Antagoniste


30 septembre 2007

Le complexe hôpitalo-industriel Économie États-Unis

Santé Hôpitaux

Les États-Unis consacrent 4,0% de leur PIB aux dépenses militaires.

Toujours aux États-Unis, pays supposément sans système de santé public, l'équivalent de 6,9% du PIB est dépensé dans le réseau de santé public. La moyenne des pays de l'OCDE est de 6,4%.

Ce n'est pas du complexe militaro-industriel qu'on devrait parler, mais du complexe hôpitalo-industriel !


30 septembre 2007

Toi aussi, Jon ? En Vidéos États-Unis Gauchistan Irak Terrorisme

Pourquoi Jon Stewart n’est plus cool…

AVANT
Extrait original de la conférence de presse de Bush

APRÈS

La même conférence de presse vue par le Daily Show


30 septembre 2007

Le retour du primitif Économie En Citations Environnement Philosophie

The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution

Écrit en 1971, ce livre d’Ayn Rand n’a pas pris une seule ride:

"Observe that in all the propaganda of the ecologists—amidst all their appeals to nature and pleas for « harmony with nature »—there is no discussion of man’s needs and the requirements of his survival. Man is treated as if he were an unnatural phenomenon. Man cannot survive in the kind of state of nature that the ecologists envision—i.e., on the level of sea urchins or polar bears.

In order to survive, man has to discover and produce everything he needs, which means that he has to alter his background and adapt it to his needs. Nature has not equipped him for adapting himself to his background in the manner of animals. From the most primitive cultures to the most advanced civilizations, man has had to manufacture things; his well-being depends on his success at production. The lowest human tribe cannot survive without that alleged source of pollution: fire. It is not merely symbolic that fire was the property of the gods which Prometheus brought to man. The ecologists are the new vultures swarming to extinguish that fire."


29 septembre 2007

Le conformisme religieux Environnement Gauchistan

Religion Écologiste

RELIGION n. f.
Ensemble de croyances, de dogmes et de pratiques qui impliquent la relation de l'âme humaine avec le sacré. Par exemple, la relation entre les écologistes et les voitures hybrides.

Discussion entre Mike Munger (économiste, Duke University) et Russ Roberts (économiste, George Mason University):

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29 septembre 2007

L’inquité, le moteur de la prospérité Économie Philosophie

Since wealth is created, there is no limit to how much can exist–and the wealth of others cannot inhibit us from creating and enjoying our own.

Ayn Rand Institute
Celebrating Income Inequality

Income inequality is a natural and desirable part of a free, prosperous society. […]

Criticisms of income inequality are always couched in a certain type of language. For example, it is claimed that wealthier Americans "command" an "unfair share" of our "national wealth." Such language implies that American wealth is a communal pie that belongs equally to all of us.

But it is no such thing.

The vast wealth that exists in America has been created–through the productive activities and voluntary arrangements of individuals. And individuals do not necessarily create the same amount of wealth. Compare the value brought into existence by the entrepreneur whose productivity software is eagerly bought by millions–and the checkout clerk at a store that sells it. Such vast differences in productivity–which can be caused by vast differences in ability, work ethic, interests, skills, and choices–are the root of vast differences in income.

Because all wealth is created, it rightly belongs to those who earn it (or their chosen beneficiaries)–and no one can rightly claim to deserve wealth earned by others. If someone wants to make more money, he is free to enter a new field, gain new knowledge, start a business, or do anything else to enable himself to create more value.

It is often implied that the rich get richer at the expense of everyone else–that if some get big slices of pie, the rest get only crumbs. But the exact opposite is true. Since wealth (including pie) is created, there is no limit to how much can exist–and the wealth of others cannot inhibit us from creating and enjoying our own. Further, the wealth creation of the richest Americans makes us far more productive and well-off.

Consider how the wealthiest individuals in any free economy, businessmen, make their money. The job of a businessman is to orchestrate productive enterprises that efficiently coordinate people, resources, and tools to create valuable products. Businessmen profit when they bring out valuable products at desirable prices; thus, they are continually making more, better, and cheaper products for everyone to purchase. Businessmen profit when they make others more productive; thus, they are continually seeking to create new jobs that can add to their bottom line, and providing their workers with as many productivity-enhancing tools and technologies as they can. Businessmen's pursuit of profit has been the driving force behind the incalculable increase in our standard of living over the last 150 years–and economic history shows that the freer they are left to make money, the greater the increase in productivity and wages at all levels.


28 septembre 2007

Oubliez la Birmanie, voici une vraie nouvelle ! Gauchistan Québec

Le Dewoir

"Écho Vedettes" est aux artistes ce que "Le Devoir" est aux blogueurs*.

Si Antoine Robitaille voulait un vrai "scoop", il aurait du venir fouiller dans mes vidanges. Il aurait peut-être confirmé une rumeur persistante voulant que je sois un employé de la CIA…

*Cette nouvelle a fait le "frontpage" du Devoir…


28 septembre 2007

L’escroquerie conspirationniste: le vol 93 En Vidéos États-Unis Terrorisme

La déconstruction des mythes entourant l'écrasement du vol 93.

Vendredi prochain: La déconstruction des mythes entourant l'implication du gouvernement.

À voir aussi:


28 septembre 2007

L’ignorance c’est la force… Économie Gauchistan Québec

Mouton et Syndicats

Le Soleil nous appris cette semaine que le cours d’éducation à la vie économique sera rayé du cursus scolaire en 2009

Une décision qui facilitera sans doute l’endoctrinement des étudiants à grand coup de pamphlets produits par nos syndicats…

Pauvre Québec… Il est plus facile d’enseigner aux gens que si l’essence est cher c’est parce que les riches exploitent les pauvres plutôt que d’expliquer la loi de l’offre et de la demande.


28 septembre 2007

La leçon birmane En Images International Philosophie

Birmanie

Alors qu'en Occident les ravages du relativisme moral nous font douter des vertus intrinsèquement supérieures de la démocratie sur toute autre forme de système politique, il est bon de voir les braves de Birmanie nous montrer qu'il vaut la peine de se battre pour la liberté. C'est tout une leçon que ces moines nous servent…