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Happy Thanksgiving from the Institute for Principled Policy

784px-the_first_thanksgiving_jean_louis_gerome_ferrisMay you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving celebration, from the Board and staff of the Institute for Principled Policy!



JUNE 20, 1676

“The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present Warr with the Heathen Natives of this land, written and brought to pass bitter things against his own Covenant people in this wilderness, yet so that we evidently discern that in the midst of his judgements he hath remembered mercy, having remembered his Footstool in the day of his sore displeasure against us for our sins, with many singular Intimations of his Fatherly Compassion, and regard; reserving many of our Towns from Desolation Threatened, and attempted by the Enemy, and giving us especially of late with many of our Confederates many signal Advantages against them, without such Disadvantage to ourselves as formerly we have been sensible of, if it be the Lord’s mercy that we are not consumed,

It certainly bespeaks our positive Thankfulness, when our Enemies are in any measure disappointed or destroyed; and fearing the Lord should take notice under so many Intimations of his returning mercy, we should be found an Insensible people, as not standing before Him with Thanksgiving, as well as lading him with our Complaints in the time of pressing Afflictions:

The Council has thought meet to appoint and set apart the 29th day of this instant June, as a day of Solemn Thanksgiving and praise to God for such his Goodness and Favour, many Particulars of which mercy might be Instanced, but we doubt not those who are sensible of God’s Afflictions, have been as diligent to espy him returning to us; and that the Lord may behold us as a People offering Praise and thereby glorifying Him; the Council doth commend it to the Respective Ministers, Elders and people of this Jurisdiction; Solemnly and seriously to keep the same Beseeching that being perswaded by the mercies of God we may all, even this whole people offer up our bodies and soulds as a living and acceptable Service unto God by Jesus Christ.”

The First Thanksgiving Proclamation (June 20, 1676)

On June 20, 1676, the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts, held a meeting to determine how best to express thanks for the good fortune that had seen their community securely established. By unamimous vote they instructed Edward Rawson, the clerk, to proclaim June 29 as a day of thanksgiving, our first. That proclamation is reproduced here in the same language and spelling as the original.

Prepared by Gerald Murphy (The Cleveland Free-Net – aa300) Distributed by the Cybercasting Services Division of the National Public Telecomputing Network (NPTN).

Anarchist Punished For Anarchy At Anarchists “Community”

This was just too good to let pass.

The “Burning Man” website proclaims that the “Burning Man” Festival is a place that encourages “radical self reliance” and “radical self-expression,” though it does claim that it also claims to encourage “civic responsibility.” We know these things because the Burning Man group has posted, in the place of ten commandments, ten principles, a short perusal of which yields at least ten contradictions.

For instance, under the first principle we find that “[n]o prerequisites exist for participation in our community.” But under the third we see that “[i]n order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation.” In other words, vendors and businessmen, people who know an opportunity to make money when they see one, are excluded. Or how about Principle No. 7 which states “We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws” compared to principles No. 4&5 which state “Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources” and “Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.”

After having invited absolutely everyone except, of course entrepreneurs, to participate no matter what personal philosophies they might harbor regarding radical redistribution or confiscation of personal or community property by personal fiat, the Burning Man encourages the rabble to discover its talents in this area, then radically express them, without violating any laws, of course. Pardon us for believing the “organizers” of Burning Man are trying to achieve some kind of oxymoronic zen state of controlled anarchy.

Suddenly from the smoking pile of self-contradictory ash that was the Burning Man Festival of 2007 AP Photo of Paul Addiscomes the story of one Paul Addis, a “performance artist” from San Francisco (where else?). It seems that Mr. Addis took the principles of radical self-reliance and self-expression to heart and exercised and relied on his previously discovered “inner resources” for arson and radically expressed those resources in the form of setting the giant Burning Man effigy on fire 4 days before the scheduled torching. Mr. Addis apparently had no difficulty reconciling his radical self-reliance and self-expression with the civic responsibility principle of the Burning Man. After all, they were going to burn the thing anyway. And according to a story on the Bakersfield NOW website run by KBAK/KBFX in Bakersfield CA, the “organizers” were able to build another 40-foot burning man and burn it on the scheduled day.

