Friday, February 18, 2005

LRC picks
Why foreign government charity to the Third World doesn’t work

US ‘just war’

Targeting civilians at Hiroshima and Nagasaki: as engraved at the former high altar in the ruins of the old Coventry Cathedral (St Michael’s), ‘Father, forgive’.

Looking at Latin America
Linguists, behaviorists, and anthropologists disagree about the precise relationship between language and thinking, but there is no question that they are closely linked. To speak is essentially to think, which is the defining characteristic of our species. Therefore, to only speak one language is to understand only one way of thinking. At least one language beyond the native tongue should be mandatory for all students, just as it is necessary to know how to read or count. Thus, it is an example of the gross malpractice of educators in the US that second language instruction typically begins with a pathetic attempt during middle school. Languages should be a fundamental part of all curriculums all through primary and secondary schools. This is the common standard throughout most of the world. The failure of US schools has been well documented at LRC. However, I do not recall anything specific about language instruction, but I would not be surprised if the trouble began during that wellspring of bad thinking, the Progressive Era.
¡Sí, claro! Да, конечно! Yes, of course! (Samer can supply the Arabic and now-blogger in his own right Daithí the Gaeilge.)

My first impression of Brazil, with the exception of the plane graveyard at the São Paulo airport, was that of a first-world country, possibly Spain or Italy. While the relaxed pace of life would imply a lack of ambition, on the contrary, the people I met exhibited intelligence, education, and creativity that match what I have seen in the US or Europe. In fact, I think the Brazilians have a unique sense of style in everything from clothing and interior design to toilets that is beyond what is typically seen in the US.
Hurrah for Catholic cultures: these are the same things people worldwide love about another Latin people, the Italians.

But I did not meet the people in the vast slums called favelas, though I wanted to visit a children’s center that my friend’s wife supports. And I learned that the people I had met with the ideas and dynamism are typically frustrated in their plans to better themselves, which in turn limits the opportunities of the people in the favelas. The cause of the frustration is the parasitic class who control the state. They maintain a bureaucratic swamp whose progeny is massive corruption. Furthermore, the elite are steeped in the socialist or Keynesian thinking that has kept the multitudes mired in poverty the world over. It is such a tragedy that this naturally rich country, with so many wonderful people, should be stained with so much poverty.
As old friend Mark Bonocore explained to me once, in Catholic cultures from Italy (home of the Pope and the Mafia) to Russia and the rest of Eastern Europe (home of world-famous monastic holiness and the No. 1 exporter of prostitutes and the new world centre for organized crime) you see extreme holiness and extreme evil in mortal combat while Protestant ones tend towards a kind of mediocrity.

Joseph Sobran sets the record straight on Lincoln and race
He wanted to ship all the blacks back to Africa

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