21-08-05

Q for Quotomatic

calling the bluff of Western governments

The United States doesn’t exist because the colonists “deserved” a state, but because they went out and fought for one. The same with the Irish Republic. By contrast the world deemed Palestinians “deserving” of a state ten, three, six, eight decades ago, and they’ve absolutely no interest in getting it up and running. Any honest visitor to the Palestinian Authority is struck by the complete absence of any enthusiasm for nation-building – compared with comparable pre-independence trips to, say, Slovenia, Slovakia, or East Timor. Invited to choose between nation-building or Jew-killing, the Palestinians prioritise Jew-killing – every time. - Mark Steyn

War on Science and Reason

The sciences, and particularly the biological sciences, are facing well-funded onslaughts from both the right and the left, with one side seeking to sneak religious superstition back into the classroom in the name of a non-existent "controversy", and the other (motivated by an ersatz religion it equates with environmentalism) attempting to bring all biotechnological research to a halt in the name of a "precautionary principle" which demands the impossible, i.e., that scientists prove there are no risks whatsoever involved in the new techniques they're working with - Abiola Lapite

Supply, demand, and economic injustice

One endlessly repeated argument in favor of socialized medicine is that the quality of care should not be determined by the amount of money one has. While I sympathize with this argument in principle, my practical experience with socialized healthcare (in Belgium and Israel) is that in practice "connections" take the place of money as the "discriminating" factor. I've seen this numerous times up close, and heard countless stories. People telling me loved ones faced 6--9 month waits for major treatments to loved ones (after which it might well be too late), and how they pulled strings and had the procedure done within 1--2 weeks. - Former B.

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