June 18, 2004 (original link)
Boundaries of Knowledge
Cults & Religion
“Educational and recovery information for those exiting Worldwide Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God and similar offshoots”
The above site has a religious perspective whereas The Painful Truth is deistic or agnostic. I can’t agree with every opinion, but it looks very helpful.
Article critical of some Christian counter-cult ministries and their support of the Worldwide Church of God in its doctrinal reforms. I don’t think the Sabbath is cultish, but I agree with some other points in this article. It asks some important questions about the lack of accountability for abuse and manipulation:
“What, makes a cult not a cult? Is it the word Trinity written on paper?”
Values & Life
(6/3/2020 – I think the whole thing about hospice care and palliative care needs to be examined by individuals and families carefully and each organization very critically case to case–as to how well they conform to human life values–in light of the fact that Canadian governments are more and more abandoning efforts at healing and treatment in favor of legalized euthanasia in the last few years. We have moved to a Brave New World model very rapidly as of 2020.)
Liberty & War
Merrifield admits the federal government pays only 14% of medicare costs, that $2 billion is spent in the U.S. by Canadians who would prefer not to die on waiting lists and that these waiting lists make a joke of “universality.”
…When Bush says that torture is not indicative of American values, he is speaking of the old America, the America of restraint, the America that did not believe that the ends justify the means, a classically educated America that understood that hubris brings nemesis.
…Whereas I was once sure I had been lucky to escape the inhospitable, dreary, and socialistic Canada, I now have my doubts. Bearing in mind Canada’s brave and principled position on the War of Aggression Against Iraq,…
“Voluntaryism is the doctrine that relations among people should be by mutual consent, or not at all. It represents a means, an end, and an insight. Voluntaryism does not argue for the specific form that voluntary arrangements will take; only that force be abandoned so that individuals in society may flourish. As it is the means which determine the end, the goal of an all voluntary society must be sought voluntarily. People cannot be coerced into freedom. Hence, the use of the free market, education, persuasion, and non-violent resistance as the primary ways to change people’s ideas about the State. The voluntaryist insight, that all tyranny and government are grounded upon popular acceptance, explains why voluntary means are sufficient to attain that end…”
The main arguments follow for voluntaryism (appears to be a solid libertarianism): epistemological, economic, moral, natural law, means-end, consistency, integrity/self-control/corruption.
..Freedom of choice is a necessary ingredient for the achievement of virtue…
“…When a thousand, a million men, a thousand cities, fail to protect themselves against the domination of one man, this cannot be called cowardly, for cowardice does not sink to such a depth. . . . What monstrous vice, then, is this which does not even deserve to be called cowardice, a vice for which no term can be found vile enough…?”
“…Whenever a ruler makes himself a dictator, all the wicked dregs of the nation … all those who are corrupted by burning ambition or extraordinary avarice, these gather around him and support him in order to have a share in the booty and to constitute themselves petty chiefs under the big tyrant…”
Etienne de la Boetie
“Mr. Martin told the MPs that he is proud of former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s legacy of refusing to join the war, and criticized Mr. Harper for going to the United States to appear on a Fox News program and criticize the Liberal government for refusing to have Canada join the war.”
Blunkett aims to create a national database by 2007/2008 containing biometric information, but carrying the new documents would only become compulsory after 80% of the population has got one.
April 15/04 – Marines in Fallujah trade ‘culturally sensitive’ training for bullets
“If someone came and did this to our neighborhood …”