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History & Politics

Part I: The Origin and Proof of Individual Rights — Delivered to the Phoenix Economic Supper Club on September 19th, 2012 — Thomas Jefferson’s bold declaration to the world in 1776 that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” is probably the most important and compelling statement written in the last 1,000 years. But it’s also a blatant lie, which is obvious to anyone who examines it with scientific discipline and philosophical rigor. Does this mean we must abandon the American Dream and concept of individual rights on which it was founded?

Part II: Equality and Universality of Individual Rights — Delivered to the Phoenix Economic Supper Club on October 17th, 2012 — Part II examines and refutes the universality and equality of Jeffersonian rights, using as evidence, three 20th Century novels: The Fountainhead (1943) by Ayn Rand, The Invisible Man (1947) by Ralph Ellison, The Teardrop Story Woman (1991) by Catherine Lim. A fourth 20th Century novel, presented as evidence to support the case against the universality and equality of individual rights, is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s classic One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962). Is slavery the natural state of man? And is there any justification for individual rights?

Deconstructing the Conservative Mind — Delivered to the Phoenix Economic Supper Club and published in the February 1st, 2005 issue of Vital Speeches of the Day — How history has overrun the life and works of the prolific author and historian Dr. Russell Kirk, and what, if anything, of value remains of American Conservatism.

Lee Kuan Yew: The Model Leader for the 21st Century — Delivered to the ERIS Society and published in the May 15th, 2004 issue of Vital Speeches of the Day — Singapore isn’t what it used to be … and neither is Cuba.  It wasn’t an accident, and here’s why.

 

 

 

 

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