March 31, 2016

Western Civilization Creativity, Discoveries, Inventions

[From article]
These are interesting times. The United States stands ready to espouse a collectivism that its very founders were repelled by and that its citizens fought and died to defeat. Western Europe seems compelled to surrender itself to a religio-culture that its distant ancestors epically fought to a standstill over 700 years ago and then rolled back over centuries. Cultural and national mass suicide is now the cause célèbre in the West, toasted by academics and the media alike.
Consider the old saying "By their fruits shall you know them." This holds for civilizations and societies as well as individuals. Ponder what epic, game-changing accomplishments have been served up to humanity by Islam since, say, the 1500s. An "empire" that stretched from south Asia to north Africa! Yet no diseases cured. No architectural breakthroughs. No pivotal findings in astronomy, geology, or even art or music. And the last century saw an epochal vastness of wealth come into Islamic hands via the price of oil.
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Now contrast this with the West, be it the United States or Britain or France, Germany, Italy, etc. Ironically, the current U.S. president is perhaps one of the West's great haters, and yet the U.S. and Europe have produced, over a similar span of time, the telephone, electricity, the internet, vaccination for over a dozen ravenous diseases, aspirin, recombinant DNA, the microchip, the transistor, the skyscraper, the automobile, the lunar landing, robotic surgery, fiber optics, atomic physics, the Hubble telescope, hybrid crops, jet travel, satellite communications, artificial joints, organ transplant surgery, and on and on.
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Free men create. Free men dream. Enslaved men simply try to survive. The enslavers of men simply suck the lifeblood of the human spirit and give nothing back. Before it is too late, it is time for all men and women to honestly look at the fruits of what they espouse, and truthfully ask themselves: what good do they offer humanity? What has collectivism in its various malignant forms ever offered us?

March 29, 2016
Human achievements from the totalitarian left
By James Mullin

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