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The Progressive's Dream

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins…

[From Rudyard Kipling's 1919 poem "The Gods of the Copybook Headings"]

[With apologies to William Shakespeare:]

The ACLU's eugenic origins?

Sheila Liaugminas, at MercatorNet, questions the "ACLU’s communist connection?" Thanks to the work of Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of history at the spunky Grove City College, several documents from the 1920s have uncovered the ACLU founders' fascination with the Soviet Union, with a focus on that empire's unexpected success with advancing the practice of abortion.

America's Debt Dilemma

I've posted several times on the topic of our growing national debt and accelerating deficits. I've taken note of the fact that the Social Security Trust Fund is empty, apart from the government equivalent of IOUs. I've pointed to the U.S. Debt Clock, which identifies an incredible unfulfillable debt obligation that arises from members of the Baby Boom Generation entering retirement and our declining population of productively employed citizens. Still, it seems, our voting population remains in deep denial about the impossibility of fulfilling our promises to the soon-to-be-retired. See, for example, "Deficit Denial, American-Style."

Peak population: 9 billion?

The Economist is predicting a peak world population of 9 billion, to be reached by 2050, and either zero or negative growth beyond that point.

My guess, based upon the negative growth rates already in place around the world, that the aggregate population will start to decline after 2050, and the decline will accelerate for a period of time, perhaps 100 years or more. That, of course, assumes that civilization as a whole doesn't collapse, a pretty big if.

Michael Voris makes a prediction about the upcoming Papal document.

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Pope Benedict has an extraordinary gift for nuance. It will be fascinating to see how this new motu proprio is worded.


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