Mr. addis was unable to convince a Nevada judge that the encouragement by the organizers of his radical self-reliance and self-expression meant that he could actually express himself freely. He was equally unsuccessful in convincing the judge that principles 9 and 10 (“Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart” and “Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.”) actually meant anything. He was ordered to pay $30,000 for his “radically participatory ethic,” his “deeply personal participation” and his “immediate experience that stood in the way of the recognition of his inner self.”

No word from the organizers of the Burning Man on how they plan to reconcile the glaring inconsistencies between what they say they want and what their actions in having Mr. Addis tried for radically expressing his deepest inner self show that their own true inner selves want.

A Great “First Friday” Event with Institute On The Constitution

Over this past weekend (Friday December 7, 2007) while on a trip to Annapolis MD for a family activity, I took some time to visit the folks whom I have begun to look on as my second family. I visited the offices of Michael Peroutka in Pasadena MD.

The occasion was Michael’s annual staff and friends of the Institute On The Constitution (IOTC) Christmas party (note: not a “holiday” party) and quite a party it was! Michael played guitar and was accompanied by several talented musicians and also some budding talent in the children there who played various percussion instruments. The emphasis of the party was on the coming of Jesus Christ, family and fun. We sang Christmas carols, listened to Christmas hymns sung by incredibly talented singers and received generous gifts. This celebration of Christ and family was part of the “First Friday” program run by IOTC. Oddly enough, “First Friday” happens on the first Friday of each month and features speakers on various subjects from Buddy Hanson on developing a comprehensive Christian worldview to Coach David Daubenmire. You can buy DVD or Audio copies of “First Friday” presentations and a number of very good books related to IOTC’s mission of training citizens in the US Constitution here.

I was able to catch up with friends from the old Constitution Party National Committee (pre-Tampa, before it became a pathetic derelict of a party, smashed on the rocks of pragmatism and devoid of all of its best thinkers and workers) like Scott Whiteman (there with his lovely wife and 4 sweet, beautiful and well-behaved children), other friends like John Lofton co-host of The American View radio show and IOTC’s Susan Scanlon who I’ve talked to several times on the phone but never met. I also met several folks I knew of but had not met like Pastor David Whitney, who is very involved in IOTC, having served as co-host with Michael on radio presentations on the US Constitution. Pastor Whitney has a great “pastor’s voice” and if you have listened to any of the IOTC audio materials on the Constitution, you’ve very likely heard it. It is one of those very recognizable voices.

Michael was a most kind, gracious and generous host, and I had a wonderful time and was uplifted by being there.

I thank the Lord for men like Michael Perouka, John Lofton, David Whitney, Scott Whiteman and the many contributors to the efforts of IOTC. They don’t just talk a good game they play it, and they play it to win! May God grant us more such men!

To listen to The American View radio program in central Ohio tune to WLRY FM 88.9 MHz on Saturday mornings at 11:00 AM (available online, as well). You can also get it on iTunes or at The American View website.

Directed Panspermia And Punctuated Equilibria- Origins And Proof Of Evolutionary Theories Revealed!


It was recently revealed that Orgel and Cricks theory of “Directed Panspermia,” where human life was posited to have been planted on earth by advanced humanoid civilizations in ages past, has gotten a boost from evidence recently found stashed in a government warehouse. Apparently it had been stored there until it could be studied, examined and tested by “top men,” according to government officials. It is also thought that these same warehouses may contain important archaeological artifacts of considerable religious significance but possessing strange and not completely understood powers. Many of the items were obtained prior to and just after WWII.

Close study of the materials revealed startling evidence for Eldredge and Gould’s “punctuated equilibria” model of extremely rapid evolutionary change. The evidence strongly suggests that the mechanisms that cause the rapid changes of “punctuated equilibria” are no longer functional. Ironically, it is now thought that the rapid changes of “punctuated equilibria” were caused directly by the origins of directed panspermia and evidence suggests those same influences may have disabled the mechanisms.

We have obtained copies of the evidence in translated form and you can view that evidence by clicking the icon below.