmentalism was very much on the front burner in 2009 (so to speak). Environmentalism's nature and the anti-man message of "Earth Day" is the subject of The "Anti-Industrial Revolution" Rolls On

Honoring American Heroes...Forgetting American Ideals is a good concrete example of the destructive contradictory premises held by too many Americans.

The year started with Obama flying high, and ended with the president afraid to campaign for the Democrat Coakley (running against the Republican Brown) in the Massachusetts 1/19/10 special Senate election - because of his unpopularity! This was a shocking (though not to me) collapse in less than a year. Why? Obama won the election, but Obama statism did not. Arguably, the biggest and potentially most significant political development in decades was the emergence of the powerful rebellion against Democrat statism called the Tea Party Movement. My wife Kathy, daughter Susan, and yours truly engaged in our first experience as street demonstrators. Our experience regarding the 9/12/09 Washington, DC Tea Party is layed out by Susan and I on our respective blogs, complete with pictures and all. See My jump into activism and DC Trip from Sue, and 9.12.09 - Here We Go and Some Post - DC Observations.

1 comment:

clay barham said...

Those who admire and criticize Ayn Rand’s beliefs about people standing on their own feet say she advocated selfishness, thereby greed. That implies self-centered, like the arrogant left. It is anti-individual creativity, which is not Ayn Rand. From her works, it is apparent Ayn Rand admired people who were courageous pebble-droppers, the nails standing above the boardwalk that ruling elite might trip over, who challenged the established and accepted way things were done. They were outer- and other-centered visionaries and dreamers. This is reflected in a new book due soon on Amazon called SAVE PEBBLE DROPPERS & PROSPERITY, also on She pitched for the accomplished individual and for individual freedom. Only the leftists believe individuals are bad and community, led by them, is good. They believe they are the elite who must rule and Ayn Rand opposed that.